Carriers

Telstra prepares to say goodbye to 2G

Telstra prepares to say goodbye to 2G

Telstra has announced its intention to switch off its 2G (GSM) mobile network by the end of 2016. The network, which has been powering mobile telecommunications in Australia for over twenty years now, has reached its end of life, and while Telstra’s 2G network was once one of the best, and carried the majority of Australian mobile traffic, its time has come. Today, Telstra’s 2G network carries just 1% of its overall voice traffic, and with newer networks offering better coverage, faster services, and better features, it’s easy to see why Telstra has decided the time is now. We’ve moved[Read More...]

by 7:38 AM on July 24, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News
Telstra announce LG G3 and G Watch availability from 5 August

Telstra announce LG G3 and G Watch availability from 5 August

Telstra has announced today that the LG G3, and LG G Watch, will be available from Telstra on 5 August. This is fairly big news in respect of the G3, but even bigger news in respect of the G Watch — retail availability of these two giants will no doubt be popular news. G3 The LG G3 will operate on Telstra’s latest 700MHz network and will be available for online pre-order on 29 July. A limited time offer of a $250 VISA gift card with select pre-orders will also be available. Telstra customers can purchase the LG G3 on a Telstra Mobile[Read More...]

by 12:29 PM on July 23, 2014 6 comments Android Wear, Carriers, News
Vodafone to open LG G3 pre-orders tomorrow with an LG G Watch as a pre-order bonus (update: confirmed)

Vodafone to open LG G3 pre-orders tomorrow with an LG G Watch as a pre-order bonus (update: confirmed)

After launching pre-orders for the LG G3 through Optus yesterday, we’re still waiting on both Telstra and Vodafone to launch their pre-order deals for LG’s flagship. We’ve received word that Vodafone is set to announce pre-orders for the phone tomorrow. Vodafone will offer the Black version (no word on White at the moment) of the LG G3 for pre-order tomorrow. The phone will be available for $0 on the $70 Red Plan on a 24 month contract, putting it in the same class as other flagship phones being offered on the Vodafone Network, phones such as the HTC One M8,[Read More...]

by 1:29 PM on July 22, 2014 0 comments Carriers
Optus joins the 700Mhz test party – announces test sites in Darwin and Perth.

Optus joins the 700Mhz test party – announces test sites in Darwin and Perth.

After Telstra announced they would begin trialling a 4G network running on the 700MHz spectrum purchased in the auction last year, Optus has today advised that they too will be running a trial using the same frequency. Optus advised that they will be turning on the 4G 700MHz network in Darwin and Perth CBDs letting their customers trial the network thanks to an early access license from the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). When Optus participated in the auction run by the ACMA last year, they spent a total of $650 Million dollars, which got them 2 x 10[Read More...]

by 9:29 PM on July 21, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Telstra set to turn on six 700MHz network test sites in the coming weeks

Telstra set to turn on six 700MHz network test sites in the coming weeks

In May last year, Telstra and other carriers participated in a spectrum auction, which saw the countries largest Telco, successfully bid on two 20 MHz blocks (40 MHz) of spectrum in the 700 MHz band. The license to operate on the 700MHz band becomes available in January 2015, however Telstra today advised they have launched a trial of 4G services in the 700MHz spectrum in six locations around the country. Telstra customers in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith will get the first 700MHz experience on the network, before Telstra rolls it out to more locations in January.[Read More...]

by 8:48 PM on July 21, 2014 0 comments Carriers
LG G3 now available to pre-order through Optus with free G Pad 8.3 tablet and Wireless Charging dock

LG G3 now available to pre-order through Optus with free G Pad 8.3 tablet and Wireless Charging dock

Optus has this morning opened up pre-orders for the upcoming LG Super-phone – the LG G3. The bonuses are actually pretty good for the phone which is the first on the Australian market to include a 2K 2560 x 1440 resolution display, with Optus and LG throwing in an LG G Pad 8.3 tablet and Wireless Charging dock for pre-orders placed online. The G3 is of course, LG’s 2014 flagship and it’s a monster. The hardware is top notch, with that massive, high resolution display, 13MP Rear Camera with OIS and Laser Auto-Focus and a 3,000mAh battery. The phone also[Read More...]

by 9:48 AM on July 21, 2014 17 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Virgin Mobile launches new initative with OzHarvest to feed people who need it

Virgin Mobile launches new initative with OzHarvest to feed people who need it

Going hungry is no fun for anyone, OzHarvest has been distributing surplus food to the needy since 2004. Today Virgin Mobile has announced that they’re going to try to help out, announcing a partnership with OzHarvest, which will allow you to help them out just by sharing a picture of your meal on Social Media and adding the hashtag #mealforameal. People are definitely going hungry in Australia. There are approximately 2 million Aussies reliant on food relief every year, and food services like OzHarvest still can’t meet the demand. This is where the #MealforaMeal campaign comes in. Every time you[Read More...]

by 12:16 PM on July 14, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Charity
Alcatel Pop C1 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $79

Alcatel Pop C1 now available on Optus Pre-Paid for $79

Optus have recently added a new smartphone to its pre-paid line of phones, introducing the Alcatel Pop C1. The Alcatel Pop C1 is a very basic, entry level smartphone, so its low-level specs aren’t going to wow anyone, but it will allow first time smartphone owners or beginners get a fairy decent experience. The full list of specs include: 3.5” HVGA Screen Display (320 x 480 pixels) 1GHz Dual-core CPU 1GB RAM 4GB with 2GB end user memory, expandable to 32GB via MicroSD Card 2MP rear camera only Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) 3G[Read More...]

by 4:54 PM on July 13, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update arriving now bringing editing of dock icons

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, your quiet patience is being rewarded with owners advising that they are beginning to receive the Android 4.4 update for their handsets over the air now. The update is to Android 4.4.2 to be precise and the Over-The-Air update is clocking in at 498.38MB. What does the update bring? Well, just as Galaxy S5 owners gained the ability to change their dock icons in their update back in June, this latest update brings the same functionality.KitKat There’s also a few fixes, including one for NFC, some updated Samsung applications, UI improvements,0 bug fixes,[Read More...]

by 8:30 PM on July 6, 2014 10 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G to launch on Telstra later this year

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G to launch on Telstra later this year

Although Wi-Fi versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be launching in retailers on the 14th of July, the LTE versions of the tablet won’t arrive here until later this year. When they do, you’ll be able to pick-up one of them from Telstra, which will be nicely enabled to work on their upcoming 700MHz LTE network. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5, will have the ‘honour’ of being the first APT700MHz capable 4G tablet to launch on the Telstra Mobile Network – one of the largest in Australia. Telstra is building out the 700MHz network into regional areas as[Read More...]

by 12:18 PM on July 4, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Vodafone unveils new Red plans; new customers get unlimited data for two months

Vodafone unveils new Red plans; new customers get unlimited data for two months

Vodafone has today unveiled a new set of Red plans with increased data allowances and a couple of new measures to help customers get a better idea of their data usage before they commit to a plan with too much or too little data included. Firstly, the new Red plans go from $70/month with 3GB of data up to $100/month with 6GB. Red plans are all 2-year contracts and have infinite national calls along with national and international texts and “pxts” (MMS) with 300 minutes of international calls. Bring your own phone to a SIM-only Red plan, and you’ll get[Read More...]

by 3:46 PM on July 2, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Google announces Android One smartphone initiative – Stock Android with Automatic Updates

Google announces Android One smartphone initiative – Stock Android with Automatic Updates

As part of Google’s vision to capture the ‘Next 5 Billion’, Google today announced a new handset initiative, designed to help OEMs build devices, called – Android One. Android One will be a hardware reference model which OEMs can use to build devices which are high quality yet affordable. Android One devices will be running stock Android, with OEMs and carriers adding locally relevant apps and content through Google Play – note: No skins here. Android One devices will receive Google Play Auto-installs to keep them up-to-date, as well as receiving Automatic Updates, a neat way to resolve fragmentation for[Read More...]

by 5:24 AM on June 26, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone apologises for network issues with a free data weekend

Vodafone apologises for network issues with a free data weekend

Many Australians, including some of our guys, were affected by Vodafone’s network outage yesterday, which left many Vodafone customers unable to send or receive SMS, and worse yet, unable to make or receive telephone calls. Fortunately for me, this wasn’t too serious — I wasn’t able to call home to find out what to bring for lunch — but I’m sure plenty of others had more important calls and SMS unable to be made. To say sorry for this, Vodafone has announced that this weekend, all customers will be able to use as much data as they like to make[Read More...]

by 7:18 AM on June 20, 2014 14 comments Carriers, News