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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G to launch on Telstra later this year

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G to launch on Telstra later this year

Although Wi-Fi versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S will be launching in retailers on the 14th of July, the LTE versions of the tablet won’t arrive here until later this year. When they do, you’ll be able to pick-up one of them from Telstra, which will be nicely enabled to work on their upcoming 700MHz LTE network. The Galaxy Tab S 10.5, will have the ‘honour’ of being the first APT700MHz capable 4G tablet to launch on the Telstra Mobile Network – one of the largest in Australia. Telstra is building out the 700MHz network into regional areas as[Read More...]

by 12:18 PM on July 4, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Tablets
Vodafone unveils new Red plans; new customers get unlimited data for two months

Vodafone unveils new Red plans; new customers get unlimited data for two months

Vodafone has today unveiled a new set of Red plans with increased data allowances and a couple of new measures to help customers get a better idea of their data usage before they commit to a plan with too much or too little data included. Firstly, the new Red plans go from $70/month with 3GB of data up to $100/month with 6GB. Red plans are all 2-year contracts and have infinite national calls along with national and international texts and “pxts” (MMS) with 300 minutes of international calls. Bring your own phone to a SIM-only Red plan, and you’ll get[Read More...]

by 3:46 PM on July 2, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Google announces Android One smartphone initiative – Stock Android with Automatic Updates

Google announces Android One smartphone initiative – Stock Android with Automatic Updates

As part of Google’s vision to capture the ‘Next 5 Billion’, Google today announced a new handset initiative, designed to help OEMs build devices, called – Android One. Android One will be a hardware reference model which OEMs can use to build devices which are high quality yet affordable. Android One devices will be running stock Android, with OEMs and carriers adding locally relevant apps and content through Google Play – note: No skins here. Android One devices will receive Google Play Auto-installs to keep them up-to-date, as well as receiving Automatic Updates, a neat way to resolve fragmentation for[Read More...]

by 5:24 AM on June 26, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone apologises for network issues with a free data weekend

Vodafone apologises for network issues with a free data weekend

Many Australians, including some of our guys, were affected by Vodafone’s network outage yesterday, which left many Vodafone customers unable to send or receive SMS, and worse yet, unable to make or receive telephone calls. Fortunately for me, this wasn’t too serious — I wasn’t able to call home to find out what to bring for lunch — but I’m sure plenty of others had more important calls and SMS unable to be made. To say sorry for this, Vodafone has announced that this weekend, all customers will be able to use as much data as they like to make[Read More...]

by 7:18 AM on June 20, 2014 14 comments Carriers, News
LG L40 now available from Boost Mobile for $99

LG L40 now available from Boost Mobile for $99

Last week we reported that LG’s latest and newest L series devices, the L40, would be coming soon to retailers after it appeared on the LG Australia website. well it seems the phone is now available from Boost Mobile. The L series certainly has been a very popular series of devices, more so for the entry level or pre-paid market which have helped LG come back as a dominant player in the both the global, as well as Australian Android market. Whilst the L40 doesn’t offer the latest and greatest high end specs, it certainly still offers some decent specs[Read More...]

by 11:14 AM on June 19, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
LG F70 arrives exclusively on Optus – LTE speeds for a bargain price

LG F70 arrives exclusively on Optus – LTE speeds for a bargain price

LG has announced that their latest LG F Series phone – the LG F70 – will be available exclusively from Optus, with full access to both their 1800MHz as well as the 4G Plus networks, from their Yes Optus stores, telesales or online. The LG F Series phones are LG’s budget line of LTE compatible phones, which offer a great looking handset, with good performance and connection speed but with a reduced price tag. Lambro Skropidis, General Manager Marketing for LG Electronics Australia says The F70 epitomises LG’s commitment to offering customers optimised performance, beautiful design and a superior user[Read More...]

by 1:07 PM on June 10, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
HTC Desire 816 now available from Optus

HTC Desire 816 now available from Optus

Optus has just announced the HTC Desire 816 is available for purchase on their network. The Desire 816 is a large screened phone, with a 13MP camera included on the rear, it also comes with the HTC BoomSound built into the plastic shell. It also includes HTC Sense built over Android 4.4 and includes software features such as HTC Zoe and Blinkfeed. Hardware wise, the Desire 816 is a decent mid-range phone, including a Qualcomm snapdragon processor, but a relatively small 8GB of on-board storage, which you will want to increase with a microSD card to make full use of[Read More...]

by 2:50 PM on June 2, 2014 7 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Optus allows customers to share data across phones and tablets

Optus allows customers to share data across phones and tablets

Optus has today announced a range of new consumer plans that allow customers to pay a combined fee for mobile network access on multiple devices, allowing them once and for all to say goodbye to a second bill just for having a SIM in their tablet. Dubbed the ‘My Plan’, Optus’ new offering will come with two SIMs to use in different devices, but the data usage across both services is merged into a single account; there’s no additional charge for a second device on a My Plan except for the $5 SIM fee (once off). It seems that there’s[Read More...]

by 9:55 AM on June 2, 2014 10 comments Carriers, News
Yatango Mobile offering 4G, and you can try it for free for 30 days [sponsored post]

Yatango Mobile offering 4G, and you can try it for free for 30 days [sponsored post]

Yatango Mobile has recently launched its 4G service for its customers using the Optus 4G network, and while existing customers have been switching over to the new network technology to enjoy faster speeds, Yatango wants you to be able to try it out for yourselves. If you’ve got a compatible 4G handset, and you’re thinking about a new carrier, you can now take a trial of Yatango’s 4G service for a month, for free, with no obligation to continue after the month if you’re not satisfied. Included in the free trial is: 600 minutes of phone calls 600 SMS 1GB[Read More...]

by 9:47 AM on May 27, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Telstra Wi-Fi: Offering Australians more ways to connect

Telstra Wi-Fi: Offering Australians more ways to connect

Telstra has recently announced a plan to create one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi networks  here in Australia and across the globe. Telstra Wi-Fi is aiming at offering all Australians, regardless of whether you are a Telstra customers or not, access to two million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation within five years. Gordon Ballantyne, Group Executive, Telstra Retail said: Our Wi-Fi vision is about giving our customers the best possible experience and creating a brilliant connected future. It’s about giving you more ways to connect.” With Telstra Wi-Fi, we are moving Wi-Fi outside the home. It will uniquely allow you[Read More...]

by 10:27 AM on May 24, 2014 5 comments Carriers, News
Get a free Dot View Case with the HTC One M8 when you sign up with Optus

Get a free Dot View Case with the HTC One M8 when you sign up with Optus

The big accessory for the HTC One M8, is of course the Dot View Cover. The Dot View case is a flip cover which allows you to see notifications as well as interact with your phone with the cover closed by making use of the dot matrix style holes in the flap. The Dot View cover is a great, albeit expensive option when you purchase the HTC One M8, with a Recommended Retail Price of AUD $59.95. But Optus is now offering the case as a bonus – while stocks last – when you purchase a HTC One M8 on[Read More...]

by 8:00 AM on May 24, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Virgin Mobile now selling the Sony Xperia Z2

Virgin Mobile now selling the Sony Xperia Z2

After launching earlier this month on Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, the Sony Xperia Z2 has made it’s way to Virgin Mobile. The latest Sony flagship is available on a range of Virgin Mobile plans from as low as $30 per month (with a $20 per month handset repayment). The default offering for the handset is on the $60 per month plan (with $8 per month handset repayment) which includes the extra 1GB of data per month, which Virgin is including with all their plans until the 29th of June. If you’re after a purple Xperia Z2 from Virgin, you’ll be[Read More...]

by 2:54 PM on May 22, 2014 2 comments Carriers, Phones
Telstra blitz the field with a 450Mbps LTE network test

Telstra blitz the field with a 450Mbps LTE network test

Telstra has announced this morning that it has unleashed some of the fastest LTE network speeds seen, revealing that it has conducted a live network test achieving speeds up to 450Mbps. It managed to reach this speed on a mobile device using LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation technology across a combination of the 1800MHz and 2600MHz network bands. Telstra worked with network partner Ericsson to install equipment for two new 4G Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) channels of 20MHz bandwidth each on the 2600MHz spectrum band* (40MHz FDD), aggregated with our live 20MHz of 4G on the 1800MHz band. The result was three[Read More...]

by 12:14 PM on May 15, 2014 4 comments Carriers, News