Happy Birthday HTC Dream – 5 Big years in Australia

Five years ago today, I was introduced to a phone that would change both my mobile world as well as the mobile landscape in Australia itself - the HTC Dream. Launching officially on Monday February 16th 2009, the HTC Dream (or the G1 as it was known in the US) was instantly a standout to me in what was a vastly different mobile landscape to what it is today. In 2009, dumbphones ruled the Australian mobile market with smartphones limited to older PalmOS devices, Windows Mobile or a heavily feature hamstrung iPhone. At the time, the most popular mobile... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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... Continue reading

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,... Continue reading

Optus upgrades 3G and 4G coverage around NSW’s Central Coast

Optus today announced that it's in the process of upgrading its network infrastructure around the Central Coast. 4G / 4G Plus Between now and January 2014, customs can expect to see 4G light up in Pearl Beach & Umina, Wamberal, Kariong, Tangy Dangy, The Entrance North and wider availability within Gosford (where it's already available but limited to the CBD area). Tangy Dangy and The Entrance North will also be added to Optus' "4G Plus" network, its 2300 Mhz TD-LTE network that the company has been rolling out to new markets around the country. 3G Enhancements The Central Coast has also seen a... Continue reading

Optus now, too, rolling out Android 4.3 to HTC One users

Optus has commenced the rollout of Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) to its users of the HTC One handset, just shy of two weeks after Vodafone users started to receive the update on their handsets. Users, such as Ausdroid reader Myles Harris, received the update notification last night. The update, weighing in at 681.51mb, brings the HTC One on Optus up to version 3.63.980.2, and includes the following updates: Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 Video highlights improvements Updated interface Soundtrack support for videos Blinkfeed improvements Access recommended news from your social networks and more Given the size of the update, make sure you're on WiFi with... Continue reading

Huawei Ascend Y210 hits Optus Pre-Paid at $79

It seems Australian carriers are gearing up for the Christmas period with various offerings. The latest comes from Optus, offering the Huawei Ascend Y210 Android powered smartphone for $79 on pre-paid. As you might expect, an ground-floor price gets you ground-floor specs. The Y210 isn't going to set the world on fire: 3.5" TFT capacitive touchscreen (165 ppi) 512 MB ROM 256 MB RAM 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU Adreno 200 GPU Qualcomm MSM7225A Snapdragon chipset 2 MP rear facing camera Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot Android v2.3.6 (Gingerbread) Connectivity: 3G: 900 / 2100 MHz Remember, this is a sub-$100 phone. GSM Arena has the phone's full specs. The device... Continue reading

PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

Accuweather - Typhoon Haiyan With the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines needs a lot of help right now. With a number of Australians trying to reach friends and relatives abroad, Optus has offered to help make that a bit easier by announcing that they will be giving their customers free connections to the Philippines. Optus has advised that their support for customers will extend to their customers receiving : Free calls to the Philippines for fixed customers, from 11 November and available through to midnight on Sunday 17 November 2013 Free SMS and calls from... Continue reading

Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

Optus has added two new Android devices to its line up, bringing the total number of Android 4G devices available on plans to eleven, with every one of their Android phones being 4G capable. The newcomers are the highly anticipated LG G2, which we reviewed earlier and were very impressed with, and  the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3. The LG G2 starts at $55 per month (including handset repayment), and the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is from $37 per month (including handset repayment). Here's a breakdown on the costs, which includes the recently launched Samsung Galaxy... Continue reading

Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

This morning, Optus has announced its exclusive carriage of LG's G2 handset which Ausdroid reviewed last month. Available in store, online and via telephone sales today, the G2 and its fancy advanced 4G features will really enjoy Optus' 4G network. Optus advises that the LG G2 runs on Optus' 4G Plus and 4G networks, meaning more coverage and more speed, and of course Optus' fairly decent 3G network as well. If you'd like to read more about the G2, my review is a good place to start, but the real takeout from this news is... Continue reading

Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

The launch of the Nexus 5 this morning has seen a flurry of orders, with the 32GB Black Nexus 5 seemingly the most popular model, with Google Play reporting the lead time as 'Dispatched from warehouse in 2 - 3 weeks'. So what alternatives will you have for getting your hands on the latest Nexus phone from Google? Telstra has already advised that they are looking at the possibility of ranging the Nexus 5, advising: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in... Continue reading

LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

LG has just announced availability for the highly anticipated LG G2 in Australia. The G2 will be launching on Optus as the exclusive carrier and through selected Australian retailers in Black and White on November 4th. The LG G2 is an absolute dream of a phone, which I personally found out when I reviewed the handset. The phone offers an absolutely smooth user experience and absolutely gorgeous screen, as well as a new ergonomic design which sees the main controls for power and volume located on the back of the handset. There is also a pretty decent software package... Continue reading