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Telstra has announced at a Macquarie Bank’s Equities Conference that it has garnered a really serious number of 4G customers. After being the first carrier to enable the LTE network in Australia, we could all expect that they’d be number one. However, the 2.1 million figure was not expected this quickly and it is a great triumph for Australia’s largest carrier.
Telstra’s CFO, Mark Hall, said:
Our 4G network supremacy is delivering mobile market share to Telstra. Since launch in September 2011: we have grown our 4G customer base to 2.1 million customers. This includes: 1.4 million handsets; 150,000 tablets; 370,000 dongles and 225,000 wifi hotspots.
It’s interesting to see how much of the number is made up by dongles …
Up until this point of the evening, there’s been little we’ve heard from Telstra’s side with regards to pre-orders of the Galaxy S4. We can assume at least that the device will be available on the carrier along with the other main carriers from the 27th of April.
What Telstra have done is release a ‘features overview’ video of the device on YouTube, presenting just that – the features, and what customers can hope to expect of the device on their 4G network.
For those of you who are (still) not yet aware of the S4′s features, or feel like seeing the device under a familiar Australian backdrop – be sure to check out the source video below.
Update: We’ve …
We’ve heard that Samsung Experience Stores will have the Galaxy S4 from tomorrow onwards, and major carriers will have it from April 27th.
If you don’t want to head over to a SES and want to grab it from your local carrier, than preorders are opening up from tomorrow at 9am. Optus and Vodafone have both made this official, and we’re still waiting to hear from Telstra and Virgin Mobile.
Stay tuned for more.
Update: Virgin Mobile have let us know that they have no preorders.
Update 2: Telstra has informed us via Twitter that all information will be released tomorrow.
Great news for all you readers out there who have been wondering when HTC’s new flagship One will be ending up on the shelves at your local carrier store.
It’s been confirmed by HTC’s Facebook page that the unibody aluminium wonder we had a hands-on with a little while back will in fact be available from April 23rd, following concerns of delays with components from HTC’s suppliers.
The One will be available for pre-order tomorrow (April 5th), thankfully on all three major carriers (as well as Virgin Mobile), unlike in the U.S. where customers on Verizon, the country’s largest carrier are stuck with HTC’s alternate offering – the Droid DNA.
Carrier exclusivity for devices are always bound to make some …
Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile have announced that they will be carrying the just-launched Samsung Galaxy S4 on their respective networks. All listed carriers will have more details in the coming weeks closer to launch concerning pre-orders and pricing. Interested Telstra customers they can register to receive more details about the Galaxy S4 release date at this link, and interested Vodafone customers can catch up on the report on Vodafone’s blog post here.
We’re yet to receive an official response from Optus, but given that Virgin Mobile has announced it is carrying Samsung’s latest flagship, it’s all but guaranteed that Optus will as well.
Update from Samsung:
“Following the massive success of the Samsung GALAXY S III in
Have you been anxiously waiting to get your hands on the LG Optimus G from a local vendor?
After today’s launch event, LG have announced that the Optimus G is available right now from Telstra stores starting from $0 per month, for 24 months on the $60 plan. In fact, I visited a Telstra store this morning to check that they were there – lo and behold – they were!
Our very own Norman Ma attended the launch event so expect a short wrap-up and a full review shortly! In the meantime, head over to Telstra’s online store for more details and purchase options.
Well rest assured the HTC One is coming to Australia. After the announcement by HTC, Telstra has since posted confirmation that it will be offering the HTC One as part of its 4G network, and you can register your interest here. What’s more, Vodafone has also confirmed that they have begun testing of the HTC One and will eventually make its way to their 4G network.
Soon enough you’ll be able to get your hands on HTC’s latest and greatest, with its (based on first impressions…
It appears that Voda
fail – Vodafone – sorry, I couldn’t help it – has been under scrutiny from the public (and the ombudsman) for a long time now. They’ve been unfortunate enough to have many upon many customer complaints, have had to give out many free phones in compensation and cancelled many subscriptions. But, that’s not the worst of it – Vodafone has faced horrible publicity, lost many customers and tarnished their good global name.
Was it their fault? Perhaps – but only to the extent that Voda didn’t plan correctly for the onslaught of data usage we’ve seen in the last couple of years. Are they bad people who sit there stealing our money and laughing their heads …
With Telstra and Optus having already launched their ultra-fast 4G networks around Australia Vodafone, the last of the major telco’s, is playing catchup. Vodafone customers do not fear though because hopefully within the next year the telco’s 4G network will hopefully be up and running. Early tests for Vodafone are promising with download speeds peaking at 67mbps and uploads around 30mbps.
However, these are early tests and must be taken with a pinch of salt. These tests were also only conducted in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and there is obviously no network congestion.
For those of you who are interested you can read a little bit more of the tech side of the rollout on the source link found below.
So long, farewell, adiós NBN – we don’t need you and your 100 Mbps speeds any more. We’ve got a new friend in town – Telstra – who’s bringing us wireless speeds of up to 150 Mbps down stream.
But, how is this possible? Our current crop of 4G-LTE capable devices are sitting in Category 3, with Telstra about to start with the Category 4 lot. These newer devices are capable of hitting the higher speeds, meaning you’ll be able to get more done from your mobile – let’s just hope the battery life doesn’t suffer even further from the Category 4 devices.
To get the best results from a Cat4 device, it needs to be combined with a 4G …
If you’re looking for a lower end (and lower priced) 4G LTE capable (when it is available with Vodafone) device, then the One SV may be the one for you. It features lower specs than you’re usual high-end and LTE capable Android and has a smaller 4.3″ 4.3″ 800×480 pixel SuperLCD 2 Gorilla Glass 2 display.
If you ask me, the asking price is just a little on the pricey side to make this phone a serious consideration. Stacked up against the Motorola RAZR M it has the same sized screen, a slightly better display and a similar processor, but doesn’t match up to the small form factor of the M.
If you’re interested in more then head on over …
Following the roll-out of the Vodafone Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, Vodafone has announced another much anticipated update – the Android 4.1.2 premium suite for the Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S3.
Similar to the Galaxy Note 2 premium suite, the update brings a lot of Samsung specific features to the Samsung Galaxy S3 such as the multi-window feature for greater multi-tasking functionality. There are many other features to list, but if a picture is worth a thousand words, a video explaining the features must be worth ten thousand. Oh wait, there are two videos – so make that twenty thousand.
If you have a Vodafone Galaxy S3, go update now… and you should definitely check out the two …