Samsung Galaxy Music to launch on Optus on November 15th

Optus is launching a new pre-paid phone on the 15th of November, the Samsung Galaxy Music. Available for $149 at Dick Smith, Domayne and Optus stores, the phone is available in Blue or White. It's showing now on the Optus Website but numerous notices in-store showed that retailers were not expecting stock until the 15th of November. Not a bad little phone but certainly not what you'd call top of the line spec wise : 3.0” Capacative Screen 320x240 850Mhz CPU 512MB RAM 4GB with microSD Card slot expandable to 32GB 3MP Rear Camera ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V 3.0 A-GPS + GLONASS, Stereo FM Radio... Continue reading

Optus launches 4G Pre-Paid options

Optus has just announced the latest in their 4G plans, introducing pre-paid options for customers who own their own 4G compatible handset or as of Friday they will be be able to choose from two prepaid 4G mobile broadband device bundles a 4G USB dongle as well as a 4G portable WiFi modem that can connect up to ten devices over Wi-Fi. Mirroring offerings on their other plans, Optus is offering unlimited mobile access to social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, eBay, Foursquare and LinkedIn as part of their pre-paid 4G bundles. Currently Optus has 4G coverage in... Continue reading

Telstra Android OTA Update News

There's a bit of a mixed bag this week regarding Telstra's Android handset OTA updates. Good news for Samsung Galaxy S III owners, as the Android Jelly Bean 4.1 update is progressing ahead of schedule. Telstra were expected to sign off on approval today and deployment of the update is expected within 10 business days (as we reported on Thursday). Those still running the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G will be less pleased to hear the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 update has been delayed yet again, due to "failing Google certification". Telstra has now... Continue reading

Galaxy S III Jelly Bean Updates – Telstra, Vodafone in final review

Australian owners of Samsung's Galaxy S III have been waiting for the Android 4.1 "Jelly Bean" update for their devices for some time. The Galaxy S III 4G recently launched here in Australia running Android 4.1, fueling speculation that the update for the older model device was imminent. Google originally released Android 4.1 into the Android Open Source Project repository in July. Four months later - and with Android 4.2 now on the horizon - the update is closer than ever, but it depends on your carrier. Let's take a look at the status of the update on... Continue reading

Virgin Mobile will not be ranging the Nexus 4 or Nexus 7 3G, Optus not looking likely

The list of carriers who could possibly support a release of either the Nexus 4 or the Nexus 7 3G is rapidly dwindling with Virgin Mobile now confirming that they will not be stocking either device. In regards to the Nexus 4 they advised : We can confirm that Virgin Mobile has no plans at this stage to stock the LG Nexus 4. When asked about the Nexus 7 3G they responded with : At this stage we don’t have any plans to stock any tablets, including the Nexus 7, but we do have mobile broadband tablet plans which can be... Continue reading

Optus expands 4G services to Brisbane and Gold Coast

With all this talk of LTE not being included on the Nexus 4 and a number of people pointing out the lack of coverage being a factor in this NOT being an issue for them, Optus has today advised that they are expanding their 4G network to include customers in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and also to the Brisbane CBD. Optus has switched on four 4G sites at Surfers Paradise and is also looking at switching on additional sites at Surfers Paradise in December. In Brisbane, Optus will switch on a further 5 sites next week before... Continue reading

Vodafone will not be stocking the Nexus 7 3G Tablet

After Vodafone advised they would not be stocking the Nexus 4 Phone we asked if they were looking to stock the 3G enabled Nexus 7 tablet, unfortunately it does not appear to be good news on that front either with Vodafone advising : We will not be stocking the 3G-enabled Nexus 7 tablet. It's very much looking at this stage that Google will be without carrier support for the launch of their Nexus line of devices, at least in regards to Australian carriers. With the status of the 32GB Nexus 7 3G still showing as 'not available in your... Continue reading

Vodafone gives Nexus 4 the thumbs down

It looks like Vodafone's tradition of supporting Google's flagship Nexus phones in Australia may be coming to an end. We've received word today from a reader that Vodafone has decided not to stock the Nexus 4. Vodafone responded to a Twitter query from Ausdroid reader Mi7k regarding the newly-announced device, but also noted that the phone can be used should it be purchased outright. https://twitter.com/VodafoneAU/status/263434494344830976 We have no details about the reasons for their decision. It could perhaps be due to their past sales history with Nexus devices, or because... Continue reading

Telstra OTA update delays for HTC and Samsung devices

Around a month ago we reported on the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Telstra Samsung Galaxy S II 4G being delayed. Fast forward one month and Telstra have just made another announcement regarding the update - via a community forum post. It seems Samsung have once again delayed the OS update due to "requirement for a mandatory update of the Google components of the software to meet Google certification requirements." This delay is also affects the Telstra Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9" Ice Cream Sandwich update and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean... Continue reading

HTC One X receiving Jelly Bean OTA update in Asia

It appears that a few of HTC's One X variants have started receiving the eagerly awaited Android Jelly Bean OTA update in Asia, as was announced by HTC North Asia General Manager Jack Tong yesterday. The update, weighing in around 350MB, brings Android 4.1.1 (still not the latest 4.1.2) and of course an update to HTC's own launcher and framework, HTC Sense. Initial reports over at XDA are positive, with performance increases in the UI quite apparent. There are also a few new features in the Sense components, such as an updated keyboard and tweaked notification... Continue reading

Motorola RAZR M available for pre-order from Telstra with delivery from October 30

Want to gt your hands on the new full-screen Motorola RAZR M? Telstra is now accepting pre-orders for the device over at their website on the $60 per month plan with Telstra advising delivery from the 30th of October. The plan offers unlimited SMS, $600 worth of calls and MMS and 1GB of Data which if used on the Telstra 4G network could presumably be swallowed up pretty quickly. The Specs whilst not as high end as the RAZR HD are still pretty impressive as is the main draw-card feature of the RAZR M the edge-to-edge screen : 4.3" qHD... Continue reading

Redbull Mobile in SA — Review

If you're looking for a way to save money on your mobile bill without compromising the service you've got, here's a great option! Redbull Mobile are a new player in the mobile space and have yet to develop a reputation in the market, but I can now tell you from my personal experience, they're worth a very close look! Chris did some testing a while back in Sydney and found that (due to the hilly surrounding areas) much like Vodafone, Redbull was a bit hit and miss with the supplied handsets,... Continue reading

Galaxy S III 4G now in stock at Telstra, $864 outright

Those of you who have been waiting to get your hands on a Jelly Bean powered Samsung Galaxy S III 4G on the Telstra network, but didn't want to purchase from the Telstra on-line store can now head into your local Telstra store where stock is now waiting for you. Available for $66 per month on a 24 month contract which includes a $6 per month handset repayment, the plan offers you $600 worth of calls and MMS with unlimited SMS and 1GB of Data. But just in case a contract isn't for you the phone is also... Continue reading