Samsung Galaxy S4 Active – to be available on contract exclusively on Vodafone

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been available at AllPhones and coming to TeleChoice stores for almost a week, but has just been announced as being officially on-sale in Australia. The Galaxy S4 Active is now available to pre-order from Vodafone on a 24 Month contract on their $60 plan with an additional $5 per month handset repayment on top. This plan includes 1.5GB of Data and infinite standard National voice calls to other Vodafone mobiles, it also includes infinite national and international SMS. To check out the full details, check out the Vodafone website. The Galaxy S4... Continue reading

Telstra quick to say “me too” — Announces Galaxy S4 Mini is coming

Look at the right-hand side of that image. That's a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and hot on the heels of Optus' announcement yesterday that the Galaxy S4 Mini would launch supporting their new 4G/LTE networks, Telstra has also announced that it will be ranging the Galaxy S4 Mini too. There's not an awful lot of information on Telstra's Exchange blog on the subject, beyond a little bit of an overview of the specs, and some touting of Telstra's 4G network as being the best (though we're not so sure about that anymore). Telstra does have an expression of... Continue reading

Android 4.2.2 update for Vodafone HTC One is now rolling out

After delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One to ensure that customers would not be charged for the data, Vodafone has advised that the update is now available. The Vodafone Blog has updated to advise that the update will be preceded by a 1.5MB update which will then enable the larger Android 4.2.2 update to proceed. The update is staggered, so you will receive a notification to update OTA 'at some point over the next few weeks' but to check manually go to Settings > About Phone > System Updates > Check for Updates. While no specifics have... Continue reading

Live Connected — Service Review

These days with the three mainstream phone service providers offering less and less true useful value in their plans, the chase is on for the many other providers (Mobile Virtual Network Operators or MVNOs for short) to get your business.   These MVNOs purchase their underlying services from the big three carriers (Telstra, Optus or Vodafone), with the majority these days using Optus. There are quite a number of MVNOs, such as Boost, Amaysim, Virgin, Vaya, ALDIMobile to name a few, and Live Connected is another of this same crop. Where MVNOs fit -- given they resell someone else's... Continue reading

Optus announces new options for international travellers

Optus has today announced a new take on their plans available to customers who travel internationally. Optus offers coverage in over 182 countries and previously, five zones have split the world for Optus customers when travelling, making it sometimes difficult to judge which zone you were in when travelling to multiple international destinations. Today's announcement sees those zones reduced to two. The two zones, have been selected carefully with Zone 1 including the top five destinations that Australians travel to - New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Asia. Zone 2 will incorporate the roads not... Continue reading

Kogan Mobile customers to have services cancelled within 30 days

Earlier today we brought you the news about ispOne appointing administrators and cancelling their contract to resell Telstra Wholesale mobile services. ALDIMobile customers may have dodged the bullet, with news breaking that Medion Australia has reached a deal directly with Telstra to see the continuation of services for ALDIMobile customers, the news for Kogan Mobile customers is not quite so good. In fact, it's decidedly worse. Telstra has posted a statement which, amongst other things, says: Kogan Mobile has not reached a deal with Telstra, and will no longer be able to provide... Continue reading

ISPOne calls in Administrators, cancels Telstra wholesale contracts

If you're on Aldi or Kogan pre-paid mobile, then chances are you're about to hear from your provider shortly. According to the Australian Financial Review, ISPOne has called in administrators and cancelled their contract to provide 3G Mobile services to the MVNO's from Telstra. This latest development follows this mornings decision by Kogan to stop offering 90 day or 365 day recharges on their service. Gizmodo has provided a full statement from Telstra which reads : Telstra Wholesale has been advised that ispONE has appointed Ferrier Hodgson as a voluntary administrator and the administrator has cancelled ispONE’s contracts for... Continue reading

Leak suggests Snapdragon 800 based Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to all 3 Australian carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is strongly rumoured to be announced at the September 4th Samsung Unpacked 2013 – Episode 2 event in Berlin just prior to the start of IFA, has been listed by SamMobile as coming to all three Australian carriers with a Snapdragon 800 CPU. The leak indicates that there will be four specific firmwares for the Galaxy Note 3 released in Australia -- an unlocked model plus a variant for each carrier. The Galaxy Note 3 destined for Australian shores will include a Snapdragon 800(MSM8974) CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and come with 3GB of... Continue reading

ISPOne wholesale customers will remain connected at least till trial is over

Kogan and Aldi Mobile are among the 280,000 ISPOne wholesale customers who can rest easy, at least until the court case between Telstra and ISPOne over unpaid invoices has been sorted. The case between ISPOne and Telstra which on Monday, had the potential to end services for the customers of the telco wholesaler, was sent to mediation but after a protracted session which lasted into Wednesday night failed to produce a result, the Federal Court of Victoria has placed an injunction on Telstra from ending the service of ISPOnes customers until the case can be heard formally before the court... Continue reading

Savvytel closing down whilst customers kept in the dark

After Daniel's earlier article regarding ISPOne and Telstra's current Federal Court action, it seems another MVNO, Savvytel, is set to close its doors according to a report through WhistleOut. The closure of Savvytel which was leaked via a sales representative, is slowly finding its way back to customers who are complaining that they have not been given notice about the telco's decision, with no formal notification either via email or on the company's website. It seems even trying to currently recharge or buy a SIM card from the Savvytel website, customers are getting the following message: There is no official comment... Continue reading

ISPOne legal stoush could possibly spell the end for some small MVNOs in Australia

ispONE, the company who resells the Telstra service wholesale to multiple Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in Australia is currently involved in a legal dispute with Telstra that's now threatening to end the business model of some recent entrants into the mobile space. The company - currently the exclusive reseller for wholesale access to the Telstra network in Australia - has had a troubled couple of months legally in Australia. They were taken to court recently by one of their MVNO customers - Kogan - to force them to continue to provide SIM cards to the company... Continue reading

Android 4.2.2 update for the Vodafone branded HTC One delayed

The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One appears to be going full steam ahead for Telstra and for Optus/Virgin Mobile too judging from comments, but it appears that owners of the Vodafone branded HTC One will have to wait just a little longer for their update. Although the update has been approved for distribution, Vodafone are currently negotiating to ensure that the update is delivered free of charge according to their latest blog post from Community manager Tim H : We've got good news with one small caveat. We're ready to approve the update and have... Continue reading

Vodafone approves Xperia Z Android 4.2.2 update

Vodafone has advised in a Blog post that the upgrade for the Sony Xperia Z, from Android 4.1.2 to Android 4.2.2 has been approved as of the 23rd of July and should be rolling out as an OTA update or through the Sony PC Companion software update application. The Android 4.2.2 update brings about a whole host of updates to the Xperia Z including : General stability and performance improvements New settings available: "Increasing Ringtone" and "Pulse Notification" Application security improvements Lockscreen widgets Customisable "Quick Settings" in the notification bar (max 10) Transparent notification and navigation bar My Xperia service introduction Before performing... Continue reading