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Optus turns to satellite to achieve 100% mobile coverage across Australia

Optus turns to satellite to achieve 100% mobile coverage across Australia

1:22 pm on November 5, 2015 in Accessories, Carriers
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Optus has today announced the milestone achievement of 100% mobile coverage across Australia, though they’ve had to resort to the use of satellite to cover the last portions of the continent using Thuraya’s Satsleeve+ and SatSleeve Hotspot technology. The Satsleeve+ is an add-on for your Android or iOS to add satellite connectivity, with use of a universal adaptor found inside[Read More…]

Optus firms up sports offerings with exclusive Cricket and Barclays Premier League deals

Optus firms up sports offerings with exclusive Cricket and Barclays Premier League deals

8:18 am on November 5, 2015 in Apps and Games, Carriers
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Optus has in the last week announced new deals for distribution of sports content which sees them set up as exclusive partners for distribution of both Cricket and the Barclays Premier League – better known as the English Premier League for three seasons. The Cricket deal sees Optus secure a three year deal as the Official Mobile Multimedia Partner of[Read More…]

Breaking: Telstra may have a fix for Nexus 6P connectivity issues

Breaking: Telstra may have a fix for Nexus 6P connectivity issues

3:16 pm on November 4, 2015 in Carriers, News
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It was only a couple of days ago that issues started to appear with people using the new Nexus 6P on Telstra’s 4G network, and it looks as if there’s a fix on the way. At this stage, the fix seems to require customers calling up Telstra to have some settings changed (which we’ve detailed below), but we’re sharing this information[Read More…]

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OPPO announces new partnership with Telechoice to expand its Australian presence

OPPO announces new partnership with Telechoice to expand its Australian presence

10:40 am on November 4, 2015 in Carriers, News
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OPPO, already huge throughout Asia, have taken another step to grow its Australian presence, by entering an agreement with national mobile retailer TeleChoice. The new deal will see OPPO’s latest handsets, including the R7, R7 Plus and Mirror 5s, available through TeleChoice stores across Australia and online. Better still, the deal will allow customers to purchase OPPO handsets from TeleChoice[Read More…]

Optus offering a 4G lifeline to those forgotten by the NBN … kind of

Optus offering a 4G lifeline to those forgotten by the NBN … kind of

11:19 am on November 3, 2015 in Carriers, News
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If you’re in an area that isn’t likely to receive the NBN any time soon, and you suffer from crap ADSL instead, Optus might have a nice little stop-gap for you to bring you up to speed, so to speak. Optus has launched a new data-only plan targeting home internet users. Including 50GB of data for just $70 by use[Read More…]

Optus is offering Google Play Credit if you sign up for a 24-month contract or buy a pre-paid phone

Optus is offering Google Play Credit if you sign up for a 24-month contract or buy a pre-paid phone

9:00 am on November 3, 2015 in Carriers, Phones
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Carrier’s are all about getting an edge over the competition and the latest offer from Optus is offering Google Play Gift Card when you get a 4G capable Android Smartphone from Optus on a 24-month contract, or purchase a pre-paid Optus phone. The offer on contract phones will net you $100 in Google Play credit for anyone getting a new[Read More…]

Alcatel Pixi 4.5 4G now available from Optus Prepaid with bonus $20 Google Play gift card

Alcatel Pixi 4.5 4G now available from Optus Prepaid with bonus $20 Google Play gift card

8:00 am on November 3, 2015 in Carriers, News, Phones
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Optus have added another Alcatel mobile phone to their prepaid line up of smartphones with the company’s Pixi 4.5″ 4G onetouch mobile phone now available through Optus and for a limited time, you can get an bonus $20 Google Play gift card as a sweetener! Spec wise, the Alcatel Pixi 4.5″ 4G (and yes, that is the name of the[Read More…]

Nexus 6P issues on Telstra leave users in data limbo

Nexus 6P issues on Telstra leave users in data limbo

7:16 am on November 3, 2015 in Carriers, News, Phones
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Nexus 6P owners who have connected their handsets with Telstra’s mobile network appear to be experiencing connectivity issues that aren’t found on other carriers. In particular, users have taken to Whirlpool and Google’s Product Support Forums (links below) to express their concerns and to try to find a solution .. though at this stage, it doesn’t appear a solution is[Read More…]

Optus has begun shipping out the Nexus 6P to pre-order customers

Optus has begun shipping out the Nexus 6P to pre-order customers

2:30 pm on October 31, 2015 in Carriers, Phones
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If you’ve pre-ordered your Nexus 6P, it’s time to check your order status on the Optus website. According to a couple of tips, we’re being advised that some customers are seeing that their handset is already with the couriers and winging their way towards you. The phone is supposed to go on-sale at carriers and retail on November 3rd, but[Read More…]

Telstra now has its own Essentials 3G enabled tablet available for $99

Telstra now has its own Essentials 3G enabled tablet available for $99

10:26 am on October 29, 2015 in Carriers, News, Tablets
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Telstra has added a new mobile device to its line up with its own branded tablet called the Telstra Essentials-Tab. The Essentials tablet is a pretty basic 3G-only mobile device, and its main selling point here is of course its budget price of just $99. The full list of specs include: 7″ TFT LCD Display (1024 x 600) 1.3 GHz Dual-Core[Read More…]

Samsung Galaxy A3 and the Huawei Y5 available through Telstra Pre-Paid

Samsung Galaxy A3 and the Huawei Y5 available through Telstra Pre-Paid

10:22 am on October 29, 2015 in Carriers, News, Phones

Telstra have added two new mobile phone to its pre-paid line with the all metal casting Samsung Galaxy A3 and the Huawei Y5. Whilst the Huawei Y5 isn’t particularly exciting spec-wise, the addition of the Samsung Galaxy A3 to the prepaid line up certainly is given its specs, which are pretty damn good for the price. Let’s take a look: Huawei Y5[Read More…]

Lebara Plus lets you watch ads in exchange for extra credit or data

Lebara Plus lets you watch ads in exchange for extra credit or data

11:29 am on October 27, 2015 in Apps and Games, Carriers
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Lebara Mobile today announced the launch of its new Lebara Plus service, an Android-exclusive offering that aims to give users extra data in exchange for viewing ads. When users unlock their phones, about 1/3 of the time Lebara Plus will show them an ad that they can dismiss or interact with. For viewing the ads, Lebara Plus will add 2GB[Read More…]

Telstra to sell the Nexus 5X on contract from November 3rd – pre-orders starting soon

Telstra to sell the Nexus 5X on contract from November 3rd – pre-orders starting soon

3:32 pm on October 24, 2015 in Carriers, Phones
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We’re approaching the launch of the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P and while it appears that Optus and Vodafone are offering the Nexus 6P, so far we haven’t seen a carrier offering the Nexus 5X, but it appears that’s because Telstra seems to have an exclusive on it, but won’t be offering the Nexus 6P as far as we can[Read More…]

Kogan and Telstra sound off over the demise of the original Kogan Mobile service

Kogan and Telstra sound off over the demise of the original Kogan Mobile service

2:39 pm on October 21, 2015 in Carriers, Other News
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This week’s news of Kogan’s re-entry into the market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator has caused Telstra to give some clarification over the demise of the original Kogan Mobile service which ran on the Telstra network, using service supplied through Telstra 3G reseller ispOne. As you’d expect, Kogan responded, and we’re busting out the popcorn to see where the next[Read More…]

Huawei announces Australian pricing and availability for Huawei G8 and MediaPad M2

Huawei announces Australian pricing and availability for Huawei G8 and MediaPad M2

1:35 pm on October 21, 2015 in Carriers, News, Phones, Tablets
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Huawei’s sexy new mid-range handset goes on sale in Australia in two weeks alongside its larger brother, the MediaPad M2. Billed as two premium devices for the budget conscious consumer, the devices pack high end features without the high end cost. We took a trip to San Francisco with Huawei last month and had some decent hands-on time with each device.[Read More…]