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 on :[Read More...]
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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,[Read More...]
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[Read More...]
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 phone.[Read More...]
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 the phone[Read More...]
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[Read More...]
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[Read More...]
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 MHz (80[Read More...]
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 as we can[Read More...]
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 hits store shelves in Australia tomorrow. Despite recent reports of stock shortages in the US, it seems that Australian carriers are doing fine. Optus tweeted on Wednesday that their online preorders had sold out, but has advised us that all of their bricks-and-mortar stores will be carrying the device tomorrow as planned. Have your pre-ordered a Galaxy S 4, or are you planning to pick one up tomorrow? Let us know in the comments.
Optus has revealed their plans for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, announcing that the phone will be available to pre-order online from Wednesday 24th April, with stock being in-stores at selected ‘yes’ Optus stores and retail partners from Saturday the 27th of April. The Galaxy S 4 will be available on a 24 month contract with a $7 monthly handset repayment – after $20 monthly handset credit – on the $60 Optus Plan with a minimum total cost $1,512. To sweeten the deal, Optus is offering existing customers 8000 bonus Qantas Frequent Flyer points when upgrading their service to a[Read More...]
Today is the day that many Android users (and would-be Android users) have been waiting for. HTC’s much anticipated, and well reviewed Android flagship – the HTC One – for 2013 is due to hit the shelves (so to speak) of the major carriers today, and those of you who’ve pre-ordered will probably be receiving these handsets very soon. While Ausdroid hasn’t yet reviewed the HTC One (rest assured, it’s coming soon) we believe that it is probably one of the best Android handsets you’ll see this year. It may even best the Samsung Galaxy S4 — indeed, from some[Read More...]
If you’ve been waiting for official details on the announcement of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, then you’ll have to wait a little longer. Sources are telling us it should be some time in May but no official word has been received as yet. But, in the meantime your friendly neighbourhood importer Mobicity has announced they are offering pre-orders on the LTE version of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Mobicity now has the Xperia Tablet Z in three flavours, the 16GB Wi-Fi Model for $649, 32GB Wifi model for $749 or the latest version which includes 16GB of storage and[Read More...]