Telstra Dave sent through Tough Mudder – comes through with flying colours

The Telstra Dave, which launched on Australias largest mobile network last month last month, is a ruggedised beast built by ZTE. Telstra has obviously seen the need for a ruggedised phone in their range, carrying the Xperia Z and Z1 and now the lower end 'Dave'. In a survey which Telstra commissioned, which interviewed over 1,000 people, they found some interesting statistics regarding how many people damage or break their phones and also found some interesting ways in which they break them : 58% of people have damaged or completely broken a mobile phone. 79% of offenders do so by dropping it,... Continue reading

Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

A few days ago we reported on Vodafone offering a Christmas bonus of double data on their $30 Prepaid Cap. Well, they are back at it again with a new offer of double data for the life of the plan on one and two year contracts. The fine print is that it is open to existing customers upgrading to a $60 or more plan, and new customers starting on a $60 or more plan. Month-to-Month SIM new or upgrading customers get the bonus data starting on the $45 plan, which now includes 3GB of data. This promotion lasts... Continue reading

Vodafone switches on 4G network for new prepaid customers

Vodafone launched their prepaid 4G  plans last month exclusively for existing customers, but as of tomorrow (6 November), new prepaid customers can join in the goodness of 4G. Naturally you will need to have a 4G capable handset, such as the recently launched Nexus 5, and a plan with plenty of data. Fortuitously, Vodafone has today announced that the $30 Prepaid Cap will have double the data until 31 January 2014, from 500MB to 1GB if activated before the end of January. If you are interested in Vodafone 4G Prepaid, you can check your coverage Continue reading

Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

In an early holiday gift to all, Vodafone is doubling the data on its $30 Prepaid Cap to 1GB. As well as the extra 500MB of data, the plan still includes $450 of flexible call credit and infinite SMS. This is available to prepaid customers from now, and the cut-off for the last activation to receive the double data offer is 31 January 2014. Chief Marketing Officer, Kim Clarke said: "By doubling the data from 500MB to 1GB we hope our prepaid customers will double the amount of fun they have with their mobile. With the arrival of the holiday... Continue reading

Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus has added two new Android devices to its line up, bringing the total number of Android 4G devices available on plans to eleven, with every one of their Android phones being 4G capable. The newcomers are the highly anticipated LG G2, which we reviewed earlier and were very impressed with, and  the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. The LG G2 starts at $55 per month (including handset repayment), and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is from $37 per month (including handset repayment). Here's a breakdown on the costs, which includes the recently launched Samsung Galaxy... Continue reading

Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

This morning, Optus has announced its exclusive carriage of LG's G2 handset which Ausdroid reviewed last month. Available in store, online and via telephone sales today, the G2 and its fancy advanced 4G features will really enjoy Optus' 4G network. Optus advises that the LG G2 runs on Optus' 4G Plus and 4G networks, meaning more coverage and more speed, and of course Optus' fairly decent 3G network as well. If you'd like to read more about the G2, my review is a good place to start, but the real takeout from this news is... Continue reading

Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

The launch of the Nexus 5 this morning has seen a flurry of orders, with the 32GB Black Nexus 5 seemingly the most popular model, with Google Play reporting the lead time as 'Dispatched from warehouse in 2 - 3 weeks'. So what alternatives will you have for getting your hands on the latest Nexus phone from Google? Telstra has already advised that they are looking at the possibility of ranging the Nexus 5, advising: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in... Continue reading

Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Hot on the heels of the news this morning that Google has announced the Nexus 5 that we've all been waiting for, we've been in touch with Australia's telcos to find out who'll possibly be offering the Nexus 5 for sale locally on their plans. Telstra have confirmed to Ausdroid this morning that it is investigating the option of offering the Nexus 5 for sale on Telstra plans. A Telstra spokesperson told Ausdroid: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the... Continue reading

LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

LG has just announced availability for the highly anticipated LG G2 in Australia. The G2 will be launching on Optus as the exclusive carrier and through selected Australian retailers in Black and White on November 4th. The LG G2 is an absolute dream of a phone, which I personally found out when I reviewed the handset. The phone offers an absolutely smooth user experience and absolutely gorgeous screen, as well as a new ergonomic design which sees the main controls for power and volume located on the back of the handset. There is also a pretty decent software package... Continue reading

HTC announces the Desire 300 available exclusively from Telstra

Telstra and HTC are bringing the HTC Desire brand back to where it all started. After launching the original HTC Desire back in April 2010, Telstra are continuing with the brand, by launching the HTC Desire 300. The HTC Desire 300 is aimed as an entry level device, but still includes a nicely sized 4.3" screen and is being positioned in the Telstra pre-paid line-up as a great Christmas present. 4.3"WVGA(800x480) Resolution Screen 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 SoC 512MB RAM 4GB On-Board storage with microSD Card Slot 5MP Rear Camera with AF and VGA Front-Facing camera Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, GPS+A-GPS Android... Continue reading

Updated: Aldi Mobile slashes data on Unlimited Pack to 2.5 GB

Aldi Mobile has updated its Unlimited plan, halving the data allowance. Ausdroid reader Vijay also reports that the $10 International calling credit that used to come with a $35 recharge has been removed. The MVNO's $35 Unlimited plan now has a number of very specific limits: We've seen major changes in the highly-competitive world of Australian Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO's) in the last few months Red Bull Mobile, Crazy Johns and more have disappeared, while Kogan Mobile departed the market in the wake of the ispOne / Telstra stoush, which Aldi... Continue reading

Vodafone prepaid 4G launches today

Vodafone opens their 4G network to prepaid users today, but there are a few caveats to start with. To be eligible for the initial roll out, you must be an existing prepaid Vodafone customer, and: Have a 4G device; Have an active Prepaid recharge - it's strongly recommend by Vodafone that you have a plan with more than 500MB data ($30 Cap and above, All Time and Flexi Caps) Live in a Vodafone 4G area The roll out will be progressive, with Vodafone aiming to have all eligible existing prepaid customers migrated to the 4G network by the end of... Continue reading

HTC One Max headed for Optus

The recently launched HTC One Max looks like it will be coming to Optus, if their Google+ page is a good indicator. Optus has just posted a mini review of the One Max, indicating that an announcement for stocking the phone is looming. Optus linked on their Google+ page to a US site for the mini review, and not an Australian android news site, that had the information about the HTC One Max hours before. The main specs for the One Max are: 5.9" Full HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 16 or 32GB... Continue reading