Sony Australia now taking pre-orders for the Xperia Z

Sony has just opened up pre-orders for their new flagship phone the Xperia Z. Pre-orders for the phone are being taken via the Sony website and the phone has been listed with a retail price of $749 - excluding delivery costs although Sony advises delivery on a package up to 2KG is only $9.95. Sony hasn't given a date for when the phone will ship but they have advised previously that the phone will launch at some stage during March. Chris attended the Sony Xperia Z launch in Sydney yesterday and has one currently for review. You can... Continue reading

Coles begins trialling NFC Payments and rewards on Smartphones

Coles supermarkets has begun trialling an NFC based payments and rewards system in their stores. In December 2011, Coles rolled out NFC point of sale terminals to all their stores giving them the infrastructure to launch the trial in conjunction with Mastercard, Vodafone, GE Capital Australia and NFC infrastructure company Gemalto. The trial involves 60 participants, and sees users downloading the MasterCard Mobile Wallet app and linking their Flybuys account to the application. This allows them to purchase goods while accruing Flybuys points for each purchase. Owing to the lack of access to the secure element in Android phones,... Continue reading

HTC One to be released on all major carriers

The HTC One is probably the most exciting thing in the mobile industry right now. HTC have really brought some innovative features to the table in an all-or-nothing assault on every other mobile phone on the market, and it looks as if the carriers are convinced. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all announced today that they'll be stocking HTC's latest flagship device in their LTE portfolios. No availability date or pricing details have been announced yet, but you can order the One right now from... Continue reading

Vodafone begins 4G Trials in Sydney

Vodafone has announced that they have kicked off 4G trials in Sydney's Eastern suburbs. So far they've been testing the data speeds and MMS Services and their handover of voice calls to the nearest network, ensuring that the handover is seamless and users do not notice a drop in service. They've been testing the 4G service in the 1800MHz spectrum, the same spectrum used by both Optus and Telstra on their 4G Networks. Vodafone has powered up 4G towers in the Alexandria, Bronte and Randwick area where they are running tests using 10MHz of bandwidth; however, Vodafone intend to be... Continue reading

End of an era – One full days trade left for Crazy John’s

It's the end of an era, the Crazy John's brand will cease trading at the end of today with some stores closing for good whilst others will be re-branded as Vodafone stores before re-opening. The re-branding and closure of Crazy John's stores was announced last month by parent company Vodafone who advised it was a move towards streamlining their retail brand presence into a single cohesive brand. The Crazy John's brand has been around with us since 1991 when John Ilhan opened his first store in Melbourne as a Telstra Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) before switching... Continue reading

Vodafone’s World of Difference program kicks off for 2013

While not Android news, we do sometimes post things on Ausdroid for other purposes -- important news about our team, corporate news and more recently, news about community things and the Ausdroid Foundation. This fits into the latter category -- Vodafone's World of Difference program is something we'd like to get behind ourselves, and something we'd encourage you to consider as well. What is it? Imagine getting paid (Up to $70,000 salary and up to $15,000 expenses) to leave your job for a year and go and work for the charity of your choice. That's what the World of Difference program... Continue reading

HTC One SV arrives on Vodafone

It wasn't long ago we reviewed the HTC One SV, and we thought it was a pretty decent mid-range Android handset. I certainly did. The HTC One SV had a good amount of power and a killer battery life that just kept the phone going and going, and while it still runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (with little indication of whether it will be upgraded in future), the performance and longevity of the device won me over. The handset I reviewed was an Optus release, but now it seems the One SV has... Continue reading

Android 4.1.2 update rolling out to Optus and Vodafone Galaxy S III now

Thanks to a number of tipsters who've contacted us, it appears that both Optus and Vodafone are rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to their handsets now. From what I can tell the update is going out as an OTA update but can also be upgraded via Kies as well if you so wish. To prompt your phone to upgrade simply go to Settings > About Phone > Software Update > Check now for update. The update is for the Optus GT-i9300 and GT-i9305, the Vodafone handset is I believe the i9300 but please correct me... Continue reading

Samsung GALAXY Nexus from Vodafone receives Android 4.1.2 Update

Vodafone has given us some news for its patient Galaxy Nexus customers. Finally, you can get Android 4.1.2 for your Galaxy Nexus from Vodafone. There's lots of new features that -- if you've used Jelly Bean on other devices -- you'll now be able to use, such as Google Now, together with all the performance improvements such as Project Butter. A number of small bugs and glitches have also been fixed. The update will be available to customers as a wireless OTA upgrade and the rollout is commencing gradually. You can check Vodafone's Support Page for the... Continue reading

Vodafone now testing the Sony Xperia Z

Vodafone has just announced that they're now testing Sony's new baby, the Xperia Z via their Google+ page. Sony's latest flagship phone boasts a 5-inch, 1080p display powered by a quad-core 1.5 Ghz CPU and 2330 mAh battery, runs Jelly Bean 4.1.2 out of the box, and promises to be water- and dust-proof. To say it's a highly sought-after item would be an understatement. The device is rumoured for release in Japan on February 9 and in Europe on February 18. While Vodafone hasn't yet announced availability or pricing, it's encouraging to know they're already putting the device... Continue reading

Vodafone changes prepaid pricing — again

Vodafone has announced this evening that it will reverse two of its recent controversial pricing changes, but social media addicts are still out in the cold. Vodafone announced changes to its prepaid plans on January 10 including the end of its longstanding free social networking promotion, which provided its prepaid customers with free access to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, FourSquare, YouTube and MySpace. In the same announcement they also announced that they would also change data billing to 1MB per session, and charge data usage in 1MB increments. All three changes concerned users greatly - not only might they now pay... Continue reading

Vodafone Australia announces Crazy Johns brand will retire on February 20

In the middle of last year we received information that Crazy Johns would be closing some of their retail stores and this did indeed come to pass with a number of stores closing their doors. This morning we've been tipped that Crazy Johns wanted to take this further and close all their store, we've just confirmed this with Crazy Johns parent company Vodafone Hutchison Australia who have confirmed the retiring of the Crazy Johns brand. Vodafone has advised that as of February 20th, Vodafone will begin to retire the Crazy Johns brand across Australia streamlining their retail brand presence into... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z not just for Telstra, likely Optus and Vodafone as well

Gizmodo Australia is reporting that the Sony Xperia Z will not only come to Telstra, but likely Vodafone and Optus as well, according to the man in charge of Sony Mobile Oceania, John Featherstone. The device is expected to launch in March across the carriers. If a Sony device with 4G LTE is your kind of thing, you'll be happy to know that 80% of their devices will have 4G in them. It's looking like it could be a good year for Sony Mobile. Continue reading