Party in Sydney on New Years Eve with the official app!

Telstra and the City of Sydney council have launched an official Sydney New Years Eve app for Android and iOS devices. The app is an update to the original 2012 version (that's last year, for those of you counting), and offers much the same in terms of features. Of course, they've been refreshed for this year's celebrations! Some of the app's features include: Share latest into on the celebrations via Telstra Timeline Telstra VIP Competition - Share content once registered to go into the draw to win VIP backstage passes Option to find hot spots via interactive maps to watch the fireworks at... Continue reading

Rumour: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) coming to Telstra in December

Yesterday we heard from Samsung announcing Australian pricing and availability for the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) - it's available now (depending on where you shop) from $649 (Wi-fi) and $799 (Wi-fi and 4G). Today, word reaches us from a trusted source indicating that Telstra has added the tablet to its portfolio of on-contract devices - for business customers, at least. The tablets are said to be available in Telstra stores from December 10. The basic on-contract price for the tablet starts from $84/month on a 1-year contract and $52/month on a 2-year contract, with 1 GB... Continue reading

LG announces Optimus F3 4G handset for the Telstra network

LG has today announced that the latest in their line of 4G enabled F-Series budget minded handsets the Optimus F3 has been launched as a Pre-Paid handset on the Telstra Network. Available from today through Telstra stores, including partners such as FoneZone and Leading Edge, the Optimus F3 will be sold for $249 and will connect to the Telstra 4G Network.' Andrew Volard, Telstra Director Devices says We’re excited to add the LG Optimus F3 into our pre-paid 4G smartphone line-up. It is an affordable handset that is packed with great features making it the perfect device for customers who want... Continue reading

Telstra bring some early pressies for Galaxy SIII & HTC One Users, but Galaxy Note 2 users still have to wait

Good news for Telstra Samsung Galaxy S III owners as it seems the telco has approved the Android 4.2.2 'Jelly Bean Plus' update. The update, which is schedule to start hitting devices on a 'progressive' rolling out phase is scheduled to start from December 2nd. HTC One users also have an update which has been approved for a roll out to your device expected to begin November 25th for Android 4.3 which appears to be updating devices to Android 4.3 JellyBean, with the update commencing for some users as early as today. The update too will be a phased... Continue reading

Vodafone begins Android 4.3 rollout to HTC One

Vodafone customers with carrier-branded HTC One phones should get an update to Android 4.3. As well as updating the base operating system to Android 4.3, new Features and enhancements within the update include: HTC Sense 5.5 Signal bar indicator improvement HTC Blinkfeed update Photo & Video Highlights Enhancement to Quick Settings General performance and stability improvements The update details: Android version: 4.3 HTC sense version: 5.5 Kernel version: 3.4.10-gfbedc47 root@abm012 # 1 SMP PREEMPT Baseband version: 4A.21.3263.04_10.38m.1157.04L Build number: 3.63.980.2 CL265048 release-keys Vodafone says the update is available over the air (OTA) or through the HTC Hub Program on your PC. It's 683MB in size, so it's probably worth updating... Continue reading

ALDI Mobile isn’t unlimited anymore; now measured in minutes

Customers of ALDI Mobile, now's the time to take a seat before you read what we have to tell you. Ready? Good. ALDIMobile, which once looked like the still-shining beacon in the land of ever-decreasing mobile value, with its offerings on the unlimited plan slashed further still. Launching with unlimited voice minutes and SMS and 5GB of data for $35 value, it seems that the failure of ispOne (and by extension, Kogan Mobile) began to take its toll. First, the data inclusion was cut in half -- from 5GB down to just 2.5GB. Still, for $35 a month, this amount... Continue reading

Vodafone Fasterest Challenge – win a Samsung Galaxy S4

Vodafone is confident that it has the fastest 4G network in Australia. So confident that they are challenging you to take a speed test against their "Lightning Fast Man". The terms are that you take on Lightning Fast Man - who will be using Vodafone 4G presumably - and at the end of your challenge you're entered into a draw to win a Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB or a Samsung Note 3 32GB. There will be a draw every hour on the hour and a bonus draw at the end of the... Continue reading

[Update] Telstra announces the Nexus 5 on business & personal plans from November 26

After our report last week that Telstra would be selling the Nexus 5, the carrier has officially announced that its stores are expected to have stock of the highly-sought-after device from Tuesday November 26, with online pre-orders open now. It's worth noting that they're only offering 16 GB black models of the phone, and will also sell the device outright for $696 - a significant markup over Google's price of $399, but if you're in the market for a new device on-contract, you could do much worse. To sweeten the deal, Telstra is also offering customers who... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend Y210 hits Optus Pre-Paid at $79

It seems Australian carriers are gearing up for the Christmas period with various offerings. The latest comes from Optus, offering the Huawei Ascend Y210 Android powered smartphone for $79 on pre-paid. As you might expect, an ground-floor price gets you ground-floor specs. The Y210 isn't going to set the world on fire: 3.5" TFT capacitive touchscreen (165 ppi) 512 MB ROM 256 MB RAM 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU Adreno 200 GPU Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon chipset 2 MP rear facing camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Android v2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Connectivity: 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz Remember, this is a sub-$100 phone. GSM Arena has the phone's full specs. The device... Continue reading

Virgin Mobile ups the ante with double data offers

Following the lead set by Vodafone with its double data offer on the new Red mobile plans, Virgin Mobile has decided to make a similar offer in the lead-up to Christmas. Available for plans taken up between 18 November 2013 and 13 January 2014, Virgin Mobile will offer double data on the $60 and $90 phone plans (and the equivalent BYO plans at $50 and $80 respectively). This takes the $60 phone plan / $50 BYO plan to 3GB of included data, and the $90 phone plan / $80... Continue reading

Vodafone App Aid enters the crowd-funding stage – back your favourite

Back in September, Vodafone announced the 2013 edition of App Aid had begun, with five charities teaming up with five developers to bring apps that would help charities to achieve great things in the community. The apps are now being developed, and have now entered the 'crowd-funding' stage, where the public are given the opportunity to back any of or even all of the projects to help them 'win' the App Aid challenge. All of the projects will 'Win' in some respect with each dollar raised through Pozible being matched by the Vodafone Foundation up to a maximum... Continue reading

PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

Accuweather - Typhoon Haiyan With the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines needs a lot of help right now. With a number of Australians trying to reach friends and relatives abroad, Optus has offered to help make that a bit easier by announcing that they will be giving their customers free connections to the Philippines. Optus has advised that their support for customers will extend to their customers receiving : Free calls to the Philippines for fixed customers, from 11 November and available through to midnight on Sunday 17 November 2013 Free SMS and calls from... Continue reading

Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

As part of the reinvention of their brand, Vodafone recently launched their new "Red" plans which, accompanied by Red Roaming, allow you to roam internationally to over 40 countries using your phone with you number, your SIM and your plan entitlements. The price for this convenience is an extra $5 a day charge while overseas - an effort to curb bill shock for short term overseas travellers. There's usually a difference between marketing hype and real world experience, so on a recent 2-week trip to New Zealand in October, I took the opportunity to review the service for... Continue reading