While Sony’s Xperia Z launch event the other day might have been a little short on the details we really wanted, we’re not going to hold that against them because we’ve now got official confirmation of what’s coming and we’re sharing it with you right here: Recommended Retail $749 The Xperia Z will be available from Sony online for $749, and so we can expect to see similar pricing from other vendors as well. You’ll probably find the Xperia Z at Sony stores at this price, and possibly outright from carriers as well, which brings us to the carrier availability.[Read More...]
Telstra to add a new 900 MHz 4G network In recognition of the increasing demand of mobile broadband users — both with smartphones and wireless dongles — Telstra has announced that it will be adding a ‘second’ 4G network to its arsenal, this time running on the 900 MHz band. Those of you who have witnessed Telstra’s network congestion will be rejoicing at this point — the dreaded ‘full signal and 3G indicator, but no data moving anywhere’ may become a thing of the past… until the new network gets congested too. Just as Telstra’s 850MHz Next G network offered[Read More...]
Vodafone has announced that they have kicked off 4G trials in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. So far they’ve been testing the data speeds and MMS Services and their handover of voice calls to the nearest network, ensuring that the handover is seamless and users do not notice a drop in service. They’ve been testing the 4G service in the 1800MHz spectrum, the same spectrum used by both Optus and Telstra on their 4G Networks. Vodafone has powered up 4G towers in the Alexandria, Bronte and Randwick area where they are running tests using 10MHz of bandwidth; however, Vodafone intend to be[Read More...]
It’s the end of an era, the Crazy John’s brand will cease trading at the end of today with some stores closing for good whilst others will be re-branded as Vodafone stores before re-opening. The re-branding and closure of Crazy John’s stores was announced last month by parent company Vodafone who advised it was a move towards streamlining their retail brand presence into a single cohesive brand. The Crazy John’s brand has been around with us since 1991 when John Ilhan opened his first store in Melbourne as a Telstra Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) before switching to Vodafone in[Read More...]
While not Android news, we do sometimes post things on Ausdroid for other purposes — important news about our team, corporate news and more recently, news about community things and the Ausdroid Foundation. This fits into the latter category — Vodafone’s World of Difference program is something we’d like to get behind ourselves, and something we’d encourage you to consider as well. What is it? Imagine getting paid (Up to $70,000 salary and up to $15,000 expenses) to leave your job for a year and go and work for the charity of your choice. That’s what the World of Difference[Read More...]
Ausdroid reader Anthrox has given us the heads-up that he received a Jelly Bean 4.1.2 update for his 3G Galaxy S III today. The handset update table from Telstra’s Crowd Support page initially read “Scheduled to begin staged deployment at 2:00 PM AEDT 4th February” but the update was pulled at the last minute, and it seems to be rolling out to users now. If you’ve patiently been waiting for the official update, be sure to start spamming “check for software update” for some Jelly Bean goodness!
It wasn’t long ago we reviewed the HTC One SV, and we thought it was a pretty decent mid-range Android handset. I certainly did. The HTC One SV had a good amount of power and a killer battery life that just kept the phone going and going, and while it still runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with little indication of whether it will be upgraded in future), the performance and longevity of the device won me over. The handset I reviewed was an Optus release, but now it seems the One SV has made the jump across to Vodafone,[Read More...]
Vodafone has given us some news for its patient Galaxy Nexus customers. Finally, you can get Android 4.1.2 for your Galaxy Nexus from Vodafone. There’s lots of new features that — if you’ve used Jelly Bean on other devices — you’ll now be able to use, such as Google Now, together with all the performance improvements such as Project Butter. A number of small bugs and glitches have also been fixed. The update will be available to customers as a wireless OTA upgrade and the rollout is commencing gradually. You can check Vodafone’s Support Page for the rollout schedule.
Motorola has just announced that if you purchase either a Motorola RAZR M or RAZR HD on a plan or outright from authorised Telstra dealers from now until the 31st of March you will qualify for $100 cashback. To redeem your $100 simply head over to MotorolaCashback.com.au and fill out the claim form within 10 days of purchasing your new RAZR M or RAZRHD. The RAZR HD received its Jelly Bean upgrade in December and the last update on the Telstra Crowd Support Forum had the RAZR M Jelly Bean update expected to start pushing out to handsets on the[Read More...]
Vodafone has just announced that they’re now testing Sony’s new baby, the Xperia Z via their Google+ page. Sony’s latest flagship phone boasts a 5-inch, 1080p display powered by a quad-core 1.5 Ghz CPU and 2330 mAh battery, runs Jelly Bean 4.1.2 out of the box, and promises to be water- and dust-proof. To say it’s a highly sought-after item would be an understatement. The device is rumoured for release in Japan on February 9 and in Europe on February 18. While Vodafone hasn’t yet announced availability or pricing, it’s encouraging to know they’re already putting the device through its[Read More...]
LG has just announced that the Optimus G will be launching in March in an exclusive deal that will see the flagship phone on the Telstra network. The Optimus G has recently broken the 1 million unit sales mark worldwide and the internal components of the phone are used to power the Google Nexus 4 but with the Optimus G you get the added bonus of an LTE radio. Andrew Volard, Director, Telstra Mobile, said Telstra was looking forward to bringing Optimus G to Australia’s largest 4G-enabled network. Optimus G is a phenomenal smartphone that combines superb build quality, a[Read More...]
Vodafone has announced this evening that it will reverse two of its recent controversial pricing changes, but social media addicts are still out in the cold. Vodafone announced changes to its prepaid plans on January 10 including the end of its longstanding free social networking promotion, which provided its prepaid customers with free access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare, YouTube and MySpace. In the same announcement they also announced that they would also change data billing to 1MB per session, and charge data usage in 1MB increments. All three changes concerned users greatly – not only might they now pay[Read More...]
The Galaxy Camera has been one of the best use cases for Android we saw last year but it is a little much for some people as an outright cost. One of our readers Carsten has tipped us that iinet is now selling the Galaxy Camera which you can either purchase outright for $579 or on a plan with a $22 per month ‘handset’ repayment. Plans start at $19.95 per month($14.95 when bundled with another iinet service) which includes 4GB of data(2GB/2GB peak/offpeak) although the included data plans do go up to a 20GB option : Plan Quota Peak +[Read More...]