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...]
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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...]
We’ve written a lot about the HTC One – in the weeks since the phone’s official Australian launch there’s been rumours of overseas launch delays and even frank admissions by HTC staff about their component sourcing issues. Despite the seemingly endless wait, and the looming release of a certain other flagship device, enthusiasm is still strong for the One. HTC has today announced on-contract availability across Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, and Ausdroid will have a full Australian review coming soon. Some carriers are already operating registration and preorder pages for the device, while others will open up theirs[Read More...]
Optus have today announced a new set of BYO month-to-month plans for the growing number of people who are buying their phones outright rather than signing up to a 24-month plan. They don’t offer exceedingly good value, but they do provide access to Optus’ 4G network and the freedom of not being locked into a contract. You also get to take advantage of the perks that Optus provides to its customers such as $10 movie tickets to Hoyts and selected independent cinemas, and the ability to earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points. $20 per month: $200 included value plus 200MB mobile[Read More...]
In a tweet that has just gone out, Optus has advised that owners of one of 2011’s most popular phones the Samsung Galaxy S 2 will begin seeing their Jelly Bean update over the next week. This update will take the Galaxy S 2 from Android 4.0.4 to Android 4.1.2 and should come as an OTA update, but for those who cannot wait for the OTA notification you can always try downloading Kies. Samsung Galaxy S2 customers: Jelly Bean rolls out over the next week starting today! Look out for the notification or check via device/Kies! — Optus (@Optus) March[Read More...]
Optus has just advised that the Sony Xperia Z will go on-sale today online, in selected stores and through phone sales. The phone is available on the Optus 4G Network which is now live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Newcastle, Adelaide, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane CBD. But fear not if you live outside of those markets as the Xperia Z works just as well on 3G. The Xperia Z is available for existing Optus customers for $0 upfront on the $60 plan on a 24 month contract(min total cost $1440). However, somewhat inexplicably Optus has decided that new customers will be[Read More...]
On the back of the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch only a short time ago, Ausdroid has been in contact with the major Australian carriers to find out when we can get our hands on this new device. The statements issued to us by their PR and Media departments are as follows. Telstra We’re excited to confirm that we will offer the new Samsung S 4 on the nation’s largest 4G network when it comes to Australia. Pricing and availability will be confirmed closer to launch but for now, customers can register their details to receive more information as it’s released[Read More...]
Optus is looking to refresh their customer experience by revamping their retail experience across 10 retail stores opening this month along the east coast of Australia as ‘yes’ pilot stores. The re-branded concept stores will continue to roll out across their existing stores over the next 12 months and include the addition of 33 new stores as well as 200 new retail staff. The overhaul of the retail experience will also include an overhaul of the Optus website and Optus branded applications. The new stores are beginning to open now, with Hornsby in NSW opening last week and further stores[Read More...]