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

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 on :[Read More...]

by 8:42 PM on July 10, 2013 3 comments Carriers, News
Vodafone flips the switch on 4G for new customers

Vodafone flips the switch on 4G for new customers

Last month we brought you our exclusive preview of Vodafone’s new 4G network, and boy was it fast. At the time, and for the last month or so, the network has been restricted to existing Vodafone customers with 4G capable handsets; new customers have not been able to access the 4G network. That is, until now. As of today, Vodafone has flipped the switch on its 4G network (so to speak) allowing new and upgrading customers to have access to their new network for the first time. These users should, hopefully, be in for a nice surprise — when we[Read More...]

by 12:05 AM on July 10, 2013 10 comments Carriers, News
Optus adds more 3G and 4G coverage in Adelaide

Optus adds more 3G and 4G coverage in Adelaide

Optus is on the move in Adelaide, they’ve announced today that they’ve added some more towers to their network. After turning on 4G in the Adelaide CBD back in December they’ve added an additional 25 4G towers which are now available to Optus 4G customers. Existing 3G customers haven’t been forgotten either, with Optus announcing that they’ve upgraded 150 of their 3G sites to provide stronger 3G signals and better indoor coverage. After turning on these towers, Optus 4G is now available in parts of : Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide. Inner-east and south-east suburbs including Hackney, Kent Town, Norwood,[Read More...]

by 8:31 PM on July 9, 2013 3 comments Carriers, News
Optus add the Huawei Ascend G510 to their Pre-Paid range

Optus add the Huawei Ascend G510 to their Pre-Paid range

It seems a lot of entry-level Android mobile devices are being made more enticing with somewhat recent Android OS (Jelly Bean 4.1 for a start at least), with some features like NFC/DLNA features making their way to these devices, albeit slowly but its a start really. That’s where the Huawei Ascend G510 comes in through the Optus prepaid store. Whilst it doesn’t offer Android 4.2.2 or a higher spec screen or LTE (4G), it still seems to offer some decent specs for an entry level device which I really have to say is a good start for a pre-paid phone.[Read More...]

by 8:42 PM on July 5, 2013 2 comments Carriers, NFC, Phones
Telstra partners with Samsung and HTC to introduce new customers to Android

Telstra partners with Samsung and HTC to introduce new customers to Android

Telstra have a world first on their hands, Android in Retail, which is an augmented reality setup in their retail stores which they’ve developed in partnership with Samsung and HTC. The augmented reality setup gives the potential client “super enhanced” 3D interactive graphics and animation to enable customers to learn about Android and the ecosystem. It’s an interesting approach Telstra have taken in getting customers hands on with Android devices, teaching them how to use their devices and some of the advantages of the platform. Have you had a look at Android in retail? Let us know your experience in[Read More...]

by 5:33 PM on July 5, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer
Telstra offering $50 Google Play vouchers with new handset purchases

Telstra offering $50 Google Play vouchers with new handset purchases

Telstra has tonight confirmed that Google Play Store Gift Cards are indeed coming to Australia, advising Ausdroid that anyone purchasing an eligible Android handset between 2 July and 2 September 2013 will receive a $50 gift card to spend on Google Play apps, music, movies and books. Eligible handsets include: HTC One and One XL Sony Xperia Z LG Optimus G Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III 4G If you’ve purchased one of these after 2 July 2013, and before 2 September 2013, on a Telstra plan, the instructions to redeem your $50[Read More...]

by 6:00 PM on July 3, 2013 10 comments Carriers, Deal, Google Play, News
Android 4.2.2 for HTC One – Vodafone update pending

Android 4.2.2 for HTC One – Vodafone update pending

Holding true to recent form Vodafone has continued to be early to users with OS updates on their current line of phones. While it’s not yet being pushed out, the much anticipated update to Android 4.2.2 is complete for the HTC One and OTA testing is underway for Vodafone clients. The update will add a host of new functions to the device including battery percentage displayed in the status bar and the ability to change home button actions. Also cited in the blog post is the Galaxy Nexus is set for an update to 4.2.1 in the coming months, unfortunately[Read More...]

by 6:41 PM on June 27, 2013 31 comments Carriers, OS Update
Vodafone Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note receiving Android 4.1.2

Vodafone Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note receiving Android 4.1.2

Two of Vodafone‘s older Samsung devices have started receiving over-the-air software updates to Android 4.1.2. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the original Galaxy Note are now receiving the update. If you’ve yet to see it, you can use Kies on your desktop to download it manually… or, just wait patiently. While it’s a welcome move from Samsung and Vodafone and helps to keep their customers’ devices up to date, it would be nice to see an upgrade to 4.2.2 for these devices (4.1.2 is over 6 months old now). Have you received the update on your Galaxy Note or[Read More...]

by 4:56 PM on June 22, 2013 1 comment Carriers, News, OS Update
Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Earlier today, I made a phone call that sounded so clear that I felt like I was actually standing next to the person on the other end. Telstra have had HD voice for a while now, but being a long-standing Vodafone customer, I’ve not had the pleasure of experiencing it. Yesterday, Vodafone announced that they were commencing the rollout of their LTE network, but what they didn’t announce was that they are also trialling HD voice. After an excited, but confused few minutes, I did what all good nerds do, and took to Twitter to find out what was going[Read More...]

by 9:00 PM on June 14, 2013 7 comments Carriers
Vodafone 4G — Preview

Vodafone 4G — Preview

Ausdroid has had the privilege of playing with Vodafone’s 4G network for the last week. Here’s what we found. Late last week, Vodafone approached us and asked Ausdroid would like to take part in a secret project. With not much more information than this, we of course accepted, and within a short while we found out we’d have a (relatively) exclusive opportunity to have a play with Vodafone’s new 4G/LTE network before it became open to the general public. We were invited to take a trial device, travel around wherever we wanted, and see how the network performed. I have[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on June 14, 2013 38 comments Carriers, Design, Reviews
Vodafone switches on LTE network

Vodafone switches on LTE network

As of today, Vodafone customers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong will be progressively able to crank their mobile downloads to 11, with Vodafone having flipped the switch and activated their 4G LTE network in the said cities. Vodafone are claiming that their network is the fastest in Australia, with speeds up to 100Mbps, and trials showed that the network was indeed capable of achieving upwards of 50Mbps download speeds. Of course, trials are much different to real-world usage and it will be truly impressive if Vodafone can keep those sorts of speeds going after opening the[Read More...]

by 2:15 PM on June 12, 2013 18 comments Carriers, News
Vodafone updating the Samsung Galaxy SII to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

Vodafone updating the Samsung Galaxy SII to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

After a bit of a false start a couple of weeks ago, Vodafone and Samsung are now pushing the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy SII owners. While most of these users are likely coming to the end of their contract, there’s still a huge number of users out there sporting the once flagship of the Android fleet. In their blog post, Vodafone have stated that As with all Samsung updates it is released in batches, so don’t worry if you haven’t received an update notification yet. If you receive a message stating “Access to the software update service is[Read More...]

by 6:10 AM on June 6, 2013 5 comments Carriers, News, OS Update
LG Optimus F5 4G Now Available on Optus, Virgin

LG Optimus F5 4G Now Available on Optus, Virgin

LG today announced the Optimus F5, a mid-range LTE-enabled smartphone, is now available on the Optus 4G network. The F5 is running Android 4.1.2 and features a 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, a Dual Core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 cameras (5MP rear, 1.3MP front),1GB RAM, 8GB on-board storage and micro SD card slot (up to 32GB). LG introduced a few handy software features earlier this year on their Flagship device, the Optimus G, and they make an appearance on the F5 as well, including: QuickMemo: Lets users capture and share handwritten notes on the screen of the phone[Read More...]

by 7:02 PM on June 3, 2013 8 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones