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  • Optus announces 4G+ running on 2300MHz

    Currently, 4G networks in Australia run on FD-LTE, which uses two separate frequency channels, one for data travelling in each direction. Optus announced this morning they are implementing 4G Plus which uses TD-LTE, where the upload and download of data happens on the same frequency, but at different times. ...
  • New Optus plans actually look pretty good

    Alongside their re-branding, Optus has launched a new range of mobile plans that actually look like their helping the consumers. The idea of these plans is to try and eliminate the bill shock that can happen if you go over your plans limit. From July 1, the Optus My...
  • Blackberry Q10 launching in Australia next month

    While I currently have a Blackberry Q10 device in my hot little hands, writing up a review – Blackberry today has confirmed that the device will be sold though Optus and Telstra from Monday July 1st and Tuesday July 2nd, respectively. It will also be sold off contract at Harvey...
  • Telstra, Optus and TPG buy nearly $2 billion in spectrum

    The ACMA has lifted results from the digital dividend auction, which saw Telstra, Optus and TPG take up some of that spectrum that will be released at the end of next year. The three telcos spent nearly $2 billion between them to acquire spectrum for their 4G networks, with...
  • Telstra and Optus fail to understand 4G in new plans for iPhone 5

    The iPhone pre-orders went on sale Friday and as we know from earlier in the week, the iPhone 5 will support 4G speeds in Australia. The problem is that neither Telstra or Optus have restructured their plans to adequately allow for users to download more. With faster speeds, users...
  • Samsung Galaxy S III 4G announced for Telstra and Optus, Game on Apple!

    Before breakfast this morning, Samsung Electronics Australia announced the GALAXY S III 4G. The impressive spec list is available in full below, but there’s a few key points about the announcement. The GALAXY S III 4G will be available on both Telstra and Optus 4G networks. This is the...
  • Why I switched to Telstra after 10 years on Optus

    The image above is a graphic illustration of mobile speeds available on Optus (left) vs Telstra (right) in Wodonga. I have complained repeatedly that Optus needs to fix their network here, with no result. After the network fell off a cliff around 12 months ago, I spoke to Optus...
  • Telstra (and Optus) deal done, NBN continues march to your place

    Image credit: rpongsaj Today was a very important day for the NBN Co and the National Broadband Network. This morning Senator Stephen Conroy along with Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced an 11 Billion dollar deal with Telstra had been reached. The details of the agreement are extensive, but the...
  • Telstra charging $5 for Visual Voicemail, slammed by customers

    Telstra has finally launched Visual Voicemail today for iPhone customers, more than 2 years after competitor Vodafone. Naturally Telstra has to throw their own unique spin on it, calling the optional service ‘Message Bank Plus’. Telstra explains how it works.. By linking up with the iPhone’s voicemail interface, MessageBank...
  • Optus network completely unusable in Albury Wodonga

    Sydney residents, I feel your pain ! Despite years of complaints about Optus’ network being oversold in Australia’s largest city, the problem is now spreading to regional cities as well. 3 years ago when the first iPhone launched in Australia, I signed up for a 2 year contract with...

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