VirtualMV/Internet and Web/Mobile/Content

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By the end of this page you will be able to:

Some size estimates

10MB roughly = 100 web pages, 300 text emails, 12 minutes YouTube, or 100 Facebook photos.


Mobile connectivity


  • 3G access
  • Vodem connects to Vodafone NZ HSDPA at 4.2kbps


  • Smart 19Data (2012): on NZ network (30 mins, 300 TXTs), Data300MB, $19
  • If you don't need an Add-On, your rates would be: 49c per minute for calls, 12c per TXT, $1/day for up to 10MB of data ($1 per MB after that)

Prepaysmart. Minutes, TXTs and data in one easy bundle. Retrieved from

  • Casual rate $1 per day up to 10MB (only on day of use)
  • Broadband lite (2011) $6 per month up to 50MB, $10 per month up to 100MB (available for prepay and On Account), includes Twitter (using the approved app) and facebook.

Telecom Mobile Broadband (T3G)

  • Introduced 2002 this is a telecom technology allowing high speed mobile digital access using an 027 phone or wireless modem.
  • Main centers :Download speeds of around 300 - 500Kbps, with a huge maximum of 2Mbps
  • Other centers: Peak download speeds averaging between 40 - 80 Kbps (with a maximum of 153Kbps)

Costs (October 2002). There is no time related cost.

  • Casual rate 8c per 10kB
  • Mobile Data 12, Monthly access fee $25, 12MB per month, casual 5c per 10kB.
  • Mobile Data 70, Monthly access fee $100, 70MB per month, casual 2c per 10kB.

Telecom's 3G XT Network

  • XT Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) Network launched 2009
  • High Speed Packet Access +(HSPA+) -improved software protocols for WCDMA, introduced late 2009
  • 2010
    • Telecom MF626 T‑Stick $99 @ 3.6Mbps
    • Sierra Wireless 308 Turbo T‑Stick $399 @ 21Mbps
    • Prepay - 500MB, $29.95 - which has a calendar month expiry
    • Fixed rates:
      • Mobile Broadband 500MB $29.95. 500 MB of data per month. Further 500MB of data just $29.95, then 10c per additional MB.
      • Mobile Broadband 4GB $79.95. 4GB of data per month. Further 4GB of data just $29.95, then 10c per additional MB.
  • 2009
    • 3GB data plan $85/month

2degrees Mobile Broadband

  • 50c per megabyte to use mobile internet
  • Prepay packs:
    • 50MB for $6
    • 512MB for $20
    • 2GB for $50
    • 10GB for $150

-Gpatterson 20:43, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Wireless connectivity - WiFi

WiFi (wireless fidelity) allows wireless connection between PCs, PDAs, Portable computers, an office network or the internet. Called 802.11 technology, and is not secure. Security can be provided via a firewall. Table: WiFi specifications 802.11b 802.11a 802.11g

  802.11b 802.11a 802.11g 802.11n
Speed 11Mbits/s 54Mbit/s 54Mbit/s 150Mbits/s
Range indoors 35m; outdoors 140m indoors 35m; outdoors 120m indoors 38m; outdoors 140m indoors 70m; outdoors 250m
Frequency 2.4GHz5GHz2.4GHz 2.4 and 5 GHz
MIMO Streams1 1 1 4
Public availabilityCafes & hotspotsOffice networks Cafes & hotspots Cafes & hotspots

The current version IEEE 802.11n is capable of 150Mbits/s net data rate on 40MHz band. This is achieved in the physical layer by building on a technology used in the previous 802.11g version called MIMO (multiple-input multiple-output) which uses several corresponding antennas both on the transmitter and the receiver; also by doubling the channel width from 20 MHz to 40 MHz in the physical layer the data rate has also doubled. The other improvement has been applied in the data link layer to the media access control by implementing frame aggregation which allows the transmission of two or more data frames in a single transmission.

Coming soon..

IEEE 802.11ac is expected to be released soon, in fact new wireless routers such as the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 and Netgear R6300 are based on the new 802.11ac and capable of transmitting data at a whopping 450Mb/s. --Raadj1 01:13, 12 August 2012 (EDT)

The new standard can handle more than a billion bits of data per second, enabling users to download an entire season of a TV series in under one minute. However, the average U.S. fixed Internet connection maxes out at about 32 Mbps, which is 40 times slower than new 802.11ac devices offer, according to Akamai Technologies. (Wall Street Journal (04/15/13) Drew Fitzgerald )

Mobile Applications

Apps 'to Be as Big as Internet'

BBC News (07/20/09) Shiels, Maggie

Experts at the recent MobileBeat conference in San Francisco say the market for mobile applications will become "as big as the Internet," peaking at 10 million apps in 2020. Currently, Apple runs the most popular application store, with more than 65,000 applications and more than 1.5 billion downloads. Many attendees at the MobileBeat conference say the popularity of Apple's App Store, which is helping the mobile app market gain popularity and attention, also is its Achilles' heel because it caters to the "one hit wonder" model of mobile app development. Apps in the Apple store can quickly become extremely popular, but it is impossible for any single application to stay on the catalog's bestseller list, and many developers are learning that it is hard to reach a sustainable business because it is a hit-driven environment.

Shiels, M. (2009, July 20)[2]

Mobile Phone Comparison


iPhone versus Android Showdown (Khan, 2010)[3] -Jordanastan 21:12, 30 August 2010 (UTC)


  • The future of Mobile technologies - Phone, Projector, gestures (TED Conference ,2009)[4]
  • Thom Cochrane has a wiki devoted to Mobile technologies with a New Zealand context (Cochrane, n.d)[5]
  • Elizabeth De Noma describes a day in the life of a Palm Treo Pro running Windows mobile 6.1 with service from Sprint (De Norma, 2009)[6] cache

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