Carriers

Optus offers up to $450 to switch carrier as well as early upgrades for existing users

Optus offers up to $450 to switch carrier as well as early upgrades for existing users

Optus has kicked off Fathers Day with a new offer to try and tempt more Australian mobile users to say ‘Yes’ to Optus. Following in the footsteps of US based carrier T-Mobile, with their ‘U-Carrier’ initiative, Optus has today announced that they are offering cash and discounts to customers who wish to transfer to the Optus network. Users who bring their number from a competing carrier and sign-up to a 24 Month My Plan Plus contract, will be offered up to $250 trade-in for their existing mobile phone, as well as up to $200 towards paying early termination fees on[Read More...]

by 7:52 AM on September 7, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Galaxy Note Edge rumoured for launch in Australia on all three major carriers

Galaxy Note Edge rumoured for launch in Australia on all three major carriers

The curved edge display of the Galaxy Note Edge, was one of the surprise and most interesting announcements from IFA last night. Samsung Australia has already confirmed that the Note Edge will launch here in Australia later this year, and a new leak shows that it will most likely head to all three major Australian carriers. SamMobile has obtained, and released a list of Galaxy Note Edge model numbers, which Samsung are testing. The list includes the model #, as well as the carrier that device could eventually be destined for. The list includes a model for all three of[Read More...]

by 5:26 AM on September 4, 2014 12 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact coming to Australia later this year

Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact coming to Australia later this year

Tonights announcement of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact showed off a pair of devices which are both stylish and have some great features like IP65/68 water and dust resistance, as well as PS4 remote play. The good news is that the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact will be arriving in Australia later this year. The Xperia Z3 will arrive on all four national carriers – Telstra, Optus, Vodafone Australia and Virgin Mobile. The Xperia Z3 Compact however appears to only be going to Telstra and Optus, but that may change with Sony Australia advising that these two are[Read More...]

by 4:08 AM on September 4, 2014 6 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone adds the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to their range

Vodafone adds the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to their range

Vodafone has today announced they will be bringing the 4G enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 to their network on a range of 12 and 24 month plans. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 4G is available from today in white, on plans, or outright from Vodafone stores or online. Plan wise, there’s a range of options on the Vodafone website on 12 and 24 month contracts. Device Price Mobile Broadband plan Vodafone data inclusion in Oz Min. Cost over 12 Months $59 $20 2.5GB $948 $49 $30 4GB $948 $47 $45 8GB $1104 $43 $65 12GB $1296 $33 $90[Read More...]

by 1:54 PM on September 3, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Tablets
Virgin Mobile Australia announces support for R U OK? Day

Virgin Mobile Australia announces support for R U OK? Day

Depression is a major issue in today’s society, and it’s an extremely sensitive, as well as complex subject that many people and organisations are trying to tackle. Virgin Mobile Australia has today announced that they’ve partnered with R U OK?, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to encourage and equip everyone to regularly and meaningfully ask “are you ok?”, as part of this mission, they advertise September 11 as R U Ok? Day and encourage people to reach out and meaningfully ask family and friends R U Ok? As the official ‘conversation partner’ for R U Ok? Day, Virgin Mobile[Read More...]

by 10:40 AM on September 1, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Charity
Telstra expands 700MHz LTE trial to Sydney and Adelaide

Telstra expands 700MHz LTE trial to Sydney and Adelaide

With the looming full scale launch of the 700MHz LTE network in Australia coming up in January, Telstra has been busily working on trialling the frequency in smaller markets to test for any issues which may come up in the full scale launch. Telstra announced trials of the network in Perth, Fremantle, Esperance, Mildura, Mt Isa and Griffith last month and today they’ve announced the 700MHz trial will go live in Sydney and Adelaide, with trials starting in those cities in mid-September. The trials will be available to Telstra 4G customers in all eight locations as soon as Telstra flick[Read More...]

by 5:45 PM on August 26, 2014 1 comment Carriers
Android 4.4.3 rolling out to Telstra HTC One (M7) owners

Android 4.4.3 rolling out to Telstra HTC One (M7) owners

HTC has begun seeding their Android 4.4.3 update to HTC One (M7) handsets within Australia and the first carrier off the rank is Telstra. The firmware version being seeded is 6.11.841.7 at a total size of 551.45MB, so probably best downloading the update via WiFi. The firmware update, which is Android 4.4.3 brings along a few updates including: Android 4.4.3 Firmware OpenSSL Security improvements Application updates for the Camera, Gallery & Sync Manager If you haven’t received a notification advising you of this new update, you can go to Settings > About Device > Software update > Check for updates.[Read More...]

by 2:26 PM on August 24, 2014 4 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Boost adds a new budget mobile – the Boost Icon Nero for $59

Boost adds a new budget mobile – the Boost Icon Nero for $59

Boost has added a new budget smartphone to their pre-paid line of devices with the new Boost Icon Nero, which is available now for $59. The Boost Icon Nero is made by ZTE, who have made a couple of the previous budget devices like the “Tango” T790 or the Boost “Jump Smart” T760 and the specs are far from fantastic but hey, given the price point Boost are aiming for you still get passable — barely — specs. The full list of specs include: 3.5″ TFT screen display (480 x 320) 1.0GHz dual core MT6572M CPU 512MB RAM 4GB memory[Read More...]

by 10:25 AM on August 21, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vodafone announces new network upgrades with Ericsson – announces Voice over LTE to arrive next year

Vodafone announces new network upgrades with Ericsson – announces Voice over LTE to arrive next year

After the debacle that was their 3G network over the last few years, Vodafone are going all out in their quest to provide a top-class 4G network. The Vodafone 4G network is already ranked as one of the fastest in Australia, but the network is about to get a new trick with Vodafone announcing they will be updating their network using equipment from Ericsson that will allow them to offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE) as well as ‘greater network agility and flexibility’. The network will launch trials of the VoLTE service later this year, with an intention to launch in[Read More...]

by 1:50 PM on August 20, 2014 2 comments Carriers
Vodafone customers can now receive 4G data in New Zealand using $5 Roaming

Vodafone customers can now receive 4G data in New Zealand using $5 Roaming

Vodafone has been aggressively chasing the huge market of Australian’s who love to travel internationally, but don’t love the traditionally expensive mobile roaming fees normally associated with using their phones overseas. With their $5 per day international roaming plan, Vodafone has hit on a great idea, and today, for customers travelling to New Zealand it gets better – you can now get 4G data, while travelling in the land of the long white cloud. Vodafone customers who qualify for the $5 a day international roaming will automatically roam onto the Vodafone New Zealand 4G network – which according to Ookla,[Read More...]

by 6:05 AM on August 20, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Rumour: First Android Silver device to be the Nexus ‘6’ released as Moto S on Verizon

Rumour: First Android Silver device to be the Nexus ‘6’ released as Moto S on Verizon

Android Silver has been rumoured since the middle of the year, apparently slated to be a higher end version of the Nexus program sold through carriers and retailers. The Android Silver program was apparently being headed up by former Google Chief Business Officer, Nikesh Arora who recently left for Softbank and was apparently stalled as of the last ‘update’ on Silver, but according to TK Tech News, the program may not be dead, with the first Android Silver device to be the so-called Nexus ‘Shamu’ from Motorola, released as the Moto S. TK Tech News, run by former NHL player,[Read More...]

by 6:29 PM on August 16, 2014 7 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones, Rumours
Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

Android 4.4.3 update for HTC One M8 rolling out

The update to Android 4.4.3, for the HTC One M8, has begun rolling out to handsets in Australia now, with Optus the first to push the update to their customers. The update includes performance optimisation updates for WiFi, Bluetooth and Radios, as well as application updates to Camera, Gallery, Settings and HTC Sync Manager according to the screenshot of the update kindly supplied by Michael: The update also includes Security Fixes. These security fixes are actually the ones from Android 4.4.4, as advised by VP, Product Management for HTC US, @moversi on Twitter: @swalker20659 @JasonMacHTC We've incorporated the security fixes[Read More...]

by 1:39 PM on August 14, 2014 20 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Vodafone updates their My Vodafone app for Android

Vodafone updates their My Vodafone app for Android

Vodafone has released a major update to its My Vodafone app for Android, and somehow it snuck its way onto my HTC One M8 without me realising. After being pointed to the possibility of an update, I just had to take a quick look, and I must say, the update is rather fresh. Sign in simply with your mobile number and password (or you can register pretty easily too) and you get at-a-glance access to your usage, remaining data and included value, as well as the ability to check out less common things such as roaming settings, previous bills, and[Read More...]

by 6:38 PM on August 7, 2014 5 comments Apps, Carriers, News