Vodafone looks to end bill shock for international travellers.

If you've ever travelled over seas and happened to use your mobile phone whilst in another country a smalllarge surprise was usually there to meet you on your return home to Australia, in the form of a massive international roaming bill. Vodafone has today announced plans to change all that by offering an option to use their current plan in other countries for a small daily fee. The plan sees travellers to the UK, USA & New Zealand being able to use their existing call, text and data inclusions from their monthly plans for a daily cost of $5 on... Continue reading

Dick Smith Selling the Huawei Ascend G526 4G ready phone on the Vodafone Network

Its seems the 4G competition is heating up with the networks for pre-paid devices, especially since Vodafone only turned on their 4G network earlier this month. In their latest catalogue, it appears that Dick Smith have begun offering the Huawei Ascend G526, a 4G ready mobile phone for $229. Now whilst the Huawei Ascend G526 isn't going to offering rock your socks off specs, it is offering some decent if not okish specs for a pre-paid entry level specs. Here is a run down of the what the G526 is packing: IPS LCD, 540 x... Continue reading

Huawei MediaPad 10 Link 4G, first tablet with Cat 4 LTE, 10 to launch exclusively on Vodafone

Huawei are really making a push into the Australian market of late, with the Ascend P2 being released exclusively on Telstra earlier this month, and now the MediaPad 10 Link 4G - a Vodafone exclusive, and the first tablet in Australia to make use of the new, ultrafast Category 4 LTE. The unweildily-named MediaPad 10 Link 4G is powered by the same 1.5 GHz quad-core K3V2 system-on-a-chip that powers the Ascend P2, but ups the display size to 10.1 inches with an unfortunately-low resolution of 1280... Continue reading

Samsung and Vodafone bring you The Big Life Switch

Samsung and Vodafone have come together in a fantastic initiative to promote the recycling of electronic waste. As well as getting a good feeling by encouraging the recycling of e-waste, Samsung and Vodafone are also offering the opportunity to win a GALAXY S 4. On the subject of e-waste in Australia, Kim Clarke, Chief Marketing Officer for Vodafone Australia said "It’s shocking to think that last year only one in ten Australian e-waste items were being recycled, when about 16.8 million TVs, computers, printers and other accessories were being thrown into landfill." Vodafone has been aware of the effects of e-waste... Continue reading

Android 4.2.2 for HTC One – Vodafone update pending

Holding true to recent form Vodafone has continued to be early to users with OS updates on their current line of phones. While it's not yet being pushed out, the much anticipated update to Android 4.2.2 is complete for the HTC One and OTA testing is underway for Vodafone clients. The update will add a host of new functions to the device including battery percentage displayed in the status bar and the ability to change home button actions. Also cited in the blog post is the Galaxy Nexus is set for an update to 4.2.1 in... Continue reading

Vodafone Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and Galaxy Note receiving Android 4.1.2

Two of Vodafone's older Samsung devices have started receiving over-the-air software updates to Android 4.1.2. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the original Galaxy Note are now receiving the update. If you've yet to see it, you can use Kies on your desktop to download it manually... or, just wait patiently. While it's a welcome move from Samsung and Vodafone and helps to keep their customers' devices up to date, it would be nice to see an upgrade to 4.2.2 for these devices (4.1.2 is over 6 months old now). Have you received the update... Continue reading

Vodafone trialling HD Voice

Earlier today, I made a phone call that sounded so clear that I felt like I was actually standing next to the person on the other end. Telstra have had HD voice for a while now, but being a long-standing Vodafone customer, I've not had the pleasure of experiencing it. Yesterday, Vodafone announced that they were commencing the rollout of their LTE network, but what they didn't announce was that they are also trialling HD voice. After an excited, but confused few minutes, I did what all good... Continue reading

Vodafone 4G — Preview

Ausdroid has had the privilege of playing with Vodafone's 4G network for the last week. Here's what we found. Late last week, Vodafone approached us and asked Ausdroid would like to take part in a secret project. With not much more information than this, we of course accepted, and within a short while we found out we'd have a (relatively) exclusive opportunity to have a play with Vodafone's new 4G/LTE network before it became open to the general public. We were invited to take a trial device, travel around wherever we wanted, and see how the network performed. I have to... Continue reading

Vodafone switches on LTE network

As of today, Vodafone customers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong will be progressively able to crank their mobile downloads to 11, with Vodafone having flipped the switch and activated their 4G LTE network in the said cities. Vodafone are claiming that their network is the fastest in Australia, with speeds up to 100Mbps, and trials showed that the network was indeed capable of achieving upwards of 50Mbps download speeds. Of course, trials are much different to real-world usage and it will be truly impressive if Vodafone can keep those sorts of speeds going after... Continue reading

Vodafone updating the Samsung Galaxy SII to Jelly Bean 4.1.2

After a bit of a false start a couple of weeks ago, Vodafone and Samsung are now pushing the 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to Galaxy SII owners. While most of these users are likely coming to the end of their contract, there's still a huge number of users out there sporting the once flagship of the Android fleet. In their blog post, Vodafone have stated that As with all Samsung updates it is released in batches, so don’t worry if you haven’t received an update notification yet. If you receive a message stating “Access to the software update service is... Continue reading

Sony Xperia SP coming soon to Vodafone Australia

In a post on Vodafone Australia's blog, the carrier outlined their plans to bring the Sony Xperia SP to market. The Xperia SP is a well specced mid-ranged device that is sure to impress if it's priced accordingly. Sony are attempting to make the phone more 'personal' by adding an LED-lit bar to the bottom of the device which can light up in different colours for notifications. It can also pulse along with music that the device is playing. I'm not sure how that makes the device personal, but sure, it's a cool little gimmick. The specs are nothing to... Continue reading

Ausdroid announces the winner of the HTC One competition

On the 9th of May, Ausdroid and Vodafone offered you, our readers, the opportunity to win a brand-new HTC One by entering a photography competition. The brief? Show us three photos taken on your current smartphone camera that best demonstrate situations where the HTC One, with its ultrapixel camera, would be able to improve the shot, taking account of lightning, composition and framing. We received a staggering number of entries, and it has taken us many hours to sift through all of your photos to choose a winner. Let me assure you, this was no easy choice. There were... Continue reading

Vodafone update Galaxy Note II and Whooska… 4G

In preparation for their major network update in June, Vodafone have started pushing out the 4.1.2 update to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The update brings not only the obvious Jellybean update, but also the required software tweaks for the phone to be 4G capable on the upgraded Vodafone network. The update began its push out a couple of days ago and is expected to have reached all current Note II users within the next 10 days. This is great news for those who invested... Continue reading