Telstra drops pricing on international data packs

The recent focus on the cost of mobile data and calls by both Optus and Vodafone have seemingly forced Telstra to look at their own data pricing, with the largest Telco in Australia advising that from the 14th of October they will introduce some new 'cheaper' options. Whilst not as outrageously expensive as their current data pack offerings, which sees you charged $29 for just 20MB of data, the new Casual Traveler Data Packs now provide five times the data at the same price, although all the packs have a 30 day expiry on them : $29 for 100MB... Continue reading

Sony’s next wave: Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, QX lens cameras

It's been a while since we saw a major Android product launch from Sony in Australia - the most recent being the Xperia Z in February and its sibling Xperia Tablet Z in June. While we're still seeing Sony's "Best of Sony in a smartphone" ads around Australia, Sony has moved on internationally with the recent additions to their flagship Xperia Z sub-brand - the enormous 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z1, which looks set to take the Xperia Z's place as Sony's premier offering. We've also seen rumours, leaks and finally... Continue reading

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

The official pricing and availability - October 3rd for the majority - is now out for the Galaxy Note 3 on all three major carriers if you want to purchase it on contract. With the exception of Virgin Mobile who have advised they will be announcing their pricing on the 26th of September, you can now check out the options for Optus, Telstra and Vodafone and see which best suits your needs. Meanwhile, if you want the Galaxy Note 3 outright here's where to do a bit of a comparison, bear in mind these tables are... Continue reading

Coles selling the Samsung Galaxy Y & Huawei Ascend Y201

In the latest Coles catalogue starting this Wednesday 11 September for one week, Coles is offering the Samsung Galaxy Y for $59 plus 750 FlyBuys points and the Huawei Ascend Y201 for $39 plus an additional 500 points if you're a FlyBuys member. Now whilst these devices aren't going to offer the latest and greatest specs, they will offer most of the same functions as Android smartphones offered for ten times the price (although, not all of them). Just in case you need reminding, the Samsung Galaxy Y specs are as follows: 3" TFT capacitive touchscreen, 240 x 320 pixels (133 ppi) 830... Continue reading

Australian availability of the Sony Xperia Z1

You'd be forgiven for missing the launch of the Sony Xperia Z1, with all the announcements made at IFA last night there was a large number of devices from various manufacturers announced, but in terms of camera, the Sony Xperia Z1 was one of the most promising. Sony advised in their launch that they expected to launch the Xperia Z1 globally this month so we reached out to Sony as well as the Australian Carriers to find out which ones will be carrying the device. The Sony online store will be accepting pre-orders for the Z1 from Sony online from... Continue reading

Samsung’s new range of devices available in Australia “soon”

Off the back of the IFA events overnight has come a rush of Press releases, Samsung have been quick to notify media outlets this morning of their intent to release the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Note 10.1 (2014 edition) in Australia soon. Following the success of the Samsung GALAXY Note range in Australia, we are excited to confirm that Samsung GALAXY Note 3 as well as the innovative new GALAXY Gear and the GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) will all be launching in Australia soon. Pricing and availability information will be made available closer to the launch... Continue reading

Telstra now opening pre-orders for the HTC One Mini

Telstra certainly is launching a few more flagship devices, with the HTC One Mini now available for pre-order through the Telstra website. Just to even sweeten the deal, Telstra are also giving away a BeatsAudio bluetooth speakers for all pre-orders between now and the 17 September. Pricing is pretty much the same with any new-new device from Telstra as the following will attest: With that, we here at Ausdroid didn't mind the HTC One and we hope the HTC One Mini will just be as successful as its bigger brother, but only time and sales will tell. You can head... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre-order through Telstra and Optus

Well it seems Telstra is trying to beat Optus to the pack, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini now available for pre order through the Telstra website. In addition to this, Telstra are also throwing in a Fitbit Flexi for all online pre-orders through their website, which would probably go in some way with the S Health App on the device...........maybe! Looking at the plans, it seems that the plan pricing is pretty much inline with most mobile offers from Telstra, as the blow screenshots can testify: If you are interested to look into the plans available, you can... Continue reading

ACMA announces new SMS Alerts for mobile users

If you've ever over-spent on your data/voice or SMS cap and lived to regret it due to the cost of additional services because you haven't been aware of just how much you were using above your incluions on your plan, then the new initiative which went into effect from yesterday could be your saviour. The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced on their website yesterday that from the 1st of September you'll now receive alerts when your data usage reaches 50%, 85% and 100% of your data limit. They've also advised that customers on the three major carriers -... Continue reading

HTC One Mini to launch on Vodafone and Telstra

Announced by HTC back in July, the HTC One Mini is a pretty hot little phone and HTC has just announced that the phone will be available on Telstra and Vodafone. Telstra is advising on their Exchange blog that they will begin selling the Silver version of the One Mini from the 17th of September on their $60 'Every Day Connect' Plan with an additional $2 handset repayment on top every month. The phone will be available to pre-order from the third of September and include a Beats by Dr. Dre Pill Bluetooth Speaker for the first 500... Continue reading

Yatango makes a deal with Kogan Mobile Customers to port over

With the collapse of ISPOne, Kogan Mobile customers were facing having to find and change to a new provider in the next 30 days. But it appears that Ruslan Kogan has not been quiet in the background in the last couple of days, and they've arranged a deal with Yatango to help their customers transition. Kogan has been sending out emails to their customers which have been received by both Geoff and myself offering a chance to move over to their service and trial their service for 30 days for free. For Kogan customers, the deal includes... Continue reading

Telstra quick to say “me too” — Announces Galaxy S4 Mini is coming

Look at the right-hand side of that image. That's a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, and hot on the heels of Optus' announcement yesterday that the Galaxy S4 Mini would launch supporting their new 4G/LTE networks, Telstra has also announced that it will be ranging the Galaxy S4 Mini too. There's not an awful lot of information on Telstra's Exchange blog on the subject, beyond a little bit of an overview of the specs, and some touting of Telstra's 4G network as being the best (though we're not so sure about that anymore). Telstra does have an expression of... Continue reading

Kogan Mobile customers to have services cancelled within 30 days

Earlier today we brought you the news about ispOne appointing administrators and cancelling their contract to resell Telstra Wholesale mobile services. ALDIMobile customers may have dodged the bullet, with news breaking that Medion Australia has reached a deal directly with Telstra to see the continuation of services for ALDIMobile customers, the news for Kogan Mobile customers is not quite so good. In fact, it's decidedly worse. Telstra has posted a statement which, amongst other things, says: Kogan Mobile has not reached a deal with Telstra, and will no longer be able to provide... Continue reading