Optus’s HTC One V stock recalled from stores (updated)

We've been informed by a trusted source of ours that the HTC One V stock that was to be sold by Optus -- the device hasn't launched or been announced yet -- has been recalled. We aren't yet able to confirm the reasoning behind the recall, but we do know this is going to push back the release date of the device for an unknown period of time. Looks like all those dummy units aren't going to see the light of day in Optus stores for some... Continue reading

HTC One S, One V to launch soon on Optus

We've been informed by a tipster (who included the above image) that the HTC One S and HTC One V will join their older brother in the One X at Optus in the near future. Dummy units of the two devices are expected to arrive in Optus stores very, very soon meaning that a launch isn't too far off either. Don't let the Singapore weather on the home screen fool you, Optus is apparently shipping in dummy handsets from parent company SingTel over in Singapore. The HTC One S is a mid-range device with a 1.7GHz Dual-Core CPU and... Continue reading

Android 2.3.6 “Value Pack” update hitting Galaxy S on Optus

We've been informed by a reader that the Samsung Galaxy S on Optus is starting to receive the Android 2.3.6 "Value Pack" upgrade. Samsung's decision to not upgrade the Galaxy S to Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" means that the value pack upgrade is as close to it as owners are going to get to 4.0 in terms of features. It brings to the table a few of ICS's key features such as face unlock, faster performance and an all-round UI clean up/improvement. The full list of features (not confirmed by Optus) can be found below. The update is... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S III — Review

Samsung's latest flagship is good, but is it good enough to fend off the competition? You may have watched the launch of the Galaxy S III live from London, almost six weeks ago. At some point you may have been horrified with the nature theme (pebbles, water, etc) and the “made for humans” catch cry. Honestly, I still cringe a bit when I see a commercial with those words in it. Perhaps you were disappointed with the plasticky (actually polycarbonate) materials used in its construction or... Continue reading

Optus launching the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″ on the 18th of June

One of our regular and proven to be reliable sources has dropped me some info a short time ago that Optus are ready to launch the 10.1" Galaxy Tab 2 on the 18th of June including this screenshot showing the device on their internal sales system. Stock is due to the Optus warehouse tomorrow (14th June) and being distributed to stores on the 15th of June. With plans (+ repayment on device) starting at $39.95 per month for a 2GB per month data plan the pricing seems quite reasonable too as long as you don't mind being... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S III – 32gb variant available in store, and so’s pebble blue

We've received a few tips today indicating that the Galaxy S III is now available in its 32gb variant, and not only this - but in the much sought-after Pebble Blue colour. We've received tips from well placed sources indicating that Vodafone currently has them in stock across its store network, with Optus and Telstra tipped to receive stock in coming days. For Vodafone customers (or those prepared to become one), you'll find 32gb devices available at most (if not all) stores, and the price point is delicious - just $5 more than the 16gb model. That's not bad... Continue reading

Rumour: Optus has the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S III in stock!

If you're and Optus customer and looking to upgrade, now might be a good time! One of our very reliable sources of info from inside the inner sanctum at Optus tells me that existing customers can now order the 32GB version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII from the carrier, but this is not yet being pushed or announced. If history holds true to form Optus will "officially" announce this in the next 36 - 48 hours and other carriers will follow suit within the next week. As always, thanks to SR2 for the tip! If you've got some hot tips, rumors or... Continue reading

Pebble Blue coloured Samsung Galaxy S III arriving in stores now

I have called stores around Canberra this morning and was advised by staff at Optus, Vodafone and Crazy Johns stores that they have stock of the 16GB Pebble Blue coloured Galaxy S III. I also called a number of Telstra stores who advised they did not have stock as yet but they receive their deliveries mid-morning so call back later to find out if any arrive. Virgin Mobile staff were still unsure when the blue would arrive, however they tweeted me last night to advise they had them in stock online so I imagine stock will be arriving... Continue reading

Plan Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S III on Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Crazy John’s, Virgin

Want to know which carrier is offering great value on the brand new Samsung Galaxy S III? Take a look at our always awesome table comparing the major telcos and their similarly priced plans. Remember, you have to take into account your own personal preference, each networks capabilities in your area and all that wonderful stuff before coming to a conclusion. Each to their own! Let's begin.   Vodafone Optus Telstra Crazy John's Virgin Plan Cost $59/mo $60/mo $59/mo $55/mo $59/mo Repayments $5/mo $5/mo $13/mo $0 $5/mo Cap Credit $750 $650 $550 $750 $700 Total Cost $1,536 $1,440 $1,728 $1,320 $1,536 Data 1.5GB 1.5GB 1.5GB 2GB 3GB Calls 98c/min (+40c) Unlim Optus - 90c/min (+35c) 90c/min (+35c) Unlim CJs - 99c/min (+40c) Unlim Virgin - 99c/min (+40c) SMS Unlim national Unlim national Unlim national Unlim national Unlim national Video Call $1.47/min (+40c) $1.00/min (+40c) 90c/min (+35c) $1/min 99c/min (+40c) MMS 55c 50c 50c 50c 60c Int. SMS Unlim int. 50c 50c 35c 45c Int. MMS 55c 75c 75c 50c 60c Link Continue reading

Optus starts selling Samsung Galaxy S III

As you can see from the above Optus has just announced their pricing and plans for the Samsung Galaxy S III, starting on the $50 a month plan with a $12 handset repayment, you can get the 16GB handset in either White which is available for Next Business day delivery to metro areas or in Pebble Blue which has a 10 Business day lead time, they also have the option for a 32GB model but it's listed as coming soon and no pricing is available for it at this time. They have an online special offering 2 months access... Continue reading

Optus Launch Samsung Galaxy S III for $5 a month on $60 plan

Well that's a surprise! The telco's appear to be releasing the Galaxy SIII for the same monthly repayments on comparable monthly plans. As mentioned by Daniel in his post about Vodafone's launch of the Galaxy SIII they're charging $5 a month for the device on a $59 plan. I've received information today telling me that Optus are releasing the 16GB version for $5 on the $60 per month plan and the 32GB for $5 per month on the $80 plan. With this monster of a phone due to launch in T minus 10 minutes and counting, there's sure to be... Continue reading