Android 4.1.2 update rolling out to Optus and Vodafone Galaxy S III now

Thanks to a number of tipsters who've contacted us, it appears that both Optus and Vodafone are rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to their handsets now. From what I can tell the update is going out as an OTA update but can also be upgraded via Kies as well if you so wish. To prompt your phone to upgrade simply go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now for update. The update is for the Optus GT-i9300 and GT-i9305, the Vodafone handset is I believe the i9300 but please correct me... Continue reading

Optus rolling out Jelly Bean to Galaxy Nexus now

Following hot on the heels of the Vodafone rolling out Jelly Bean to their Galaxy Nexus it appears that Optus has finally started rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to their Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones as well. Thanks to a tip from Aram it looks like the update is hitting handsets as an OTA update and initial report is that it's a bit sluggish to start off with but does get faster. The update will most likely be sent out in stages over the course of a week as most updates are but to prompt your phone... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z not just for Telstra, likely Optus and Vodafone as well

Gizmodo Australia is reporting that the Sony Xperia Z will not only come to Telstra, but likely Vodafone and Optus as well, according to the man in charge of Sony Mobile Oceania, John Featherstone. The device is expected to launch in March across the carriers. If a Sony device with 4G LTE is your kind of thing, you'll be happy to know that 80% of their devices will have 4G in them. It's looking like it could be a good year for Sony Mobile. Continue reading

Updated: Jelly Bean rolling out to SGSIII phones

Update: Another reader, acceler8er has informed us that his "unbranded" SGSIII has also received the JB update. One of our readers, Matthew Cranley has just made us aware that the SGSIII phones on the Virgin Network are starting to receive Jellybean, 4.1.2. This update has been long awaited for most SGSIII owners, and it will be interesting to see what improvements it will make to the premium handset. Edited to add: On the off chance, I checked my SGSIII that is on the Live Connected network. It also was ready to receive the Jelly Bean update. Continue reading

Optus announces m-wallet contactless payment system

Optus has just released details on a new partnership with Visa and the Heritage bank that will introduce a contactless payment system utilising NFC and the Visa payWave technology to allow customers to use their Smart Phones as a payment system. The product called m-wallet is currently in internal trials right now with an intention to launch the system commercially next year. As we've seen from other providers such as Vodafone and Westpac the Optus contactless payment system will use an NFC enabled SIM card instead of the secure element installed on most mobile phones which from the Commonwealth Banks... Continue reading

Live Connected – New Telco service

Over the last couple of years, we've seen a few "bare bones" mobile service providers come up. Offering cost effective plans as "Sim Only" or "BYO Phone" deals, which are great if you purchase your handsets outright, or you have recently had a plan expire, and you're happy with your handset. But what if you're happy with being on plans so you can update your handset every two years? Easy monthly set amounts, and you get new gear. Yay! Live Connected has recently begun offering some of the latest handsets on plans, including, the Samsung Galaxy S... Continue reading

Optus 4G now available in Adelaide

Optus has today advised that they have switched their on their 4G network in the Adelaide CBD, bringing Optus 4G speeds to the City of Churches just in time for Christmas. The 4G services is now active at four sites in the Adelaide CBD. According to Günther Ottendorfer, Managing Director of Optus Networks "The response from customers in other capital cities has been so positive we’ve accelerated the rollout of 4G to Adelaide, several months ahead of schedule" so now all Optus Adelaide customers can start looking at the range of 4G devices available on Optus for Christmas like the... Continue reading

Optus rolling out Jelly Bean to HTC One X

Last we saw from Optus the status of the Jelly Bean update for the HTC One X was '4.1 Jelly Bean Approved by Optus Manufacturer to release' and it looks like Optus HTC One X owner Dwayne is currently receiving that update. Dwayne sent us a screenshot of his phone downloading a near 360MB update which would correspond with an update to Android 4.1. Most OTA updates are rolled out in stages over the course of a week or so, but to prompt your phone to check for a software update you can go to Settings > About Phone >... Continue reading

Optus Samsung Galaxy S III receiving Jelly Bean OTA Now

The other day the Optus Update page advised that the Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III had been approved and was awaiting distribution by Samsung, well it appears that this rollout has now begun with many users tweeting us to advise they have received the update on their phones. The update takes the software version from 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and is rolling out Over The Air now. In terms of release these OTA updates are generally staggered however the update is usually available immediately via KIES. If you... Continue reading

Optus handset news – Samsung Galaxy S II & III Jelly Bean updates approved

Optus have updated their handset update status page today with some big news. The Samsung Galaxy S III Jelly Bean update has been approved, and deployment is imminent. No dates as yet but it won't be far off. Also big news for Samsung Galaxy S II owners, as their Jelly Bean update has also been approved and is expected early January. A maintenance update to the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G is also under testing and is expected any time now. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update appears to be some way... Continue reading

HTC One SV coming to Optus 4G

HTC has announced that they will be releasing the HTC one SV onto the Optus Network initially with the phone also going to Virgin Mobile as of the 1st of December. This is the third Android device available on the Optus 4G network which is expanding at a good rate and is now available in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane CBD. The One SV does only come with 8GB of storage on-board however as with previous One series phones they are offering Dropbox and SkyDrive integration with the Dropbox option giving customers 25 gigabytes of free online... Continue reading

Nexus 4 – Pre-Paid Plans and Micro-SIMs

With the launch of the Nexus 4, I have finally had to start looking around at what I'm going to do in regards to my SIM card as the Nexus 4 takes a microSIM. A microSIM is a essentially a cut down Mini-SIM — anyone familiar with an iPhone 4(S), HTC One XL or Motorola RAZR M (for example) will have seen these before. Here is a comparison table to help you out if you're not familiar with the SIM sizes: Now there are various options around in regards to chopping down your mini-SIM to... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Music to launch on Optus on November 15th

Optus is launching a new pre-paid phone on the 15th of November, the Samsung Galaxy Music. Available for $149 at Dick Smith, Domayne and Optus stores, the phone is available in Blue or White. It's showing now on the Optus Website but numerous notices in-store showed that retailers were not expecting stock until the 15th of November. Not a bad little phone but certainly not what you'd call top of the line spec wise : 3.0” Capacative Screen 320x240 850Mhz CPU 512MB RAM 4GB with microSD Card slot expandable to 32GB 3MP Rear Camera ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V 3.0 A-GPS + GLONASS, Stereo FM Radio... Continue reading