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Telstra Outages – Here’s What You Need To Know

How to check Telstra outage Telstra is Australia’s biggest telco, with the widest coverage in the country – 99.4 percent of the population. The telco is a leader in the mobile space, and has already reached 50 percent of the population with its 5G coverage, with a plan of reaching 75 percent by the Continue reading…

How to Boost WiFi Signal

Can you boost your WiFi signal? Are you experiencing slow, sluggish Internet connections? Is your download speed a lot less than advertised on your data plan? Then there’s a good chance that you have a weak WiFi signal. Your WiFi signal may be weak for a number of reasons. Perhaps your WiFi router has Continue reading…

How to Unlock Telstra Phone for Free

Why is my mobile device locked on the Telstra network? If you’ve bought a mobile phone from any of the major Australian networks (including Telstra) in the past couple of years, there’s a good chance it isn’t locked. But don’t get excited yet – this only applies to phones bought with contracts and/or postpaid Continue reading…

How to get Disney Plus on Telstra TV

Streaming on Telstra TV Telstra TV allows you stream movies, TV shows, sport, music, and other entertainment content on your favorite apps. And if you want to stream on the go, the Telstra TV app allows you get all the entertainment content you want on your mobile device as well. Like most OTT (Over-the-Top) Continue reading…

How to Contact Optus by Phone

Intro to Optus service Optus is the second largest telco in Australia, with over 10 million wireless subscribers to date. The telco offers a lot more than mobile postpaid and prepaid plans as well – customers can enjoy everything from home phone plans to 4G and 5G home Internet services, NBN plans, mobile broadband and more. Continue reading…

How to Unlock Optus Phone

Intro to unlocked phones When you purchase a mobile phone directly from a telco, there’s a good chance the phone is locked to their network. This means you won’t be able to use your phone with another telco’s SIM, even if you find a great deal on a SIM only plan from a different Continue reading…

Who Owns Telstra?

Telstra as major telco in Australia Telstra is the largest Telco in Australia, with 18.8 million mobile service customers, as well as 3.8 million subscribers for fixed bundles and standalone data services and 960,000 retail fixed standalone voice services customers. The telco has the widest mobile coverage in Australia, and is also a global Continue reading…

How to Recharge Vodafone

Intro to Vodafone Prepaid plans If you’re looking for a hassle-free way to get connected, then a prepaid plan is a great idea. These types of mobile SIM plans don’t require any credit check, so you can purchase your plan without having to run a bunch of private information. You’ll find prepaid plans from Continue reading…

Telstra TV – What You Need To Know

What is Telstra TV? With the Telstra TV set top box, you can stream your favorite entertainment content and apps, including popular subscription apps, movies, TV shows, music, sport, and more. The Telstra TV app also allows you stream on your smartphone with mobile data. Telstra TV comes with some unique features. For instance, Continue reading…

Optus Let You Sign Up to an eSIM plan using their App!

Optus Flex raises the eSIM bar Optus just took the lead in the eSIM race with their Optus Flex plan, which allows customers to sign up for an eSIM plan through the My Optus app. Compare this to Telstra’s and TPG Telecom/Vodafone’s eSIM plans, which require a QR code to be mailed to customers Continue reading…

What is Telstra Plus

About Telstra Plus You spend a lot of money on your phone plan, so why not get rewarded for it? Telstra will do just that with Telstra Plus – their loyalty reward program which gives eligible customers points for staying on a range of plans that the telco offers. Those points can then be Continue reading…

Should Your Phone Company Charge You During an Outage?

Outages are a lack of service – so why pay? Outages happen, and there’s a good chance you’ve experienced them. You need to make a call or use your data plan, and then you realise you can’t connect. This can happen anywhere, but its more common in some areas than others. For instance, urban Continue reading…

Should I Use a VPN on My phone?

What is a VPN and what is it used for? A VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to send data across the Internet through a server, as if your connection and the server’s connection are one and the same. The server is basically another computer that serves as a middleman between you and the Continue reading…

What is Telstra Air

Telstra Air – what is it? Telstra Air is a public WiFi network provided by Telstra. The service is available free of charge to Telstra customers. And last year, Telstra actually opened free Telstra Access to non-customers as well, but that offer has since expired. Telstra is the only telco to take on the Continue reading…

What Do Phone Companies Do With Your Data?

Big data is getting even bigger Your personal information is a goldmine for marketers looking for ways to figure out what you might like, and then sell it to you. That’s big data; the modern day treasure trove for businesses of all types. Statista forecasts that by 2027, the global big data market will Continue reading…

When Will Telstra Close Their 3G Network?

Telstra will shut down 3G in 2024 The wait is over – 5G is here. Actually, the fifth generation mobile network technology has been here for a couple of years now. With the 5G rollout fully underway, there’s a good chance you’ve already experienced its fast download speeds on the Telstra, Optus, or TPG Continue reading…

What to do if You Can’t Pay Your Phone Bill

Your phone bill might be too much to handle Deloitte’s 2018 survey indicated that 9 out of every 10 Australians own a smartphone. And today’s mobile services are as expanded as ever, packed with entertainment and data inclusions in SIM plans from major and smaller telcos. Modern SIM plans ensure you can do pretty Continue reading…

Optus Pause – Everything you need to know

Too much screen time reduces productivity According to a 2018 Deloitte report, 9 out of every 10 Australians own a smartphone. And with this high mobile phone adoption comes increased data usage as Australians flock to the Internet for streaming, social media, and more. Data usage increased even more last year during the height Continue reading…

TPG Vodafone are Going Net Zero Carbon

Telcos combat climate change TPG Telecom have announced their move to reduce their carbon footprint. The third largest telco in Australia has pledged to rely on renewable energy for all of its electricity sources by 2025. This is a huge step, and many companies around the globe are making similar commitments as the realities Continue reading…

Telstra Changing Corporate Structure

Telstra is moving forward with restructuring plans The telco market has seen some struggles over the past years, especially for the big companies. Telstra is responding to the shrinking market by changing their corporate structure. For decades, Telstra has operated on a vertical integration model, controlling everything from products to customer service all under Continue reading…

Why David Teoh is Leaving Vodafone

TPG founder resigns In 1992, David Teoh and his wife founded TPG Telecom. In March of this year, however, the telecom billionaire executive resigned. This comes after TPG, alongside Vodafone Hutchinson Australia, battled with the ACCC over a proposed $15 billion merger. The ACCC went against both telcos, arguing that the merger will ruin Continue reading…

Telstra’s Endorsement of Spacetalk Makes Aussie Kids Safer

For parents, kids come before everything, so ensuring their safety is paramount. Companies are aware of this too, and we’ve seen technological advancements over the years that aim to enhance child safety. One such technology are smartwatches which also have tracking functionalities. Parents want to know their kids are safe, and one of the Continue reading…

Telstra NRL Partnership Marks 20 Years – What’s Next?

Telstra’s and the NRL We have witnessed two decades of Telstra’s partnership with the National Rugby League. That’s a long time – to put it in perspective, imagine the many technological advancements in the past 20 years. The two-decade time span began long before streaming sport and other entertainment on mobile phones was the Continue reading…

Telstra IoT Projects

Telstra is making strides with Internet of Things Telstra is Australia’s Internet of Things (IoT) front runner, with several trials and services in the IoT space over the years and impressive IoT offerings. With everything from consumer IoT services like smart homes and smart watches, to larger scale IoT deployments in agriculture, healthcare, and Continue reading…

Femtocells – What You Need To Know

Mobile technology evolution Mobile technology has come a long way, and it still has a long way to go. To put things in perspective, early mobile networks operated on 1G – the first generation wireless network technology, those old mobile phones in the 1980s that were shaped like bricks. Followed by 2G, 3G, 4G, Continue reading…

Telstra’s Go Digital Could Help Your Small Business

Telstra to boost economy through SMB digital guidance Telstra recently announced their $8.5 million investment targeted at helping small businesses create and improve their advertising and digital presence. The investment is expected to have some welcome effects on the economy as well. Small businesses who show interest will get Telstra Business Go Digital Consults Continue reading…

Fibre To The Home is Trending Up in Australia

FTTH promises higher data speeds If there’s one thing Aussies seem to love, it’s fast internet. And the telcos are doing their best to keep up with consumer demand for high speed downloads and browsing, evident from the 5G rollout and broadband networks like fibre. Fibre To The Home (FTTH) has seen some impressive Continue reading…

Australia’s Mobile Market is Huge and Growing Fast

Mobile services market is turning around After declines due to the coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s mobile market is set for a huge come back. Analyst firm GlobalData has released a report predicting a 15.4 percent growth in the Australian mobile market by 2025, targeting $14.9bn in revenue. The growth drivers include both mobile voice and Continue reading…

What is Optus’ Digital Thumbprint Program?

Optus’ free program teaches safe and smart Internet usage Optus’ Digital Thumbprint is making milestones across Australia, with aims of educating students on how to be safer and smarter online. With COVID-19 causing the majority of Australians to stay at home for several months, we saw a spike in Internet activity. And with that Continue reading…

Australia’s Mobile Service Revenue to Grow Over 15% CAGR

Significant growth expected in mobile services market The mobile service market is finally turning around after steep declines during the height of the coronavirus pandemic. A recent GlobalData’s Australia Mobile Broadband Forecast Model analysis forecasts a 15.4% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) in Australia’s mobile services market. This is a welcome about-face from last Continue reading…

Why Popular Broadband Plans are Not Always the Best Plans?

Australian NBN was popularly touted not only as a social good but also as a savvy investment. Redesigning its outdated infrastructure into fibre optic is somewhat costly. So, the result is a higher price among NBN plans. The cultural and geographic features differences also post challenges. Each Australian household has unique needs. Each state Continue reading…

Why Macquarie Telecom Dumped Telstra for Optus

Macquarie Telecom is moving to Optus for 5G network Macquarie Telecom has announced a multi-year wholesale contract with Optus, leaving its former partner Telstra. The MVNO will now resell the Optus network instead, attracted by Optus’ decision to wholesale its 5G network to smaller phone companies. Telstra has lost other MVNOs to Optus recently, Continue reading…

Telstra Opens up eSIM to MVNOs

MVNOs on the Telstra network will soon get eSIM capabilities Telstra has announced that Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) reselling its network will have access to eSIM technology in the coming months. This will make Telstra the first major telco in Australia to allow smaller telcos offer eSIM plans. Since entering the Australian market Continue reading…

Telcos New No-Frills Approach to Mobile Services

The new telco environment is getting less complex and more straightforward Australia’s telco market has evolved over the years. Once upon a time, phone plans were complex with too many options – so much so that choosing a plan was a chore in itself. Fast forward to recent years, and the major telcos have Continue reading…

Telstra, Optus, Pivotel Receive Grant to Improve Rural Coverage

Government grant focuses on voice serces in rural areas While urban Australia gets the most attention from telcos infrastructure, rural areas suffer poor service. The government’s Alternative Voice Services Trials (AVST) Program aims to solve this network disparity, and has now issued a $2 million grant to Telstra, Optus, and Pivotel to look for Continue reading…

QANTAS Considers Launching a Mobile Phone Service

Qantas targets MVNO market Qantas might be Australia’s next Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). The popular airline has partnered with telcos before to offer frequent flyer miles to customers. But now, Qantas is looking to launch its own mobile phone service. Qantas will resell the Optus network if the MVNO launches and, according to Continue reading…

Why is Optus Keeping the Amaysim Brand?

Amaysim is not going anywhere Last year, Optus began the purchase of Amaysim for $250 million. Now, the telco have finalised the deal, snatching up the largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator in Australia (MVNO). But Optus have also announced that Amaysim will remain a standalone MVNO, keeping them in the low cost market. This Continue reading…

Who has the Best 5G? Optus or Telstra?

Optus now holds the crown for fastest 5G speeds, while Telstra has the widest 5G coverage Australia’s 5G race continues to heat up as the latest Systemics-PAB report indicates Optus 5G average download speed is 22 percent faster than Telstra’s.  Just last year, an Opensignal report indicated that Telstra had the fastest 5G speeds Continue reading…

What is ‘Optuspay’

OptusPay device payment plan. img src You can get your the latest flagship device without paying outright Optus now has a new device payment plan called OptusPay, which allows you pay off any device purchased from Optus, interest-free in monthly installments. Compared to its predecessor, the OptusPay device payment plan isn’t much different. However, Continue reading…

Starlink vs NBN: Which is Better for Mobile Data?

Satellite mobile data is here When it comes to mobile data and Internet connections, you might have more options than you think. Beyond the traditional phone plans and broadband, you can also get a satellite phone plan or satellite Internet to take care of your data needs. One of the main options for satellite Continue reading…

What’s Different About Felix, Gomo, Belong and Boost

The sub-brand market is getting more competitive Once upon a time, Telstra stood alone in Australia’s sub-brand mobile market – where major telcos own and operate MVNOs. Telstra’s Belong dominated the space, battling with normal MVNOs that weren’t owned by any of the majors. Fast forward to 2021, and all three of Australia’s major Continue reading…

AGL Launch A New Australian Telco

AGL now offer mobile plans There’s a new Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in town. AGL, the energy company, will now offer mobile services using the Optus network. This comes after several MVNOs have sold out to other telcos, creating market space for new entrants. AGL has been getting closer to offering mobile plans Continue reading…

Telstra Revamps Postpaid Plans Again

Telstra introduces upfront postpaid plans Telstra are scrapping current SIM only postpaid plans, replacing them with a new upfront postpaid plan lineup instead. In the coming months, Telstra customers on current postpaid plans will have to move to the new upfront postpaid plans, or switch telcos. The upfront postpaid plans come with some great Continue reading…

Trade In Options For Your Old Phone

 Trade in your old phone. img src All of the major telcos offer trade-in options for your old phone New phones are expensive these days, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford one. Instead of paying a ton for that new flagship device, just trade in your old phone to cash in on huge Continue reading…

TPG Vodafone Review Their Lebara Brand

TPG Telecom reviews the value of each brand TPG Telecom and Vodafone Hutchinson Australia were finally allowed to merge last year, becoming the third largest telco in Australia. But with a wide range of mobile and broadband services from both telcos, TPG Telecom have decided to review those offerings to determine what to keep Continue reading…

Major Telcos Push for Partnerships in 5G Initiative

Optus, Telstra, and TPG Telecom insist government program should include major telcos Optus, Telstra, and TPG want to be part of the government’s Australian 5G Innovation Initiative, and they are pushing for partnerships to be a requirement for accessing the $22.1 million government fund at stake. The Australian 5G Innovation Initiative will focus on Continue reading…

Should Telcos be Paid for Gaming Traffic?

Optus complains about network spikes for video games Telcos are blaming gamers for frequent network spikes during peak hours. An Optus executive has gone on record to suggest that game manufacturers and other streaming platforms should contribute to network infrastructure. Andrew Sheridan, head of regulatory and public affairs at Optus, stated that such contributions Continue reading…

Optus New Unlimited Plans

Finally, Optus plans offer endless data Optus have finally joined Telstra and Vodafone to offer endless data plans. Prior to this move, Optus customers were charged $10 per every 1GB of data they use after exhausting their plan data. Now, Optus’ new “unlimited” SIM Only plans throttle data speeds to 1.5Mbps when plan data Continue reading…

Optus and Mastercard on Digital Identity

Optus is adopting Mastercard’s ID, a digital identification program that allows users verify their identity online through facial recognition technology. Online transactions come with with many risks, most of which can be solved with a more reliable identification system. Imagine the typical online purchase. All that’s asked for is your credit card information and, Continue reading…

Which is Better – Gomo, Felix, or Belong?

  COVID-19 is shaping the future telco market With COVID-19 dealing a blow to the Australian telco market, the major telcos are looking for ways to make up the difference. Right now, entering the MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) market seems like the best way to compete. The first 6 months of this year Continue reading…

Optus Launch Gomo to Improve Bad Financial Results

COVID-19 impacts Australia’s telco market The coronavirus pandemic has hit Australia’s telco market hard. According to a Telstyle’s Australian mobile market study, the first 6 months of the year has seen a decline of 62,000 Services in Operation (SIO), compared to the consistent growth in the industry over the past decade. Mobile service revenue Continue reading…

Optus and Vodafone SHRINK in Size

COVID-19 reduces telcos’ SIO The major telcos have taken a major hit from COVID-19. According to Telsyte’s latest Australian mobile services market study, the number of SIO (Services in Operation) declined by 62,000 from January to June, given the decline of international visitors and foreign students caused by COVID-19 restrictions. This is in stark Continue reading…

Optus’ and TPG’s New MVNOs Brands

Optus and TPG Telecom launch Gomo and Felix Mobile, respectively, competing with Telstra’s Belong Optus just purchased Amaysim, the largest MVNO in Australia. Optus also announced the launch of Gomo, a fully digital mobile phone service targeting customers who prefer straightforward, cheaper phone plans. But before Optus’ announcements, TPG Telecom (Vodafone) announced the launch Continue reading…

Optus Have Bought Amaysim. Now What?

Optus acquires Amaysim, unveils fully-digital Gomo Amaysim, Australia’s largest Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), now belongs to Optus. The major telco purchased Amaysim for $250 million. We previously reported on Optus’ interest in purchasing Amaysim, and this latest move makes that a reality. But Optus didn’t stop there – the major telco also announced Continue reading…

Starlink: New Zealand’s New Phone Network

What is Starlink? Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, is Elon Musk’s private space exploration company. The company has sights on, one day, settling humans on Mars. But to accomplish such an expensive feat, SpaceX needs funds. Elon Musk’s main cash cow for funding SpaceX is Starlink – a satellite phone network. Unlike older Continue reading…

Melbourne’s Phone Usage Has Gone Bonkers Since COVID Lockdown

Many Australians are still under COVID-19 restrictions The first coronavirus case in Australia was confirmed back in January. Over 10 months later, COVID-19 continues to affect the way we live. Measures have been taken by the government to stem the spread of the virus. We’ve been through lockdowns, which have resulted in businesses shutting Continue reading…

COVID is Closing Phone Company Retail Stores

Coronavirus makes closing retail stores a viable option The coronavirus has caused major changes around the world, and Australia is no exception. Measures to keep people indoors have been around for months. The economy has taken hit after hit since the mantra of social distancing, and the horror of job losses. Over 70 percent Continue reading…

TPG Announces Felix Mobile, a Fully-Digital Mobile Service

If you’re interested in Felix Mobile, you can register now and get information when the phone plans launch. src Felix Mobile, TPG Telecom’s carbon neutral telco TPG Telecom has announced Felix Mobile, its new fully-digital SIM-only service to be launched before the end of the year. The new mobile service will also operate on Continue reading…

The Best Phone Plans for ‘Foldable’ Phones

Foldable phones are here to stay Foldable phones seemed like something out of a Sci-fi movie, but they became a reality in 2019. Samsung led the way with the Galaxy Fold, but the device faced many challenges that caused the tech giant to halt its production and sales due to defects with the screen. Continue reading…

What the NBN’s Fibre Upgrade Means to Telstra’s 5G Sales

NBN plans fibre upgrade The NBN might see some much-needed improvement. Federal communications minister Paul Fletcher has announced upgrades to the NBN, particularly that the network will roll out fiber to homes to deliver download speeds up to 1Gbps. The announcement comes at a critical time when 5G is dominating the telco news in Continue reading…

5G Update November 2020: Where can you get fast data now?

Telstra’s 5G coverage grows Telstra continues to lead the 5G race in Australia. The telco now has over 2,000 5G base stations and their 5G coverage is 41% of the population. With the 5G rollout well under way, Telstra has made a series of announcements regarding its progress and future plans. However, Optus has Continue reading…

What is Starlink?

Satellite phone plans are the next thing  Wired and mobile network technologies have evolved year after year. Satellite communications, on the other hand, have been a little quiet. While satellite phone plans have been around for a long time, they just haven’t caught on to the public. Part of it has to do with Continue reading…

Your Next Satellite Phone Plan

Get your phone plan from space? Satellite phones already exist, but when we think of them, we imagine bulky, oversized gadgets that can’t fit in your pocket. And with today’s smart phone technology getting smaller and sleeker, bulky devices seem even more unattractive. But there’s a change coming not too far into the future. Continue reading…

Optus Opens 5G to MVNOs

Optus mobile 5G now available to MVNOs Optus has announced that its mobile 5G network is now available to Mobile VIrtual Network Operators (MVNO). This is great news for Australians who prefer smaller telcos, and for competition in the telco market in general as more 5G plans are launched. So far, Optus is leading Continue reading…

TPG Is Taking the 5G Race to Telstra

TPG Telecom targets 5G While Vodafone and TPG spend a couple of years fighting the ACCC’s opposition to their proposed merger, Telstra and Optus were moving fast with their 5G rollouts. The two latter telcos both launched commercial 5G last year, giving them a significant head start. However, earlier this year, a federal judge Continue reading…

Health Risks Of Being On Your Phone All The Time

Phones: The good and the bad You probably don’t need stats to be convinced that smartphones are everywhere. We’ll give you some anyway, however – 90 percent of Australians own a smartphone, according to Deloitte’s 2018 Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report. While this is great for how connected we’ve become, there are some Continue reading…

Want to Cut Down on Phone Usage? Shut Off Notifications

Too much smartphone time can become a distraction Smartphones have become a part of our everyday lives. A 2018 Deloitte report indicates that 9 out of every 10 Australian owns a smartphone, and the proportions continues to grow. But these gadgets can quickly become a distraction. From social media to streaming to run-of-the-mill tasks Continue reading…

Smart Guide To NOT Being On Your Phone All The Time

Australia leads the world in smartphone penetration Smartphone ownership has grown around the world, but Australia is far ahead. A Deloitte’s 2018 Technology, Media and Telecommunications Predictions report had predicted that 9 out of every 10 Australians would own a smartphone by the end of that year. That far surpassed Statista’s 2012-2023 smartphone penetration Continue reading…

New Study Links Smartphone Data and Personality Traits

Researchers now say that our phones data can reflect various aspects of our personality. src Our smartphones reveal a lot about us Researchers have now confirmed our fears about some controversial behavioral and privacy issues associated with smartphone use. We may have already confirmed our suspicions about how our digital trails on social media Continue reading…

Why is the Internet of Things Popular?

The mixed bag of emotions accompanying the Internet of Things The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most hyped up and controversial technological innovations of our modern times. Experts believe it has the potential to usher in unprecedented levels of interaction between humans and things, as well as between different things. With Continue reading…

Where to Buy Mobile Broadband Plans

Mobile broadband is becoming more portable and cost-effective How mobile broadband works Mobile broadband is worth considering if you have a poor WiFi network or you’re constantly working on the go with your smart device.  And in case you’re wondering how it works, you should know that mobile broadband comes in three types: The Continue reading…

Why Buy Your SIM Card Online?

Online SIM card purchase is ideal for time-pressed people, the elderly, and people who generally want to avoid the hassles associated with physical stores. src Benefits of shopping SIM cards over the internet The internet is largely responsible for current changes in consumer behaviour. Little more than a decade ago, the norm was to Continue reading…

Why Mobile Data is More Expensive Than Broadband

Mobile data vs broadband – Same internet access, different prices You’ll find a lot of service providers in Australia offering you mobile data and/or wired broadband. Both options will get you the internet access you need, but why does mobile data cost more? Although you can access the internet via mobile data or fixed Continue reading…

How to Choose The Best Mobile Broadband Solution For You

What people want from their broadband service Mobile broadband has become a viable alternative to fixed home broadband solutions. You’ll get fast speeds at price points comparable to your wired broadband solutions, along with a number of other benefits. We conducted a survey to find out what Australians want from their Internet services. Seventy Continue reading…

Which Mobile Broadband is Best

Why get mobile broadband instead of fixed broadband? We conducted a survey to figure out what people want from their broadband service. We were able to discover the key pain points for Australians when it comes to fixed broadband services, and how mobile broadband could solve their problems: 70% of respondents would like to Continue reading…

Why Mobile Broadband is so Expensive in Australia

Do mobile broadband benefits explain their high costs? Mobile broadband solves a lot of the drawbacks of fixed wired broadband services. They give you mobility, so you can take your internet connection where you do, as long as your provider has network coverage. They are also easy to set up so you don’t have Continue reading…

How to Enable 5G on Your Phone

5G technology By now, there’s a great chance you’ve heard about 5G. The fifth generation technology has been talked about for years, and it finally became a reality in Australia last year. Both Optus and Telstra have had 5G sites turned on for over a year now. Earlier this year, TPG Telecom (Vodafone) joined Continue reading…

Comparison of Belong & Boost vs Vodafone

MVNOs are gaining momentum in the telco market Australia’s telco market is crowded. While there are only three major telcos in the country, there are many, many Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) – smaller telcos that resell the major telcos’ networks. The crowded market means more competition, which results in some great deals for Continue reading…

Is My Smartphone Listening to the Things I Say?

While our smartphones may monitor our audio recordings for marketing purposes, they only do so when we give user permission either deliberately or inadvertently. src The problem of smartphone privacy We’re all aware that tech companies are harvesting alarming amounts of data from our devices, and there’s a whole lot of misinformation and misrepresentations Continue reading…

Easy Ways to Recharge your Mobile Broadband Plans

The many telcos in Australia means a highly competitive mobile data market. src The mobile data market is more competitive than ever before In today’s highly competitive mobile data market, we have a glut of highly competitive prepaid mobile data plans at our fingertips. With the click of just a few buttons, you can Continue reading…

Understanding the Key Differences Between 4G and 5G

4G and 5G: Different manifestations of the same principles 4G vs 5G. src As incarnations of mobile networks, 4G and 5G share a lot in common. However, there’s no mistaking one for the other, because the difference between them is quite stark. Like 4G, 5G spent over a decade in the making, and it Continue reading…

How to Activate Mobile Broadband

What’s mobile broadband? Mobile broadband devices are portable, allowing you to carry high-speed internet connection with you everywhere. src There are many types of broadband internet options, but one of the most popular nowadays is mobile broadband. Mobile broadband connects your devices to the internet through mobile modems. This means that, unlike fixed broadband Continue reading…

The Pros and Cons of 5G – Benefits and Disadvantages

The benefits of 5G outweighs the drawbacks The battle between world powers United States and China has shifted towards the patenting and deployment of 5G technology. src 5G is the next generation of network technology, boasting high speeds, high bandwidth, and low latency.  The incredibly faster speeds of the 5G network will allow for Continue reading…

Mobile Broadband – How Much Data Do I Need?

People need to become more conscious of their data consumption as mobile broadband is fast becoming the main means of communication. src More people are now more likely to exceed or underuse their data allowances Data-intensive activities like social media chats, file sharing, video calls, and web browsing have now become second nature to Continue reading…

How Do I Know if My Phone is 5G Capable?

5G in Australia 5G is gradually taking a foothold in different parts of the world, including the UK, China, and Australia. The three major mobile networks in Australia are progressively rolling out 5G infrastructure in selected parts of the country. Although NBN plans can go as fast as 80-90 Mbps, 5G is expected to Continue reading…

5G Speeds in Australia: Telstra Faster Than Optus

Testra 5G dominates Optus Opensignal’s latest report on 5G speeds in Australia ranks Telstra ahead of Optus. Telstra’s 5G network averaged download speeds of 232Mbps, over 36% faster than Optus’ 170Mbps. The report is based on results from over 119,000 5G devices between May 1 and July 29. Opensignal has awarded Telstra 5G download Continue reading…

Belong Drives Telstra Subscriber Growth

Telstra records financial losses, but Belong’s customer gains are good news Telstra has had a rough financial year, but the 2020 full year has a major bright spot – Belong. The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) has done wonders for Telstra, accounting for the majority of the telco’s newly added postpaid mobile customers and Continue reading…

How to Check Data Usage on Optus Prepaid Mobile Broadband

Optus facilitates monitoring data consumption in multiple ways There are many reasons why you need to keep track of your data consumption as a regular internet user. Besides avoiding extra data charges, you’ll have much greater control over your data usage if you keep regular tabs on your data consumption. For Optus customers, monitoring Continue reading…

No Huawei? What Does That Mean for Phone Plan Prices?

Huawei claims it was right about price hikes on SIM plans as a result of Australia’s 2018 ban, which barred the company from participating in the country’s 5G rollout. The Chinese tech giant points to Telstra’s recent price increases as proof. Telstra recently announced price hikes on its SIM Only plans. The announcement came Continue reading…

Why is No one Buying 5G Phones / SIM Services?

Telstra 5G rollout expanding quickly, but Australians lack enthusiasm for the technology Telstra plans to expand their 5G coverage to 70 percent of the population by June of next year. Telstra CEO Andrew Penn has stated that Telstra over 10 million Australians “live, work or pass through” their 5G foorprint, which is already expanding Continue reading…