Vodafone announces cuts to international roaming prices

Vodafone already offers some of the most competitive international roaming prices via its Red plans, with access to your ordinary mobile plan (and inclusions) for just $5 a day when in one of 46 supported countries. When outside those 46 countries, though, roaming costs can still be quite high, as much as $15 per megabyte of data, and that's before you even get to making calls or sending/receiving text messages. With today's announcement, Vodafone has removed the tiered pricing which could hit a customer with one of twenty differential rates depending on where they are, and replaced it with a simple... Continue reading

Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update for the Vodafone branded Galaxy Nexus

When the Android 4.3 update was finally delivered to Australian carriers there was much rejoicing from owners who have been waiting for an update to their phones which have been left languishing on Android 4.1.2 for over a year. But the celebrations appear to be short lived with Vodafone advising in their latest Software update that Samsung has pulled the Android 4.3 update. The Software Update Weekly Wrap - 13th March 2014 shows the following message with the current Android version for the Galaxy Nexus listed as Android 4.1.2 and the Future version - Android 4.3 crossed out with... Continue reading

Vodafone brings shared data plans and $5 per day roaming to Business customers

When Vodafone launched their international roaming deals last year, which allowed customers to pay $5 per day to use all their usual plan inclusions while visiting 46 countries across the US, UK, NZ, Europe and Asia the business sector surely looked on with envy. But now, Vodafone is offering the same deals to their Small to Medium Enterprise(SME) customers. The announcement gives access to the $5 per day roaming as well as access to the local support line that Vodafone also introduced with their Red plans last year. Businesses will also be able to add additional data SIMs to their... Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S5 – Australian carrier availability

This morning saw the launch of the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S5, it's bigger, faster and has more sensors on it than ever before, like the 200 Million customers who've already purchased a Samsung Galaxy S series product, there's millions more waiting to get this latest phone, so we've spoken with local carriers here in Australia to see who will be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5. Virgin Mobile Virgin Mobile has advised that they will indeed be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S5, but have no immediate information regarding pricing and plans for release. They are also looking at the Gear 2,... Continue reading

Australian Carrier branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus to finally receive Android 4.3

The Galaxy Nexus was a pretty popular phone choice for a number of Australians when it became the first Nexus device to be released on all three carriers but part of the carrier distribution agreement was that the updates had to go via Samsung and the carriers before being delivered to phones. After seemingly being abandoned on Android 4.1.2 it seems that carrier branded Galaxy Nexus owners will finally see their Android 4.3 update. All three carriers have updated their software availability pages to indicate that Android 4.3 has been received from Samsung. Optus and Vodafone have already... Continue reading

Vodafone announces 4G international roaming in NZ, UK and Europe

Vodafone has announced today that it will flick the switch on international 4G roaming agreements that will allow Vodafone customers to access high-speed networks in New Zealand, the UK and across Europe from the middle of 2014. This news comes on the heels of Vodafone's $5-a-day Red roaming plans which already give customers access to 3G networks across the globe — in more than 40 countries — for just $5 a day. Vodafone's large international presence no doubt allows them to pioneer deals like this, and they appear to be pretty proud of it. Benoit Hanssen, Vodafone's Chief Technology Officer, has spruiked... Continue reading

Vodafone adds Canberra to their ever expanding LTE network

Vodafone has today announced that they have expanded their existing LTE markets to include the nations capital - Canberra. Vodafone Chief Technology Officer, Benoit Hanssen has announced the new coverage for the ACT, which will offer customers a greater choice for LTE in the suburbs of Canberra which will include parts of Acton, Civic, Crace, Downer, Franklin, Greenway, Harrison, Latham, Lyneham, Mitchell, Reid, Tuggeranong and Turner. Customers are encouraged to try out the Vodafone network, with the carrier offering a Network Guarantee which enables them to try out the network for 30 days and exit the contract with... Continue reading

Vodafone’s 4G network reaches 1 million customers

Vodafone has announced today that its 4G network, launched in June 2013, now has over 1 million devices connected. Vodafone claims that its network, revitalised, grown and rebuilt since the debacle of its performance in 2010, is offering great network performance at a lower price point than its competitors. This claim, it seems, has some merit to it. Recent speed comparisons, published by Fairfax, show that Vodafone 4G is comfortably faster than Telstra and Optus in some areas, and while it's 3G speeds might not be as fast, they're still pretty good. These findings certainly mirror what Ausdroid has... Continue reading

Vodafone extends international Red Roaming deal into Asia

Vodafone's popular Red plans, with their generous international roaming for $5 per day, has now expanded into Asia with coverage in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and Thailand. This brings the list of countries accessible to Red Roaming to 46, including the United States, New Zealand, the UK, and most European countries, and now six popular Asian destinations as well. Announced last year, Vodafone Red Roaming allows Vodafone Red customers to pay just $5 a day for roaming in supported countries to access the inclusions of their mobile plan overseas. This means if -- like me -- you... Continue reading

Vodafone adds the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 to their Pre-Paid lineup

After going on-sale outright at Dick Smith last week for $299, Vodafone has now announced that they will be selling the phone for $249 as a pre-paid device on their network. Katie Turkal, General Manager of Devices at Vodafone said of the newest addition to the pre-paid range : We know our prepaid customers love to keep control of their costs and still be able to take advantage of a super fast network and an advanced smartphone. Our superfast 4G network is even more enjoyable with the easy-to-play GALAXY Ace 3. The Galaxy Ace 3 is an affordable LTE device on... Continue reading

Vodafone Foundation announces App Aid 2013 winner – Beyond Blue

The Vodafone Foundation has today announced the winner of App Aid 2013 - Beyond Blue - with their Check-In App. Beyond Blue won the challenge after receiving 776 backers through Pozible during the crowd funding stage of App Aid who pledged $16,626 towards its development. As the winner of App Aid, Beyond Blue will receive an additional $10,000 as well as an additional $10,000 in matched donations. Speaking about the eventual release of the App, Kate Carnell of Beyond Blue said We’re on our way to releasing this app in 2014. A big thanks goes out to our public backers, the... Continue reading

Vodafone begins Android 4.3 rollout to HTC One

Vodafone customers with carrier-branded HTC One phones should get an update to Android 4.3. As well as updating the base operating system to Android 4.3, new Features and enhancements within the update include: HTC Sense 5.5 Signal bar indicator improvement HTC Blinkfeed update Photo & Video Highlights Enhancement to Quick Settings General performance and stability improvements The update details: Android version: 4.3 HTC sense version: 5.5 Kernel version: 3.4.10-gfbedc47 root@abm012 # 1 SMP PREEMPT Baseband version: 4A.21.3263.04_10.38m.1157.04L Build number: 3.63.980.2 CL265048 release-keys Vodafone says the update is available over the air (OTA) or through the HTC Hub Program on your PC. It's 683MB in size, so it's probably worth updating... Continue reading

Vodafone Fasterest Challenge – win a Samsung Galaxy S4

Vodafone is confident that it has the fastest 4G network in Australia. So confident that they are challenging you to take a speed test against their "Lightning Fast Man". The terms are that you take on Lightning Fast Man - who will be using Vodafone 4G presumably - and at the end of your challenge you're entered into a draw to win a Samsung Galaxy S4 16GB or a Samsung Note 3 32GB. There will be a draw every hour on the hour and a bonus draw at the end of the... Continue reading