I'd rather be connected than have a place to stay," said Hartley, 39, to 9News in Australia this week. "It's not that expensive to have a mobile these days."
Along with her cell phone, Hartley owns a laptop that she uses to update her website and Facebook page.
The computer science and mathematics graduate had been working in Sydney for 10 years when her contracts dried up six months ago.
Now, she begs on the street for food, change, work and Wi-Fi.