HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

The Desire brand is officially back in Australia with Vodafone announcing today that the HTC Desire 601 is now available exclusively through them. The Desire 601 is a mid-range LTE phone with a 4.5" qHD 540x960 resolution screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. General Manager of Devices, Katie Turkal, says: If you want an affordable 4G phone with an advanced camera, great sound and loads of other great features, this is definitely a device you should check out. HTC makes fantastic phones and the Desire 601 is no exception. We are pleased to be able to offer it exclusively to... Continue reading

Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z1 go live on Telstra

For those who've been waiting patiently, it appears that Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z1 are now live on the Telstra website. Due to launch on October 15th, Telstra are giving a pre-order bonus to customers who sign-up before the October 15th launch in the form of a free Bluetooth headset valued at $199.95 while stocks last. The Xperia Z1 is available in either Black or Purple on a 24 month contract for $69 per month with no handset repayments, the plan includes $600 worth of calls and MMS as well as unlimited texts and 1GB of data, for a... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy J announced for NTT DoCoMo in Japan

NTT DoCoMo has announced their new line up of phones and as well as the Xperia Z1 f they announced earlier, they've also announced the Samsung Galaxy J, which managed to leak only the other day. The phone which hasn't been announced for any other markets as yet appears to be a slightly higher end spec Galaxy S4, sporting an upgraded Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM. Samsung Galaxy J Specs : 5" 1920x1080 full HD SuperAMOLED Display 2.3GHz Quad-Core MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 SoC 3GB RAM microSD Card Slot 13MP Rear Camera and 2MP Front-Facing Camera NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth Android 4.3 137x70x8.6mm @ 146grams 2600mAh... Continue reading

Sony officially launches the Xperia Z1 f SO-02F for NTT DoCoMo

The Xperia Z1 f or 'Honami Mini' as it's been known throughout various leaks in the leadup to its unveiling has been officially launched by Sony on the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The hardware specs appear to match up with those listed in the leaked catalogue that was found in the lead up to the official NTT DoCoMo launch : 4.3" 1280×720 HD BRAVIA LCD 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SOC 2 GB of RAM 16GB On-board Storage 20.7MP Rear Camera with G Lens and 2.2MP Front-Facing Camera IEEE 802.11 a/​​b/g/N and AC (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 Android 4.2.2 IP58 Ingress protection - Protected against dust,... Continue reading

Pint sized Xperia Z1 f leaks again through upcoming DoCoMo catalogue

The release of the Xperia Z1 with its highly anticipated 20.7MP camera has seen many people asking for the same specs but in a smaller form factor and last we saw, the Xperia Z1 f was being touted as the device that would fulfill that wish. Now a further leak from an upcoming NTT DoCoMo catalogue seems to confirm the Xperia Z1 f is coming soon at least in Japan. Unlike other mini versions of flagship phones that claim 'no compromise' the Xperia Z1 f seems to almost fully deliver. The Xperia Z1 f will come... Continue reading

Telstra offering free Galaxy Gears for Note 3 pre-orders

Telstra really want people to get online and pre-order for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So much so, Telstra are now offering would-be purchasers a free Galaxy Gear smartwatch, valued at $369 RRP, for anyone who pre-orders on an $80 plan or above. If you want this, and you might well, then you don't have too long to think about it: the offer will expire on 17 October, unless withdrawn earlier (i.e. if everyone else pre-orders and gets their Gear before you, you might miss out). We're not going to advocate for any particular carrier, they all... Continue reading

Sony announce the Xperia M for Australia – available through Vodafone and Sony Centres

Sony Australia has today announced the Sony Xperia M for the Australian market. The budget level device is aimed at the lower end of the market but still retains many of the design aesthetics from the former 2013 flagship device the Xperia Z. Launched by Sony back in June, Sony are definitely focusing the Xperia M at a 'new market and price point' but even at the cheaper price point, the Xperia M still packs quite a punch. Hardware wise, the phone comes with a 4" 854x480 display that is powered by a 1GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU, with... Continue reading

Optus adds the $99 LG Optimus L2 II Dual SIM to their pre-paid range

LG Australia in partnership with Optus has today advised that the LG Optimus L2 II Dual SIM will be available at retailers from today as a pre-paid device for just $99. The introduction last year of the L Series range was a real turning point for LG, up until that point their efforts in the smartphone arena had not been stellar but the nicely priced range of well built smartphones boosted them into number two spot in Australia overall for Android handsets. They began releasing a refreshed range earlier this year launching the Optimus L series II at Mobile World... Continue reading

Telstra to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 on October 15th

The Note 3 and the Xperia Z1 are much anticipated phones for various reasons we've seen pricing for the Galaxy Note 3 already but at the time of that information there was no launch date. Today an anonymous tipster has advised us that both the Xperia Z1 and the Note 3 will launch on the Telstra network on October 15.   While the Z1 is comparable in specs and size etc to the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One it seems the pricing is too.  In a pricing schedule for business plans the Sony Xperia Z1 is shown to... Continue reading

Telstra/ZTE bringing the T83 “Dave” 4G ruggedised device

It seems ZTE who make most of Telstra's cheaper devices, such as smartphone, modem dongles/wifi and tablets are set to launch a new ruggedised 4G Android smartphone, which given their relationship, will probably launch as a Telstra branded device. The device, which has been given the name Telstra Dave 4G, is being described as a ruggedised 4G Android smart phone with IP67 certification - waterproof to 1 metre and dustproof - and has been given the Telstra blue tick for improved rural and metro coverage both on the Telstra 4G and Next G networks. The specs for the T83 Dave include: 4.0"... Continue reading

Dual-Mode Galaxy S4 arriving in Optus stores later this week

The Dual-mode version of the Galaxy S4 was announced by Optus back in August, with a launch date of Mid-September, but we've yet to see any followup, but today Optus advised that the dual-mode version of the Galaxy S4 will be arriving in Optus stores later this week. The new dual-mode model of the GALAXY S4 is available on the Optus $60 My Plan with a $7 monthly handset repayment. The plan includes 600 minutes of standard national voice calls, unlimited standard SMS and MMS to Australian mobiles and 1GB of mobile internet data (Minimum Total Cost is $1608... Continue reading

Vodafone adds 34 European countries to their $5 per day international roaming offer

After announcinfg a plan at the end of July to allow their customers to use their existing plan inclusions in the US, UK and New Zealand for just $5 per day extra, they've announced that this is now available to those Vodafone customers travelling to Europe. With Australia's multi-cultural heritage there's sure to be a country in the 34 European countries that are now included which could interest some international travelling Australians: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,... Continue reading

Telstra introduces Data Sharing for Every Day Connect plans

After announcing that Data sharing plans would be coming soon all the way back in April, Telstra has today finally launched their Every Day Connect Data Share Packages. The new data sharing packages are available for the Every Day Connect plans and allow you to share the included data in the plan between up to three devices - eg. tablet, phone and laptop. But, the catch is you have to pay $20 per month for each device you have connected - $10 per month for the privilege and $10 per month for the SIM card. Telstra has also advised... Continue reading