Post Tagged with: "Optus"

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

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[Read More...]

by 1:59 PM on December 12, 2013 3 comments Carriers
Optus now, too, rolling out Android 4.3 to HTC One users

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,[Read More...]

by 7:55 AM on December 6, 2013 3 comments News, OS Update, Phones
Huawei Ascend Y210 hits Optus Pre-Paid at $79

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.[Read More...]

by 1:19 PM on November 18, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News, Phones
PSA: Optus offers aid to those in the Philippines as well as free calls to the area

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

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 postpaid mobile services, from 11 November and available[Read More...]

by 1:45 PM on November 12, 2013 1 comment Carriers
Optus launches the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

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 S4 Mini: More information about[Read More...]

by 3:30 PM on November 5, 2013 9 comments Carriers, Phones
Optus announces exclusivity on the LG G2

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 that it will run on[Read More...]

by 10:59 AM on November 4, 2013 6 comments Carriers, Exclusive, News, Phones
Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

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[Read More...]

by 10:08 AM on November 1, 2013 19 comments Carriers
LG G2 Australian availability announced – on contract with Optus and outright through retailers

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 on-board[Read More...]

by 12:20 PM on October 29, 2013 12 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Sony Xperia Z Ultra — Review

Sony Xperia Z Ultra — Review

Sony’s 6.4″ phablet dwarfs the competition, but is bigger really better? Sony‘s Xperia Z Ultra is an impressive phone – in physical size, style and technical specifications. On paper the phone looks fantastic and has probably attracted the interest of anyone who likes a large phone. But how big is too big? People scoffed at the Galaxy Note when it was released, but it spawned one of Samsung‘s – and the industry as a whole’s – most popular line of phones. Can the Xperia Z Ultra help Sony pull off the same trick? When I first laid eyes on the[Read More...]

by 8:15 AM on October 28, 2013 15 comments Design, Reviews
HTC One Max headed for Optus

HTC One Max headed for Optus

The recently launched HTC One Max looks like it will be coming to Optus, if their Google+ page is a good indicator. Optus has just posted a mini review of the One Max, indicating that an announcement for stocking the phone is looming. Optus linked on their Google+ page to a US site for the mini review, and not an Australian android news site, that had the information about the HTC One Max hours before. The main specs for the One Max are: 5.9″ Full HD display Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 at 1.7GHz Android 4.3 with HTC Sense 5.5 16 or 32GB[Read More...]

by 8:09 PM on October 15, 2013 2 comments Carriers, News
Optus adds the $99 LG Optimus L2 II Dual SIM to their pre-paid range

Optus adds the $99 LG Optimus L2 II Dual SIM to their pre-paid range

LG Australia in partnership with Optus has today advised that the LG Optimus L2 II Dual SIM will be available at retailers from today as a pre-paid device for just $99. The introduction last year of the L Series range was a real turning point for LG, up until that point their efforts in the smartphone arena had not been stellar but the nicely priced range of well built smartphones boosted them into number two spot in Australia overall for Android handsets. They began releasing a refreshed range earlier this year launching the Optimus L series II at Mobile World[Read More...]

by 9:14 PM on October 2, 2013 0 comments Carriers, Phones
Dual-Mode Galaxy S4 arriving in Optus stores later this week

Dual-Mode Galaxy S4 arriving in Optus stores later this week

The Dual-mode version of the Galaxy S4 was announced by Optus back in August, with a launch date of Mid-September, but we’ve yet to see any followup, but today Optus advised that the dual-mode version of the Galaxy S4 will be arriving in Optus stores later this week. The new dual-mode model of the GALAXY S4 is available on the Optus $60 My Plan with a $7 monthly handset repayment. The plan includes 600 minutes of standard national voice calls, unlimited standard SMS and MMS to Australian mobiles and 1GB of mobile internet data (Minimum Total Cost is $1608 over[Read More...]

by 9:05 PM on October 1, 2013 3 comments Carriers