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HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Australia has just announced that their budget 4G LTE phone, the recently-announced Desire 510 will be heading to Telstra on pre-paid for a wallet-friendly $179. The Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch FWVGA screen (854×480), a quad core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 5MP rear camera. As with its stablemates, it’s running HTC Sense 6 with BlinkFeed and comes with Android 4.4 on board. It’s been awarded Telstra’s “Blue Tick” rating. This means its recommended for rural and regional use on Telstra’s networking, meeting certain standards for reception. HTC’s announced the phone’s Australian RRP at $249, but Telstra[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone and Spotify partnership bears fruit with the Smart 4 Mini 3G pre-paid handset

Vodafone recently announced that they had entered into a partnership with music streaming service: Spotify. While no specifics were mentioned it seems that the partnership has born fruit with a new deal being offered on the Vodafone branded ‘Smart 4 Mini’ phone. The deal offers the Smart 4 Mini, a Premium Spotify subscription and 2GB of Data for just $69. The Vodafone ‘Smart’ series of devices have been a bit of a huge success in the European market. But Vodafone has brought the Smart line to Australia to see what happens. Let’s be honest, spec wise, the Vodafone Smart 4[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 17, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone now offering their 3G only Smart Tab 4 3G tablet

Vodafone now offering their 3G only Smart Tab 4 3G tablet

Vodafone is beginning to offer their ‘Smart’ line of Vodafone branded devices in Australia, beginning with their 3G enabled ‘Smart Tab 4 3G’. The tablet is a fairly mid-range device, which is now available on contract for as low as $45 per month, with a $3 per month tablet hardware repayment and 8GB of included data. There’s varying levels of contracts – all over the course of 24 months – available to choose from, with varying amounts of data included. Spec wise, the tablet which includes a 3G radio has some decent specs, including : 8” 1280×800 resolution WXGA IPS[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers
Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

Telstra Rush (T792) pops up on ZTE’s website

A new low-end phone seems to be about to head to Telstra’s pre-paid mobile service with the Telstra Rush (T792) popping up on ZTE’s website. Telstra Rush (T792) isn’t going to set any benchmarks with its specs and it certainly can be classed as a very basic entry level device, but the surprise is that the device will be running Android 4.4.2 straight out of the box. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT Display (320 x 480) 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core Adreno 302 GPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory expandable to 32GB via microSD 2MP rear camera only[Read More...]

by 7:00 AM on October 17, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? [DEVELOPING]

Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9? [DEVELOPING]

We’ve been doing the legwork today talking to manufacturers, carriers and retailers trying to find out Australian launch information for Google’s shiny new Nexus devices. Earlier this afternoon we received an official statement from Motorola. It’s time to find out what our carriers make of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. With Motorola behind the new Nexus 6, and their preference for going straight to retail with their devices, we’re not expecting to see Australian carriers range the Nexus 6. We didn’t expect to see the Nexus 5 either though, and Telstra did surprise us in 2013. HTC on the[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on October 16, 2014 14 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Tablets
PendoPhone 4G now available through the Pendo & Dodo Websites

PendoPhone 4G now available through the Pendo & Dodo Websites

Pendo, better known for their cheap tablets which are available through various retailers and telco’s such as Dodo, have entered the Australian smartphone market with their very own PendoPhone 4.7″ with 4G. The PendoPhone 4.7″ with 4G isn’t going to wow with high end specs but is instead aiming for the mid range budget conscious consumer, does offer some decent specs. The full list of specs include: 4.7″ IPS Display (720 x 1280) Dual Core 1.2GHz processor 1GB RAM 4GB Storage (2GB left for user memory), expandable to 32GB 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing Android 4.2 Radios: 2G: 850/900/1800/1900[Read More...]

by 8:30 AM on October 16, 2014 5 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Virgin Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are live – $5 per month on an $80 Plan

Virgin Mobile pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are live – $5 per month on an $80 Plan

Virgin Mobile has opened up their pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on their website, offering the handset in the traditional Black and White colour options. The handset is available for $5 per month on their $80 plan, which includes unlimited calls and texts within Australia and $150 of included calls and text to international numbers. The $80 plan also includes 4GB of Data + a bonus 2GB, making for a whopping 6GB of mobile data per month. If the $80 plan isn’t within your current budget, Virgin Mobile offer plans starting as low as $30 per month. Until[Read More...]

by 3:21 PM on October 15, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Optus pre-orders open today for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – $0 upfront on $80/month plan with bonus data

Optus pre-orders open today for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 – $0 upfront on $80/month plan with bonus data

Optus has opened pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in store and online, in black and white colours. Optus’ big incentive for customers signing up for a Note 4 on a new contract is $0 upfront on an $80 month plan (that also gets you an extra 2GB of data, bringing it to 5GB/month until November 2). On that plan (a 2-year contract), your Note 4 and two years of service comes to $1920. Remember, if you’re switching to Optus from another carrier you could be eligible for up to $450 credit to ease the transition and early termination[Read More...]

by 10:55 AM on October 15, 2014 8 comments Carriers, Deal, Manufacturer
HTC’s budget LTE-capable Desire 510 joins Telstra’s lineup

HTC’s budget LTE-capable Desire 510 joins Telstra’s lineup

4G devices are certainly making their mark and becoming cheaper every day, with Telstra and HTC launching the Desire 510, a budget 4G/LTE mobile phone to the Australian carriers pre-paid line of devices for $179. Spec wise, the Desire 510 does offer some decent specs for a budget minded device. Looking at the Desire 510, it certainly does also seem to follow the current line of HTC devices design wise which is good to see. The full list of specs include: 4.7″ FWVGA Display (480 x 854) 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 64 bit Quad-core processor 1 GB RAM[Read More...]

by 7:05 PM on October 14, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone’s pricing for the Note 4 and Note Edge released

Vodafone’s pricing for the Note 4 and Note Edge released

Vodafone is putting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edgeup for presale tomorrow, and there’s some bonuses on offer for those who pre-order. On the Galaxy Note 4, pricing starts at $10 a month on the $70 plan (over 24 months), up to $4 per month on the $100 plan. The Galaxy Note Edge starts at $18 a month on the $70 plan, dropping to $12 a month on the $100 plan. Customers who purchase the Note 4 between 15 and 29 October 2014, or a Note Edge between 15 October and 5 November, will receive a Samsung[Read More...]

by 7:03 PM on October 14, 2014 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Vodafone and Spotify enter into an exclusive partnership

Vodafone and Spotify enter into an exclusive partnership

Vodafone and Spotify are set to enter into an exclusive partnership, the companies announced overnight. Specific details of the arrangement weren’t announced, with ink still drying on contracts last night but both companies are excited at the possibilities and plan to announce offers for both prepaid and postpaid customers in the next few weeks, promising “game changing”, unrivalled offers. A Spotify Premium subscription currently costs $12 per month. If the price of this subscription was to be absorbed into a Vodafone Red plan(for example) it could tip the balance in favour of the carrier for Spotify customers. The companies were[Read More...]

by 10:58 AM on October 14, 2014 11 comments Carriers
Telstra makes 1800 numbers free of charge for mobile customers

Telstra makes 1800 numbers free of charge for mobile customers

Telstra has today announced a new bonus for their customers, becoming the first Australian operator to offer calls to 1800 number free of charge from a mobile. While you’ve been able to call 1800 numbers toll free from a landline for years, the cost of calling from a mobile has still been present, but no longer. Calls to 1800 numbers from a landline will remain free, but Telstra has recognised that more people are using their mobile as their main phone line and have decided to include the service as a bonus to their mobile customers. The inclusion will be[Read More...]

by 1:56 PM on October 9, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Telstra adds the 3G only Tempo (T815) to their pre-paid range

Telstra adds the 3G only Tempo (T815) to their pre-paid range

Telstra has been selling their branded handsets for a while now, and they’ve just added another to the range, introducing the ZTE built Telstra Tempo to their pre-paid lineup. The phone is far from what you’d call top of the line, but at $79 it’s what you would call a steal. The phone comes running a very up to date Android 4.4, so it’s a great start straight out of the box. The hardware is quite basic, and includes : 4.0″ capacitive touch screen Dual core 1.0GHz CPU 512MB RAM 4GB flash memory with microSD Card slot (up to 32GB)[Read More...]

by 9:07 AM on October 4, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones