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Free Data Day

Last Tuesday Telstra suffered a technical glitch, putting much of their network offline.  To apologise, they made Sunday February 14 Free Data Day.  Telstra customers in Australia were able to use as much mobile data as they wanted, for free, no caps, no other limits.

Free mobile data notification from Telstra

Free mobile data notification from Telstra

Social media was a buzz with people boasting about how much they were downloading for free.  For me, I was more interested in uploading.  ADSL home broadband internet, while reasonable for downloads, is horribly slow for uploads.  Telstra’s mobile data network, on the other hand, usually as high speeds for both Up and Down-loads.

For the Free Data Day, I unplugged my computer from the ADSL modem and tethered my iPhone to use the mobile data on my Desktop PC.  For about 23 hours I synced as much photo and video data as I could to Microsoft OneDrive, which gives me an online cloud backup.  My total data for the day included 142GB backed up to OneDrive, around 3GB uploaded to my SmugMug photo sites, plus regular use.  That much data would normally take more than a month to upload via ADSL, or to use that much mobile data on any other day would cost $1400 in excess charges.

Thank you Telstra!

Sync uploads to OneDrive

iPhone 6S

I Picked up my new mobile phone on the weekend, an iPhone 6S.  I have been using an iPhone 5S for two years, the new phone is bigger, so I was a little worried about fitting it in my pocket and comfortably holding it, but after a couple of days I’ve gotten used to it.  I remember thinking the same thing when I upgraded from the iPhone 4S, which seems teeny-tiny now!

The new phone is definitely faster, and the camera seems pretty good too.  I’ll post some test shots in a future blog post.

Apple’s silicone cover was a bit pricey at $55, but I guess it’s cheaper than replacing or repairing a dropped phone!

My new Apple iPhone 6S

My new Apple iPhone 6S


Old and new iPhones stacked up.

Old and new iPhones stacked up.


It might sound geeky, but Mandy and I have just upgraded out mobiles to the Apple iPhone 3GS.


We’re still finding, and experimenting with all the apps available on iTunes, and learning how to drive the phones them selves, but overall we reckon the iPhone is pretty cool.

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