Telstra to begin selling the Nexus 5 starting November 26

According to a source of ours, Telstra could be selling the Nexus 5 as soon as November 26th -- a little over a week and a half away. Details remain scarce for now, however, this source has been good to us in the past. Pricing is not yet confirmed for both on-contract plans and any outright costings, however, Telstra has a proven track record of beefing up the prices well and truly beyond any meaningful cost. So we'll see how that pans out. It's also unclear how software updates will work. Overseas the Nexus 5 will be updated by... Continue reading

PSA: Telstra announces free calls to Philippines

Image courtesy of cnn.com In the wake of the devastating Cyclone Haiyan that recently struck the Philippines, and is still currently causing havoc, Telstra is offering free calls and text to the Philippines. The offer is available from now and until 6am on Monday 25 November. It includes fixed line and mobile services, and is free to Telstra retail customers. Group Executive Telstra Retail, Gordon Ballantyne said: “We want to help our customers who are concerned about their friends and relatives in the Philippines affected by the devastating typhoon to check on loved ones. Calls and text... Continue reading

Telstra Dave sent through Tough Mudder – comes through with flying colours

The Telstra Dave, which launched on Australias largest mobile network last month last month, is a ruggedised beast built by ZTE. Telstra has obviously seen the need for a ruggedised phone in their range, carrying the Xperia Z and Z1 and now the lower end 'Dave'. In a survey which Telstra commissioned, which interviewed over 1,000 people, they found some interesting statistics regarding how many people damage or break their phones and also found some interesting ways in which they break them : 58% of people have damaged or completely broken a mobile phone. 79% of offenders do so by dropping it,... Continue reading

Watching the Melbourne Cup in Australia with Android.

It's the race that stops the nation, it's an Australian tradition that's reached the point where most everyone in Australia is glued to a TV for around 3-4 minutes at 3PM on the first Tuesday in November, but what if you don't have access to a TV? Well, in 2013 you can watch it online and Telstra is the exclusive online rights holder for broadcast within Australia and will be showing it through the Telstra Racing Network website. With a mobile or indeed any other type of internet connection, you can head over to the Racing Network website... Continue reading

Nexus 5: Limited local carrier availability and Retail availability looking likely

The launch of the Nexus 5 this morning has seen a flurry of orders, with the 32GB Black Nexus 5 seemingly the most popular model, with Google Play reporting the lead time as 'Dispatched from warehouse in 2 - 3 weeks'. So what alternatives will you have for getting your hands on the latest Nexus phone from Google? Telstra has already advised that they are looking at the possibility of ranging the Nexus 5, advising: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 KitKat operating system in... Continue reading

Telstra says “Maybe Google” to selling the Nexus 5

Hot on the heels of the news this morning that Google has announced the Nexus 5 that we've all been waiting for, we've been in touch with Australia's telcos to find out who'll possibly be offering the Nexus 5 for sale locally on their plans. Telstra have confirmed to Ausdroid this morning that it is investigating the option of offering the Nexus 5 for sale on Telstra plans. A Telstra spokesperson told Ausdroid: Telstra always endeavours to bring the latest technology to our customers and is currently investigating including the... Continue reading

HTC announces the Desire 300 available exclusively from Telstra

Telstra and HTC are bringing the HTC Desire brand back to where it all started. After launching the original HTC Desire back in April 2010, Telstra are continuing with the brand, by launching the HTC Desire 300. The HTC Desire 300 is aimed as an entry level device, but still includes a nicely sized 4.3" screen and is being positioned in the Telstra pre-paid line-up as a great Christmas present. 4.3"WVGA(800x480) Resolution Screen 1GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 SoC 512MB RAM 4GB On-Board storage with microSD Card Slot 5MP Rear Camera with AF and VGA Front-Facing camera Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, GPS+A-GPS Android... Continue reading

Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z1 go live on Telstra

For those who've been waiting patiently, it appears that Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z1 are now live on the Telstra website. Due to launch on October 15th, Telstra are giving a pre-order bonus to customers who sign-up before the October 15th launch in the form of a free Bluetooth headset valued at $199.95 while stocks last. The Xperia Z1 is available in either Black or Purple on a 24 month contract for $69 per month with no handset repayments, the plan includes $600 worth of calls and MMS as well as unlimited texts and 1GB of data, for a... Continue reading

Telstra offering free Galaxy Gears for Note 3 pre-orders

Telstra really want people to get online and pre-order for the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3. So much so, Telstra are now offering would-be purchasers a free Galaxy Gear smartwatch, valued at $369 RRP, for anyone who pre-orders on an $80 plan or above. If you want this, and you might well, then you don't have too long to think about it: the offer will expire on 17 October, unless withdrawn earlier (i.e. if everyone else pre-orders and gets their Gear before you, you might miss out). We're not going to advocate for any particular carrier, they all... Continue reading

Telstra to launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 on October 15th

The Note 3 and the Xperia Z1 are much anticipated phones for various reasons we've seen pricing for the Galaxy Note 3 already but at the time of that information there was no launch date. Today an anonymous tipster has advised us that both the Xperia Z1 and the Note 3 will launch on the Telstra network on October 15.   While the Z1 is comparable in specs and size etc to the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One it seems the pricing is too.  In a pricing schedule for business plans the Sony Xperia Z1 is shown to... Continue reading

Telstra/ZTE bringing the T83 “Dave” 4G ruggedised device

It seems ZTE who make most of Telstra's cheaper devices, such as smartphone, modem dongles/wifi and tablets are set to launch a new ruggedised 4G Android smartphone, which given their relationship, will probably launch as a Telstra branded device. The device, which has been given the name Telstra Dave 4G, is being described as a ruggedised 4G Android smart phone with IP67 certification - waterproof to 1 metre and dustproof - and has been given the Telstra blue tick for improved rural and metro coverage both on the Telstra 4G and Next G networks. The specs for the T83 Dave include: 4.0"... Continue reading

Telstra introduces Data Sharing for Every Day Connect plans

After announcing that Data sharing plans would be coming soon all the way back in April, Telstra has today finally launched their Every Day Connect Data Share Packages. The new data sharing packages are available for the Every Day Connect plans and allow you to share the included data in the plan between up to three devices - eg. tablet, phone and laptop. But, the catch is you have to pay $20 per month for each device you have connected - $10 per month for the privilege and $10 per month for the SIM card. Telstra has also advised... Continue reading

AFL App for Google Glass to launch next season, NRL App coming too

While Google Glass hasn't officially hit Australia for Glass Explorers and even Google have not announced a release date for a retail version of Glass, it seems that Telstra is launching Australia's first dedicated sports app or 'Glassware' for Google Glass - AFL Glassware, advising that it will be available for fans to view the football next season, there is also an NRL version of the App in the works too. The App, which is designed by local developer Seventh Beam will allow fans to follow live match commentary through the bone conduction speaker built-in to Glass, as well... Continue reading