Australian availability of the Sony Xperia Z1

You'd be forgiven for missing the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1, with all the announcements made at IFA last night there was a large number of devices from various manufacturers announced, but in terms of camera, the Sony Xperia Z1 was one of the most promising. Sony advised in their launch that they expected to launch the Xperia Z1 globally this month so we reached out to Sony as well as the Australian Carriers to find out which ones will be carrying the device. The Sony online store will be accepting pre-orders for the Z1 from Sony online from... Continue reading

Samsung’s new range of devices available in Australia “soon”

Off the back of the IFA events overnight has come a rush of Press releases, Samsung have been quick to notify media outlets this morning of their intent to release the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Note 10.1 (2014 edition) in Australia soon. Following the success of the Samsung GALAXY Note range in Australia, we are excited to confirm that Samsung GALAXY Note 3 as well as the innovative new GALAXY Gear and the GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) will all be launching in Australia soon. Pricing and availability information will be made available closer to the launch... Continue reading

Optus cut the price of the LG Optimus F5 in half – now $149

If you're an Optus customer and looking for a 4G phone, then you would benefit greatly from checking out the LG Optimus F5 over on the Optus Website. Optus has slashed the price of the phone from $299 down to a ridiculous $149. Spec wise it contains some very decent features which make for a pretty good phone and at $149 it's insanely good value : 4.3" qHD(960x540) IPS LCD Display 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon CPU 1GB RAM 8GB (Usable memory 5GB) with microSD Card Slot(Up to 32GB) 5MP Rear Camera with 1.3MP Front Facing Camera Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP,... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre-order through Telstra and Optus

Well it seems Telstra is trying to beat Optus to the pack, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre order through the Telstra website. In addition to this, Telstra are also throwing in a Fitbit Flexi for all online pre-orders through their website, which would probably go in some way with the S Health App on the device...........maybe! Looking at the plans, it seems that the plan pricing is pretty much inline with most mobile offers from Telstra, as the blow screenshots can testify: If you are interested to look into the plans available, you can... Continue reading

ACMA announces new SMS Alerts for mobile users

If you've ever over-spent on your data/voice or SMS cap and lived to regret it due to the cost of additional services because you haven't been aware of just how much you were using above your incluions on your plan, then the new initiative which went into effect from yesterday could be your saviour. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced on their website yesterday that from the 1st of September you'll now receive alerts when your data usage reaches 50%, 85% and 100% of your data limit. They've also advised that customers on the three major carriers -... Continue reading

Optus and the software update process.

Last year at Ausdroid we took the opportunity to approach our three major telecommunications companies - Telstra, Vodafone and Optus - about their software update processes. We had a great talk with Kieran Mcilwain from Vodafone on episode 30 of our podcast and interviewed Craig Ruhan from Telstra. The one carrier we haven't spoken to is Optus. I first approached Optus about interviewing their Software Updates manager on the 8th of August last year, and they advised they would see what they could do. There was some back and forth, but Optus was unable to arrange a... Continue reading

Report: Savvytel back in action

In the midst of the ISPOne chaos last week, it surfaced that MVNO Savvytel was also suffering some difficulties, finding themselves unable to supply customers with recharges. But now they're advising that everything is looking much better, according to a post on their website. Regular Ausdroid reader Kungfutigerr, has pointed us towards the Savvytel homepage which now displays a banner which seems to have been placed on the site just over 2 days ago, apologising to customers for any issues they had recharging or purchasing items from the company: In case you are wondering, Savvytel do utilise the Optus 3G... Continue reading

Yatango makes a deal with Kogan Mobile Customers to port over

With the collapse of ISPOne, Kogan Mobile customers were facing having to find and change to a new provider in the next 30 days. But it appears that Ruslan Kogan has not been quiet in the background in the last couple of days, and they've arranged a deal with Yatango to help their customers transition. Kogan has been sending out emails to their customers which have been received by both Geoff and myself offering a chance to move over to their service and trial their service for 30 days for free. For Kogan customers, the deal includes... Continue reading

Optus announces new options for international travellers

Optus has today announced a new take on their plans available to customers who travel internationally. Optus offers coverage in over 182 countries and previously, five zones have split the world for Optus customers when travelling, making it sometimes difficult to judge which zone you were in when travelling to multiple international destinations. Today's announcement sees those zones reduced to two. The two zones, have been selected carefully with Zone 1 including the top five destinations that Australians travel to - New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Asia. Zone 2 will incorporate the roads not... Continue reading

Leak suggests Snapdragon 800 based Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to all 3 Australian carriers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which is strongly rumoured to be announced at the September 4th Samsung Unpacked 2013 – Episode 2 event in Berlin just prior to the start of IFA, has been listed by SamMobile as coming to all three Australian carriers with a Snapdragon 800 CPU. The leak indicates that there will be four specific firmwares for the Galaxy Note 3 released in Australia -- an unlocked model plus a variant for each carrier. The Galaxy Note 3 destined for Australian shores will include a Snapdragon 800(MSM8974) CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and come with 3GB of... Continue reading

Savvytel closing down whilst customers kept in the dark

After Daniel's earlier article regarding ISPOne and Telstra's current Federal Court action, it seems another MVNO, Savvytel, is set to close its doors according to a report through WhistleOut. The closure of Savvytel which was leaked via a sales representative, is slowly finding its way back to customers who are complaining that they have not been given notice about the telco's decision, with no formal notification either via email or on the company's website. It seems even trying to currently recharge or buy a SIM card from the Savvytel website, customers are getting the following message: There is no official comment... Continue reading

ISPOne legal stoush could possibly spell the end for some small MVNOs in Australia

ispONE, the company who resells the Telstra service wholesale to multiple Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) in Australia is currently involved in a legal dispute with Telstra that's now threatening to end the business model of some recent entrants into the mobile space. The company - currently the exclusive reseller for wholesale access to the Telstra network in Australia - has had a troubled couple of months legally in Australia. They were taken to court recently by one of their MVNO customers - Kogan - to force them to continue to provide SIM cards to the company... Continue reading

Singtel looking to enable NFC Payments in Australia and Singapore with Visa partnership

Singtel the parent company of Australian mobile operator Optus has announced a partnership with Visa to allow their customers to use their NFC enabled phones to make payments at NFC Paywave enabled terminals across Australia and Singapore. The partnership will see Visa link pre-paid Visa cards to Singtels mobile wallet solution mCash which will launch in 2014. With Visa on-board, customers will be able to use the 12,000 Visa payWave terminals already installed in Singapore as well as over 100,000 terminals already in place across Australia. The mCash mobile money solution will extend beyond NFC payments as well, with customers being... Continue reading