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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
Vodafone’s 4G network reaches 1 million customers

Vodafone’s 4G network reaches 1 million customers

Vodafone has announced today that its 4G network, launched in June 2013, now has over 1 million devices connected. Vodafone claims that its network, revitalised, grown and rebuilt since the debacle of its performance in 2010, is offering great network performance at a lower price point than its competitors. This claim, it seems, has some merit to it. Recent speed comparisons, published by Fairfax, show that Vodafone 4G is comfortably faster than Telstra and Optus in some areas, and while it’s 3G speeds might not be as fast, they’re still pretty good. These findings certainly mirror what Ausdroid has found[Read More...]

by 11:50 AM on January 30, 2014 8 comments Carriers, News
Android 4.3 rolling out to Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note II – other carriers to follow soon

Android 4.3 rolling out to Telstra Samsung Galaxy Note II – other carriers to follow soon

Seems that the Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has begun rolling out to handsets, at least Telstra branded handsets for the time being, with other carriers promising the update should begin shortly. At 946.94MB it’s not a small download so you may want to hit up a WiFi connection before you begin – there’s no word on whether it’s counted against your data plan – but it includes all the features you’d expect, including Knox update for consumers, Galaxy Gear compatability and improved UI and performance : The update is due to hit both Vodafone and[Read More...]

by 8:13 PM on January 27, 2014 13 comments Carriers, OS Update, Podcast
Telstra begins testing data sessions on 700MHz spectrum with unreleased advanced HTC smartphone

Telstra begins testing data sessions on 700MHz spectrum with unreleased advanced HTC smartphone

In May of last year, Telstra – as well as Optus – successfully bid in an auction held by the ACMA for licenses to use bands in the 700MHz spectrum that had previously been used by the now defunct Analogue TV service. In that auction, Telstra successfully bid on 2 x 20 MHz (40 MHz) of spectrum and while the license to fully use the spectrum won’t come into effect until the first of January next year(2015), Telstra began testing out data sessions using the spectrum this week. On Friday, Telstra – in partnership with Ericsson – successfully completed their[Read More...]

by 11:37 AM on January 26, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Telstra is giving away a 24-karat HTC One

Telstra is giving away a 24-karat HTC One

To celebrate the launch of the HTC One on their 4G network, Telstra is running a competition to give away a 24-karat gold plated HTC One, valued at $5,000 by simply taking part in their #TelstraGold Australia Day competition. For a chance to win, Telstra is asking people to create a 30 second video which tells Telstra ‘how you’ll be celebrating Australia Day in true Aussie Style this year’. To get it noticed by Telstra, share it with them on their social media sites – Facebook, Instagram or Twitter – using the HashTag: #TelstraGold. The winner will be announced on[Read More...]

by 4:30 PM on January 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Competition, Phones
Champagne Gold HTC One coming exclusively to Telstra

Champagne Gold HTC One coming exclusively to Telstra

It’s not the 18 karat Gold version that HTC have been showing off to all and sundry at trade shows around the world, but you’ll now be able to get your hands on the Champagne Gold HTC One through Telstra. The only difference between the existing Glacial Silver HTC One on Telstra and this new model is the colour, with the same specs and features like HTC Boomsound, Ultra-Pixel camera still in place. Sales of the Champagne Gold HTC One begin today online with free delivery and in-store on January 21st, with the phone available on a variety of plans[Read More...]

by 1:12 PM on January 17, 2014 9 comments Carriers, Phones
Optus announces three new Samsung tablets available now

Optus announces three new Samsung tablets available now

Optus has today announced that it has three new Samsung tablets — the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, and Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 — available to purchase on plans starting at $39 a month. While the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and 10.1 aren’t the newest of tablets, the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is rather new, and Ausdroid will be posting a review of this rather powerful device in the not too distant future. If you’re keen to get your hands on one of these devices, paired with Optus’ 4G network, you’d best check out the[Read More...]

by 6:57 PM on January 15, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News, Tablets
Boost mobile announce they will cut data allowance on $40 recharge

Boost mobile announce they will cut data allowance on $40 recharge

Boost have announced via their Facebook page, that they will be cutting their data allowance by 1GB on their $40 ULTD recharge effective 18 February 2014. The post, tipped to us by Brad Hook, was posted up by the company yesterday at 3:30pm already has about 282 comments, most of them negative with customers stating their frustration and in most cases, stating they will be porting to other service providers. Here is the post from the company yesterday: The company is stating that within the post that most people are not using the full 3GB of data which is why[Read More...]

by 6:27 PM on January 14, 2014 28 comments Carriers, News
Virgin Mobile begins offering extra data on selected plans

Virgin Mobile begins offering extra data on selected plans

If your current data cap on your mobile plan isn’t quite cutting it, then maybe it’s time to look at Virgin Mobile, who has today announced that they’ll be throwing in an extra Gigabyte of data to new and upgrading customers connecting to plans in the $40 and above range. To qualify for the bonus data, you’ll need to sign up before the 28th of February and if you’re in need of a new phone they have a full selection available, although they seem to be pushing the Galaxy S3 4G on their BonusData site – yep, a phone almost[Read More...]

by 3:52 PM on January 13, 2014 1 comment Carriers
Vodafone extends international Red Roaming deal into Asia

Vodafone extends international Red Roaming deal into Asia

Vodafone’s popular Red plans, with their generous international roaming for $5 per day, has now expanded into Asia with coverage in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand. This brings the list of countries accessible to Red Roaming to 46, including the United States, New Zealand, the UK, and most European countries, and now six popular Asian destinations as well. Announced last year, Vodafone Red Roaming allows Vodafone Red customers to pay just $5 a day for roaming in supported countries to access the inclusions of their mobile plan overseas. This means if — like me — you have a[Read More...]

by 10:48 AM on January 8, 2014 0 comments Carriers, News
Telechoice to offer the Motorola Moto G from January 13 for $279 outright

Telechoice to offer the Motorola Moto G from January 13 for $279 outright

EDIT It appears the price of the Moto G will be $279, based on a number of calls to Telechoice, for an 8GB phone, that’s expensive. Thanks Ahmato27. The release of the Motorola Moto G has been hotly anticipated since its launch in São Paulo, Brazil in November last year, at which time Australia was listed as set to receive the handset in January. Well, January is here and the first sign of a local launch is to be found in the latest Telechoice catalogue which is offering the handset on a $40 plan. According to Telechoice stores in Sydney,[Read More...]

by 11:05 AM on January 3, 2014 10 comments Carriers, Phones
Telstra is working on Glassware of their own

Telstra is working on Glassware of their own

Telstra has already shown an interest in Glassware, confirming earlier this year that they are releasing an AFL compatible app for Glass next season, and are actively working on the development of an NRL app as well, now it seems that they are also working on a Glass app for their own service. Announced earlier this morning on their Telstra 24×7 Facebook page, the post simply asks what people would like to see in a Telstra developed app for Google Glass. The responses to the query if Telstra would be stocking Glass when finally made available prompted Telstra to advise[Read More...]

by 12:54 PM on December 24, 2013 2 comments Apps, Carriers, Glass
Sony begins Android 4.3 rollout to Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

Sony begins Android 4.3 rollout to Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra

The Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra should start seeing Android 4.3 on their handsets quite shortly, with Sony announcing that the rollout is now underway to unlocked handsets. The update will add ‘Project Butter’ to the phone as well as UI tweaks which adds a ‘smoother graphical experience’. Amongst a host of App updates to apps like Messaging, MyXperia, Smart Connect, Small apps, TrackID and Sony Select, Sony has also taken the opportunity to give the Z Ultra the same Smart Social Camera experience that launched on the Z1. There’s updates to Sony’s media side of things with WALKMAN,[Read More...]

by 5:01 PM on December 19, 2013 7 comments Carriers, OS Update, Phones