Telstra drops pricing on international data packs

The recent focus on the cost of mobile data and calls by both Optus and Vodafone have seemingly forced Telstra to look at their own data pricing, with the largest Telco in Australia advising that from the 14th of October they will introduce some new 'cheaper' options. Whilst not as outrageously expensive as their current data pack offerings, which sees you charged $29 for just 20MB of data, the new Casual Traveler Data Packs now provide five times the data at the same price, although all the packs have a 30 day expiry on them : $29 for 100MB... Continue reading

Optus announce new trade-in scheme to give you credit towards your new plan

If you're into gadgets then chances are you have a number of Smartphones lying around gathering dust, and Optus would like to take them off your hands in exchange for giving you credit on your next Optus My Plan phone bill when you sign up to a new contract or re-contract to a postpaid mobile plan. The requirements of the scheme are pretty simple, firstly the phone has to be working, next you will need to take the phone along with your driver's license or passport into an Optus store where it will be assessed by an Optus representative who... Continue reading

Vodafone announce App Aid 2013 – Coding for a cause

After a highly successful event last year that saw the creation of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) 'Responder App' as well as apps for OzHarvest and the Starlight foundation, Vodafone have announced that App Aid 2013 is going ahead with up to $120,000 being contributed this year to as many as five Australian charities by Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone. App Aid will see charities paired with professional digital product developers to help create up to five teams. These teams will have a full day of brainstorming on the 18th of October where they will discuss their App ideas. Each charity... Continue reading

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

The official pricing and availability - October 3rd for the majority - is now out for the Galaxy Note 3 on all three major carriers if you want to purchase it on contract. With the exception of Virgin Mobile who have advised they will be announcing their pricing on the 26th of September, you can now check out the options for Optus, Telstra and Vodafone and see which best suits your needs. Meanwhile, if you want the Galaxy Note 3 outright here's where to do a bit of a comparison, bear in mind these tables are... Continue reading

Optus announces pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The three major carriers in Australia have now made their plans for the Galaxy Note 3 available for the public, with Optus now announcing that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is now available for pre-order online, instore or over the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available from October 3rd in Jet Black or Classic White on a range of My Plans, Optus are advising that the phone can be purchased on a 24 month contract connected to the $80 per month My Plan with a $10 per month handset repayment (after a $20 monthly phone credit). The... Continue reading

Telstra announces pricing for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is being launched in Australia right now, and all the carriers are bringing out their pricing. So far, Vodafone has given us a look at their pricing and availability which includes a bundle pack that includes both the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear and now Telstra has announced their pricing for the Galaxy Note 3, which unfortunately does not include a bundle for the Galaxy Gear. Telstra has updated their Telstra Exchange blog to advise that the Note 3 will be available but have not included any dates on availability, based on... Continue reading

Vodafone announces price plans Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear

In their push to win back market share after a less than stellar last couple of years, Vodafone have been pushing to market quickly with new release items regularly. This time they've been first to announce pre-order of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch in a bundle. After the device goes on sale on October 3rd, the GALAXY Note 3 will be available for $10 a month on a $65 Red Plan and the GALAXY Note 3 + Galaxy Gear bundle will be available for $23 a month on top of the $65 Red Plan. Vodafone General... Continue reading

Alcatel One Touch S’Pop available at Coles starting tomorrow for one week. Throwing in a free Vodafone Pre-Paid Sim

In the latest Coles catalogue starting this Wednesday 18 September for one week, Coles is offering the Alcatel One Touch S'Pop for $99 which the are offering a Vodafone Pre-Paid sim card as part of the offer for free. Now whilst the Alcatel One Touch S'Pop isn't going to offer the latest and greatest specs, it does offer most of the same functions as Android smartphones offered for ten times the price (although, not all of them). The S'Pop specs are: 3.5" TFT capacity screen, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi pixel density) 512 MB RAM 4GB Storage, expandable to 32GB via microSD card Wi-Fi... Continue reading

Optus now offering the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra for pre-order

Optus has today advised that the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra are now available to pre-order on the Optus 4G network via tele-sales, online and in-store, with an official launch availability date of the 1st of October. Both the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra are water and dust-proof with IP55 and IP58 Certification. Xperia Z1 The recently announced Xperia Z1 is available on Optus for pre-order through their mini-site, on a variety of plans beginning from just $55 per month - $35 My Plan with $20 per month handset repayments. With a 5" Full HD... Continue reading

LG G2 to launch on Optus in November

The LG G2 was announced at an event in New York at the very beginning of August and when we met with LG to get a hands-on with the new super phone they advised that Optus would launch the phone in October/November. The press release from the launch of the new 4G Plus network this morning revealed this one line throwaway : The LG G2 will be out in November While we still don't have any details on the pricing or plans apart from the outright price of $699, or a release date - we've requested more information - at least... Continue reading

Optus launch their 4G Plus LTE Network

Optus has today announced that they have expanded their 4G Plus LTE Network to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide in a move that will enhance their existing 4G offerings. The new 4G plus network is an expansion of the trial TD-LTE network which was launched in Canberra earlier this year running on the 2300MHz network. The TD-LTE network allows for transmit/receive of data to occur on the same frequency but at different times as opposed to FD-LTE technology currenly used in other Australian 4G networks which uses a seperate channels for each. Optus plans to progressively roll out this... Continue reading

Coles selling the Samsung Galaxy Y & Huawei Ascend Y201

In the latest Coles catalogue starting this Wednesday 11 September for one week, Coles is offering the Samsung Galaxy Y for $59 plus 750 FlyBuys points and the Huawei Ascend Y201 for $39 plus an additional 500 points if you're a FlyBuys member. Now whilst these devices aren't going to offer the latest and greatest specs, they will offer most of the same functions as Android smartphones offered for ten times the price (although, not all of them). Just in case you need reminding, the Samsung Galaxy Y specs are as follows: 3" TFT capacitive touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) 830... Continue reading

Optus announce the Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is now available

Optus HTC One owners can now join their fellow owners on Telsra and Vodafone with Optus today advising that the Android 4.2.2 update is now rolling out over the air to the HTC One. Great news for our HTC One customers – Android 4.2.2 now avail over the air. Heaps of new features, like Instagram now thru HTC BlinkFeed!— Optus (@Optus) September 5, 2013 The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One includes a whole slew of updates, including : Launcher Bar Enhancement Widget panel rearrangement New lock screen style and widget Enhanced home button behaviour ... Continue reading