Do you panic at the thought of being without your good friend, Google, by your side? Are you a compulsive email checker, YouTube fanatic, or download addict?
If you suffer from any of these aflictions, then you might be a person who just can't live without internet!
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When living in a shared accommodation, or guest house, with Furnished Property, internet access may be taken care of with a house computer or wireless throughout. On the other hand, for those living in residential apartments, internet might be the responsibility of the tenants - and in Australia, it is not such a cost-effective goal to achieve.
Many Internet Service Providers around Sydney supply plans meant for 12 or 24 months, and if you want month-by-month coverage, you might have to combine that with the cost of a home phone and a set-up fee. Depending on the type of housing you are living in, and the number of people you are sharing it with, this cost could start to add a bit to your monthly bills = less fun money in Sydney.
Luckily, there is another way. When I arrived in Sydney, I didn't really know these existed, but it appears that mobile broadband is a booming business here. What you do is buy a modem that looks like a little memory stick and a SIM card that's tied to a mobile phone number. And, just like the pay-as-you-go mobile phone plans, you recharge your data package each month or year.
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They actually work quite well and do everything from Skyping your family back home to downloading music. Best of all, its ready to go with you wherever you're heading around Sydney! So, if you fancy typing some emails in the park, at the beach or on your apartment's balcony, the usb modems give you the flexibility to do just that!