Australian 4G Spectrum Auction Results

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) yesterday announced the results of the auction for the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum bands in Australia. The auction began in May 2012, and ended up seeing Telstra and Optus vying for the coveted 700 MHz band as well as the 2.5 GHz which also went to surprise entrant, TPG. The rules of the auction, which was conducted out of the public eye, stipulated that "a single bidder could not acquire more than 2 x 25 MHz (50 MHz in total) in the 700 MHz band and more than 2×40... Continue reading

Kogan Mobile — Review

Late last year, Kogan entered the Australian telecommunications business as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, offering a number of attractive plans that promised to deliver services to Australian consumers at a rate befitting the company's name. Could Australia's disruptive entrepreneur, Ruslan Kogan, break into one of the toughest spaces and make a name for himself? The service was unique at the time - while other MVNOs piggybacked on Optus or Vodafone's networks, Kogan was one of the first companies to purchase access to Telstra's wholesale 3G network - this isn't the same network that runs Telstra's Next G service, though,... Continue reading

Telstra opens pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S 4 – shipping May 2

If you are after the Galaxy S 4 on Telstra, your wait is over. Telstra have just let us know that they are now taking pre-orders online, which will begin shipping next week. Considering that Optus' pre-orders sold out in less than one day, I'd recommend getting in as soon as possible. You can always try your luck picking one up in store on Saturday, but not all stores will have stock available, and the ones that do are likely to sell out quickly as well. For a complete list of stores that will be carrying the... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Plans: Telstra

Now that we have the launch availability from Vodafone, Optus, and Virgin, it's time for Telstra to join the party, and this morning, they have. Telstra customers can purchase GALAXY S4 on the $80 Every Day Connect Plan with a $7 handset repayment per month (after using an included MRO Bonus) with $800 worth of standard national calls and MMS plus unlimited text messaging to standard Australian numbers and 1.5GB of data for use in Australia. Min cost over 24 months is... Continue reading

HTC One on sale in Australia today

Today is the day that many Android users (and would-be Android users) have been waiting for. HTC's much anticipated, and well reviewed Android flagship - the HTC One - for 2013 is due to hit the shelves (so to speak) of the major carriers today, and those of you who've pre-ordered will probably be receiving these handsets very soon. While Ausdroid hasn't yet reviewed the HTC One (rest assured, it's coming soon) we believe that it is probably one of the best Android handsets you'll see this year. It may even best the Samsung Galaxy S4 -- indeed, from... Continue reading

Telstra to introduce shared data plans across multiple devices

Good news for people out there who have multiple devices capable of using SIM cards, the days of handling multiple accounts could soon be over. Telstra has announced that in the coming months they will be adding data sharing plans to their range of plans. The post on the Telstra Exchange blogs lists all the details available at the moment : You may have read today about some new plans we will be launching in the coming months, which will let you share your data across a number of mobile devices (such as your smartphone, tablet or Mobile WiFi). We believe these... Continue reading

Telstra’s LG Optimus G gets rooted, unlocked, and Cyanogenmodded

We've been playing with the LG Optimus G for a little while now, and while we loved it in our review, we're liking it a whole lot more now. Yesterday, we received a tip that the specific variant of the Optimus G on sale in Australia had been rooted and unlocked. Having had some failed attempts at this in the past, I was keen to give this a try to see what could be achieved. Well, it seems, it's not all that difficult. For those needing a quick introduction, this: rooting and unlock your phone... Continue reading

Mobicity opens pre-orders for the LTE Sony Xperia Tablet Z

If you've been waiting for official details on the announcement of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, then you'll have to wait a little longer. Sources are telling us it should be some time in May but no official word has been received as yet. But, in the meantime your friendly neighbourhood importer Mobicity has announced they are offering pre-orders on the LTE version of the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Mobicity now has the Xperia Tablet Z in three flavours, the 16GB Wi-Fi Model for $649, 32GB Wifi model for $749 or the latest version which includes 16GB of... Continue reading

Australian availability details for the HTC One

We've written a lot about the HTC One - in the weeks since the phone's official Australian launch there's been rumours of overseas launch delays and even frank admissions by HTC staff about their component sourcing issues. Despite the seemingly endless wait, and the looming release of a certain other flagship device, enthusiasm is still strong for the One. HTC has today announced on-contract availability across Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, and Ausdroid will have a full Australian review coming soon. Some carriers are already operating registration and preorder pages for the device, while others... Continue reading

Rumour: HTC One to go on-sale on the 23rd of April on Telstra

We're still waiting for the official word to come down from HTC on a launch date for the HTC One. But, we've just been advised that according to Telstras internal system the HTC One is due to go on-sale in Australia on the 23rd of April. No pricing or plan information has been assigned to the entry, we're told but hopefully this shouldn't be too far away. With HTC themselves confirming delays due to a number of issues including problems sourcing the 'Ultra-Pixel' camera sensor we have been given no information on an actual release of the... Continue reading

LG Optimus G — Launch Event Wrap

On Wednesday morning, LG invited members of the Australian media to Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art for the launch of their new flagship device, the Optimus G. Take a second and read that back again - we've only just seen the Australian launch of the device that begat the Google Nexus 4, which was itself launched in overseas markets in September 2012. We were treated to some light breakfast catering - in this case, some breakfast food and your standard tea/coffee - before being ushered into a small theatre for a presentation from representatives of LG, Qualcomm, and Telstra. LG's... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z now available to pre-order from Telstra

Telstra has announced their pre-order arrangements for the Xperia Z, Sony's latest flagship device. The phone is available in Black or White, as well as Purple - exclusive to Telstra, but only available online. Telstra is also offering a pre-order bonus - a wireless NFC speaker, worth $129. The preorder offer is valid until March 26, presumably the release date for the phone on the Telstra network. The Xperia Z is available for $63 per month on a 24 Month plan, which includes $600 of calls/MMS as well as unlimited SMS and 1GB of Data. If you require more data,... Continue reading

Motorola X won’t be coming to Australia — Motorola source

EXCLUSIVE: Yesterday we had two Motorola X stories, the first one seemed to be debunked as inaccurate rumour (if not complete garbage) fairly quickly, and the second was picked up and run by a few other news sources as well, but regardless of the coverage, the second story we thought had some merit. Before you read further, please note our disclaimer: This is firmly in the rumour file. While the information is quite specific, we have been unable to independently verify... Continue reading