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Tech Talk Radio. Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our fifth year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Justin Dunlop, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH. Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!

Join us live in our chat room - chat.techtalkradio.com.au. Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our fifth year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Justin Dunlop, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH. Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!

Join us live in our chat room - chat.techtalkradio.com.au-The trials and tribulations of technology in transit can be quite daunting for the uninitiated, or even the experienced for that matter. Last week I drove a couple of hundred kilometers down the Victorian coast line to the small holiday village of Inverloch. Not that the destination is relevant it could have been any town in Australia, outside one of the main Central Business Districts.

Mobile communications is divided into two distinct components these days, mobile telephony and mobile data. If youre rich enough to be connected to Telstra, Australias incumbent telecommunications provider, then chances are, you wont have much to worry about. But if youre consumer savvy and conscience of the drain on the hip pocket, then chances are, youre with a different provider even still, you may have two different providers, one for your mobile telephony and another for your mobile broadband.

Since the launch of handsets (smart phones) such as Apples iPhone, the Blackberry and Nokias E71, data has become more of a necessity than ever before. After all, why invest in these smart phones, which have been designed and built to deliver a vast range of internet services to the consumer on the go, if you arent going to use whats on offer.

Before the smart phone hit the market, telcos saw data over the mobile phone network as a bit of a cash cow. But in the past year or so, pricing for mobile data is becoming comparable to that of voice. Even the Telstra Rock of Gibraltar has budged ever so slightly in the last 12 months on mobile broadband pricing. But beware the roaming display on your mobile phone, because this is where mobile data can become extremely expensive.
Mobile data can be charged anywhere from 50 cents to several dollars per Mb when you choose to use internet services on your mobile when roaming onto another carriers network.

Now on the face of it, it doesnt sound too bad, but if you leave your handset on, with applications like Google Maps, Skype,or Fring, then you may be in for some bill shock, especially if your away from your home location for a while. Other processes that run on your smart phone such as email clients can also eat away at your mobile data plan, so the trick to traveling is turn off what you dont need, or at least change the settings to manual. That way, you know when and how much your using.

One final piece of advice, as mobile broadband gets faster, unless you have substantial allocation of moble broadband, never leave you laptop unattended with you mobile broadband card connected. I did on the weekend to find a substantial swag of my allocation consumed by a fairly sizable windows update.

Just as well my account anniversary was only two days away.

Also on the show this week:

Former Qantas pilot and aviation guru Mark Mayer joins us live in the studio
Adam looks at mobile VOIP
Microsoft to sell Windows 7 in Europe with no browser at all, and
Apples WWDC has concluded and what have we learnt

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