Optus Announces 4G Consumer plans and Samsung Galaxy S III 4G

Optus has just announced the expansion of their 4G Network to consumers in Sydney, Perth and Newcastle with 4G services to follow in Melbourne from 15th September, 2012. Optus has also announced the first phone on their 4G network will be the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G, which is available for pre-order from today and expected to be delivered on the 20th of September. Specs listed on the Optus : 4.8" HD Super AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 2 16GB onboard storage with Micro SD up to 64GB 8MP AF + flash with 1.9MP front HSPA+ / LTE, Dual band 802.11 a/b/g/n + Wi-Fi... Continue reading

Ice Cream Sandwich update now rolling out to HTC Incredible S on Optus

Optus has just announced that the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the HTC Incredible S has begun to roll out. It's a staggered roll out with all users expected to get the update over the next couple of weeks. The update is sized at 300MB so we're going to urge you to download it over Wi-Fi and with a full, or close to, battery. If you're eager for the update, go to settings and check for the update manually, you're likely to get it earlier that way. Let us know how it goes in the comments! Continue reading

Optus approves Ice Cream Sandwich update for HTC Rhyme – HTC to roll it out soon

Looks like the Ice Cream Sandwich updates are really flowing now, with the 'Charm' toting HTC Rhyme now showing on the Optus software updates page as having it's Ice Cream Sandwich update approved and ready to rollout by Optus, now we're just waiting on HTC to give us a heads up on when to expect the rollout to begin and as soon as we get that we'll update the post. The update will take Rhyme owners from Android 2.3.5 to 4.0 but no details on exactly which iteration of ICS it will be. Whilst the initial date for... Continue reading

Optus Galaxy Note – Ice Cream Sandwich update approved for rollout

Looks like the Galaxy Note or its successor is all the news today, the Optus software update page has also been updated to advise that just like Vodafone they have approved the update for their network and are waiting on the manufacturer to roll it out to customers, Samsung has yet to comment on the rollout for the phone on either network but I would again urge Galaxy Note owners to ensure that their Kies software on PC or Mac is up to date in case Samsung decides to roll it out via their desktop software rather... Continue reading

Optus and Motorola launch Razr V – Available from 3rd of August

Optus and Motorola have just announced the Motorola Razr V, which will be available from tomorrow at Optus stores and Optus resellers on a 24 month contract at $35 per month with a monthly handset repayment of $4 per month the total cost of the package is $936. The phone is being aimed as a stylish yet value packed handest and feature wise that's exactly where it sits. The new phone packs a respectable amount of hardware into a Kevlar backed body that is only 8.4mm thin. 4.3" qHD screen 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU 1GB RAM and 8GB storage 8MP camera with LED... Continue reading

Optus and LG offering QuickMemo update for Optimus L7

Optus has put a message on their Facbook page to advise Optimus L7 owners to check their phones for an update which brings faster performance and a new piece of software called QuickMemo which allows you to capture screenshots and annotate them before sharing them. Attention: LG Optimus L7 owners! LG has provided a software update for your Optimus L7 that is available now for download and installation. The update is designed to deliver faster software performance and includes the new software feature called QuickMemo. QuickMemo is a handy new feature from LG that lets you capture a screen image then jot down... Continue reading

Optus Launches 4G in Sydney and Perth

Optus today have announced the great news for Sydney and Perth users when they launched their 4G Network. They've released both 4G USB and 4G Wi-Fi hotspot hardware giving access to their brand new 4G as well as the 3G/3g+ networks. Optus' internal testing claims wireless data speeds of up to 200Mbps which is truly astounding and almost certainly attributable in part to their acquisition of Vivid Wireless which gave Optus access to wireless spectrum previously unavailable to them. Promising more around the corner with their network improvements, our source has also noted discussions overheard of "Samsung and HTC 4G phones... Continue reading

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc on Optus receiving Android 4.0 ICS update

Sony have begun rolling out the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc globally. Included in that roll-out is the Pearl Blue version (1246–2425) from Optus -- the update was officially pushed out last Monday according to Sony, so you should be seeing it soon. To download and install the update you'll need to download the Sony PC Companion tool (or Bridge for Mac) and plug your Xperia Arc into your computer to begin the update process. Let us know if the update is ready for your device. Continue reading

Maintenance update rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S III

Samsung have today pushed out a maintenance update to its flagship Galaxy S III which is said to improve stability and overall performance for Android 4.0.4. We heard back from users who have received the update -- which has rolled out to Optus, Telstra, Virgin and generic Galaxy S IIIs so far -- who have said that the ROM/Kernel has been updated from LE6 to LF2. @Ausdroid @Statts78 the phone was already 4.0.4 out of the box. It said "stability improvements", the ROM/kernel was LE6, they're now LF2— Nick Fletcher (@omniwolf) July 11, 2012 Continue reading

LG officially launches L2 Dual-SIM, L3, L5 and L7 L-Series phones in Australia

LG has officially launched the L-Series range of Phones in Australia today and has added the Dual-SIM L2 to the line-up which was announced at Mobile World Congress in February. The L-Series range is actually not a bad looking range of phones and to showcase this they've engaged former Miss Australia, Erin McNaught to be the 'face' of the L-Series in Australia, she will be starring in a national TV commercial for the L-Series that will air later this month. The L-Series range includes the Optimus L7, which has a 4.3" NOVA Display powered by a 1GHz CPU, it... Continue reading

HTC One S and One V now available from Optus

Looks like Optus has joined Virgin Mobile in offering the HTC One S and as a bonus they also have the One V on their website as well. Both phones can be had on the $30 plan however the One S will run you a premium with an $11 per month handset repayment on top or you can go up to the $50 plan with $0 upfront. No mention of Beats headphones with the Optus HTC One S unfortunately so if that is a factor in your purchasing decision then you may need to look at Virgin Mobile. Specs... Continue reading

Official HTC One V accessories available ahead of Optus launch

Although we've confirmed with sources that the HTC One V is launching on Optus, HTC Australia have confirmed by way of launching a dedicated HTC One V section on the official accessories website. Most of the accessories are compatible with all of HTC's new phones, but there are a few One V specific accessories such as the screen protectors and a leather pouch which are selling in a bundle for $27. Pricing for the One V hasn't been confirmed, however Optus should spill those beans on Monday... Continue reading

LG Optimus L7 launches on Optus Prepaid for $269

We have confirmed via a source, and now Optus and LG's websites, that the LG Optimus L7 is launching on Optus Prepaid, Allphones and Telechoice for $269. However, if you purchase it from Optus Prepaid online, you'll get 10% off, bringing the price down to $242.10. The Optimus L7 features a 4.3-inch 800x480 IPS NOVA Display, a single-core 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, and unlike most of Sony's new offerings, the LG Optimus L7 launches with Android 4.0 on board. The 5MP camera can only shoot VGA video @ 30FPS, so this won't be a great choice for anyone wanting to... Continue reading