Vodafone Red Roaming – Cost vs Convenience

As part of the reinvention of their brand, Vodafone recently launched their new "Red" plans which, accompanied by Red Roaming, allow you to roam internationally to over 40 countries using your phone with you number, your SIM and your plan entitlements. The price for this convenience is an extra $5 a day charge while overseas - an effort to curb bill shock for short term overseas travellers. There's usually a difference between marketing hype and real world experience, so on a recent 2-week trip to New Zealand in October, I took the opportunity to review the service for... Continue reading

Vodafone double the data for 1 and 2 year plans

A few days ago we reported on Vodafone offering a Christmas bonus of double data on their $30 Prepaid Cap. Well, they are back at it again with a new offer of double data for the life of the plan on one and two year contracts. The fine print is that it is open to existing customers upgrading to a $60 or more plan, and new customers starting on a $60 or more plan. Month-to-Month SIM new or upgrading customers get the bonus data starting on the $45 plan, which now includes 3GB of data. This promotion lasts... Continue reading

Vodafone switches on 4G network for new prepaid customers

Vodafone launched their prepaid 4G  plans last month exclusively for existing customers, but as of tomorrow (6 November), new prepaid customers can join in the goodness of 4G. Naturally you will need to have a 4G capable handset, such as the recently launched Nexus 5, and a plan with plenty of data. Fortuitously, Vodafone has today announced that the $30 Prepaid Cap will have double the data until 31 January 2014, from 500MB to 1GB if activated before the end of January. If you are interested in Vodafone 4G Prepaid, you can check your coverage Continue reading

Vodafone doubles the data on $30 Prepaid Cap for Christmas

In an early holiday gift to all, Vodafone is doubling the data on its $30 Prepaid Cap to 1GB. As well as the extra 500MB of data, the plan still includes $450 of flexible call credit and infinite SMS. This is available to prepaid customers from now, and the cut-off for the last activation to receive the double data offer is 31 January 2014. Chief Marketing Officer, Kim Clarke said: "By doubling the data from 500MB to 1GB we hope our prepaid customers will double the amount of fun they have with their mobile. With the arrival of the holiday... 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

Vodafone prepaid 4G launches today

Vodafone opens their 4G network to prepaid users today, but there are a few caveats to start with. To be eligible for the initial roll out, you must be an existing prepaid Vodafone customer, and: Have a 4G device; Have an active Prepaid recharge - it's strongly recommend by Vodafone that you have a plan with more than 500MB data ($30 Cap and above, All Time and Flexi Caps) Live in a Vodafone 4G area The roll out will be progressive, with Vodafone aiming to have all eligible existing prepaid customers migrated to the 4G network by the end of... Continue reading

HTC Desire 601 coming exclusively to Vodafone

The Desire brand is officially back in Australia with Vodafone announcing today that the HTC Desire 601 is now available exclusively through them. The Desire 601 is a mid-range LTE phone with a 4.5" qHD 540x960 resolution screen and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. General Manager of Devices, Katie Turkal, says: If you want an affordable 4G phone with an advanced camera, great sound and loads of other great features, this is definitely a device you should check out. HTC makes fantastic phones and the Desire 601 is no exception. We are pleased to be able to offer it exclusively to... Continue reading

Sony announce the Xperia M for Australia – available through Vodafone and Sony Centres

Sony Australia has today announced the Sony Xperia M for the Australian market. The budget level device is aimed at the lower end of the market but still retains many of the design aesthetics from the former 2013 flagship device the Xperia Z. Launched by Sony back in June, Sony are definitely focusing the Xperia M at a 'new market and price point' but even at the cheaper price point, the Xperia M still packs quite a punch. Hardware wise, the phone comes with a 4" 854x480 display that is powered by a 1GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU, with... Continue reading

Vodafone adds 34 European countries to their $5 per day international roaming offer

After announcinfg a plan at the end of July to allow their customers to use their existing plan inclusions in the US, UK and New Zealand for just $5 per day extra, they've announced that this is now available to those Vodafone customers travelling to Europe. With Australia's multi-cultural heritage there's sure to be a country in the 34 European countries that are now included which could interest some international travelling Australians: Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania,... Continue reading

HD Voice update for Vodafone branded Galaxy Note II now available via Kies

The latest Vodafone Software update Blog advises that Galaxy Note II owners will finally be able to use the HD Voice feature that was rolled out to the Vodafone network began trialling back in June. While some customers have been able to use this update on their modified Galaxy Note II by changing the build prop, official support has just arrived. The update, which is outlined in it's own blog entry on the Vodafone support site advises that the 1.86GB Update is now available to download via Kies - there is no OTA update. You'll... Continue reading

Vodafone announce App Aid 2013 – Coding for a cause

After a highly successful event last year that saw the creation of St John Ambulance Australia (NSW) 'Responder App' as well as apps for OzHarvest and the Starlight foundation, Vodafone have announced that App Aid 2013 is going ahead with up to $120,000 being contributed this year to as many as five Australian charities by Vodafone Foundation and Vodafone. App Aid will see charities paired with professional digital product developers to help create up to five teams. These teams will have a full day of brainstorming on the 18th of October where they will discuss their App ideas. Each charity... 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

Vodafone announces price plans Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear

In their push to win back market share after a less than stellar last couple of years, Vodafone have been pushing to market quickly with new release items regularly. This time they've been first to announce pre-order of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear Smartwatch in a bundle. After the device goes on sale on October 3rd, the GALAXY Note 3 will be available for $10 a month on a $65 Red Plan and the GALAXY Note 3 + Galaxy Gear bundle will be available for $23 a month on top of the $65 Red Plan. Vodafone General... Continue reading