Nubia presenta el Z17, su nuevo teléfono inteligente insignia, con sistema de cámara dual y diseño sin bisel

Lo más destacado del Z17 es su sistema de cámara trasera dual, que cuenta con un tamaño de píxel de 1,4 um y lentes con una apertura de F1.8 para resoluciones de 12MP y 23MP respectivamente.

Lo más destacado del Z17 es su sistema de cámara trasera dual, que cuenta con un tamaño de píxel de 1,4 um y lentes con una apertura de F1.8 para resoluciones de 12MP y 23MP respectivamente. El Z17 cuenta con el sensor insignia CMOS de 1/2,55 pulgadas, un superrápida velocidad de enfoque de 0,03 s, tecnología IA y el motor de búsqueda de imágenes NeoVision 7.0, y es capaz de sacar magníficas fotografías en cualquier situación. El zoom híbrido de 2X de la cámara proporciona una potente solución para sacar fotografías de noche. El Z17 también es compatible con sincronización remota a través de wifi, fotos en 3D y fotografía macro.

El Z17, el primer teléfono resistente al agua en exteriores de nubia, aprovecha lo último en tecnología de pantalla sin bisel y produce un increíble impacto visual en los usuarios. Está fabricado con sofisticados materiales de metal y vidrio que conjugan la solidez del metal y el tacto del vidrio más liso. Además de su amplia pantalla de 5,5 pulgadas y su chasis, que está compuesto en un 98% de metal, el Z17 no solo garantiza una mayor durabilidad y un campo de visión mayor, sino que también es mucho más fácil de sostener gracias a sus bordes curvados aRC.

El Z17 está equipado con un potente procesador Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, hasta 8GB de RAM, 128GB de ROM, y una memoria flash de UFS2.1, por lo que se puede acceder a los archivos más deprisa y cambiar entre aplicaciones de una forma más sencilla que nunca. Gracias a su tecnología de aprendizaje automático y su elevada memoria, el Z17 emplea el último sistema nubia UI 5.0 y el sistema exclusivo NeoSmart, basado en la tecnología de IA, para aprender y predecir el comportamiento de los usuarios, de forma que los clientes podrán disfrutar aún más de la experiencia de usuario a medida que el Z17 se familiariza con ellos.

Gracias a la célula de alta densidad de 3200 mAh y al sistema de ahorro de energía NeoPower 3.0, la duración de la batería del Z17 puede alcanzar los 2,4 días. Su tecnología de carga rápida NeoCharge, que se basa en QC4+ de Qualcomm, puede cargar una batería hasta el 50 por ciento de su capacidad total en 20 minutos.

“Con el lanzamiento del Z17, nubia demuestra su compromiso continuado a la hora de establecer nuevos estándares de rendimiento e inspirar la expresión creativa”, afirmó Ni Fei, director general de Teléfonos Inteligentes de nubia.

Nubia ha anunciado que su modelo de primera clase de 8GB+128GB se comercializará por 3999 yuanes (cerca de 588 dólares). El Z17 estará disponible para los clientes en azul aurora, oro negro, negro obsidiana, dorado solar y rojo llama.

Acerca de nubia

Fundada en octubre de 2012, nubia tiene como objetivo proporcionar teléfonos inteligentes innovadores de alta gama a usuarios aventureros que deseen vivir nuevas experiencias y una mejor calidad de vida. Con sede en China, nubia opera en la actualidad en todo el mundo, lo que incluye el continente americano, Europa y el sudeste asiático. La marca es conocida por las prestaciones innovadoras de sus teléfonos inteligentes y sus funciones de fotografía móvil profesionales.

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New Law to Accelerate AT&T Deployment of Small Cell Technology and Position Minnesota for the Next Generation of Wireless Broadband

The new law will enable AT&T to accelerate its deployment of small cells in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, especially as the company enhances its network in preparation for the “Big Game” in February 2018.

The new law will enable AT&T to accelerate its deployment of small cells in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, especially as the company enhances its network in preparation for the “Big Game” in February 2018.

To prepare for the Big Game and to enhance its network overall, AT&T plans to add capacity to numerous existing macro sites and to submit hundreds of applications for city permits for small cells in the Twin Cities.

Small cells are shoebox-sized antennas that can be affixed to existing structures such as traffic signals, buildings and street lights. The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive.

Small cells will enable faster wireless Internet speeds, provide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming movies or music, and lay the foundation for technologies of the future – such as 5G, smart cities and connected cars and devices.

“The possibilities a 5G world promises are both limitless and exciting, and we want to make sure Minnesota is a leading state that welcomes and encourages investment in the latest super-fast wireless technologies,” said Rep. Marion O’Neill. “This new law streamlines the process for wireless investment, helping to bring better wireless service to residents and businesses and positioning Minnesota to benefit from the 5G economy.”

“With this new law, Minnesota now has forward-looking rules that maintain the local control permitting process and will also allow for the acceleration of the deployment of next-generation high speed wireless infrastructure in the state,” said Senator David Osmek. “5G is the wave of the future and we want to make sure Minnesota is at the forefront of emerging technologies.”

AT&T has invested nearly $350 million in our Minnesota wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Minnesota consumers and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made over 1,350 wireless network upgrades in Minnesota. These upgrades include the addition of new cell sites as well as adding network capacity to existing cell sites. Following the passage of the recent small cell legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Minnesota with additional upgrades.

The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America. Notable Minnesota network enhancements in 2016 included:

Upgrading the Minneapolis area network to prepare for major sporting events in 2017, including adding wireless capacity to the Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at the new football stadium downtown. The installation of an Outdoor DAS at four locations at the University of Minnesota to improve wireless service and speed to students, faculty, staff and area residents. Deploying Cells on Wheels (COWs) to keep crowds connected at the Minnesota State Fair and other major events.

We have an extensive Wi-Fi network with more than 40,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots at popular restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers. We provide access to Wi-Fi at more than 1 million Hot Spots around the world. Most AT&T smartphone and home Internet customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost. Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count towards customers’ monthly wireless data plans.2

To learn more about our coverage in Minnesota, or anywhere in the U.S., visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

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Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update or revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

1 AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
2 A Wi-Fi enabled device required. Other restrictions apply. See attwifi.com for details and locations.

About AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, mobile, high speed internet and voice services. We offer entertainment your way on the nation’s best data network.* We’re one of the world’s largest providers of pay TV. We have TV customers in the U.S. and 11 Latin American countries. And we offer the best global coverage of any U.S. wireless provider.** We also help businesses worldwide serve their customers better with our mobility and highly secure cloud solutions.

Additional information about AT&T products and services is available at http://about.att.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/att and YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/att.

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**Global coverage claim based on offering discounted voice and data roaming; LTE roaming; and voice roaming in more countries than any other U.S. based carrier. International service required. Coverage not available in all areas. Coverage may vary per country and be limited/restricted in some countries.

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The best iPhone 5S deals in June 2017

The plucky iPhone 5S is still going, even though it’s now been replaced by the iPhone SE and there’s even the iPhone 7 to contend with. But if you’re looking for the cheapest iPhone on the market, you should go for the iPhone 5S.

The plucky iPhone 5S is still going, even though it’s now been replaced by the iPhone SE and there’s even the iPhone 7 to contend with. But if you’re looking for the cheapest iPhone on the market, you should go for the iPhone 5S.

The price continues to drop, which means we’ve been able to find some fantastic deals for the iPhone 5S in May 2017 and if you scroll down below you’ll find a selection of our favourites.

Apple may not be producing the 5S anymore, there’s plenty of stock still sitting around in network’s store rooms. They want to shift the stock, so there are some amazing deals to be had – did someone say £14.99 a month?.

Save £10 on any deal: use the code 10OFF at Mobiles.co.uk to save £10 on the upfront cost of any phone!

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The best iPhone 5S deals across all UK networks this month:

We’ve handpicked some of the finest deals you can still get on the iPhone that’s growing old in style. Lower down the page you’ll be able to read about all of the best iPhone 5S deals on a network-by-network basis.

iPhone 5S 16GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £17pm
Here’s the cheapest iPhone 5S deal that we think is worth buying. It comes with 1GB of data each month, there’s nothing to pay on day one and is only £17 a month. Total cost over 24 months is £408

Get this deal:from Three

iPhone 5S 32GB | £24.99 upfront | unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
If you need more storage in your new iPhone 5S then this cheap deal for the 32GB model will be right up your street. Get it while it’s hot. Total cost over 24 months is £696.75

Get this iPhone 5S deal:from Mobiles.co.uk

Now let’s break down the best iPhone 5S deals by network…

Best iPhone 5S deals on EE

The place to go if you want high-speed 4G

iPhone 5S 16GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £17.99pm
Want to grab your new iPhone 5S on EE? This is a new deal for May 2017 and it’s the cheapest we’ve seen so far this year. It comes with 1GB of data as well as unlimited calls and texts and you’ll only be spending £17.99 a month. The internet may may be an issue if you’re used to using a lot of internet while on the go. Total cost over 24 months is £431.76

Get this iPhone 5S deal:from e2save

iPhone 5S 32GB | £24.99 upfront | unlimited calls and texts | 5GB data | £27.99pm
If £27.99 a month for a 2013 smartphone sounds pricey, it’s because it probably is. But don’t panic, as you’re getting the larger 32GB iPhone 5S model giving you more space for photos, music, apps and games – plus you get a data boost to 5GB. Total cost over 24 months is £696.75

Get this iPhone 5S deal:from Mobiles.co.uk

Best iPhone 5S deals on O2

The network with extras like O2 Priority

iPhone 5S 16GB | FREE upfront| 500 minutes | 500 texts | 1GB data | £17pm
This is the cheapest overall deal for the iPhone 5S from O2 – much improved over the last few weeks. After paying nothing up top, it’s only £17 a month. It comes with 1GB of internet and you’ll get a sufficient-for-most 500 minutes and 500 texts to use each month. Total cost over 24 months is £408

Get this iPhone 5S deal:from Carphone Warehouse

iPhone 5S 32GB | Free upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 10GB data | £43pm
The monthly outlay may be high here, but stay with us. There’s nothing to pay upfront for the larger 32GB iPhone 5S, but you get a massive 10GB of data every month. It’s perfect for power users who love streaming and downloading on the go. Total cost over 24 months is £1,032

Get this iPhone 5S deal:from Mobiles.co.uk

Best iPhone 5S deals on Vodafone

Offers extras like Spotify and Sky Sports

iPhone 5S 16GB | Free upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £23pm
You couldn’t have chosen a better time to buy an iPhone 5S on Vodafone – if you go for the deal below you’ll get it much cheaper than in recent months. This deal comes with 1GB of data for £23 a month, but it also offers £72 cashback. That makes this a fantastic price for an iPhone 5S over your two year contract. Total cost over 24 months is £480

Get this deal:from Mobile Phones Direct

iPhone 5S 32GB | Free upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 8GB data | £40pm
After a mass of data with a free iPhone 5S with 32GB of storage? This deal from Vodafone will be the best choice for you with a mammoth 8GB of tasty internet to use up. Total cost over 24 months is £960

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Best iPhone 5S deals on Three

iPhone 5S 16GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 1GB data | £17pm
Here’s the absolute best value deal on the major networks for an iPhone 5S that we think is worth buying. It now comes with 1GB of data each month, it’s dead cheap on day one and is only £17 a month. Total cost over 24 months is £408

Get this deal:from Three

iPhone 5S 16GB | FREE upfront | Unlimited calls and texts | 8GB data | £25pm
For an even (and very reasonable) £600 over the course of the two year term, you can bump your Three plan up to 8GB of data a month. It’s only a 16GB handset, so the slug of extra data is handy for streaming your entertainment when away from wi-fi. Total cost over 24 months is £600

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The best Australian Amazon Kindle deals in June 2017

This is TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. Here you’ll find the cheapest Kindle deals for all of Amazon’s e-readers. We crosscheck every model of Kindle with every retailer every day to pull in the best deals so that this page is always up to date with the cheapest prices.

This is TechRadar’s dedicated page for Amazon Kindle deals. Here you’ll find the cheapest Kindle deals for all of Amazon’s e-readers. We crosscheck every model of Kindle with every retailer every day to pull in the best deals so that this page is always up to date with the cheapest prices.

You’ll find the latest prices from a wide range of retailers for the latest Kindle e-readers. We’ve found the best prices on the basic yet impressive regular Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite and you’ll also find the best deals on the more luxurious models of the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis.

What makes a good Kindle deal?

If this is your first Kindle, you’ll want to know how to tell a good Kindle deal when you see one. Luckily, there are so many good ones out there it’s pretty easy!

The early Kindle e-readers don’t have LCD screens or powerful internal components which means they’re usually a lot cheaper than tablets and phones. The lack of a glass screen is fantastic for glare-free reading though and an immediate improvement over using the Kindle app on your phone or tablet.

The Kindle Voyage normally has a price of about US$220/£170/AU$299, so if you can get it for cheaper than that, you’re onto a winner. After that, there isn’t a huge difference in features, so it all depends how much you want to spend. If you can find the Kindle Paperwhite for under $120/£110/AU$169, you’re getting a good price. With the new Kindle Oasis model arriving recently, we may see the older models’ prices drop soon.

Here are the best Kindle deals currently available…

Kindle Oasis deals

The luxury e-reader you’ve been waiting for?

The new Kindle Oasis is out now and costs $290/£270/AU$449 for the basic Wi-Fi version. There’s no avoiding the obvious, that’s a lot of money for an e-reader. However, dedicated e-reader fans will appreciate the extra lightness and improved screen lighting. The considerably cheaper Voyage and Paperwhite models are excellent alternatives though. Have a look at our Kindle Oasis verdict for more information on why this is the future of Amazon’s Kindle range.

Kindle Paperwhite deals

The best standard Kindle ever is a value-for-money winner

The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best standard Kindle yet, it’s the most cost effective e-reader on the market and it easily beats the Kobo Aura on performance and design. Unlike the cheaper model, this one comes with screen lighting. Amazon has managed to create a fast e-ink tablet with inventive reading apps. You can lookup words in the dictionary without leaving your page, or even flick through any relevant Wikipedia entries for most words or terms. As far as value for money goes, this is the one to beat.

Amazon Kindle (2016) deals

The new 2016 Kindle (which some retailers are confusingly calling the ‘Kindle Touch 2016’, even though ‘Touch’ is now redundant, as all Kindles have touchscreens) is the updated version of the entry level Kindle last released in 2014. If you want the cheapest option, this is the one you should go for as the 2014 version has been discontinued and any deals you see are probably for preowned or refurbished units. With prices starting around £60/US$80/AU$110, you’re getting a bargain. The 2016 model is also available in white (the 2014 was black only), it’s lighter, thinner, has double the RAM speed and double the storage capacity at 4GB. The lack of a lit screen is the only thing holding it back really.

Kindle Voyage deals

A worthy runner up to the Oasis

The Voyage used to be the most expensive Kindle around before the Oasis arrived, but at least we’re seeing the price drop now. Amazon’s Voyage is one of the best ebook readers available. It’s more compact than other Kindles and the screen is sharper than the cheaper models. A flush display makes the device easier to keep clean and carry around, the screen’s resolution is the highest it has ever been, and it even comes with an ace origami-style case (at additional cost).

We check our Kindle deals every day to make sure they’re always up to date and available!

The best Australian Chromecast deals in June 2017

The Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also dazzlingly cheap. And if you’re looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you’ve come to the right place!

The Google Chromecast is not only one of the most useful and innovative gadgets of the last few years, it’s also dazzlingly cheap. And if you’re looking to pick one up for the cheapest possible price, you’ve come to the right place!

Chromecast is a Wi-Fi HDMI dongle that you plug directly into your TV. From there you can use your smartphone or tablet to ‘throw’ video at your TV over Wi-Fi – whether it be Netflix movies, live football matches from the major broadcasters or simply just a funny YouTube video. On this page we’ll find you the best prices for the Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast 2 (or just Chromecast now) and Chromecast Audio and explain how they differ.

What is a good Chromecast deal?

This one’s easy. The standard price for a Chromecast 2 is $54. You should never, ever pay more than that because you can always find one for that price.

Chromecast 2 deals

The Chromecast 2, or ‘new Chromecast’ as it’s also known, is very similar to the now discontinued 2013 Chromecast. Sure, it looks a little different. And it’s got slightly faster network performance and a few other tweaks such as coming with a dangly cable instead of as a rigid stick. But essentially the same product in a different shape.

Chromecast Audio deals

While it doesn’t offer true multi-room streaming at the moment (fingers crossed that comes soon), this easy-to-use and affordable device modernises any trusty set of wired speakers you already own with wireless capabilities. In doing so, it also opens them up to features that will grow and get even better over time. Got an old set of speakers or an ancient iPod dock? Turn it into a wireless speaker with Chromecast Audio!

Chromecast Ultra deals

The 4K Chromecast Ultra is the newest member of the Chromecast family. If you have a 4K TV or are planning on getting one, it’s certainly worth picking one of these up. The Chromecast Ultra is a cheaper alternative to Amazon’s Fire TV or the US-only Roku 4 for getting 4K content on your TV. Chromecast Ultra deals are usually around $88, so anything cheaper is an added bonus.

The best Australian broadband deals for June 2017

Finding the best broadband internet deals can be a bit of a minefield because there are so many options. Do you go for fibre broadband if it’s available in your area? Should you get 100Mbps cable broadband instead? Are you best off sticking with good-old ADSL? Whatever service you currently have, we reckon we can get you a great broadband deal.

Finding the best broadband internet deals can be a bit of a minefield because there are so many options. Do you go for fibre broadband if it’s available in your area? Should you get 100Mbps cable broadband instead? Are you best off sticking with good-old ADSL? Whatever service you currently have, we reckon we can get you a great broadband deal.

It’s important to note these recommendations do not take into consideration other factors which could make certain deals a better option for you. For instance, do you already have a Telstra mobile plan and home phone line? If so, combining them with a Telstra cable or ADSL connection on the same Telstra bill could save you money overall. We’ll leave these decisions to you, though.

On this page, you’ll find a list of our recommended broadband deals separated into three types of connection: ADSL, cable and fibre (NBN). We’ll update this page regularly when offers change or new ones become available, so it’s worth coming back to this article when you’re ready to sign up for a new plan.

When applying for new broadband deals, make sure you’re not already signed up to a contract you can’t get out of – most broadband contracts are on 12 or 18 month terms, so it’s important to contact your current provider before committing to anything else.

Another thing worth noting is some services may not be available in your area. If a particular deal seems good to you, head over to the provider’s website to find out if it’s available at your address.

Another notable recent development is that some providers have scrapped separate line rental charges, so others could also follow suit in the coming months.

Now let’s get to the best broadband deals!

Best ADSL deals

ADSL customers have a number of great options on offer, ranging from a sensible amount of data to straight up unlimited downloads. Depending on the amount of data you’re likely to use each month, you’ll almost certainly be able to find a great broadband deal to suit your needs.

$40-$50

Belong | Unlimited | ADSL2+ | No contracts | $50 a month (+$60 setup fee) | Telstra network | For just $50 a month with no lock-in contracts, Belong is offering customers unlimited data with some conditions. First, you’ll need an existing Telstra phone line, and secondly, there is a small $60 setup fee involved. If this deal is available in your area, it’s certainly a good option to look into. Minimum cost for the first month: $110

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$50-$70

Optus | Unlimited | ADSL2+ | No contracts | $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Optus network | This deal, which is available exclusively online, offers unlimited data on the Optus network for $60 with a $200 setup fee. The deal includes a Wi-Fi modem. Minimum cost for the first month: $260

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$70+

Telstra | 1TB | ADSL2+ | 24 month contract | $99 a month ($89 setup fee) | Telstra network | If you’ve don’t mind being on a 24-month contract, Telstra’s ‘Best Bundle Ever’ deal offers 1TB of data per month, home phone, a Wi-Fi modem and a Telstra TV streaming device for $99 a month. Minimum total cost (24 month contract): $2,465

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Best cable deals

If sturdiness and incredible speed is what you’re after, cable is a good option for those who can get it. Offering speeds of up to a whopping 100Mbps, cable can be a suitable alternative to fibre connections, depending on your plan. Unlike ADSL, you don’t need a phone line and your monthly quota is generally high. That said, you can experience decreased bandwidth during peak usage hours.

$40-$60

Optus | Unlimited | Cable | no lock-in contract| $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Though it comes with a hefty $200 upfront fee, it’s hard to beat Optus’ unlimited cable internet plan, which has no lock-in contract, for only $60 a month. This 60 Plan Cable M2M option also includes a free Wi-Fi modem. Minimum cost for the first month: $260.

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$60-$80

Optus | Unlimited | Cable| 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | Just like the ADSL version of this plan, Optus’ 80 Plan Cable gives you the security and service consistency of a large provider, and offers unlimited data for $80 a month on a 24 month contract. It also includes an advanced AC Wi-Fi modem and a Yes TV by Fetch Mighty set top box. Minimum total cost over 12 months: $1,920.

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$80+

Telstra | 4TB | Cable| 24 month contract | $80 a month ($0 setup fee) | There’s honestly not a lot of reason to go past the Optus deal above, but if you can only get Telstra cable in your area (but still need huge amounts of data) then the telco’s Home Internet XL Bundle will net you a whopping 4TB for $140 a month. When used in conjunction with the Telstra speed booster add-on for $20 extra a month, you’ll get maximum speeds of 100Mbps. Minimum total cost over 24 months: $3,549.

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Best fibre (NBN) deals

$40-$60

Optus | Unlimited | NBN | no lock-in contract| $60 a month (+$200 setup fee) | Afraid of NBN commitment? Optus’ M2M 60 Plan is a good option for those who want unlimited data at an affordable price but don’t want to sign any contracts. Max speed is 12mbps. A Wi-Fi modem is included. Minimum cost for the first month: $260

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$60-$80

Optus | Unlimited | NBN | no lock-in contract | $80 a month ($200 setup fee) | Much like the previous deal, only the extra $20 you’ll be paying per month will raise your max speed to 25mbps and get you a Mighty Fetch TV thrown in for good measure. Minimum cost for the first month: $280

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$80+

iiNet |Unlimited | NBN | 24 month contract | $99.99 a month ($10 setup fee) | Offering unlimited downloads at the top 100Mbps speeds for just under $100 a month, it’s hard to go past iiNet’s terrific ‘Liimitless’ data plan. If you also want a home phone line, you can pay an extra $10 for unlimited local and national calls, or $20 if you want to also include standard calls to mobiles. If that doesn’t interest you, you can stick with the basic option and opt for pay-as-you-go phone usage. Minimum total cost over 24 months: $2,409.76

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ViaSat-2: Satellite goliath goes into orbit

The most powerful commercial broadband satellite ever built has just gone into orbit on an Ariane rocket.

ViaSat-2, which is to be stationed above the Americas, has a total throughput capacity of about 300 gigabits per second.

The most powerful commercial broadband satellite ever built has just gone into orbit on an Ariane rocket.

ViaSat-2, which is to be stationed above the Americas, has a total throughput capacity of about 300 gigabits per second.

The spacecraft was part of a dual payload on the Ariane flight. It was joined by Eutelsat 172B, a UK/French-built platform to go over the Pacific.

Both satellites will be chasing the rampant market for wi-fi on aeroplanes.

Airlines are currently in a headlong rush to equip their fleets with connections that will allow passengers to use their mobile devices in mid-air.

More than 6,000 commercial aircraft worldwide were offering an onboard wi-fi service in 2016; it is expected more than 17,000 will be doing so by 2021.

In-flight internet has traditionally had a terrible reputation, but there is a feeling now that the latest technology really can give passengers a meaningful slice of bandwidth and at a competitive price.

Inmarsat rides SpaceX Falcon

Intelsat rolls out next-gen system

The Ariane left the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana at 20:45 local time, Thursday (23:45 GMT), ejecting the satellites into their transfer orbits about half an hour later.

Both must now get themselves into their final positions. Noteworthy is the fact that ViaSat-2 and 172B will be using electric engines to do this.

These work by accelerating and expelling ions at high speed. The process provides less thrust than a standard chemical engine, but saves substantially on propellant mass.

That saving can be traded to get either a lower-priced launch ticket, or to pack even greater capacity into the satellite’s communications payload for no additional weight.

The US, Boeing-built ViaSat-2 uses a mix of chemical and electric propulsion, but Eutelsat’s platform is all-electric – the first such design to come from Europe’s biggest space manufacturer, Airbus.

ViaSat-2 will be providing broadband services to fixed customers across North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and a portion of northern South America.

But the satellite is also configured to service planes and ships, and in particular it is looking to grab a significant share of business out over the Atlantic.

The aviation sector currently is a key battleground for satellite operators; it is where they are seeing double-digit growth.

In the US, working with airlines such as JetBlue, ViaSat has already found success through its existing high-throughput ViaSat-1 spacecraft.

With the extra capacity on ViaSat-2, it aims to do better still.

“We think people want to use their devices in the air the way they do on the ground; that’s the bet we’ve made,” said ViaSat Chief Operating Officer Rick Baldridge.

“JetBlue delayed their in-flight wi-fi offering, waiting for us, and now they’re giving it away for free and we’re providing 12 megabits per second to every seat, including streaming video,” he told BBC News.

ViaSat-2’s “footprint” touches the western coast of Europe, but aeroplanes travelling further east will be handed seamlessly to a better-positioned Eutelsat spacecraft, which should enable passengers to stay connected all the way across to Turkey if needs be.

This is one of the benefits of the strategic alliance that the two satellite companies have formed. And in time this will see the pair operate a ViaSat-3 platform together over Europe. This spacecraft is being built to have a total throughput capacity of one terabit per second.

From its position very close to the International Date Line, Eutelsat’s 172B spacecraft is going to target – amongst other business – the flight corridors of the Asia-Pacific region. And it has some very smart British technology to do this in the form of a multi port amplifier.

This can flexibly switch power between the satellite’s 11 spot beams to make sure the available bandwidth is always focused where it is needed most – whether that be on the planes moving east-west from Japan to California, say, or when they go in the other direction as a cluster at a different time of day.

“To oversimplify, in-flight connectivity has mostly been restricted to the US. But now it is expanding into the Asia-Pacific region and it’s also coming to Europe,” said Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat’s chief executive officer.

“We see spontaneous demand from airlines and it’s booming. It’s true the technology hasn’t always delivered, but you will see with the introduction of very high throughput satellites in the next few years that we will be able to… bring a massive quantity of bandwidth onboard the plane, meaning you can stream Netflix in HD. That’s a game-changer.”

Euroconsult is one of the world’s leading analyst groups following the satellite industry. Its research confirms the rapid growth now taking place, and says this will only accelerate.

Euroconsult’s recent report on in-flight-connectivity (IFC) predicted nearly half of all commercial planes would be enabled by 2021, pushing revenues for the suppliers of onboard services from $1bn to $6.5bn inside 10 years. But Euroconsult’s CEO, Pacôme Revillon, said there will be winners and losers in this IFC race and this would likely be decided in the very near future.

“Going to 2020, approximately 50% of aircraft could have opted for their chosen connectivity solutions, and certainly all of the major airlines will have made that choice. By that stage the market share could decide who are the winners and losers, and we anticipate seeing some consolidation in this sector, with two to three companies coming to dominate the market,” he told BBC News.

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Samsung is about to launch a mesh Wi-Fi system of its own

For those looking for a little home project this summer, Samsung has announced pricing and availability details for its new smart Wi-Fi hub system.

The Samsung Connect Home goes on sale in the US on July 16, with pre-orders available exclusively from Best Buy starting June 5.

For those looking for a little home project this summer, Samsung has announced pricing and availability details for its new smart Wi-Fi hub system.

The Samsung Connect Home goes on sale in the US on July 16, with pre-orders available exclusively from Best Buy starting June 5. You can choose to purchase the Connect Home either solo for $170 or in a three-pack for $380.

For those looking to step things up, Samsung will also be offering the Samsung Connect Home Pro for $250 a pop. Designed for homes or offices that stream a lot of data across multiple devices, the Connect Home Pro offers twice the speed while keeping the effective range of 1,500 sq. ft. the same.

No place like (smart) home

Combination router and smart home hub, up to five Connect Homes can connect together to provide both Wi-Fi coverage to a home and connectivity with Samsung’s SmartThings system.

This means that not only can Samsung’s internet-enabled puck get you online, but you can also monitor your network access, adjust lights and temperature, or even limit usage on certain devices right from your smartphone screen.

Smart router systems are nothing new, most notably with Google Wifi offering similar features down to its own monitoring app.

That said, Samsung Connect Home is the first of its kind to sync up internet coverage with the tech giant’s suite of home automation services, so those willing to go all in on SmartThings may be interested in doing a little shopping this coming July.

Automated homes are tricky, but they’re getting better