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Telstra offers customers a ‘free data Sunday’ to compensate for outage

Telstra offers customers a ‘free data Sunday’ to compensate for outage

9:42 pm on February 9, 2016 in Carriers
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Telstra’s network outage today was for the most part fairly brief, with Telstra right onto the issue as it occured, attempting to restore service asap. But it was a large scale outage and did have an impact on their customers. Telstra’s Chief Operations Officer Kate Mckenzie has addressed the outage, explaining a little about the cause and offered a small[Read More…]

[Update: Service now being restored]Breaking: Telstra suffering countrywide outage

[Update: Service now being restored]Breaking: Telstra suffering countrywide outage

1:50 pm on February 9, 2016 in Carriers, News
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The Telstra Mobile network is currently experiencing a nationwide outage for data and voice services. Initially reported through various social media enquiries, the issue was initially investigated before Telstra made the following announcement: We’re aware of an issue affecting mobile voice and data nationally. We’re working to resolve the issue ASAP. Thanks for your patience. — Telstra (@Telstra) February 9,[Read More…]

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Optus, Vodafone, Telstra and TPG all grab additional 1800MHz spectrum in ACMA auction

Optus, Vodafone, Telstra and TPG all grab additional 1800MHz spectrum in ACMA auction

4:24 pm on February 8, 2016 in Carriers, Other News
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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced on Friday that their 2-month long auction of additional 1800MHz spectrum had concluded, with Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and TPG all gaining additional licenses. The auction for previously unallocated 1800MHz spectrum in regional areas, raised over half a billion dollars from the four companies. Licenses for the spectrum come into effect at the[Read More…]

Blackberry Priv now available from Optus stores from $67 per month

Blackberry Priv now available from Optus stores from $67 per month

12:24 pm on February 4, 2016 in Carriers, Phones

The much anticipated Blackberry Priv has finally made its way down under, with Optus listing the phone on their website this morning. Optus made the announcement they would carry the phone yesterday but had no pricing to share at the time. From the Optus website, the phone is selling on a range of My Plan Plus options from $40 per[Read More…]

BlackBerry’s Priv launches with Optus tomorrow

BlackBerry’s Priv launches with Optus tomorrow

11:30 am on February 3, 2016 in Carriers, Phones
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BlackBerry’s first Android phone will be available in Australia tomorrow through Optus, with a focus on business customers – don’t worry if you’re a personal customer though, as consumers will be able to purchase the phone for themselves online. The Priv takes BlackBerry’s focus on productivity, security and privacy and brings it to the world’s largest smartphone platform with access[Read More…]

Vaya announces changes to Power and Unlimited plans

Vaya announces changes to Power and Unlimited plans

2:42 pm on February 1, 2016 in Carriers, News
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It looks like today is new plan announcement day, with Vaya announcing changes to many of its Power and Unlimited plans with either price reductions or more inclusions. Power Plans are best for data-heavy users with $650 of talk but more data, while the Unlimited plans feature unlimited standard calls in exchange for a little less data. Both sets of[Read More…]

Optus brings bonus data, international calls and increased data rollover to prepaid My Prepaid Ultimate plan

Optus brings bonus data, international calls and increased data rollover to prepaid My Prepaid Ultimate plan

10:51 am on February 1, 2016 in Carriers, Other News
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Optus announced this morning that its My Prepaid Ultimate plans have increased data allowances (amusingly titled ‘Datafest’) with bonus recharge data, unlimited standard international calls to ten countries and an increased data rollover allowance on every recharge with a big focus on its $40 recharge price point. Until next May, customers that connect to My Prepaid Ultimate and recharge with[Read More…]

Vodafone makes Red Roaming to New Zealand free; adds Qantas Points deals

Vodafone makes Red Roaming to New Zealand free; adds Qantas Points deals

10:49 am on February 1, 2016 in Carriers, News

Vodafone announced this morning that it’s removed the $5/day roaming fee for customers travelling to New Zealand on Red and SIM Only plans using their Red Roaming product, and a new relationship with Qantas to offer bonus points on new Qantas Red plans. Since the $5 day Red Roaming service was started by Vodafone in 2013, they’ve racked up some[Read More…]

Amaysim has acquired Vaya Mobile for $70M

Amaysim has acquired Vaya Mobile for $70M

8:38 am on January 6, 2016 in Carriers, News, Other News
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Mobile Virtual Network Operator Amaysim has announced that it has purchased fellow operator, Vaya Mobile, for $70 million in a deal which will help grow Australia’s fourth biggest mobile phone provider by 140,000 subscribers. This acquisition will take Amaysim to over 1 million subscribers to its service by 2019. Amaysim’s CEO Julian Ogrin says the deal will “significantly improve Amaysim’s milestone[Read More…]

Optus now offering a Star Wars themed Google Cardboard headset with new plan sign ups.

Optus now offering a Star Wars themed Google Cardboard headset with new plan sign ups.

Google and Disney partnered up late last month for the launch of the Force Awakens, part of the promotion seems to have crossed to carriers with Verizon in the US sponsoring Google Cardboard content in the Star Wars app and supplying Star Wars themed VR headsets to customers – Optus in Australia has taken up the local distribution giving away[Read More…]

Optus to begin distributing Star Wars themed Google Cardboard tomorrow?

Optus to begin distributing Star Wars themed Google Cardboard tomorrow?

Star Wars day is nearly here, this Thursday Star Wars fans will be treated to the first official sequel to the original trilogy when the Force Awakens rolls into theatres. In the US, carrier Verizon has teamed up with Disney – the owners of the franchise now – to offer Star Wars themed Google Cardboard headsets. Now it looks like[Read More…]

Telstra set to live-stream the Sydney New Years Eve fireworks show through their new app

Telstra set to live-stream the Sydney New Years Eve fireworks show through their new app

1:33 pm on December 14, 2015 in Apps and Games, Carriers
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Telstra have today announced their Sydney New Year’s Eve App has been updated in anticipation of celebrations kicking off on the 31st of this month on the shores of Sydney Harbour. There’s an awful lot going on, as there always is, and the City of Sydney have a wealth of information about the various events on their website. This is[Read More…]

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 finally available from Dodo on plans or outright from $379

Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 finally available from Dodo on plans or outright from $379

11:30 am on December 14, 2015 in Carriers, Phones
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The hotly anticipated Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 has finally arrived at mobile and home broadband company Dodo with the companies website listing the phone for sale on their website for outright purchase or on a plan. Back in October, Alcatel OneTouch did announce that the phone would arrive in early November, but a month and a half later, the phone[Read More…]

Virgin Mobile is now offering customers deals with Foxtel’s Presto service with free subscriptions and bonus data

Virgin Mobile is now offering customers deals with Foxtel’s Presto service with free subscriptions and bonus data

9:00 am on December 3, 2015 in Carriers

The video streaming wars are getting more intricate, with Optus subsidiary Virgin Mobile today announcing they have entered into a partnership with video on-demand streaming service Presto to offer bonus data and free access to the service for selected Post Paid customers. From today, select new and existing post-paid customers can sign up for a bonus 2GB data allowance on[Read More…]

Optus drops the price of 3 Pre-paid mobiles whilst offering $20 Google Play gift cards

Optus drops the price of 3 Pre-paid mobiles whilst offering $20 Google Play gift cards

8:02 am on December 3, 2015 in Carriers, News, Phones

In the lead up to the busy retail Christmas season, Optus have dropped the price on three of their prepaid mobiles which all include the bonus $20 Google Play gift card. The three mobiles included in the price drop are the HTC Desire 520, Samsung Galaxy J1 and the LG Leon, all of which have seen a reduction from their[Read More…]