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Best iPhone apps: five free Wi-Fi and 3G related apps

Monitor your net connection on your smartphone

Whether it's testing the speed of your mobile net connection on your smartphone or simply locating the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot, here's five free apps for Apple iPhones that are Wi-Fi and 3G related.

Speedtest.net Mobile

Speedtest.net has developed a free iPhone app that measures the speed of a web connection using the first access point, which could be your Wi-Fi or 3G connection. The app will measure the net connection upload, download and Ping speeds on your device. Once complete, the results will be displayed onscreen. Alternatively, it'll let you an access results from previous tests to help you work out when it may be preferable to use one type of connection over the other.

iDataSpy

iDataSpy lets you track your cellular (3G/EDGE/GPRS) and WiFi data. You can even view the results in a bar graph.

Onavo

This is a great app that that takes the data you receive on your handset when surfing the web and pass its through the firm's compression service, decreasing the size of the data and subsequently ensuring you pay less for data downloads.

3G Mapper Lite

With this app you can create your own 3G coverage map. Dots (which are added automatically) on the map show you where you do and don't have a data signal. You can even combine all your different logs into one large map and share with other.

WiFi Finder

This free app lets you search for the nearest Wi-Fi hotspot from 55,000 locations in 144 countries across the world. You can even get directions to the hotspot without leaving the app.

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