Vodafone has today announced that they’ll be offering the black version of the Sony Xperia Z to customers instore, online and over the phone from March 13. The phone is available on a range of plans, but Vodafone is recommending the $60 plan, where you’ll pay nothing upfront for Sony’s new flagship device. This makes Vodafone the first Australian carrier to confirm pricing and availability of the device – we’re expecting Telstra and Optus will follow suit with similar dates. ARN has reported that Telstra will be selling the device in both black and white variants in stores, and the[Read More...]
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Sony has just opened up pre-orders for their new flagship phone the Xperia Z. Pre-orders for the phone are being taken via the Sony website and the phone has been listed with a retail price of $749 – excluding delivery costs although Sony advises delivery on a package up to 2KG is only $9.95. Sony hasn’t given a date for when the phone will ship but they have advised previously that the phone will launch at some stage during March. Chris attended the Sony Xperia Z launch in Sydney yesterday and has one currently for review. You can also check[Read More...]
The HTC One is probably the most exciting thing in the mobile industry right now. HTC have really brought some innovative features to the table in an all-or-nothing assault on every other mobile phone on the market, and it looks as if the carriers are convinced. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all announced today that they’ll be stocking HTC’s latest flagship device in their LTE portfolios. No availability date or pricing details have been announced yet, but you can order the One right now from Mobicity for $759.
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 if I’m[Read More...]
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 to[Read More...]
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.
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.
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[Read More...]
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 III, HTC One[Read More...]
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[Read More...]
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 >[Read More...]
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 would like to[Read More...]
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 off as Optus have yet to receive[Read More...]