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

Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus and Samsung, have today advised that they will be bringing a dual mode version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini to Australia. What is dual-mode? It's in reference to the two types of LTE that are available - Time-Division Duplex LTE and Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) - FDD is the most commonly used technology in Australia and is being used by most of the carriers in Australia. Optus are currently the only Mobile carrier in Australia to offer TDD-LTE, and then only in one market - Canberra. Customers in Canberra have had access to the Optus TDD-LTE... Continue reading

Vodafone looks to end bill shock for international travellers.

If you've ever travelled over seas and happened to use your mobile phone whilst in another country a smalllarge surprise was usually there to meet you on your return home to Australia, in the form of a massive international roaming bill. Vodafone has today announced plans to change all that by offering an option to use their current plan in other countries for a small daily fee. The plan sees travellers to the UK, USA & New Zealand being able to use their existing call, text and data inclusions from their monthly plans for a daily cost of $5 on... Continue reading

Price Drop: Telstra Frontier 4G Mobile reduced to $149

Telstra seem to have reduced the price of their lower end 4G pre-paid mobile phone offering - the Telstra Frontier(ZTE T81) - dropping the price from $199 to $149. Originally launched at $299 the phone hasn't been flying high on anyones radar due to some lower end hardware but if you're in the market for a super cheap 4G phone it could fit the bill. Just in case you have forgotten the specs of the Telstra ZTE Frontier 4G phone, here is the run down: 4" 480x800 TFT capacitive touchscreen Dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU 2.5GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB... Continue reading

Dick Smith Selling the Huawei Ascend G526 4G ready phone on the Vodafone Network

Its seems the 4G competition is heating up with the networks for pre-paid devices, especially since Vodafone only turned on their 4G network earlier this month. In their latest catalogue, it appears that Dick Smith have begun offering the Huawei Ascend G526, a 4G ready mobile phone for $229. Now whilst the Huawei Ascend G526 isn't going to offering rock your socks off specs, it is offering some decent if not okish specs for a pre-paid entry level specs. Here is a run down of the what the G526 is packing: IPS LCD, 540 x... Continue reading

Kogan Mobile increasing their prices

Earlier this year we reviewed Kogan Mobile and found it to be reasonably good value for money. That becomes a little less so from the 1st of August, as Kogan Mobile plan to implement a price increase, the new pricing table can be found here. The 2GB per 30 days data only plan will see a price increase of 50% from $9.99 per month up to $14.99 per month. Access 30 is increasing by 34% to $39 per month, Access 90 by 25% to $99 and the Access 365 by 10% to $329. You can take advantage... Continue reading

Optus Now app will now collect anonymous data to help improve the network

If you have an Android phone from Optus, then you´re most likely one of the 300,000+ users who have installed the Optus Now App from Google Play. The app has up till now been delivering news, weather, games and sport, but since an update to the app on the 10th of July, it has also been capturing network information such as signal strength and sending it back to Optus for evaluation. The information collected is described by Optus as 'high-level network data' and the data sent remains anonymous. At this stage there is no way to provide users with... Continue reading

Telstra confirms Samsung will skip Android 4.2.2 update on Samsung Galaxy Note II in favour of next version of Android

Just a couple of days ago, we saw rumours appear that Samsung was considering skipping the Android 4.2.2 update for the Galaxy Note II and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Yesterdays Telstra software update blog has indeed confirmed this with Craig Ruhan from Telstra posting the following update for the Galaxy Note II : Samsung have elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update for this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android. No schedule has been provided for this update. With Android 4.3 having leaked for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy S4 Google Play edition so... Continue reading

Samsung and Vodafone bring you The Big Life Switch

Samsung and Vodafone have come together in a fantastic initiative to promote the recycling of electronic waste. As well as getting a good feeling by encouraging the recycling of e-waste, Samsung and Vodafone are also offering the opportunity to win a GALAXY S 4. On the subject of e-waste in Australia, Kim Clarke, Chief Marketing Officer for Vodafone Australia said "It’s shocking to think that last year only one in ten Australian e-waste items were being recycled, when about 16.8 million TVs, computers, printers and other accessories were being thrown into landfill." Vodafone has been aware of the effects of e-waste... Continue reading

Huawei announces the Ascend P2 for Telstra – Launching July 30

Hot on the heels of the launch of their other high end smartphone the Ascend P6, Huawei has today announced that their Category 4 LTE packing Ascend P2 smartphone will be available at the end of the month on the Telstra 4G network. The Ascend P2, is powered by the K3V2 CPU that Huawei developed in-house and is running Android 4.1.2 with the Huawei Emotion UI overlaid on top. It features 32GB of Storage but unfortunately no expandable memory. Huawei Ascend P2 Specs : 4.7" 1280 x 720 in-cell Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 1.5GHz K3V2 Quad-Core CPU 1GB RAM 32GB... Continue reading

Motorola Moto X being released in August in Black and White – Always on voice commands

A video from Toronto, Canada based Rogers Wireless has appeared on Google+ user Дима Прокопенко page and shows off the long awaited Motorola Moto X. The video also shows off the always on voice commands and other features of the phone. The video advises that the Moto X will be a Rogers exclusive - in Canada at least - where it will launch in August in a choice of black and white - unfortunately, no sign of the customisable back plates said to be launching in the US. The Moto X is apparently always listening for commands, the initiating command... Continue reading

Optus begins offering upgraded 3G service and 4G to Wollongong

After announcing an expansion of their 4G services in Adelaide last night, Otpus has today announced that they have turned on 4G services in the 'Gong' as well as releasing details on upgrades to their existing 3G network. Customers will now be able to access the Optus 4G network at five mobile sites in central Wollongong and Optus has announced that they will be performing extensive network upgrades in the greater Illawarra area in the next six months. Over the next six months customers with a 4G-ready mobile device in these areas will begin seeing 4G services switched... Continue reading