Optus to offer TDD & FDD-LTE compatible version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini

Optus and Samsung, have today advised that they will be bringing a dual mode version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S4 Mini to Australia. What is dual-mode? It's in reference to the two types of LTE that are available - Time-Division Duplex LTE and Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) - FDD is the most commonly used technology in Australia and is being used by most of the carriers in Australia. Optus are currently the only Mobile carrier in Australia to offer TDD-LTE, and then only in one market - Canberra. Customers in Canberra have had access to the Optus TDD-LTE... Continue reading

Telstra advise Android 4.2.2 update for HTC One will begin tomorrow

Telstra owners of the HTC One, get excited the long awaited Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One is set to go live for your handsets tomorrow. According to an update added to the Telstra Crowd Support message board this morning from Craig : HTC have informed us of a slight delay in the deployment of this update. It is now expected to begin deploying on Thursday 1 August. No specific time of day has been provided yet - when it is I will let you all know. Updates to expect in the Android 4.2.2 update have been outlined... Continue reading

Optus Now app will now collect anonymous data to help improve the network

If you have an Android phone from Optus, then you´re most likely one of the 300,000+ users who have installed the Optus Now App from Google Play. The app has up till now been delivering news, weather, games and sport, but since an update to the app on the 10th of July, it has also been capturing network information such as signal strength and sending it back to Optus for evaluation. The information collected is described by Optus as 'high-level network data' and the data sent remains anonymous. At this stage there is no way to provide users with... Continue reading

LG Optimus L7 II & L2 II available next week

The other day I was flicking through the Dick Smith website (as an addicted web window geek shopper) and I was surprised to find that the Optimus L7 II and Optimus L2 II on their website on Optus Pre-Paid, albeit not available at this time. Now whilst both devices aren't top notch high end specs, they do bring some nice specs for a low end market. To re-fresh your memory, here are the specs for both devices LG Optimus L7 II 2,460mAH capacity battery Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, DLNA Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A5 CPU Adreno 203 GPU 8 MP,... Continue reading

Optus begins offering upgraded 3G service and 4G to Wollongong

After announcing an expansion of their 4G services in Adelaide last night, Otpus has today announced that they have turned on 4G services in the 'Gong' as well as releasing details on upgrades to their existing 3G network. Customers will now be able to access the Optus 4G network at five mobile sites in central Wollongong and Optus has announced that they will be performing extensive network upgrades in the greater Illawarra area in the next six months. Over the next six months customers with a 4G-ready mobile device in these areas will begin seeing 4G services switched... Continue reading

Optus adds more 3G and 4G coverage in Adelaide

Optus is on the move in Adelaide, they've announced today that they've added some more towers to their network. After turning on 4G in the Adelaide CBD back in December they've added an additional 25 4G towers which are now available to Optus 4G customers. Existing 3G customers haven't been forgotten either, with Optus announcing that they've upgraded 150 of their 3G sites to provide stronger 3G signals and better indoor coverage. After turning on these towers, Optus 4G is now available in parts of : Adelaide CBD and North Adelaide. Inner-east and south-east suburbs including Hackney, Kent Town, Norwood, Beulah Park,... Continue reading

LG Optimus F5 — Review

LG enters the budget LTE Smartphone market LG has made a great comeback in their mobile phone market share over the past 12 months, from the launch of their budget range L Series handsets which has since seen them achieve the third spot overall for Australian Android market share, and second in Australian market share in the prepaid smartphone market. The release of their Optimus G handset showed that what they could do at the higher end of the smartphone range and though late, the product in and of itself was excellent. At Mobile World Congress, LG announced a new line... Continue reading

Optus add the Huawei Ascend G510 to their Pre-Paid range

It seems a lot of entry-level Android mobile devices are being made more enticing with somewhat recent Android OS (Jelly Bean 4.1 for a start at least), with some features like NFC/DLNA features making their way to these devices, albeit slowly but its a start really. That's where the Huawei Ascend G510 comes in through the Optus prepaid store. Whilst it doesn’t offer Android 4.2.2 or a higher spec screen or LTE (4G), it still seems to offer some decent specs for an entry level device which I really have to say is a good start for a pre-paid... Continue reading

LG Optimus F5 4G Now Available on Optus, Virgin

LG today announced the Optimus F5, a mid-range LTE-enabled smartphone, is now available on the Optus 4G network. The F5 is running Android 4.1.2 and features a 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, a Dual Core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, 2 cameras (5MP rear, 1.3MP front),1GB RAM, 8GB on-board storage and micro SD card slot (up to 32GB). LG introduced a few handy software features earlier this year on their Flagship device, the Optimus G, and they make an appearance on the F5 as well, including: QuickMemo: Lets users capture and share handwritten notes on the screen of... Continue reading

Optus launching Samsung Galaxy Express on Monday June 3rd

Optus has today announced that the Samsung Galaxy Express will be available in-stores, online and via telesales from Monday June 3rd. The Galaxy Express is LTE enabled and offers all the Touchwiz goodness you've come to expect from a Samsung handset. Hardware wise the phone is aimed at the mid-range phone buyer, Galaxy Express Specs : 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor 1 GB RAM 8 GB internal memory with microSD card slot 5 megapixel rear camera, and 1.3 megapixel rear camera LTE Android 4.1.2 2,000 mAh battery The Samsung Galaxy Express is available either on a $35 per month Optus plan with a $7 per month handset repayment... Continue reading

The Optus Network: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

Early this morning, Jason Murray and I attended an Optus network briefing in Sydney, presented by Guenther Ottendorfer, Optus' Managing Director of Networks and Andrew Smith, Vice President of Mobile Radio Engineering. The focus of Optus' briefing was to discuss the improvements to Optus' network over the last twelve months, to look at what's coming in the next few months and further down the road. Given that I get a lunch break, I thought we'd share the highlights with you. Optus network, today Optus has been spending a fair bit of time and money (upwards of $2bn) on expanding its network... Continue reading

Australian 4G Spectrum Auction Results

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) yesterday announced the results of the auction for the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum bands in Australia. The auction began in May 2012, and ended up seeing Telstra and Optus vying for the coveted 700 MHz band as well as the 2.5 GHz which also went to surprise entrant, TPG. The rules of the auction, which was conducted out of the public eye, stipulated that "a single bidder could not acquire more than 2 x 25 MHz (50 MHz in total) in the 700 MHz band and more than 2×40... Continue reading

Samsung Australia comments on Galaxy S 4 scarcity

The Australian launch of the Galaxy S 4 last weekend wasn't what you'd call a satisfying experience for many Australian customers, with stock shortages and some outlets only selling the device on-contract. Many consumers took the opportunity to vent their frustration at Samsung on social media. There are still some handsets to be found, but at this stage they're quite scarce -depending on location and your carrier of choice. In the ACT, all Optus stores were completely sold out by Sunday morning. In Sydney, Samsung's own store (which received the lion's share of retail units, as far... Continue reading