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6 wearables for keeping fit and fashionable on a budget


Welcome to our Wearable Wednesdays series, a weekly look at the world of wearables.

Some of the best things in life are free, such as hug from a loved one, or meeting with a new friend. But when it comes to technology, that’s not always the case.

People talk a lot about having to fork out the big bucks to keep up with latest gadgets, but you can stay tech-trendy without having to spend a lot.

My favourite of those trends is, of course, wearables. Think wearable tech is too expensive for you to don? Think again! Because no matter what your budget, there’s a wearable out there to keep you fit and fashionable – without breaking the bank.

Here’s five we love.


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The final wire: wireless charging in a cable-filled world


My desk is a snakes-nest of cables. However, they have been gradually reducing – replaced each time by another wireless link. My phone connects to Telstra’s 4G network. My iPad connects to the office Wi-Fi. Still, the wire that is needed to provide power to these devices hasn’t been replaced. Although, perhaps not for long.

Famed inventor Nikola Tesla demonstrated sending power without wires back in the late 19th century. The idea is not a new one, but the need has never been greater. I doubt Tesla carried as many portable electronic devices around as the average Australian does these days.

So it’s good to see that wireless charging is now appearing, and with it comes a better user experience. A wireless charging plate is embedded in a table or desk, and when a smartphone is positioned on top, the battery will begin charging. It’s so simple, and there are no wires to be seen.

There are two different international standards for wireless charging – Powermat and Qi (pronounced “chee”). It’s a bit like VHS vs Betamax, or Bluray vs HD-DVD. These standards both provide a similar experience for customers, but only as long as you have the compatible devices.


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More data, more entertainment for our mobile customers


Ahead of one of the year’s hottest smartphone launches, we’re boosting the value of some of our most popular mobile plans by including more data and introducing a bonus six month subscription for one of the leading TV and movie streaming service Presto, starting 9 April.

From 9 April, if you take up Mobile Accelerate and Easy Share Business Plans you’ll get a six month bonus Presto subscription included so you can enjoy the latest TV shows and movies – including Modern Family, Girls, Ray Donovan and Sons of Anarchy.

And to cater for your ever-growing love of sharing, surfing and streaming while on the go, we’re also offering a data boost on eligible plans.


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More value for you with our free fixed broadband data top ups


Recently we started topping up the data allowances for our consumer fixed broadband customers and aim to reach more than 2.5 million customers in the coming months. The data will be applied to all consumer ADSL, Cable, FTTP and NBN plans.

The extra gigabytes are a permanent addition to your plan. No conditions, easy.

This has surprised some of you, but we want to let you know it’s genuine!

The reason we’re doing this is simple: we want to say thank-you for being a Telstra customer by offering you more value on a service that you tell us is becoming more and more integral to your life every day.


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Strut your tech: top 5 wearables for the fashionably connected


This week on Wearable Wednesdays we’re joined by Laura Lombardi, who has joined the Social Media team as part of her graduate rotation. It didn’t take us long to notice just how fashionable Laura is, so we set her a task: to hunt down the most fashionable wearables of the moment. Here’s what she found.

Technology and fashion seem like two parallel universes. When a designer releases a new line of clothing, it doesn’t generally include technology and when a tech company releases a wearable, well often it seems anything but fashionable.

Excitingly, this is changing. Here are some of the best looking wearables on the scene, darling.


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