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Virgin Mobile ups the ante with double data offers

Virgin Mobile ups the ante with double data offers

Following the lead set by Vodafone with its double data offer on the new Red mobile plans, Virgin Mobile has decided to make a similar offer in the lead-up to Christmas. Available for plans taken up between 18 November 2013 and 13 January 2014, Virgin Mobile will offer double data on the $60 and $90 phone plans (and the equivalent BYO plans at $50 and $80 respectively). This takes the $60 phone plan / $50 BYO plan to 3GB of included data, and the $90 phone plan / $80 BYO plan to 6GB included data. Further information about these plans[Read More...]

by 10:21 AM on November 18, 2013 6 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Back in September, Vodafone announced the 2013 edition of App Aid had begun, with five charities teaming up with five developers to bring apps that would help charities to achieve great things in the community. The apps are now being developed, and have now entered the ‘crowd-funding’ stage, where the public are given the opportunity to back any of or even all of the projects to help them ‘win’ the App Aid challenge. All of the projects will ‘Win’ in some respect with each dollar raised through Pozible being matched by the Vodafone Foundation up to a maximum of $10,000,[Read More...]

by 12:04 PM on November 14, 2013 0 comments Apps, Carriers, Charity
PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

With the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines needs a lot of help right now. With a number of Australians trying to reach friends and relatives abroad, Optus has offered to help make that a bit easier by announcing that they will be giving their customers free connections to the Philippines. Optus has advised that their support for customers will extend to their customers receiving : Free calls to the Philippines for fixed customers, from 11 November and available through to midnight on Sunday 17 November 2013 Free SMS and calls from postpaid mobile services, from 11 November and available[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on November 12, 2013 1 comment Carriers
Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

As part of the reinvention of their brand, Vodafone recently launched their new “Red” plans which, accompanied by Red Roaming, allow you to roam internationally to over 40 countries using your phone with you number, your SIM and your plan entitlements. The price for this convenience is an extra $5 a day charge while overseas – an effort to curb bill shock for short term overseas travellers. There’s usually a difference between marketing hype and real world experience, so on a recent 2-week trip to New Zealand in October, I took the opportunity to review the service for myself. I[Read More...]

by 10:45 AM on November 10, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News
Telstra Dave sent through Tough Mudder – comes through with flying colours

Telstra Dave sent through Tough Mudder – comes through with flying colours

The Telstra Dave, which launched on Australias largest mobile network last month last month, is a ruggedised beast built by ZTE. Telstra has obviously seen the need for a ruggedised phone in their range, carrying the Xperia Z and Z1 and now the lower end ‘Dave’. In a survey which Telstra commissioned, which interviewed over 1,000 people, they found some interesting statistics regarding how many people damage or break their phones and also found some interesting ways in which they break them : 58% of people have damaged or completely broken a mobile phone. 79% of offenders do so by[Read More...]

by 10:00 AM on November 8, 2013 5 comments Carriers, Phones
Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

A few days ago we reported on Vodafone offering a Christmas bonus of double data on their $30 Prepaid Cap. Well, they are back at it again with a new offer of double data for the life of the plan on one and two year contracts. The fine print is that it is open to existing customers upgrading to a $60 or more plan, and new customers starting on a $60 or more plan. Month-to-Month SIM new or upgrading customers get the bonus data starting on the $45 plan, which now includes 3GB of data. This promotion lasts for the[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on November 7, 2013 9 comments Carriers, News
Vodafone switches on 4G network for new prepaid customers

Vodafone switches on 4G network for new prepaid customers

Vodafone launched their prepaid 4G  plans last month exclusively for existing customers, but as of tomorrow (6 November), new prepaid customers can join in the goodness of 4G. Naturally you will need to have a 4G capable handset, such as the recently launched Nexus 5, and a plan with plenty of data. Fortuitously, Vodafone has today announced that the $30 Prepaid Cap will have double the data until 31 January 2014, from 500MB to 1GB if activated before the end of January. If you are interested in Vodafone 4G Prepaid, you can check your coverage here. Have you already got Vodafone 4G?[Read More...]

by 4:01 PM on November 5, 2013 4 comments Carriers
Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

In an early holiday gift to all, Vodafone is doubling the data on its $30 Prepaid Cap to 1GB. As well as the extra 500MB of data, the plan still includes $450 of flexible call credit and infinite SMS. This is available to prepaid customers from now, and the cut-off for the last activation to receive the double data offer is 31 January 2014. Chief Marketing Officer, Kim Clarke said: “By doubling the data from 500MB to 1GB we hope our prepaid customers will double the amount of fun they have with their mobile. With the arrival of the holiday season[Read More...]

by 3:31 PM on November 5, 2013 5 comments Carriers
Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus has added two new Android devices to its line up, bringing the total number of Android 4G devices available on plans to eleven, with every one of their Android phones being 4G capable. The newcomers are the highly anticipated LG G2, which we reviewed earlier and were very impressed with, and  the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. The LG G2 starts at $55 per month (including handset repayment), and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is from $37 per month (including handset repayment). Here’s a breakdown on the costs, which includes the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: More information about[Read More...]

by 3:30 PM on November 5, 2013 9 comments Carriers, Phones
Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

This morning, Optus has announced its exclusive carriage of LG’s G2 handset which Ausdroid reviewed last month. Available in store, online and via telephone sales today, the G2 and its fancy advanced 4G features will really enjoy Optus’ 4G network. Optus advises that the LG G2 runs on Optus’ 4G Plus and 4G networks, meaning more coverage and more speed, and of course Optus’ fairly decent 3G network as well. If you’d like to read more about the G2, my review is a good place to start, but the real takeout from this news is that it will run on[Read More...]

by 10:59 AM on November 4, 2013 6 comments Carriers, Exclusive, News, Phones
Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

The launch of the Nexus 5 this morning has seen a flurry of orders, with the 32GB Black Nexus 5 seemingly the most popular model, with Google Play reporting the lead time as ‘Dispatched from warehouse in 2 – 3 weeks’. So what alternatives will you have for getting your hands on the latest Nexus phone from Google? Telstra has already advised that they are looking at the possibility of ranging the Nexus 5, advising: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on November 1, 2013 19 comments Carriers
Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Hot on the heels of the news this morning that Google has announced the Nexus 5 that we’ve all been waiting for, we’ve been in touch with Australia’s telcos to find out who’ll possibly be offering the Nexus 5 for sale locally on their plans. Telstra have confirmed to Ausdroid this morning that it is investigating the option of offering the Nexus 5 for sale on Telstra plans. A Telstra spokesperson told Ausdroid: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in its[Read More...]

by 8:12 AM on November 1, 2013 22 comments Carriers, News, Phones
LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

LG has just announced availability for the highly anticipated LG G2 in Australia. The G2 will be launching on Optus as the exclusive carrier and through selected Australian retailers in Black and White on November 4th. The LG G2 is an absolute dream of a phone, which I personally found out when I reviewed the handset. The phone offers an absolutely smooth user experience and absolutely gorgeous screen, as well as a new ergonomic design which sees the main controls for power and volume located on the back of the handset. There is also a pretty decent software package on-board[Read More...]

by 12:20 PM on October 29, 2013 12 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones