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HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Desire 510 heading to Telstra pre-paid at $179, Blue Tick rating in tow

HTC Australia has just announced that their budget 4G LTE phone, the recently-announced Desire 510 will be heading to Telstra on pre-paid for a wallet-friendly $179. The Desire 510 features a 4.7-inch FWVGA screen (854×480), a quad core 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and a 5MP rear camera. As with its stablemates, it’s running HTC Sense 6 with BlinkFeed and comes with Android 4.4 on board. It’s been awarded Telstra’s “Blue Tick” rating. This means its recommended for rural and regional use on Telstra’s networking, meeting certain standards for reception. HTC’s announced the phone’s Australian RRP at $249, but Telstra[Read More...]

by 11:48 AM on October 17, 2014 1 comment Carriers, Manufacturer, News, Phones
Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9?

Which Australian carriers will offer the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9?

We’ve been doing the legwork today talking to manufacturers, carriers and retailers trying to find out Australian launch information for Google’s shiny new Nexus devices. Earlier this afternoon we received an official statement from Motorola. It’s time to find out what our carriers make of Google’s Nexus 6 and Nexus 9. With Motorola behind the new Nexus 6, and their preference for going straight to retail with their devices, we’re not expecting to see Australian carriers range the Nexus 6. We didn’t expect to see the Nexus 5 either though, and Telstra did surprise us in 2013. HTC on the[Read More...]

by 5:38 PM on October 16, 2014 17 comments Carriers, News, Phones, Tablets
HTC Desire 610 — Review

HTC Desire 610 — Review

Since launching as their ‘Premiere’ device, the HTC Desire fell on some hard times. HTC resurrected the brand as a low-mid range series of devices, capitalising on the inherrent good will towards the brand name. HTC has been outsourcing production of the Desire series of phones to save costs recently, which has led to them seeing a financial resurgence. We’ve previously enjoyed a number of Desire phones and the latest to launch in Australia is the Desire 610. Recently launched as a mid-range 4G/LTE device exclusive to Telstra on their 4G network, the HTC Desire 610 continues the Taiwanese companies[Read More...]

by 10:43 AM on October 11, 2014 9 comments Design, Manufacturer, Phones, Reviews
Telstra makes 1800 numbers free of charge for mobile customers

Telstra makes 1800 numbers free of charge for mobile customers

Telstra has today announced a new bonus for their customers, becoming the first Australian operator to offer calls to 1800 number free of charge from a mobile. While you’ve been able to call 1800 numbers toll free from a landline for years, the cost of calling from a mobile has still been present, but no longer. Calls to 1800 numbers from a landline will remain free, but Telstra has recognised that more people are using their mobile as their main phone line and have decided to include the service as a bonus to their mobile customers. The inclusion will be[Read More...]

by 1:56 PM on October 9, 2014 3 comments Carriers
Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

Samsung begins pushing Android 4.4 out to Galaxy S4 handsets

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is no longer the flagship phone for Samsung, but the phone still sold in massive numbers and we’ve been expecting Android 4.4 for the handset for a while, now Samsung has begun pushing the Android 4.4 update out for the Galaxy S4. We’ve been advised by a reader that their Optus GT-i9507 model is now receiving the 440MB update which takes the phone from Android 4.3 up to the current version of Android (4.4) – at least current for the next couple of weeks until Google releases Android L. The Firmware update: I9507XXUFNG2 – includes a[Read More...]

by 9:03 PM on October 7, 2014 8 comments Manufacturer, OS Update, Phones
Telstra adds the 3G only Tempo (T815) to their pre-paid range

Telstra adds the 3G only Tempo (T815) to their pre-paid range

Telstra has been selling their branded handsets for a while now, and they’ve just added another to the range, introducing the ZTE built Telstra Tempo to their pre-paid lineup. The phone is far from what you’d call top of the line, but at $79 it’s what you would call a steal. The phone comes running a very up to date Android 4.4, so it’s a great start straight out of the box. The hardware is quite basic, and includes : 4.0″ capacitive touch screen Dual core 1.0GHz CPU 512MB RAM 4GB flash memory with microSD Card slot (up to 32GB)[Read More...]

by 9:07 AM on October 4, 2014 0 comments Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Sony launches the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in Australia

Sony launches the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in Australia

Sony is busy tonight, presenting their launch plans for their newest Xperia smartphones, wearables and accessories in Australia. We’ve seen the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Smartwatch 3, and they’re all coming your way in the next few weeks. Xperia Z3 & Z3 Compact At the launch of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact at IFA we were advised that both phones would be heading to Australia, with the Xperia Z3 heading to all four carriers (Telstra, Vodafone, Optus and Virgin Mobile) while the Xperia Z3 Compact would be heading to Optus and Telstra.[Read More...]

by 7:19 PM on September 30, 2014 46 comments Manufacturer, Phones
Telstra announces nation-wide trial of Wi-Fi hotspots will go live in November

Telstra announces nation-wide trial of Wi-Fi hotspots will go live in November

Back in May, Telstra announced a plan to create one of the world’s largest Wi-Fi networks. Telstra plans to install two million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation within five years. Officially set to launch next year, Telstra has this morning announced that a trial of the system will begin in November, in more than 1,000 locations across Australia. The trial isn’t just hitting out of the way places either, Telstra has chosen some of the biggest, busiest and what should be traffic heavy locations across the country. The first trials will be using Wi-Fi access points in payphone sites, including[Read More...]

by 10:30 AM on September 30, 2014 5 comments Carriers
Retailer Round-up: This Week’s Specials

Retailer Round-up: This Week’s Specials

So it’s been a few weeks now since we last did a retailer round-up, so we thought it might be time to do another one. So getting straight into business, here is what the big retailers have install for us with this weeks Android related goodies for us to enjoy: Coles Mobiles Boost Nero Pre-Paid Mobile – Includes a free $20 Google Play Gift card – $59 – Available now until Tuesday 30 September. Telstra Easy Smart Pre-Paid Mobile – $59 – Available now until Tuesday 30 September . Optus Sony Xperia E1 pre Paid Mobile with an additional $30[Read More...]

by 7:35 AM on September 25, 2014 6 comments Phones, Sale
Australian carriers advise availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

Australian carriers advise availability of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and Gear VR

There’s a lot happening with Samsung tonight, with the manufacturer launching their Note products as well as the Gear VR headset in Australia. So far we’ve received outright pricing for the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge, which will be selling in Samsung Experience stores and retailers for $949 and $1249 respectively. But what are the carriers saying? Telstra Telstra will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge and also offering the Gear VR. The Galaxy Note 4 is launching as the first phone on the Telstra network to support LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation. The aggregation will work accross[Read More...]

by 8:21 PM on September 23, 2014 13 comments Accessories, Carriers, Manufacturer, Phones
Telstra turns on their 700MHz network in the Sydney CBD

Telstra turns on their 700MHz network in the Sydney CBD

As promised back at the end of last month, Telstra has flicked the switch on their 700MHz 4G network in the Sydney CBD today. In a move that could be seen by those of a cynical persuasion, the timing of the launch is quite fortuitous for those picking up a new phone tomorrow. But nevertheless, if you’re a Telstra customer who owns a compatible phone such as the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8 or Desire 610 and LG G3, you should be able to experience the 700MHz LTE Network. Telstra purchased 2×20 MHz blocks in the APT700 MHz (Band[Read More...]

by 5:07 PM on September 18, 2014 2 comments Carriers
Telstra details plans to expand 4G LTE service into 700 Mhz space

Telstra details plans to expand 4G LTE service into 700 Mhz space

At an event in Sydney this morning, Telstra is announcing enhancements to its 4G LTE service. The carrier expects to expand the footprint of its 4G coverage so that reach 90% of the Australian population by the end of January 2015. Telstra plans to use the 700 MHz spectrum from 1 January to cover a 3km radius of the CBDs of all capital cities and 50 regional locations. In some areas, where it’s used in conjunction with an existing network, it’ll double Telstra’s 4G network capacity. This seems like the logical extension of the expanded 700 Mhz trial that was[Read More...]

by 11:30 AM on September 11, 2014 9 comments Carriers
Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra, too, offering $450 to customers to switch to their network

Telstra have seen Optus’ offer to pay new customers $450 towards break fees incurred on a previous carrier, and have decided to offer potential Telstra customers the same deal. From September 16, in a move to help customers decide to join Telstra’s network, Telstra will offer customers credits up to $450 when they incur a contract break fee to transfer to Telstra. Customers must also trade in their old phone, and sign up to a new, eligible, 24 month handset payment and mobile plan to be eligible for the credits. As an extra sweetener, Telstra is also offering to include its[Read More...]

by 4:59 PM on September 9, 2014 4 comments Carriers, News