Ice Cream Sandwich update for Telstra Samsung Galaxy S II 4G update to begin Friday

Looks like owners of the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G are about to receive their Ice Cream Sandwich update finally, with Craig Ruhan from Telstra advising via the Crowd Support Forums that the Samsung has advised that the update will begin rolling out to the handsets from 5PM tomorrow : All, Samsung have informed us that the GS2 4G ICS update will commence deployment from 5:00 PM Friday 14 December. The FOTA deployment will be "staggered" : Day 1-3 : 10k of devices selected at random to be eligible for update, users are either alerted via FOTA Push Message... Continue reading

Telstra’s Note II 4G available from Boxing Day

When Samsung launched the Note II 4G in Australia on 14 November many people were disappointed that Telstra delayed their launch until 'early 2013'. Perhaps in response to the negative feedback they received on their blog, Telstra today announced that they were able to 'accelerate development' and the Note II 4G will be available from Telstra stores commencing Boxing Day (26 December). The Note II 4G has been available from grey importers for a while now, and from Optus and Vodafone for the past few weeks, but many people have been holding out to pick one up... Continue reading

Kogan intends to launch Pre-Paid mobile service based on Telstra Network

It appears that Kogan is going to start selling pre-paid mobile plans based on the Telstra Network. The EFTM website has done a fairly comprehensive bit of detective work on the proposed cut price Telco venture with a number of things adding up to what appears to be a pretty good offering. To start with, EFTM ran a WHOIS domain search and found that Kogan had registered the domain back in September. As Kogan is still a purely on-line retailer, this website would be the most likely place for them to supply their Kogan Mobile branded SIM cards... Continue reading

Telstra Smart Touch 2 — Review

Can excellence be had in a sub-$100 Smart Phone? Telstras first attempt at a sub-$100 Android handset was the original Smart Touch, a phone manufactured by ZTE which from all accounts was a pretty basic affair offering a resistive touch screen and fairly sluggish performance. The Telstra Smart Touch 2 is their second attempt at an Android phone in the sub $100 category, also manufactured by ZTE although with a couple of improved features over the original such as the capacative screen. First impressions of the phone is that it looks and feels like a sub $100 device. The phone... Continue reading

Telstra QWERTY Touch (ZTE T-60) available at Coles for $34.50

If you're after a last minute Android based stocking stuffer for Christmas then this may be something to consider. The latest Coles catalogue which goes live this Wednesday, the 12th of December and runs through until Tuesday the 18th of December is showing the Telstra QWERTY Touch for a measly $34.50, half it's normal price. Although it's carrier locked it's not a bad deal if you're after a basic phone on the Telstra network and it's almost worth it just for the Android logo on the back. There is a limit of 1 per customer and no trade... Continue reading

Telstra OTA update news – some good, some bad

Telstra have once again posted news on their handset OTA update status. And, in a continuing trend, they bring some mixed news. Good news for Samsaung Galaxy S II 4G owners, as the Ice Cream Sandwich update has finally been approved. Deployment is expected very soon, though no specific dates have been given as yet. On the flip side, submission of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update has been delayed yet again by Samsung and is expected to be made on 7th December. Telstra claim they'll try to both test and approve this update in... Continue reading

Telstra gives a quick virtual tour inside their device testing lab

Have you ever wanted to see where and how Telstra tests all their devices before they're brought to market? Well, even if you don't, it's super short and interesting. Each device is tested by Telstra before being announced and brought to market, so if it fails the tests they throw at it, then it's not worth selling to consumers. Telstra said in their blog post that each 3G device goes through 4000 tests before being accepted. These tests include GPS location tests to ensure the GPS gives an accurate location at all times when moving (this helps for turn-by-turn... Continue reading

Telstra offers ability to purchase Google Play content by charging it to your phone bill

Telstra has just announced a first for Australia, they are offering a new way for their customers to purchase Google Play content including apps, games, movies, magazines and books. From today Telstra customers can purchase all this content by charging them to their Telstra mobile bill up to a value of $20 per transaction with a monthly limit of $100 which can be changed by calling Telstra, this also includes Telstra Pre-Paid customers provided of course they have the credit available. As part of the launch Google and Telstra have teamed up to offer a range of popular games and... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G landing on Telstra any day

Fans of Samsung's larger-than-life Note series of devices will be excited to hear that the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G is coming soon to Telstra. How soon? Very. How do we know? An anonymous source, possibly within Telstra, has confirmed that the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G has appeared in Telstra's internal inventory system, meaning availability for customers is literally just around the corner. Ausdroid's Tia Porter reviewed the non-4G variant of the Galaxy Note 10.1, and we've used 4G enabled variants of the Galaxy Note II, so combining the larger form... Continue reading

White Motorola Razr M now available exclusively to Telstra

If you've been dreaming of a white Christmas, then this year you can at least partially achieve your dream by treating yourself to a white coloured Motorola Razr M, which is available from today exclusively on the Telstra network. The phone is available in Telstra stores and dealers such as JB Hi-Fi, Fone Zone and Leading Edge Telecoms for $0 upfront on the $60 Telstra Every Day Connect Plan on a 24 month contract on their 4G Network or you can purchase it outright for $600 RRP. Motorola RAZR M Specs : 4.3" 540 x 960 Super AMOLED Screen Dual-Core 1.5GHz CPU 8... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus now available on Telstra Pre-Paid

We received another tip this morning from our tipster @miracleboi letting us know that the Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has made an appearance in the latest Telstra catalogue, available on pre-paid for just $199. Why's this interesting? It's a good, reasonably priced handset with reasonable specifications. It has been available internationally since January 2012, but now it's here, from a telco - you can buy it in a bricks and mortar shop easily and it might make a good cheap handset for the kids, students or folks with fewer smartphone demands. Key features include: 5 MP auto-focus camera... Continue reading

Telstra: Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy S II 4G, Galaxy S III, One XL, RAZR HD all to receive major updates before year’s end

In Telstra's most recent public announcement of software updates, they've informed users for a range of devices that major updates for their devices are expected to be rolled out before the end of this year. The Samsung Galaxy S II 4G "Ice Cream Sandwich" update is expected to see Telstra approval on November 26th, with roll out soon after. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus's update to "Jelly Bean" (Android 4.1, not 4.2) has been delayed and is now expected to begin testing on Friday. On the final Samsung front, the Galaxy S III's update to "Jelly Bean" (again, 4.1, not... Continue reading

Telstra Uno (ZTE – T12) — Review

The Telstra UNO came out of nowhere a couple of months ago, launching without fanfare into Coles stores where we saw it advertised at a price more usually occupied by the 'dumbphone' end of the market. At $44.50 - 50% off its usual price of $89 - it seemed as though it could only be a really bad phone. I was in the market for a cheap Android device with which to track my running and play podcasts, as I'm swapping phones fairly regularly, this seemed to fit the bill. I purchased one, and have been living with it... Continue reading