Communications Archive

New Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans

There’s no getting away from it, if you are travelling around Australia and need the internet (and these days nearly everyone does), Telstra is the only real option unless you plan to stay in major centres. Many of us grey nomads use their mobile WiFi devices or USB ‘dongles’ and the best value for money

Tutorial : Quick guide for complete beginners : Part 2

In my last tutorial, we looked at making calls from your phone and I mentioned that you can quickly call a contact already stored in your phone, so let’s look at how to add and manage contacts. The first thing to remember is that your contacts are (usually) stored in your Google account as well

Telstra Air

If you are a Telstra customer you probably already know that they have recently given us access to their free WiFi hotspots all over Australia (plus more than 14 million ‘Fon’ hotspots worldwide apparently) until 30th June 2016. If you didn’t already know about it then I suggest you signup soon – after all, you don’t

GTasks : ToDo List & Tasks

This will be my last app review for the year, so here’s one that might come in handy this holiday season when we have so much to remember. I’m a big fan of Google apps as are most Android users and a very handy feature that isn’t easily accessed on our devices is the Tasks feature

Emergency+

This app was recently mentioned on the Australian ABC and should be installed on all our phones in my opinion. The app was developed by Australia’s emergency services and their Government and industry partners, helping people to call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia. It uses your mobile phone’s GPS functionality so

GPS Status & Toolbox

Does your phone or tablet sometimes have difficulty getting a GPS ‘fix’? Mine does from time to time, often for no apparent reason as it often has worked fine the day before which seems odd. I use this free app to check my GPS is working or to download the A-GPS data periodically to improve

Tinfoil for Facebook

Many seniors love Facebook as it enables them to keep in touch with friends and family, especially to view photos (and videos) of grandchildren. I am a very late adopter of Facebook, mainly because of previously reported lax security for it’s members and the companies concentration on it’s users being a product rather than customers

Telstra 24×7

Most seniors, especially if traveling around Australia, use the Telstra network for their mobiles and internet access  as the other carriers just can’t match the coverage out of metro areas. I’m surprised though, that many haven’t heard of the free app that Telstra provide that makes it much easier to keep track of their usage

WiFi Hotspot Settings

Many of us use our phones as WiFi HotSpots. It is such a handy feature that most smartphones have available these days. If you aren’t familiar with what this is, just read the explanation at the end of this post. However, I used to find that the multiple taps to turn it on or off,

Call Confirm

Does this ever happen to you? You’re navigating through the contact list and somehow tap a contact and call them by accident? It happens to me a fair bit and it is embarrassing when they answer and you have to explain you didn’t mean to call them. This is where this simple app can solve

WiFi Analyzer

WiFi connections can prove tricky to set up and keep working reliably. I have set up hundreds of WiFi networks for people over the years and many of the problems can be tracked down with the aid of a good networking tool like WiFi Analyzer. I use this app regularly to help with the best

Tutorial: Connecting your tablet or phone to WiFi

Happy New Year to all the readers of Androids4Seniors. How are your resolutions going so far? Mine this year is to not forget that tasks that are simple for me are not so for many seniors with little experience with computers. One basic and very important task we need to do is to connect our
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