Exclusive: Optus stores receiving Samsung Galaxy S III stock tomorrow morning

We've received word and a photo from a tipster, confirming that Optus stores are set to receive a shipment of devices outside of business hours tomorrow morning. Our source was able to confirm it's the Samsung Galaxy S III by providing the invoice of the shipment. The source went on to say that a shipment outside of business hours is very strange and only ever happens for the launch of the new iPhone. As you can see above the only variant to be shipped in will be the white one ( Continue reading

Samsung Australia support site confirms Galaxy S III for Vodafone, Optus, and possibly a 4G version for Telstra

Well how about this. Our own Matty Booth pointed out to me that on Samsung's support site it lists versions of the Galaxy S III that are going to launch. Lo and behold there are versions for Vodafone (VAU), Optus (OPS) and a few versions for Telstra (TEL). The GT-i9300 is just the basic Galaxy S III and from the looks of things will be launching on Optus. There's also mention of the same version for Telstra. The GT-i9300T is a version that's enhanced for 850MHz 3G usage (yes, you could even call it 'NextG Optimised') and will launch on... Continue reading

Motorola announces Defy Mini for Australia

Today Motorola Australia has announced the launch of the Motorola Defy Mini, the phone will be available on Optus pre-paid for an RRP of $199 which includes $30 of credit it will be available today from Dick Smith and Optus retailers and from Kmart and Target on Monday 22nd of May. The phone which at $199 is aimed at the entry level market is certainly an ideal one for someone who is after a smart phone which can take some punishment as it is Dust-proof, Water-Resistant and Scratch-Resistant. Specs : 3.2-inch 320 x 480 Screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 600MHz... Continue reading

Getting the Samsung Galaxy S III in Australia

The amount of hype that has built up around the Galaxy S III launch has been pretty big, I've had a number of people who have shown no interest in mobile phones previously asking me what the Galaxy S III would have hardware wise. So this morning, I was kind of expecting to see a signup page from each of the carriers so customers could register their interest and be notified when details were available. Instead we seem to just have generic signup pages for information. Mobicity has put up a pre-order page and I imagine they'll be sourcing... Continue reading

HTC One X — Review

The same HTC but with a lot more common 'Sense' In 2011 HTC got really excited about releasing their Sensation phone, however in light of what Motorola and Samsung were doing with their Dual-Core offerings in that year, this phone fell short of the calibre of 2011 devices. Despite the Sensation not quite being the beast that it should have, HTC persisted and released a few more Sensation branded devices that would boast that extra oompf that the original Sensation wasn't able to deliver. At the end of last year HTC were reporting lower than expected fiscal performance, this didn't... Continue reading

Ice Cream Sandwich update now rolling out to all Galaxy S IIs on Optus, for real this time

While the initial Android 4.0.3 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update for the Samsung Galaxy S II on Optus may have only been for a select amount of users, going by the amount of people telling up Ice Cream Sandwich is now available for them, we can confirm it's now available for everyone. To update your device you will have to connect your Galaxy S II to your computer and run Samsung Kies. If it says your device is up to date, but you're clearly running Android 2.3, just give it a day or so to sort itself... Continue reading

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update available for Samsung Galaxy S II on Optus

Samsung have just pushed the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update for the Galaxy S II on Optus to Kies. The update may be available for download over-the-air (let us know in the comments) or you can download it via Samsung Kies 2.0. OPS = Australia (Optus) I9100XWLP4/I9100OPSLP4sammobile.com/kies— SamKiesUpdates (@SamKiesUpdates) April 3, 2012 Optus is the first carrier to launch the new update, so props to them for the quick(ish) release. There's no doubt Telstra and Vodafone will be releasing the update very soon as well, so keep an eye out. Continue reading

How to root the HTC One X

Looking to root your brand new HTC One X that you just purchased from Optus, Vodafone, Crazy John's, Virgin or outright from somewhere? Well you're in luck. Paul at MoDaCo has released a method to root your brand new device, and it's fairly simple and straightforward. We're going to tell you right now we take no responsibility for any problems that arise from you unlocking the full potential of your HTC One X. Instructions.. Download InsecureBootAndRoot r2 .zip file Extract the contents of the .zip to a directory on your computer Boot your One X into bootloader mode --... Continue reading

HTC One X and Sony Xperia S now available from Allphones for $658, $488 respectively

If your one of the many people that prefer to buy your new devices outright instead of being tied to a carrier, Allphones just might have an attractive deal for you. They've put up the HTC One X and Sony Xperia S on their online store for the, somewhat unexpected, low prices of $658 and $488 respectively. That's under $500 for a brand new Xperia S. Clearly Sony is pricing this to compete with high-end models currently available such as the Galaxy Nexus, which is sitting pretty at about $500 at most retailers. Both devices are... Continue reading

Sony Xperia S headed to Vodafone, Optus and retailers

Sony Mobile today confirmed where, when and how the Xperia S will be available in Australia. Optus will have the Xperia S available in Black from 'early April', we believe it will be $0 on the $49 cap. Vodafone will have the Xperia S available in White from 11 April, also believed to be $0 on the $49 cap. A mini HDMI cable is included in the box when purchasing from Vodafone. Crazy Johns will have the Xperia S available in Black and White from 11 April. In a refreshing move the Xperia S will also be available outright from JB... Continue reading

Confirmation: Sony Xperia S to launch in two weeks

Back in February we brought you the news that Sony's first smartphone - so dubbed because they've dropped the SonyEricsson moniker - would be released in our Autumn. We now have news that it'll be in around two weeks - that is, from 11 April, the Sony Xperia S will be available from Vodafone and Crazy Johns, and shortly thereafter it'll be available via Optus, and also for outright purchase from retailers including JB HiFi, Dick Smith Electronics, Allphones, Telechoice and Harvey Norman. This both confirms and follows hot on the... Continue reading

Sony Xperia S expected to be launch on Optus’ $49 cap for $0 upfront

We've received some more news regarding the rumoured Sony Xperia S launch on Optus in mid-April: pricing. Our source says that the phone will be available for $0 on Optus' $49 cap. The cap includes 1.5GB data, $550 of included credit and unlimited social networking on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare (and more), which is (almost) enough to get the most out of your brand new Xperia S. Our review of Sony's first Xperia device should be posted in the next week and a bit, so keep an eye out for that. Is anyone interested in the Xperia S... Continue reading

Rumour: Sony Xperia S, Samsung Galaxy XCover to launch on Optus in mid-April

We've received a tip-off from an anonymous source who has left us valuable information about the Sony Xperia S and Samsung Galaxy XCover. Both of the devices are expected to launch on Optus in the middle of next month -- stores will be able to order them in two weeks. The Xperia S is Sony's latest flagship device and is set to impress with its stylish looks (check out its specs here). The Galaxy XCover on the other hand is a heavy-duty device (IP67 certified) that's able to be covered in mud and drowned in water, and... Continue reading