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Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy Nexus

Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy Nexus

When the Android 4.3 update was finally delivered to Australian carriers there was much rejoicing from owners who have been waiting for an update to their phones which have been left languishing on Android 4.1.2 for over a year. But the celebrations appear to be short lived with Vodafone advising in their latest Software update that Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update. The Software Update Weekly Wrap – 13th March 2014 shows the following message with the current Android version for the Galaxy Nexus listed as Android 4.1.2 and the Future version – Android 4.3 crossed out with N/A[Read More...]

by 4:41 PM on March 14, 2014 8 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Virgin Mobile begins offering double data deal for a limited time

Virgin Mobile begins offering double data deal for a limited time

Virgin Mobile has announced today that they will offer double data when you sign up for a 24 month contract on their $60 and $90 plans, including their BYO plans from today until the 11th of May. While there’s a whole host of phones available to sign up for – They’re using their Galaxy S4 4G option on the $60 plan to highlight the offer. The skeptic in me says they’re possibly trying to clear some Galaxy S4 stock before a launch of the Galaxy S5 next month. If you want the Galaxy S4, it is available on the $60[Read More...]

by 11:53 AM on March 14, 2014 2 comments Carriers
Motorola Moto X coming to Telechoice in Black or White for $599

Motorola Moto X coming to Telechoice in Black or White for $599

At Mobile World Congress, during a Q&A Session on Twitter, Motorola announced that they would finally be releasing their higher end phone the Moto X in Australia. The first sign of the phone arriving here has come in the form of a tip that Telechoice will begin carrying the Moto X in their stores. Motorola Australia has so far declined to comment further on the announcement of the Moto X arriving locally, but the tip we’ve received says that Telechoice will begin selling the Moto X for $599. Unfortunately, there’s currently no release date for the phone, but we believe[Read More...]

by 10:18 AM on March 8, 2014 9 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Vodafone brings shared data plans and $5 per day roaming to Business customers

Vodafone brings shared data plans and $5 per day roaming to Business customers

When Vodafone launched their international roaming deals last year, which allowed customers to pay $5 per day to use all their usual plan inclusions while visiting 46 countries across the US, UK, NZ, Europe and Asia the business sector surely looked on with envy. But now, Vodafone is offering the same deals to their Small to Medium Enterprise(SME) customers. The announcement gives access to the $5 per day roaming as well as access to the local support line that Vodafone also introduced with their Red plans last year. Businesses will also be able to add additional data SIMs to their[Read More...]

by 6:38 PM on March 6, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News
Update: Telstra, too! Optus and Vodafone to roll out Kit Kat update to HTC One in mid-March

Update: Telstra, too! Optus and Vodafone to roll out Kit Kat update to HTC One in mid-March

Anyone looking at buying an All New One, will likely consider how HTC handles updates for older phones. Historically, the short answer is ‘not well’. Owners of the HTC One X likely still feel the pain of being told that 4.2.2 was the last version of Android the 2012 flagship would ever receive. HTC have committed to at least two years of updates with 2013′s phones though, but although Ones throughout the world have been progressively updated to Kit Kat over the past couple of months, Australia has been left behind. Thankfully, this is beginning to change, with Optus having[Read More...]

by 1:28 PM on March 4, 2014 9 comments Carriers, OS Update
Telstra unveils new plans and 12 month upgrade options

Telstra unveils new plans and 12 month upgrade options

Telstra has today announced a new set of plans that will launch on the 4th of March. Telstra has also advised they will launch new upgrade options for customers who like to update their phone more regularly than the standard 24 month contracts normally allow. Telstra has dubbed their new fast upgrade option – which will allow customers signing up to a 24-month contract, to upgrade to a new phone after 12 months – the ‘Telstra New Phone Feeling’, to get access to the new phone feeling, customers will have to pay a $10 fee per month($120 per year) on[Read More...]

by 5:18 PM on February 20, 2014 17 comments Carriers, News
Virgin Mobile activates 4G for pre-paid customers

Virgin Mobile activates 4G for pre-paid customers

Virgin Mobile, has today announced that pre-paid users will now be able to access the Virgin Mobile 4G network, which is powered by Optus, on their 4G capable smartphone, and it’s all as simple as pushing a button – well several. From today existing Virgin Mobile customers with a 4G compatible handset will be able to activate 4G on their phone service by dialing ’275′ and then pushing ’2′. This will allow customers to access the faster 4G network to allow for a better internet experience for customers, enabling much quicker downloading of data, streaming of video and sharing of[Read More...]

by 2:29 PM on February 20, 2014 5 comments Carriers, News
Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

The Galaxy Nexus was a pretty popular phone choice for a number of Australians when it became the first Nexus device to be released on all three carriers but part of the carrier distribution agreement was that the updates had to go via Samsung and the carriers before being delivered to phones. After seemingly being abandoned on Android 4.1.2 it seems that carrier branded Galaxy Nexus owners will finally see their Android 4.3 update. All three carriers have updated their software availability pages to indicate that Android 4.3 has been received from Samsung. Optus and Vodafone have already approved the[Read More...]

by 12:10 PM on February 19, 2014 2 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, OS Update
Vodafone announces 4G international roaming in NZ, UK and Europe

Vodafone announces 4G international roaming in NZ, UK and Europe

Vodafone has announced today that it will flick the switch on international 4G roaming agreements that will allow Vodafone customers to access high-speed networks in New Zealand, the UK and across Europe from the middle of 2014. This news comes on the heels of Vodafone’s $5-a-day Red roaming plans which already give customers access to 3G networks across the globe — in more than 40 countries — for just $5 a day. Vodafone’s large international presence no doubt allows them to pioneer deals like this, and they appear to be pretty proud of it. Benoit Hanssen, Vodafone’s Chief Technology Officer, has spruiked[Read More...]

by 11:39 AM on February 18, 2014 1 comment Carriers, News
Happy Birthday HTC Dream – 5 Big years in Australia

Happy Birthday HTC Dream – 5 Big years in Australia

Five years ago today, I was introduced to a phone that would change both my mobile world as well as the mobile landscape in Australia itself – the HTC Dream. Launching officially on Monday February 16th 2009, the HTC Dream (or the G1 as it was known in the US) was instantly a standout to me in what was a vastly different mobile landscape to what it is today. In 2009, dumbphones ruled the Australian mobile market with smartphones limited to older PalmOS devices, Windows Mobile or a heavily feature hamstrung iPhone. At the time, the most popular mobile OS[Read More...]

by 9:00 AM on February 16, 2014 7 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Vodafone adds Canberra to their ever expanding LTE network

Vodafone adds Canberra to their ever expanding LTE network

Vodafone has today announced that they have expanded their existing LTE markets to include the nations capital – Canberra. Vodafone Chief Technology Officer, Benoit Hanssen has announced the new coverage for the ACT, which will offer customers a greater choice for LTE in the suburbs of Canberra which will include parts of Acton, Civic, Crace, Downer, Franklin, Greenway, Harrison, Latham, Lyneham, Mitchell, Reid, Tuggeranong and Turner. Customers are encouraged to try out the Vodafone network, with the carrier offering a Network Guarantee which enables them to try out the network for 30 days and exit the contract with no termination[Read More...]

by 3:10 PM on February 11, 2014 6 comments Carriers
Telstra says “me too” to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 LTE

Telstra says “me too” to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 LTE

Telstra has joined Optus in offering Samsung‘s 8.0-inch version of its Galaxy Tab 3 tablet on contract. Prospective purchasers can find the device on Telstra’s site, where on-contract pricing ranges from $52/month for 1GB of data to $107/month for 15GB of data. The contracts have no upfront purchase cost and run for 2 years (24 months). Telstra also points out that users will get an additional 50GB of storage space for 2 years with Dropbox, in what seems to be a standard offering for Samsung devices these days. You’ll find the full specs for the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in[Read More...]

by 12:59 PM on February 4, 2014 1 comment Carriers, News, Tablets
Optus announces completion of its national network upgrade

Optus announces completion of its national network upgrade

Optus has announced this morning the completion of its national network upgrade project, resulting in over 4,400 mobile sites nationally to provide significantly improved indoor coverage and call quality for its 3G customers. Part of this project has been the roll-out of 900 MHz spectrum to the 3G network, increasing indoor coverage from 70% to 90% in metropolitan areas. The 900 MHz roll-out completed earlier this month with the upgrade of some 70 sites in and around Canberra. With up to 9.5 million customers accessing Optus’ network nation-wide, Optus has committed to retain the focus on 3G improvement and quality[Read More...]

by 11:56 AM on January 30, 2014 12 comments Carriers, News