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Optus announces Sony Xperia Z onsale today

Optus announces Sony Xperia Z onsale today

Optus has just advised that the Sony Xperia Z will go on-sale today online, in selected stores and through phone sales. The phone is available on the Optus 4G Network which is now live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle, Adelaide, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane CBD. But fear not if you live outside of those markets as the Xperia Z works just as well on 3G. The Xperia Z is available for existing Optus customers for $0 upfront on the $60 plan on a 24 month contract(min total cost $1440). However, somewhat inexplicably Optus has decided that new customers will be[Read More...]

by 10:37 AM on March 18, 2013 13 comments Carriers, Phones
Galaxy S 4 Carrier information

Galaxy S 4 Carrier information

On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch only a short time ago, Ausdroid has been in contact with the major Australian carriers to find out when we can get our hands on this new device. The statements issued to us by their PR and Media departments are as follows. Telstra We’re excited to confirm that we will offer the new Samsung S 4 on the nation’s largest 4G network when it comes to Australia. Pricing and availability will be confirmed closer to launch but for now, customers can register their details to receive more information as it’s released[Read More...]

by 12:00 PM on March 15, 2013 9 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Sony Xperia Z now available to pre-order from Telstra

Sony Xperia Z now available to pre-order from Telstra

Telstra has announced their pre-order arrangements for the Xperia Z, Sony’s latest flagship device. The phone is available in Black or White, as well as Purple – exclusive to Telstra, but only available online. Telstra is also offering a pre-order bonus – a wireless NFC speaker, worth $129. The preorder offer is valid until March 26, presumably the release date for the phone on the Telstra network. The Xperia Z is available for $63 per month on a 24 Month plan, which includes $600 of calls/MMS as well as unlimited SMS and 1GB of Data. If you require more data,[Read More...]

by 7:39 PM on March 13, 2013 12 comments Carriers, NFC, Phones
Optus begins revamp of retail strategy – new stores and service focused

Optus begins revamp of retail strategy – new stores and service focused

Optus is looking to refresh their customer experience by revamping their retail experience across 10 retail stores opening this month along the east coast of Australia as ‘yes’ pilot stores. The re-branded concept stores will continue to roll out across their existing stores over the next 12 months and include the addition of 33 new stores as well as 200 new retail staff. The overhaul of the retail experience will also include an overhaul of the Optus website and Optus branded applications. The new stores are beginning to open now, with Hornsby in NSW opening last week and further stores[Read More...]

by 10:15 AM on March 11, 2013 15 comments Carriers
Yatango Mobile — Review

Yatango Mobile — Review

New kids on the telco block Yatango Mobile are set to make a splash in the market by “harnessing the power of social media”. I know it sounds cliché and in some aspects it is, but when we looked deeper into the offering it was hard to step back and write them off; there’s some real sense to this business model. To sign up with Yatango you’re required to have a Facebook profile setup and “connect” using it. As a SIM-only virtual operator (i.e. they do not have their own network; they resell the Optus network and coverage), like others[Read More...]

by 9:30 AM on March 8, 2013 13 comments Carriers, News, Reviews
ALDImobile launches tomorrow; here’s the details you need

ALDImobile launches tomorrow; here’s the details you need

We’ve told you about ALDImobile before but we thought that given the launch is tomorrow, we’d sum up everything we know about ALDI’s offering so you can make an informed choice about whether you might switch to ALDI’s new mobile plan(s). Network First and foremost, ALDImobile will be using Telstra’s 3G network, to deliver 3G coverage to 97% of the Australian population. This is the same network used by Kogan Mobile, although as you’ll see below, the pricing is a little different. Update: This is not, however, the same network that Boost Mobile customers can access; Boost has a somewhat[Read More...]

by 7:06 PM on March 5, 2013 13 comments Carriers, News
ACMA on Australian Smartphone and Tablet Usage

ACMA on Australian Smartphone and Tablet Usage

Over the last few months, The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) have been releasing their “Communications 2011-2012” series of research reports, looking at the many different ways we Australians use the Internet. The third and final report of the series was released recently, and looks at the take-up and use of smartphones and tablets in Australia. The report looks in-depth at the different ways Australians use their smartphones, as well as the various infrastructure developments over the past 12 months. While a lot of what the report tells us isn’t exactly breaking news (smartphone ownership has risen dramatically in[Read More...]

by 3:47 PM on March 1, 2013 3 comments Carriers, News, Other, Phones, Tablets
Aldi Mobile will use Telstra, prices similar to Kogan Mobile

Aldi Mobile will use Telstra, prices similar to Kogan Mobile

Tonight on A Current Affair, Trevor Long discussed the details of the recently unveiled AldiMobile, and we’ve captured the details here for your reading pleasure. Here’s what we know: AldiMobile will be using Telstra’s Wholesale 850 MHz network, as predicted by Ausdroid yesterday. This will give customers unparalleled coverage over Optus and Vodafone offerings, but without the full speed of the Next G network, or access to Telstra’s 4G network. Prepaid: $15 or $30 recharges, including 12 cent per minute calls, voice mail and text. Plan: $35 monthly plan with unlimited calls, voice mail and text and 4GB of data.[Read More...]

by 7:01 PM on February 28, 2013 23 comments Carriers, News
Aldi launching AldiMobile March 6

Aldi launching AldiMobile March 6

Aldi has enjoyed some success in the Australian technology market, selling its range of Android tablets through their discount supermarket chain as “Special Buys”. It appears they’re preparing to branch out from just selling Android tablets, as they’re preparing to move into the Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) space with a new AldiMobile service according to the above scanned image which comes from this weeks’ Aldi catalog. The AldiMobile site is currently displaying a countdown timer that ends next Wednesday – March 6, 2013 at 8.30am. This isn’t the first time Aldi has operated in this space – they run[Read More...]

by 9:44 PM on February 27, 2013 23 comments Carriers, Phones
Sony confirms Xperia Z availability, pricing

Sony confirms Xperia Z availability, pricing

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...]

by 1:14 PM on February 22, 2013 9 comments Carriers, News, Phones
Telstra expanding 4G network to meet broadband demand

Telstra expanding 4G network to meet broadband demand

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...]

by 12:54 PM on February 21, 2013 6 comments Carriers, News
Vodafone begins 4G Trials in Sydney

Vodafone begins 4G Trials in Sydney

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...]

by 5:26 PM on February 19, 2013 8 comments Carriers
End of an era – One full days trade left for Crazy John’s

End of an era – One full days trade left for Crazy John’s

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...]

by 9:00 AM on February 19, 2013 2 comments Carriers