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 …
The announcements today from both the CEO of Vodafone Australia, Bill Morrow and Vodafone’s blog have all but confirmed a June release for their all new 4G network.
Morrow addressed the media, stating the service will initially roll-out to the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane. Currently, the service undergoing a trial use by staff in order to determine whether any further adjustments need to be made before they make the service available to consumers.
Whilst Morrow didn’t confirm the pricing strategy for Vodafone when their 4G lands, he did appear to shut-down the possibility of more affordable plans:
“The right value doesn’t always mean the cheapest.”
So while we’re on the cusp of experiencing 4G LTE – …
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 …
Are you a 4G speed junkie but want something with more grunt than the Telstra 4G Tablet or the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G?
Well today might be your lucky day.
Telstra has just sent us an announcement regarding the Australian arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on their 4G network (arguably the best 4G tablet to arrive to Telstra yet) starting from just $53 a month. Whilst the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn’t the most powerful or highest specification tablet out there, the obvious Android competitors (i.e. the Nexus 10 and the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity) don’t currently have cellular options in Australia let alone Telstra 4G speed.
Just to recall some of its features:
- 10.1” 1280 x
‘Phone? Tablet? You won’t need either with the Galaxy Note II’
The Galaxy Note II is the first device that convinced me to drop my tablet. Seriously, I have really struggled to pick up a tablet over the last two weeks, no matter how badly I need to be reviewing that Telstra Tablet 4G. The Galaxy Note II so easily fills the void between phone and tablet, while rendering the two other form factors useless. If you can get used to the size as having this for your daily driver then I would really have no problem recommending it.
Disclaimer: The Galaxy Note II 4G was supplied to us by MobiCity, not Samsung. You can buy the Samsung Galaxy Note …
The future is in the smartphone, according to Telstra GM of Postpaid Mobile, Nathan Azouz. After two highly successful generations of the Telstra Easytouch line, Telstra’s third generation of the simple-to-use handset is a smartphone! “We have been listening to our customers, and some of them want to dip their toe into smartphones” said Mr Azouz at an event in Sydney yesterday.
Build for the carrier by Chinese OEM ZTE, the Telstra Easytouch 4G is designed for novice, casual or more mature customers who prefer an easier to use experience, but still want to enjoy some of of the enhanced capabilities of a smartphone. The device features a 4.3″ screen and a 8MP rear camera, powered by 1900mAh battery – …
Telstra brings the first pre-paid 4G LTE phone to Australians, the Frontier is selling for just $299
So, you want to get your hands on a brand new 4G LTE phone but don’t want to whip out mountains of cash to grab one – you also don’t want the hassle of signing up to a 24 month contract just so you can enjoy the super tasty speeds of the LTE network. Well, Telstra’s got you covered.
I was lucky enough to be invited to Telstra’s Christmas Product Brief with our very own Greg Jacobson and Norman Ma. We were shown some new devices, which Telstra are very proud about. Contrary to what we had originally believed, Telstra are bringing out a whole boot-load of new 4G LTE devices. Just to whet your whistle we found out today …
We just received a 3G unit of the Galaxy Note II and will have a review up shortly. However, it appears as though Samsung had a 4G unit of the Galaxy Note II (which works on Aussie networks) available and didn’t think to tell anyone. While this is great news, this is a great shock for those of you who purchased the 3G variant.
Anyway, MobiCity have the 4G LTE enabled variant (N7105) for pre-order on their online store for $829. While it’s a bit pricier than the 3G version (N7100), it is definitely worth the extra cash.
In other Note II news, I had a little chat with an Optus store rep today about the Note II’s availability. I …
UPDATE: We have a winner! The winner of a brand new Samsung Galaxy S III 4G goes by the name ‘Bush.’ We’re very happy to be giving away such a great prize and hope to be giving away more great prizes in the future. From the response we got from this one we assume we will so stay tuned for more! ‘
The winner was chosen by the entire AA team through a voting system. Here’s the winning comment in all of it’s wonderful glory:
Virgin Virgin Yes Im a virgin. But with A GS3 Ill be major sexy But promise Ill still be with you Virgin :p
But, that’s not all. We also have the four winners of the …
Telstra and Nokia Australia have today announced (via Facebook) that they will be jointly launching the 4G enabled Nokia Lumia 920 soon. They say that more details will be available at the end of October, but it seems unlikely for the phone to launch after Christmas after being announced today. If you ask me, it is great that Telstra is diversifying their range to dilute the pool of Android phones and the one popular iPhone 5. In fact, it’s great for Telstra, Nokia, Microsoft, the users and the competitive nature of the smartphone world.
However, with most good news comes some sad news. Seeing as though Telstra announced that they would have five new 4G smartphones by the end …
Telstra has today released a series of new videos on the TelstraCorp YoutTube account. It seems as though Australia’s largest telco believes that Australian users are in need of some 15 second videos to explain the intricate details of 3G/4G radios, what a multi-core processor can do and, of course, what the heck HD voice is.
Telstra has previously announced that they will announce five new 4G phones by the end of the year (which didn’t include the HTC Velocity, One XL, Titan or Samsung Galaxy S II. Since then, Telstra has announced four of the five phones (Galaxy S III 4G, RAZR M, RAZR HD, iPhone 5). Is anyone able to pick up a …