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The eSIM and EUICC

The EUICC is the Embedded version of the, Universal Integrated Circuit Card – the hardware SIM chip we’ve used in phones for a while. The addition of the ‘E’ simply means this new type of SIM card is now embedded in the phone instead of inserted and changed by the user. In simple terms, Continue reading…

No Need for the Apple Watch 3 to Sync With the iPhone?

When Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, announced the Apple Watch in September 2014, there was a great deal of industry buzz that lived on right until the wearable was released. However, there was a problem. The gadget did not live up to the hype. The User Interface was overcrowded and confusing, and many reviews gave Continue reading…

Why Upgrading to Iphone 8 is Not a Good Idea After All

The third quarter of 2017 heralds the next roll-out for Apple Inc. and the celebration of 10 years of the iPhone’s initial release. The indications are to date that this iPhone is likely to be better than any others yet unveiled by the smart phone giant. From that positive news, Apple is expecting to Continue reading…

Let’s Put Telstra Payphones Out of Their Misery

It’s probably a rarity to see someone making their way to a Telstra pay phone these days, despite the fact that 24,573 still inhabit the cities and regions of Australia. There hasn’t been any clear indication what would happen if it wasn’t for the Federal government providing a $40 million subsidy in order to Continue reading…

Why Old Iphones are Selling Like Pancakes in India

Ingenious Apple Apple is fighting for a share of the potentially huge Indian smart phone market using a novel strategy. They’re releasing older model iPhones, which are affordable in India and which seem to be proving a hit with the locals. It’s not the first time Apple have come up with a great idea which Continue reading…

Find Out Why Telstra Is Having the Jitters

There have been a number of changes recently to telecommunications throughout the country, marked mainly by the coming roll-out of the national broadband network, or NBN, which is estimated to be worth $56 billion. This whole network is starting to dismantle Telstra’s infrastructure dominance for internet and phone. There has been such an increase Continue reading…

Vodafone Not Happy With Telstra Yet Again Over Sharing Facilities

Fresh from being rebuffed over the opportunity to improve domestic roaming, Vodafone is now incensed over what it feels big brother Telstra’s attitude towards sharing blackspot collocation. The company says that Telstra is making it far too prohibitive financially for Vodafone to use Telstra’s existing towers in blackspot areas. Vodafone is still smarting over Continue reading…

CRTC in Canada Bans Cellphone Unlocking Fees

As of December 1st , cellular providers in Canada have been told that they must unlock customers’ phones at no cost to them. Also, anyone who buys a phone through a cell phone provider can expect it to be unlocked. MobileSyrup reporter, Rose Behar from Toronto, says this is a great move. Up to Continue reading…

Telstra Confirms 1,400 Job Losses in Australia

Telstra’s recent financial report, which left its shares tumbling recently, has now announced some draconian cost-cutting measures that will see significant job cuts throughout the country. CEO for the telco, Andy Penn, just made this announcement, saying that the intention is to lower the complexity of the business through a restructure. This was needed Continue reading…

Telstra’s Getting Smart on Smart Homes

Communication today is rapidly moving beyond just calling and texting and accessing the internet using the data on a smart phone. So called ‘smart homes’ inch closer to reality alongside the smart phone. According to Telstra, in the very near future, we will still have phones and they will be used to communicate with devices Continue reading…

Kogan Partners With Vodafone for 2018 NBN Services

Kogan.com, the well known online retailer, which also has growing interests in the mobile network sector, has been collaborating with Vodafone Australia for some time now. This year it’s committed the MVNO to grow its partner relationship with Australia’s 3rd largest telco, at least up to 2022. Next on the agenda in 2018 is Continue reading…

Roaming Decision Lands ACCC in Court

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) wants more talks on domestic mobile phone roaming so it’s challenging the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) in the Federal Court. ACCC caught off the hop and Telstra retaliating Vodafone may have leapt from the frying pan into the fire due to the response from its intention to take Continue reading…

Poor Telco Support for Vodafone’s ACCC Court Action

Domestic roaming using the Telstra network has been one of those things that telcos hoped they could be involved in, rather than investing in their own infrastructure in order to provide a service to customers across Australia. However, when the decision on this matter was finally debated the result was not to force Telstra Continue reading…

What’s The Role of The eSIM Expected To Be?

It hasn’t happened yet, but it’s on the cards. That’s the introduction of the e-SIM, or embedded SIM, in which the equivalent of a SIM card is permanently installed into a smart phone. This takes the responsibility off the shoulders of telcos and other smaller Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOS) when it comes to Continue reading…

Smart City Trials by Telstra in Western Australia

Joondalup City in Perth, Western Australia is set to benefit from a Telstra initiative for smart city solutions. This includes sensors for smart parking, smart trash bins, and the monitoring of the environment at a park beside the beach. The trials will include the installation of environmental sensors which can monitor humidity, temperature, light, Continue reading…

The Internet of Things Is Booming in Australia

The Australian research firm Telsyte has recently discovered that Australians are at long last taking to IoT gadgets in their homes. These are devices that specifically connect via the use of mobile apps to the internet which give consumers and in this case home based individuals more control over what is happening in their Continue reading…

iPhone 8 Rumours: Delayed Release ? eSIM ?

It’s ten years since the first iPhone was released. This year, as every year, the rumour mills are bubbling over with speculation about what features and functions the new iPhone will have. Almost every week  we are seeing the release of more (unofficial) information in anticipation of the of Apple’s latest iPhone. What will Continue reading…

Vodafone Won’t Be Left Out Of Bid for Customers

Vodafone had been hoping it could cash in on domestic roaming using Telstra’s widespread network. This didn’t happen as the ACCC decided against it, at least for now. Telstra has managed to conserve its monopoly position, but Vodafone hasn’t just sat on the fence and done nothing at all. With the prospect of TPG Continue reading…

Telstra Invests In Solar Energy to Fuel Its Networks

Telstra is concerned about its need for energy and has confronted the government on its policy regarding energy stability. This is mainly because its energy requirements make up 1 percent of Australia’s energy generation so the telco wants to be sure its demands can be met. Telstra, in fact, employs an energy director, Ben Continue reading…

Microsoft’s Super Human Commitment to eSIM Technology

eSIM technology isn’t just to do with smart phones and mobile network provisioning anymore. Soon, we will see eSIMs incorporated into laptops, according to news released from Computex 2017 (the Taipei International Information Technology Show.) The computer expo takes place each year in Taiwan. Over the last decade it has become the biggest technology Continue reading…

OVO Soon To Offer Water Polo Coverage and Unlimited Radio

OVO Mobile has revealed a new partnership arrangement with Water Polo Australia to provide exclusive coverage of live matches. This includes National Water Polo League and any other Water Polo tournaments that are played. Water polo teams from Australia have been completing in Olympic events since 1948 and our now getting ready for the Continue reading…

Some of the Freebies on Offer on Your Telstra Plan

Despite the fact that Telstra’s 4G network has the best coverage in the country that doesn’t mean it simply monopolises its situation by not offering any additions to its plans that don’t attract additional costs. It has cunningly converted the payphones it has inherited from when the network was government owned and used them Continue reading…

In 2017 Telstra is Still Gaining customers from Vodafone

In spite of a rise in competition, Telstra has expanded its market and now secures 43% of all customers who are on post-paid deals and 39 % of all prepaid customers while Vodafone continues on a downward spiral of losing customers. Competition isn’t everything when it comes to an essential service Competition isn’t everything Continue reading…

Optus’ 2016 Financial Results – It’s Bad News All Round

For telcos like Optus it’s not easy to compete with the leading player, Telstra. Australia’s biggest telco inherited much of the country’s infrastructure as various parts were sold off by the once government owned enterprise. This makes it difficult for any newer telco to infiltrate the market unless it significantly invests in infrastructure for Continue reading…

Offering Big Data Is a Trendsetter for Telstra This Year

With more and more devices becoming available and the development of iOT there is a demand for more and more data across the whole spectrum of internet users. There are three main telcos all competing for customers, as well as hundreds of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) who rely upon agreements they have forged Continue reading…

Use Of Robotic Software Saves Telstra $1.7m

Telstra has recently come out with revelations concerning its use of robotic process automation (RPA) on certain projects, including its HFC network upgrade, and how it goes about training its work force of 36,000. Outsourcing the biggest saver for Telstra Wipro, which is an Indian based outsourcer, has completed 2 of Telstra’s projects. This Continue reading…

GSMA has Announced its Revised eSIM Specifications

There are many complexities surrounding how devices connect to the internet and the speed that is required to ensure a good user experience. One of the things that often rears its head when discussing these issues is bandwidth. This determines how quick data is transferred over a particular time period and the volume of Continue reading…

375 Million Smartphone Shipments in Just 3 Months

Smartphone manufacturers have hit the nail on the head when it comes to consumer demand. They have chosen just the right industry if current sales are anything to go by. The worldwide shipment of smart phones has hit record highs this year with an 11 percent increase in sales currently recorded for the last Continue reading…

Telstra Boosts its VoWiFi Service

Getting clear, consistent phone coverage away from the big cities is not always possible. Even if you have a good broadband connection, it may be hard to get good phone coverage. Now Telstra is expanding its Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) service by making it available to Apple iPhone users. It has already made it Continue reading…

Dutch Telco Concerned With e-SIM Security Risk

The Internet has become more and more widespread and used for all sorts of different purposes from accessing and initialising banking transactions and buying and selling on line, so inevitably security has become a bit of an issue. Generally though, checks and balances have been put in place to ensure secure payments for online Continue reading…

How to Pick the Best Mobile Broadband Deal in Australia

Mobile broadband is becoming increasingly popular. It used to be something that only very specific and limited numbers of people chose, especially people constantly on the move and needing their internet connection wherever they went without having to resort to looking for a wifi connection, say while having a cup of coffee or in Continue reading…

Phone Leasing Options: Which is Best?

For as long as anyone can remember, phone companies have successfully encouraged customers to sign up to their services by offering the latest model smart phone. The catch is that the individual needs to be willing to be bound contractually for that time. Once the 24 months is over, under this scheme the phone becomes Continue reading…

Will Optus bid for the Cricket rights ?

Cricket in Australia isn’t top when it comes to popularity, but it still draws a large number of followers, especially when well known rivals such as England send a team to the country to compete. The events that do definitely draw a reasonable crowd are the Ashes. 20-20 internationals and any match with South Continue reading…

Do Personality Differences Explain SmartPhone Choice?

An intriguing research project in the U.K. appears to have shed some light on why different people choose iPhones rather than Android smart phones and vice versa. Nearly all smartphones are either Android devices or iPhones but there are many more of the former than the latter. It appears that marketing strategy is definitely Continue reading…

Telstra Wins the Roaming Battle

Telstra shares rose sharply after the ACCC made a draft decision against “declaring” wholesale mobile roaming. It would have meant that smaller telcos, especially Vodafone and some of the MVNOs, would have been able to share Telstra’s existing infrastructure in the rural areas in order to offer a competing mobile service. Telstra has the Continue reading…

Android or iPhone: Which Should you Choose?

It seems that research coming out of the United States has found that the average lifespan for any type of smart phone, whether an iPhone or an Android device, is not likely to exceed more than 24 months. This seriously means that if you want to have the latest in technology you will pretty Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S8 Will Meet Rural Needs Says Telstra

It’s hard to satisfy people in the bush when it comes to mobile coverage. There is just a bit too much bush with not enough people when it comes to building sufficient infrastructure to match the speeds and signal strength that city residents, especially those on the coast enjoy. Both Telstra and Optus have Continue reading…

OVO Offers Australia Wide FM Radio Streaming

OVO is a relatively new Australian MVNO running off the Optus network and owned by the company My Mobile Data. It hit the news last year when it signed a V8 supercar viewing deal (no longer available) giving it the rights to live stream a variety of Australian sports content to its subscribers. It also Continue reading…

Will eSIMS Bring Down the Cost of Data?

There is a general recognition around the world that most telcos have resigned themselves to the fact that they can no longer charge exorbitant prices for voice, text and movie streaming. Instead, they have concentrated on gaining revenue from data that the public simply can’t do without. Now all that might change in the Continue reading…

TPG and Telstra Go Into Battle Over Market Share

TPG has decided that its presence in Australia isn’t going to stay on the fringes. It has set itself up to be a viable 4th mobile network, joining Telstra, Vodafone and Optus in an already crowded mobile market place. This intention was marked by its acquisition recently of further spectrum licenses auctioned by the Continue reading…

So What’s Up with WhatsApp?

WhatsApp, the new kid on the block as far as ‘free’ phone calls via the Internet are concerned, but it’s causing concern. Not amongst its 1 billion and more users, of course, as they are as happy as Larry, but amongst mobile phone operators who are wondering about their future. WhatsApp might not be Continue reading…

Inflight Wi-Fi To Take-Off With Free Trial By Virgin Australia

Gogo is already the provider for in-flight Wi-Fi for Delta airlines in the US and now it’s to become the provider for Virgin Australia. It will operate using satellites that Optus is currently using to provide remote communications throughout the country. If you happen to use a Virgin Australia flight soon you may be Continue reading…

Telstra to Start Pushing Films To Your Phone

Phone addicts are always after loads and loads of data at a reasonable cost. Telstra is set to go a step further than that by offering not only free data but the chance to watch feature films on your phone which won’t affect your data bundle. Film promoting theme to be trialled soon A Continue reading…

TPG Will Struggle to Build a Network Says Vodafone

It was announced recently that TPG has gained the 700MHz band after paying out $1.26 billion in a government auction. It also said it was going to pay $600 million to expand its network so it covers 80 percent of the present population. This 4th network would be in direct competition with the three Continue reading…

Singtel Optus Owner Announces eSIM for 4G Network

Singaporean telco Singtel has announced that embedded SIMs (eSIMs) can now be used throughout its 4G network. This will mean customers will be able to connect any smart wearables they use without having to pair them to a smart phone using Bluetooth. Also, data and calls can be made from eSIM wearables without the Continue reading…

The Net Neutrality Debate is Hotting-Up in Australia

Net neutrality has been a hot topic in the U.S. at times and seems likely to become a contentious issue here in Australia, too, especially with the growth in zero-rated products available by the main telcos as well as many of the MVNOs. What is net neutrality? Net neutrality is basically all about fairness Continue reading…

Gemalto eSIM may Herald the End to Telco Roaming Charges

The innovative communication eSubscriber Identity Module or eSIM is purported to do what customers hoped and that is to make their smart phone or other mobile gadget free from ties to specific telcos. With the massive growth in the mobile industry coupled with an unprecedented increase in demand for go anywhere mobility both at Continue reading…

Vodafone CEO Alleges Telstra has Taken $300 Million

Over recent months there has been much publicity into the provision of telco services in non-profitable regional areas. So much so that the Federal Government late last year asked the Productivity Commission to look into the Universal Service Obligation (USO). Currently the commission is undertaking a review of the USO following a draft report Continue reading…

The Pros and Cons of Domestic Roaming

An interim decision by the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) over whether to declare domestic roaming in Australia is expected not long after Easter. It will be interesting to see which way the body will swing as there are advantages and disadvantages either way. The decision has already been delayed, presumably because the Continue reading…

Using VOIP Saves More Cash Than You Think

Voice over Internet Protocol technology (VOIP) offers an alternative to making calls through both traditional means, such as the use of a landline and through the cell phone. The calls are made through digital computer networks which includes the internet. VoIP is able to transform analogue voice signals into what’s called digital data packets. Continue reading…

Optus and Vodafone – Who’s For Bush Coverage?

Two of the leading telcos in Australia, Optus and Vodafone, want expansion in the bush but how they intend to do this is quite different. At the moment, if you wander too far out into the bush and you are a Vodafone or Optus subscriber you may not get much of a good coverage, Continue reading…

700 MHz Spectrum Auctions Open to Bids This Month

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has finally launched the auctioning of the unsold section of the 700MHz section. These are called waterfront assets and are particularly important for 4G mobile services. The expected return from the auction will be in the region of a billion dollars. The 700 MHz yet to be Continue reading…

The iPhone is Costing More and More to Build

As features become more advanced the iPhone becomes more expensive. This isn’t really much of a surprise, as someone has to finance all that research and innovation. IHS, a research company, has recently revealed to the public an approximate analysis of materials and the costs used for Apple’s iPhone 7. It indicated that the Continue reading…

Telstra to Go Ahead With Expansion of LTE-Broadcast (LTE-B)

Telstra announced earlier this year that it was going ahead with a major expansion of an LTE-Broadcast or LTE-B network across Australia, mainly with the intention of supplying a high quality video and audio TV service to its own customers. LTE-B will be made available using the existing 4G network, which according to the Continue reading…

How to Keep Your Data Costs Down At Home and Abroad

As mobile data speeds grow, so does data usage. Higher speeds mean a better user experience. Telcos are beginning to offer bigger data packages at a lower cost per Gb but this is relatively slow to happen. In the meantime, subscribers are finding their data allowances are being gobbled up at unprecedented rates as Continue reading…

Kogan Gets Its Own Way After ipsONE Agreement Went Up in Smoke

Kogan, the online discount retail giant and MVNO, has finally put to rest the ghost of its past relationship with wholesaler ispONE and its first failed attempt testing the waters in Australia’s competitive MVNO market. Kogan was awarded $692,414 by liquidator Ferrier Hodgson as a result of a long standing claim against ispONE dating Continue reading…

Optus’ New 4.5G Roll Out Goes to Sydney First

There are obvious advantages to having faster data speeds, because it means you can download data rich information in whatever form you choose without too much interruption. Up to now, customers who subscribe to the 3 main Australian telcos and to a whole suit of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) shower the media with Continue reading…

5000% Rise in 4G ‘Dumb’ Phones a Bonus for Apple

There is always something about mobile technology that’s in the news and this time not surprisingly it’s to do with the latest in smart phone use. It seems that according to Counterpoint Research interest in smart phones is on a downward spiral. More and more people are quietly switching from purchasing smart phones to Continue reading…

Telstra Advertises the Highlights of its Smart Home App

Back in November 2016, Telstra introduced a smart home service using a companion app. Its aim was to initiate a Smart Home Hub bringing together all your smart home gadgets which are compatible. The Smart Home deal is based on a 2 year subscription at $25 monthly, which attracts a minimum layout of $600. Continue reading…

Use of Embedded SIM Likely for Next Apple Watch

The latest Apple Watch will be available in Australia later this year. It looks as if Apple is going to install an eSIM or embedded SIM in it, rather than a physical SIM, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple yet. There has been a lot of talk about eSIMs recently, but actual use Continue reading…

Telstra to Use LTE Network for TV Broadcasting

What really is LTE? LTE is an acronym for Long Term Evolution and sometimes is used quite interchangeably with 4G, despite a few technical differences. There are a number of terms that need clarifying in order to understand LTE-A. “Spectrum” is a commonly used term you may hear. It is the spread of radio Continue reading…

From Old to New: The Mobile World Conference 2017

Full circle for the Nokia 3310 and Motorola? The greatest attraction on the old front was the reinvention of the iconic Nokia 3310. It certainly doesn’t have the same features as newer models, but it is being made available in many countries, but not Australia. Its 2017 features don’t have a touch screen or Continue reading…

How you can save hundreds on your new Galaxy S8

How to save hundreds of dollars on a Samsung Galaxy S8 contract The first critical question to ask is what value adds are important to me The landscape of phone plans and the list of things you need to consider when choosing one is very different to what it was just 12 months ago. Continue reading…

8 Great Ideas for Using Your Retired Smart Phone

Smart phones can last quite a long time if they are cared for properly, but what makes people place their old phone away somewhere out of sight is the desire to get the most updated phone with the most modern features. A well looked after phone doesn’t need to be discarded so abruptly. There Continue reading…

Optus Tries to Meet the Needs of the Data Hungry

Most of us who love to be online, whether to check social media, read the news, live-stream music and sports, or even to download YouTube videos, there is never sufficient data in the plan to cover all these areas of interest. No one likes to find they are all of a sudden cut-off from Continue reading…

The Footy Season is Here Again!

The first match of this year’s footy season is already over, so if you missed it, it was probably due to the inability to access it on free-to-air TV. Both Foxtel and Telstra have the sole rights to broadcast Australia’s own unique sport (AFL). This year’s season of the Australian Football League is the Continue reading…

iPhones Hold Their Value Better Than Samsung Phones

Android smart phones are becoming increasingly popular, but it still seems that used iPhones are easier to sell than Androids and they hold their value better. Between April and July last year (Australian figures) the iPhone 5 fell by 3.75% in value, the iPhone 4S decreased by 11.85 % while iPhone 4 rose by Continue reading…

Lenovo Showcases e-SIM in its Laptops

Lenovo is opening more doors for the traveller or for the person who likes to just sign up to the best deals from a network provider at a given point in time. It is soon to roll-out at least on its higher priced laptops a SIMless version which eliminates the need to purchase a Continue reading…

The SmartPhone That Includes an eSIM

There has been talk about the eSIMs (and the equivalent names – virtual / soft / re-programmable SIM ) in recent months. Perhaps it’s no surprise that at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the technology has been pushed and showcased more than ever before. This is especially true of the devices scheduled for release in Continue reading…

New Huawei Watch Showcased at Mobile World Congress

A versatile smart watch, Huawei’s Watch 2, was on show at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It includes several improved features such as the operating system Android Wear 2.0. The updated model includes the eSIM technology that has been on the cards for a while. There is also a slot for a nano Continue reading…

Goodbye SIM Cards! Virtual SIMs are On Their Way!

Depending on how often you change your mobile network provider or how often you go overseas you probably have a handful of SIM cards stored away, just in case you intend to go to that place again. This disposable electronic necessity may soon be well and truly forgotten as virtual SIM cards or eSIMs Continue reading…

Ford Links-up With Vodafone to Bring 4G LTE to European Cars

Another mobile world congress special in Barcelona has just been announced and that is related to 4G connections in European autos. Whether these devices are seriously needed in vehicles doesn’t seem to be much to do with the potential buyers, as car companies go ahead with anything that they think will give them a Continue reading…

A New Date For the Launch of the eSIM

The recent Mobile World Congress that took place in Barcelona, Spain hasn’t left much mobile technology untouched. A company called Giesecke & Devrient, owned by Andreas Morawietz and Volker Gerstenberger, has been dominating the market of Mobile SIMs. The company is over 100 years old, but despite its age is certainly up there in Continue reading…

The 2017 WhatPhone Awards

The 2017 WhatPhone awards All of these award winning plans are taken from our best prepaid plans. We understand that most people don’t follow the ins and outs of phone companies it closely, they just want the headlines when it comes time to renew their plan. As a website, however, WhatPhone is staffed with Continue reading…

Project Tango – How Mobiles Are Building A Virtual World

Project Tango, one of Google’s smartest ideas, could be the new innovation that smart phone lovers have been waiting for, as it’s a technology that gives a smart phone a view of the world that you can’t visually see yourself. Recent releases with this technology have been: Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro smart phone Asus’ Continue reading…

4G Could Soon be History!

4G has yet barely made its mark. Currently, it is available to just about everyone across Australia, but despite this 5G is already being tested. That’s happening even though its standardisation is not expected to be finalised until 2020. It was revealed by Viavi, a network testing company recently, that already 25 mobile operators Continue reading…

Telstra Wants Even More Entertainment and Content Rights

Telstra is not just depending on the government black spot funding program to boost its presence and revenue but sports is high on its agenda too. Optus has taken an important lead by buying into sole rights to live-streaming EPL for the remainder of this season and the coming 2 seasons. Even though there Continue reading…

Why Vodafone is the Top Mobile Provider but Only in Sydney

Telstra has historically had the most coverage throughout Australia as the infrastructure was in place when the company finally became completely privatised some years ago. However, this certainly hasn’t stopped Telstra’s competitors. In one city, namely Sydney, Vodafone seems to have overtaken both Telstra and Optus as the main provider of mobile services. This Continue reading…

Telstra Tries To Keep Up With Optus

Streaming sports has certainly been in the limelight recently amongst both the main telcos and some of the mobile virtual network operators (MVNOS). Optus has been constantly in the news with its controversial English Premier League (EPL) monopoly while OVO mobile has promoted the popular sport of V8 Supercars and gymnastics. Telstra has added Continue reading…

Vodafone Limping In the Right Direction

The most fortunate situation for any company is to gain a monopoly situation, without too much competition. In Australia, in the telecommunications industry, competition is rife. This should be good for the consumer because it helps to keep prices stable or at least growing just for the sake of a business’s profit motive. It Continue reading…

Optus’ Own View of its EPL Entertainment

It seems at present in Australia that when it comes to telecommunication, the telcos spend more time competing than getting on with providing an outstanding service to their customers. The recent rise in competitiveness is not so much about the simple art of communicating through talk, text and emailing, but it’s now all about Continue reading…

Telstra Outage Occurs Again With Security Now a Concern

Telstra has had to close down its texting service temporarily due to text messages going to random numbers after the network underwent a meltdown that affected virtually every part of the country in some way or another. A Perth charity for at-risk youth was particularly concerned as it had workers out in the field Continue reading…

Supermarkets Have Good Phone Deals

It’s great news if you can get a good competitive deal from a phone service provider that’s not a mainstream telco. This is what some of the big supermarkets are doing, but you do have to look carefully to see which supermarket has the best deal for what you want. The three main supermarket Continue reading…

Optus Vies With Telstra For Sports

Sports-viewing these days is not just a question of switching on the TV at the right time and the competition is there for you to choose. To get the best and see matches in real-time you may need to sign up to deals offered by mobile phone providers. Don’t expect your regular provider to Continue reading…

Kogan Mobile Doing Well

In Kogan Mobile’s most recent 6 monthly financial report, it was revealed that the company had broken the $1 million sales for the first time. This result was a great surprise for the online business which had not expected sales to exceed $600,000 in that period. It reported gross sales of AU$1.1 million in Continue reading…

Woolworths Offers Generous Data and Call Packages

It’s great news if you can get a good competitive deal from a phone service provider that’s not a mainstream telco. This is what Woolworths is now offering and fortunately for anyone who takes up its offers the store works off Telstra, which offers the best overall speed and coverage across the country. Coles Continue reading…

Telstra May be Australia’s Most Valuable Brand

Telstra seems to still be taking top position when it comes to the value of what it offers its customers with only a marginal decrease in its worth as an enterprise from $14.4 million to $14.3 million. It used to be owned by the federal government but bit by bit got sold off to Continue reading…

Is Apple Going to Come Up With Anything Really New?

Apple may be a victim of its own, admittedly huge, success. If analysts are right, it seems that consumers are quite happy with older versions of the iPhone and just aren’t that interested in more and more versions coming on line every couple of years. Apple is currently one of the most successful (in Continue reading…

Streaming Video is the Way of the Future

A report has examined the role of AVOD, SVOD, and TVOD throughout the world and has discovered that SVOD is in the forefront for most markets According to recent reports Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) is becoming one of the most likely scenarios for the future as opposed to advertising video on demand (AVOD). Continue reading…

Telstra ’s 5G Pricing Nightmare

Up to now telecommunications companies, including Telstra, have gained considerably from data hungry customers. Because of the spike in data demand the high price charged to customers has enabled them to offer a number of cheap add-ons to plans. These either cost nothing at all, like standard national calling minutes and unlimited texts, or Continue reading…

Prepaid Credit Transfers – Giving Someone you Love Credit

Me2U & IOU Phone costs haven’t really decreased a lot over the years, even though they have gone through some revolutionary changes from just paying for the simple domestic and international call, to texting and calling and now calling, texting and data. In fact, doing a relative a favour by offering phone credit as Continue reading…

The Best Mobile Plans for Entertainment

Most of you these days don’t just see your Android or iPhone as a means of keeping in contact with friends and family far and wide at any time. One of the greatest uses you will have probably discovered is how it can entertain you. The telcos haven’t forgotten you when it comes to Continue reading…

Best phone plan for the reincarnated Nokia 3310

2017 is the 17 year anniversary of the famous Nokia 3310. It seems that this phone may soon be re-released by Finnish company HMD Global which owns the Nokia brand name. The announcement for the re-release date is set to take place before this month (Feb 2017) is up at the Mobile World Congress Continue reading…

Optus bet on the EPL is actually working

Optus started to roll out its English Premier League (EPL) package midway through 2016. Apart from the outrage coming from fans that a telco should monopolise their favourite sport, there was also cynicism that Optus would be able to live stream the games without interruption. To begin with, things didn’t go too well and Continue reading…

Stop! Don’t buy a SIM on the Telstra network!

Why Telstra aren’t worth the extra money: Telstra have suffered 7 major network outages in the last 15 months For years, Telstra traded on their reputation as Australia’s best network. They spent billions of dollars enhancing their aura of reliability through marketing. Even the least informed Australian observer, however, must have noticed that the Continue reading…

Whatever you do don’t upgrade your phone!

Stop! Don’t renew that phone contract. Avoid wasting your hard earned cash! Did you sign up to a phone and plan contract 2 years ago? Many did. Towards the end of your contract, your phone company is likely to call you and encourage you to ‘upgrade’. ‘Upgrading’ means getting a new phone from them Continue reading…

How to save 50% on your phone bill

‘Bull crap!’ How to Save 50% on your phone bill 2017 We’re calling ‘bull crap’ on the big phone companies! The way they’re selling us phones causes us to waste literally hundreds of dollars a year. We have compared dozens of phone contract plans with alternative and we think we can save the average Continue reading…

WeChat Adds International Calls To Its Messaging App

WeChat, the very popular Chinese messaging app, which as of March 2016 had at least 700 million regular users has recently launched an international telephone calling facility not much different from Skype. This, when compared to other global messaging sites like Facebook and WhatsApp, which jointly had 1,000 million active users in the same Continue reading…

How to avoid racking up a phone bill overseas

Being online 24/7 is what everyone wants, but travellers normally expect delays when travelling overseas away from home. You should check your Australian phone provider before you set out, as sometimes initiating a roaming option is easier to do when you are still connected in Australia. The Australian telcos all offer comprehensive roaming possibilities, Continue reading…

Telstra Wins WTA Broadcast Deal Worth Several Million Dollars

With Optus offering English Premier League and Telstra offering discounted tickets to the NBL, sport seems to be the way the main telcos are trying to attract new customers. None of these options are cheap investments but there is a firm belief in Australia that sports means everything to the nation. Viewing sports is Continue reading…

What is a Prepaid ‘Recharge Expiry’ ?

60 seconds guide: A recharge expiry is a timeframe during which your prepaid service will connect you to a phone company’s network. In normal speak, that means a recharge expiry is the time during which your prepaid service will work. The most common recharge expiries are usually of 28-30 days in duration. Other recharge Continue reading…

Telstra Has Generous Add-Ons to Their Mobile Plans

When you sign up with Telstra there is a variety of options and add-ons, depending on what sort of communication you need and how much you are prepared to pay. On its website Telstra clearly labels the different options with letters for identification purposes. 12 Month Plans The S plan With this plan you Continue reading…

Vodafone is in the Process of Fully Virtualizing its Network

What exactly is network virtualization? Most people don’t really care how phone calls and internet actually work as long as the method is easy to use and works and you can get it when you want it. Telcos don’t see communications in quite the same light, as in most countries, including Australia, most communications’ Continue reading…

What is ‘Data free streaming on selected apps’ ?

Overview – everything you need in 60 seconds The phone companies have started adding ‘free extras’ to their core voice, SMS and data services. Companies like Optus, Telstra and Boost Mobile are all selling the plans they used to with these, additional plan elements at no extra charge. Typically, these services are entertainment or Continue reading…

Leasing a phone is a useful alternative to ownership

iPhones and higher end Androids like the Galaxy range, costing upwards of $1,000 each, (that’s without insurance in case you lose or break it) are quite a costly investment just to be able to do your talking, texting and browsing. There are two other options available in Australia. One is leasing from a phone Continue reading…

5G is coming to Australia and nothing is going to stop it!

  Any savvy person who has lived through a series of technological changes will have realised by now that there is no end to them. What’s new today is redundant tomorrow. Mobile phone and network innovations are all part and parcel of this infinite desire to offer more and more, whether people really want Continue reading…

Global Recognition Helps Vodafone Australia Woo Immigrants

Global recognition of the Vodafone brand appears to be giving it the edge over its main rivals for the mobile phone market in Australia, at least amongst new arrivals. It also appears, from research that Roy Morgan has been doing, that the allure of Vodafone appears to slowly fade as time passes and new Continue reading…

Telstra Pushes for Further Relaxation of Drone Rules

Like many new gadgets, the rich and famous flirt with them first because of their initial high price and novelty value. However, it’s never too long before gadget fanatics of any income earning group start to show an interest and either purchase the device using a credit card, or save enough and buy outright. Continue reading…

What Telstra and Optus got wrong with Entertainment Options

Summary in 60 seconds The use of video on mobile devices (like your phone) is growing fast. Optus and Telstra have tried to use the trend to their advantage. Both have bought rights to sporting events and put in place facilities allowing their customers to enjoy them (and other types of entertainment) on their Continue reading…

What Are the Best Prepaid Plans With Long Expiry?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of what the best long expiry prepaid plans are we shall first explore what long expiry plans are and what the pros and cons of them are too. What is a long expiry prepaid plan? Most prepaid plans tend to renew every 30 days. In fact, this Continue reading…

What is a Minimum Total Cost ? (MTC)

A Minimum Total Cost or ‘MTC’ is a term used by Australian phone companies. MTCs are designed to help you compare the cost of phone plans between phone companies. You will see a Minimum Total Cost next to any monthly fee relating to a contract term of 12, 18 or 24 months. In fact, Continue reading…

Smartphone sales not likely to drop in 2017

There were predictions throughout 2016 that many of the phone companies marketing iPhones and Androids may not see a fall in sales as such but may experience a fall in the growth of sales for these smart phones. The main reason for this prediction is that smart phones, whether the cheaper or more costly versions, don’t Continue reading…

Does Australia Really Need 3 Phone Networks?

In many countries with high populations in relation to land area, such as many European countries, the cost of installing telecommunications per head of population is far less than a country like Australia which has only 24 million people covering a huge land area. The concentration of people is mainly around the coast, but Continue reading…

The Telstra & Vodafone 4G Networks Are About The Same ?!

CommsDay, Australia’s telecommunications daily journal and international renowned leader in P3 mobile benchmarking communications testing, has just released in its 2016 edition the results of the P3 CommsDay Mobile Benchmark. This is a mobile network test that is conducted annually in Australia and globally. The winning prize for this year by a small margin Continue reading…

The Australian Apple Watch 3 Will Have an eSIM Inside

Apple, their Watch 3 and the eSIM saga Apple have successfully pushed the entire phone industry to adopt a piece of technology. The 2017 Apple Watch will feature an ’embedded’ SIM. (eSIM). Both Apple and Samsung have been prototyping various versions of the eSIM for some time. (Detail below.) The specifications for the technology are Continue reading…

Short Expiry Phone Plans: Are They Worth It?

Most prepaid plans are for 28 or 30 days and it might seem crazy to look for a plan that is only, say 7 to 10 days. In fact, some people might even be looking for longer term plans. There is something to be said for all three options. It all depends on what Continue reading…

Vodafone MyMix. The reasons you should avoid Voda’s MyMix plans

Everything you need to know in 60 seconds Vodafone are an international telco brand with a strong retail and online presence in Australia. Vodafone Australia has been associated with, perhaps even famous for, prepaid services for some time. Launched in May 2016, Vodafone’s current range of prepaid plans is called ‘MyMix’ Vodafone ‘MyMix’ is Continue reading…

The Pros and Cons of Roaming Away From Australia

When you leave Australia, it is more than likely that at least one mobile device is going to go with you. But how should you make phone calls or use your device to receive data? If you have tried your phone company’s roaming facility before and have been hit by a huge bill when Continue reading…

Vodafone have almost identical 4G coverage to Telstra

Telcos are forever trying to perfect their communications wherever they are around the world and Australia is no exception. Overall, the country’s broadband home based network is still in its early days of development, but its mobile networks are some of the best in the world. 4G is spreading throughout the country at breakneck Continue reading…

How to keep your children internet safe with Family Zone

There are very few children these days that don’t have a mobile device with a plan that includes data, text and talk time. We’re not just talking about older teenagers. The age where kids are getting their own mobile device has become younger and younger. Smart phones and other mobile devices have proven very Continue reading…

ACCC and the right to roam on the Telstra network

The question of mobile roaming becomes particularly important when there are several networks sharing customers but there is not equality in terms of the individual company’s infrastructure. When Telstra was taken out of public ownership, the new owners inherited the infrastructure and customer base that it paid for which gave it a distinct advantage Continue reading…

Will the e-SIM Really Benefit the End-User?

When it comes to new technology, whether you like it or not you have to move with the flow if you want to maintain your level of satisfaction with your device. The next phone technology is the eSIM, which will supersede the current SIM that you use in your phone now. The eSIM, as Continue reading…

The eSIM is on the way in, but not too quickly

The SIM is now almost a relic. It has nearly hit the ripe old age of 25 years. In many ways, it’s surprising that the SIM hasn’t been superseded by some other innovation a long time before now. The SIM has succeeded by providing a secure means of accessing mobile networks. We’ve come to Continue reading…

Will the iPhone 8 have an eSIM inside ?

Is Apple About to Future Proof the Next iPhone? Most telco industry analysts and every person I know who bought one suggest that recent iterations of the iPhone have been ‘adequate’. Most are concerned at the lack of innovation in how the iPhone has developed over recent years. That’s matched by a failure to Continue reading…

Phone Bill Savings With a Refurbished Phone

There has been a lot of talk recently in the media about the smart phone market losing sales. This is as much as anything else due to smart phone users holding onto their phones for longer because they see no real changes in technology if they were to upgrade and stowaway their old phone Continue reading…

Phone plans with international calls included

A lot more phone companies are offering deals on international calls these days, a move which is appreciated by residents and visitors to Australia alike who have friends and family overseas they want to keep in contact with. All the main telcos and MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators) have their own international call time and Continue reading…

The 7 Reasons that 2017 Is The Year Of The Prepaid Plan

60 second intro – the reasons you should take a prepaid plan in 2017 Prepaid plans are already more than 30% of the entire Australian market for SIMs. And the use of this type of ‘pay before you call’ plan seems set to increase. A number of factors are combining, in Australia and around Continue reading…

Winners and losers in the mobile phone blackspot program

The two biggest of Australia’s telcos, Optus and Telstra, have quickly grabbed the 2nd round of government funding of the mobile blackspot program. Optus in particular didn’t gain much from the 1st round of funding. It is now set to build 114 new mobile sites by adding $36.4 million to the $26.4 provided in Continue reading…

Telstra’s Failed Investments

Competition is rife in the telecommunications market in Australia, and it seems that Telstra is struggling to handle it. Many telcos are changing their techniques to raise revenue with the biggest one in the league trying its best. Telstra has tried since 2013 to fund 44 start ups and has spent more than the Continue reading…

Prepaid Phone Plans Are Offering Longer Expiry Dates

Phone companies, whether they are the Big 3, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, or a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) like Virgin and Kogan, all offer a variety of customer options. You may want the latest smart phone but you can now buy them without the need for tying yourself to one provider, as many Continue reading…

Now You Can Swap Ads For Data

Budget conscious pre-paid Optus customers are being offered a new deal that swaps ads on their locked phone with free data or credit. The ads are only available if you download an app through Google Play store and so far are only available on an Android phone so iPhone users can’t take advantage of Continue reading…

Data Usage Goes Right Up as the 4G Network Expands

You may have wondered exactly how the world knows the trends on data use. This is because there is a tracker called the Cisco® Visual Networking Index (VNI). This tracks global mobile data traffic through its comprehensive Cisco VNI forecasting tools. The tracking tool has revealed that there has been an unprecedented increase in data Continue reading…

Telstra’s New 2016 ‘Go Mobile’ Phone Leasing Plans

Introducing Telstra’s new leasing plans Telstra’s new ‘go mobile’ phone leasing plan allows people to lease (rather than buy) a phone from Australia’s biggest phone company. In a leasing scheme, you will pay less per month for your phone / service combination – but you never actually own the phone. Apple launched a similar Continue reading…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About SVOD Services in Australia

If you didn’t know just how fast subscription video on demand (SVOD) services have been taken up in Australian households you are soon about to. SVOD delivered by the Internet has increased by 46% in a single year between June 2015 and the same month this year. That amounts to 2.7 million Australian households Continue reading…

How to Save Money on a Mobile Phone Plan

Not that long ago, if you wanted a mobile phone you had to buy a plan from one of the major phone companies and lock yourself in for a set period, usually 24 months. At the end of the minimum period you had your phone to yourself, but the chances were that you had Continue reading…

Overseas Mobile Plan Features that Australian Telcos Should Offer

Australia has a relatively small country in population when compared to many other developed nations, but many Australians are affluent enough to be able to choose from a variety of different options. Telecommunications have grown considerably over the last twenty years wherever you are in the world. Invention of the cell phone tower has Continue reading…

Kids Don’t Think Out of the Box When it Comes to Data and Cost

Mobile phones and smartphones are necessary for all different types of communication but there are some phone facilities that have become cheaper over time, while data has stayed practically static. The main additions are the installation of faster connection speeds like 4G which practically everyone in Australia has access to. You have probably discovered Continue reading…

Telstra will close their 3G network by 2020

Good things always seem to come to an end as new technology and ideas are developed. Phone communications are no exception. Telstra has recently announced that its 2G network is going to disappear before the end of this year. That means that 2G enabled phone, or at least older phones incapable of receiving 3G Continue reading…

Smartphone Sales Can’t Stay High Forever

You have probably realized that many people in the 21st century have an insatiable desire for access to the most modern electronic devices on the market, whether it’s a big screen TV, a 3D printer or a smart phone. If it’s there and available, many people will quickly take it up, regardless of cost. Continue reading…

Vodafone’s CEO Outlines Telco’s Main Concerns For Australia’s Telecommunications Industry

Vodafone’s CEO, Anaki Berroeta, used the occasion of the Australian telecommunication industry’s principal annual meeting, the Charles Todd Oration in Sydney, last week to address what Vodafone saw were the most important issues facing the industry. Berroeta said that these were domestic roaming, the Universal Service Obligation (USO) and spectrum allocation. This wasn’t the Continue reading…

Telstra Offers Far More than Talk and Internet Time

The main telephone companies, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, in Australia as always are putting in a great deal of effort to attract new subscribers and sell products to their loyal customers. As communications technology advances all the phone companies have to adapt in order to keep up with the current trends; otherwise, customers will Continue reading…

Are Aussie Telcos going to follow AT&Ts lead?

Australian telcos, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and others are watching developments across the Pacific with interest, but there is no certainty that they are going to repeat what the U.S. telco giant AT&T is attempting to do with Time & Warner. It seems that American telecommunication providers are deliberately seeking acquisition of media companies in Continue reading…

Optus Offers it’s Customers Data-Free Cricket This Summer

It seems that content really matters for Australia’s Telcos, as Cricket Australia has now joined up with Optus to offer cricket from October 31st at no extra cost. It has already monopolized English Premier League (EPL) viewing. This has been on the go for some time now, with the cost depending on the plan Continue reading…

Vodafone is Soon to Offer Fixed Broadband

In response to Australians’ insatiable demand for data, Vodafone, up to now exclusively a mobile network provider has announced its decision to provide broadband services via the National Broadband Network (NBN). Vodafone Australia is a joint venture between Hutchison Telecommunications, based in Hong Kong and the British based Vodafone. The telco expects to roll Continue reading…

BYO Mobile Provider Amaysim Hits the Million Mark

6 years is a long time in modern communication terms, but Amaysim, a mobile service provider that uses Optus’ mobile phone network has obviously been making good use of it. It has just announced that it has now amassed a million customers. The figure includes those customers who buy time and data from a Continue reading…

Are There any Winners and Losers With eSIMs?

The announcement of the G&D partnership with Otono recently at the annual convention of the Competitive Carriers Association will mark the move for quicker implementation of the much awaited eSIM technology. What will the effect be on the global communication market? Who Will Gain in an eSIM Environment? Once the eSIM has become available Continue reading…

Content is the way of the future for phone companies

Telecommunications Giants Signal Key Role of Content Focus on content is at an all time high after American telco giant AT & T paid a $112 billion for Time Warner. Australian media and telecommunications executives have confirmed that ownership of prime viewing content is going to be a key concern for their companies in the next Continue reading…

Best Phone Plans for students

All the major phone companies make some sort of special deal just for students, but Optus leads the way mainly because it offers a 10% discount off its plans, either with a phone option or SIM only plans. What you consider best for your needs will depend upon how much you need a new Continue reading…

What an amazing world the new eSIM will create

SIM cards have been in use for communication purposes since the advent of digital phone technology in the 1990s. What they offered the most is the ability to communicate by phone, wirelessly, without having to dash to a call box. Data came later, adding to the wide number of features that the handset hunger Continue reading…

Best Prepaid Plans for Christmas

Introducing the best prepaid plans for Xmas When it comes to big phone companies, we recommend Optus’ prepaid pas the best Xmas gift. We do not recommend prepaid plans from either Vodafone or Telstra. We explain our reasons for that below. Optus prepaid plans now include access to 4 different types of streamed audio Continue reading…

The Inside Story : How They’ll Manage The World’s eSIMs

  The Apple Watch reveals a need for eSIM management tools Well, eSIM technology is finally here. It’s going to be in the September 2017  Apple Watch, it’s likely to be in everything from BBQs to Autonomous vehicles and it is being heralded as the way we will all connect to the internet from our laptops. Imagine Continue reading…

Network Operators are Scared of the eSIM

Network Operators are Scared of the eSIM Most people these days use SIM cards in their cell phones for multiple purposes, such as checking their emails, sending texts and making phone calls. The development of this type of technology enables people to stay on the move, whether for personal or business purposes. People can Continue reading…

What is Free Music Streaming In A Phone plan ?

Introducing free music streaming in your phone plan Phone plans and phone companies are being broken down in to different tiers. Optus and Telstra’s postpaid plans now sometimes include free streaming video content from services like Netflix, Stan or Presto. Similarly, OVO Mobile offer free streaming access to gymnastics and Australian Drag Racing (among other Continue reading…

How NBL fans can enjoy content on demand with Telstra TV streaming

An introduction to the recent news As recently announced, Telstra has partnered with the National Basketball League to expand their existing content partnerships. This announcement see Telstra continue as the National Basketball League’s official technology partner. An expansion of the existing partnership between the national Telco and the NBL, will provide more for Telstra Continue reading…

Telstra’s Entertainment Options On Phone Plans

Introducing Telstra’s Entertainment Range Entertainment packages on Telstra phone plans (content as they call it in the industry) are here and they’re important. Both for the industry and anyone with a phone. Our suggestion is that you don’t underestimate the influence entertainment packages are going to have to the phone plans you end up Continue reading…

The WhatPhone Bot

What is a bot ? A bot is an automated software agent which responds to customer queries. We consider bots pretty basic things. Their ‘domain’ is small. In our case, the bot helps do two things primarily. It assists in visitors finding a plan and it provides access to some of the most useful Continue reading…

Optus’ Incredible New 3G Plan Range

60 second guide While Telstra and Vodafone appear to be putting far less focus on their 3G data networks, Optus is revitalizing theirs. Through their network resellers, starting with Jeennee Mobile, Optus are facilitating the sale of 3G plans with enormous data inclusions. Data speeds on these new 3G plans are up to 5Mbps Continue reading…

Optus’ 2016 content line up

60 second overview Content is what the industry calls music, films and TV. The phone companies, including Optus have started selling it (content) as part of their packages. The average commute time in Australia is around 30 minutes each way. Call it an hour a day to travel to and from work in any Continue reading…

How Telstra and Vodafone are competing for users in rural Australia

An introduction to boosted rural 4G speeds When it comes to connectivity in rural and regional areas of Australia, the Telco’s have invested heavily in recent years. Both national carriers Telstra and Vodafone Australia have been working on boosting 4G capacity. This has resulted in increased speeds on their respective 4G mobile networks. Telstra Continue reading…

Get the best data streaming package deal from Optus or Telstra

An introduction to the recent news Optus and Telstra are both going all in on their respective streaming content offerings, which is great news for Aussie consumers. Telstra is throwing in free subscriptions while Optus is offering increased unmetered video streaming. With competition in the Telco sector becoming increasingly competitive, this is just the Continue reading…

Optus vs Telstra On Content and Data Inclusions – Who’s Best ?

60 second guide Optus and Telstra have both included free data for streaming services like Spotify, IHeartRadio, Google Play Music (streamed audio) and Netflix (Streamed Video) in some of their plans. Both Optus and Telstra have also purchased their own sports rights. Optus own the rights to the EPL (English Premier League) in Australia Continue reading…

Mobile Phone companies and the sport you love

1 minute overview Who would be a telco ? Competition has never been more fierce. The amount Telstra, Vodafone and the rest can charge for 1GB of data has fallen 75% in the last 2 years. Instead of maintaining second place in a ‘race to the bottom’, Optus has made a substantial investment in Continue reading…

How Optus got the EPL rights so wrong amidst a consumer backlash

An introduction to the backlash After winning the rights to broadcast the English Premier League, Optus had assumed that Aussie football fans would be on board. However, the reality for Optus is much different than what they had originally imagined. The national carrier has so far failed to increase subscribers, tempting them with the Continue reading…

Why this new data plan is the best deal of 2017

Introducing OVO Mobile $59.95 Mobile data plans were called Mobile Broadband originally and the terms are used interchangeably. Using the service involves just a SIM which can go in to any device which operates on the Optus network frequencies. Examples include a SIM enabled tablet (such as an iPad) or a mobile ‘dongle’ modem Continue reading…

Which is the best 4G phone company ?

Getting the best of both worlds – a cheap phone plan with great coverage It’s a natural time to be thinking about which is the best 4G phone company. It’s also a great time to be looking for a phone plan. You might not have felt if you’ve been under contract but the world Continue reading…

Vodafone 30 day money back guarantee

60 second intro In recent news Vodafone has announced the launch of their 30 day money-back guarantee. The deal allows subscribers on postpaid plans to cancel their contracts if not fully satisfied with the Vodafone network. But, is this really a good deal for Vodafone subscriber? Read on in the following article to learn Continue reading…

Australia’s network speeds rated and what this means for consumers

An introduction to the findings OpenSignal, an industry leading company which maps mobile coverage, has recently announced their report findings. Telstra has been found to have the fastest mobile network in Australia, with the largest range of coverage. The national carrier is leading the way when it comes to average download speeds, with speeds Continue reading…

What is 5G ? An Australian View Of A Global Technology

A quick summary of 5G technology and what it means to you 5G is the 5th generation of mobile technology, due for delivery in Australia around 2020, although standards are still being agreed. To users, it will represent a number of advantages, the biggest of which is incredible data bandwidth, more than 50 times Continue reading…

Boost Mobile vs ALDImobile

Quick summary There is little to pick between Boost Mobile and ALDImobile – these are two of the best prepaid MVNOs  in the market. Both Boost and ALDImobile use the Telstra Mobile Network (now with 4G!) – this is just one of the many things these phone companies have in common. Generally, we recommend Boost. Continue reading…

What is Telco’s commitment to the mobile blackspot program?

60 second intro In recent news is has been announced that both Telstra and Vodafone have contributed to the government’s blackspot program by increasing mobile coverage. But what does this mean for Australian consumers and mobile users which live in blackspot areas? Read on in the following article to learn more. The Australian blackspot Continue reading…

How the EPL Optus App is the answer to home content viewing

Introduction to the EPL As announced in a recent media press release, Optus is set to launch their English Premier League online channel. The Telco hopes that by doing so it will disrupt the Australian market place and change the way in which Aussies consume media. Last November Optus scored the broadcasting rights to Continue reading…

Vodafone’s 4G Network Is Now Fastest In Many Places

60 second intro In recent news is has been announced that Vodafone Australia‘s coverage has caught up to that of the national carrier Telstra. It was only a few years ago that the company was best known to consumers as Vodafail. With improved coverage and customer service, what does this mean for Aussie customers? Continue reading…

What is the Audi connect e-SIM and the advantages for drivers

60 second intro In recent news Audi has announced the launch of their e-SIM in latest car models. The electronic SIM technology will allow drivers to unlock connected infotainment services, but is this really a good deal for Audi car owners? Read on in the following article to learn more. German car manufacturer Audi Continue reading…

Fears Telstra May Dip Into Digital Health Records

Surprisingly for some, Telstra was recently awarded a $220 million contract from the government to construct and maintain an electronic cancer register. Prior to Telstra winning the contract, the process was far less efficient. Cervical cancer screening had been run by eight separate state and territory based cancer registries, for example. Screening for bowel Continue reading…

Whatphone guide to Vodafone’s Narrowband Internet of Things

60 second intro In recent news, Vodafone Australia has announced that the Telco has successfully completed a trial of the Narrowband Internet of Things. But what does this mean for consumers and will it result in an increased beneficial service? Read on in the following article to learn more. Vodafone Australia recently announced that Continue reading…

Can New Outages Impact Telstra’s Market Share?

“It’s how we connect.” These days subscribers might add, “or don’t.” to Telstra’s motto. As the country’s premium network service provider ( some people call them a phone company ), another outage might not be the best way for Telstra to uphold its network reputation. The latest service interruption, which occurred in the latter Continue reading…

Kantar in Review: Who Rose, Who Fell (and how much)

The research group Kantar has released its annual report on the telecommunications industry in Australia. Some carriers gained and others lost portions of the mobile market share that they struggled to gain last year. The no contract segment of the mobile market continues to bound higher, and Telstra’s acquisition of more 1800 MHz bandwidth Continue reading…

Why Optus wants A-League broadcasting rights in Australia

60 second intro In recent news, Optus has announced their intention to bid on the Australian broadcasting rights to the A-league. But will this result in a better deal for Aussie football fans or not? Read on in the following article to learn more. Optus after previously securing the broadcasting rights to the EPL, Continue reading…

Where is VoLTE in Australia headed in the next five years?

For Aussies keeping their eyes on industry updates for news on VoLTE, a lot has been going on recently. Telstra and Vodafone Australia are both offering subscribers access to VoLTE, over their respective 4G networks. Optus while lagging behind the pack is soon to announce the launch of their VoLTE service. This will be Continue reading…

Why A Quad Play Bundle Means A Better Deal For Aussie Consumers

60 second intro In recent news the major Telcos are rolling out new partnerships with media content providers. With competition these days highly competitive, the national carriers are choosing to value add to retain their subscribers. Read on in the following article to learn more. Quad play services on offer from the Telcos provide Continue reading…

How Embedded SIMs Disrupt IoT & Smartphone Supply Chains

60-second Intro In recent news embedded SIMs are starting to seriously disrupt the IoT & smartphone supply chains. Read on in the following article to learn more and how this will effect Australian consumers. The e-SIM or Electronic SIM will change the way in which Aussie consumers will be able to switch providers, with Continue reading…

Telstra welcomes MVNO’s to the world of 4G

For years, Telstra’s mobile network has been a vital lifeline for budget retailers looking to give customers a cheap mobile bundle without having to sacrifice network coverage or connection speeds. It’s been a deal that benefitted both sides of the deal and it will come as no surprise then that the telecom giant has Continue reading…

MVNO: The movers and the losers

Following on from Telstra’s 4G network announcement, there has never been a more competitive time for budget retailers to try and capitalise on the lucrative mobile industry. Known as mobile virtual network operators, or MVNO’s, these retailers generally offer prepaid deals based on access to a network powered by a major carrier such as Continue reading…

The Critical Facts About The Data In Your Phone Plan

An introduction to mobile data usage These days it’s pretty easy to pick up a great value SIM only or prepaid plan, that comes with a generous data allowance. Thanks to the constant influx of new MVNOs entering the Australian market. Competition between the MVNOs and the traditional carriers has never been as great Continue reading…

Meet Robohon: the world’s first robot smartphone

Meet Robohon: the world’s first robot smartphone Smartphones have come in many shapes and sizes but Japanese electronics company Sharp have come up with one of the most unique takes on the device yet – a smartphone built inside a robot. Robohon is as crazy as it sounds – a 20cm high robot which Continue reading…

The trouble with Telstra

The trouble with Telstra The last couple of months have been tumultuous at best for Telstra having hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Whether it is the network outages or threats from rival networks, Telstra’s problems have been large but ultimately fixable. However, their latest blunder might not be easily fixable as Continue reading…

How To Save Yourself Up to 3GB Of Data A Month

 60-second Intro In recent news the major Telcos are rolling out new partnerships with streaming music providers. With competition these days highly competitive, the national carriers are choosing to value add to retain their subscribers. Read on in the following article to learn more. Streaming music is another way for the Telcos to retain Continue reading…

Are Australian phone companies ready for the eSIM ?

Are you ready for the great eSIM shake-up? We all know the tech landscape changes inthe blink of an eye. Just as we get used to one gadget, there’s always another evolution ready to revolutionise the planet. The smartphone boom has epitomised that feeling over the past decade, with manufacturers making advances almost on Continue reading…

Vodafone are Australia’s second best network

Improvements in the Vodafone network. Stats and facts. Let’s start with the most important facts in this story first. Vodafone Australia now has the second biggest 4G network, after Telstra. Vodafone Australia’s network covers a larger proportion of the population than Optus. We have more details, specifics and statistics below. If you’d like chapter Continue reading…

How Optus early phone upgrade can get you a new smartphone

60-second Intro In recent news, Optus has announced changes to their postpaid contract plans, allowing subscribers to upgrade their mobile phone when a contract reaches 12 months. Read on in the following article to learn more. For postpaid users on an Optus “My Plan Plus” contract, after 12 months the existing smartphone can be Continue reading…

How low can Telstra and Foxtel go?

Telstra to most Telco industry observers seems desperate to gain entry to the world of streaming media. But their long held partnership with Foxtel appears to be holding them back. When recently announced by Telstra, their desire to sell its 50 percent ownership in Foxtel, it was predicted to raise $4.5 billion for the Telco. But Continue reading…

How Optus Payments is making our lives easier and more convenient

An introduction to Optus Payments Optus Payments is a fantastic new service for current Optus subscribers, allowing users to make SIM-based payments. The prepaid NFC (Near Field Communication) service, allows for contactless payments to me made. Consumers using Cash by Optus, can now make payments, thanks to a contactless wristband. Optus subscribers can also Continue reading…

Optus’ Amazing Secret – Free WiFi in shopping centers !

60-second Intro Optus, a company not known for its generosity of spirit has launched a free public WiFi service. Shoppers at Mirvac‘s two Australian shopping centres will benefit. However, in comparison to the Telstra national Air network, is it really that good of a deal? We take a look, compare and contrast and offer you our Continue reading…

Comparing Yomojo vs OVO Mobile – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Yomojo and OVO Mobile, including their services & coverage. There are more details in the review which follows below. OVO Mobile are doing it for the fans, providing subscribers with great value prepaid plans, large data allowances and exclusive access to exclusive Australian Continue reading…

Comparing Yomojo VS Lebara – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Yomojo and Lebara services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. Lebara provides their subscribers with access to the 3.5G Vodafone network, with plans containing generous mobile data allowances. Both of the two MVNOs provide unlimited texting Continue reading…

Comparing Yomojo VS TeleChoice – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Yomojo and TeleChoice, including their services & coverage. There are more details in the review which follows below. Yomojo offer customisable mobile data prepaid and postpaid plans, operating on the Optus 4G Plus network. TeleChoice with a strong retail store presence, offer subscribers Continue reading…

Comparing Yomojo VS Amaysim – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Amaysim and Yomojo services & coverage, there are more details in the review which follows below. Picking between them is not easy. They use the same network, they have very similar inclusions in their plans at the same price points. All their Continue reading…

Telstra’s 2016 Network Nightmare

Your expectations, when you turn your phone on and having a signal are probably very much like your expectations of turning on a water tap and finding water. Perhaps they shouldn’t be. Australia is a huge country. Covering it with three networks and expecting flawless coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Continue reading…

How Optus Value Ads Can Give You A Better Deal

60-second Intro In recent news, Optus is increasing value ads for subscribers, in the effort to reduce customer churn and to take on their direct competitors Telstra and Vodafone Australia. Read on in the following article to learn more. Optus has recently launched a new selection of additional value added content, in an effort Continue reading…

Best SIM only plans for the new Galaxy S7

Samsung’s latest next generation smartphone about to be released right here in Australia is the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. While all three major carriers, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone Australia will be offering expensive postpaid contracts including the mobile phone, at a reduced price, it’s just not worth it in the long Continue reading…

How to make the best of the Optus Premier League Football

In recent news Optus have entered into a new partnership deal with the English Premier League, allowing Optus subscribers to view all of the Premier League content at a discounted subscription price. How will this affect Australian Premier League fans and will more people sign up to Optus? Read on for our findings in Continue reading…

Who really uses the Optus network at major Australian stadiums?

60-Second Review In recent news Optus have entered into a partnership agreement with Nokia, allowing Optus to improve significantly their network at stadiums around Australia. Read on for our findings in the following story below. Nokia and Optus have entered into a partnership to upgrade and enhance Optus subscribers mobile device experience, at all Continue reading…

Competing eSIM platform providers at Mobile World Congress

The Mobile World Congress (MWC) event is hosted by the GSMA – the international body which decides the standards that all our phones and phone company networks run on. It’s the world’s biggest conference and includes a bewildering array of exhibitions which span the entire mobile industry. High-level executives from the big phone companies Continue reading…

Moving Phone Companies – What You Need To Know

Overcoming the ‘oh no’ feeling you get when you feel it’s time to move phone companies Moving phone companies, whether you are taking the leap from Vodafone to Optus, Telstra to Vodafone or any of the other potential permutations, can seem like a big dead. Like moving bank accounts, the very nature of the Continue reading…

Optus is Stale, Boring and Second Rate – The Need For A 2016 Vision

A record-breaking $45 billion: That’s the estimated current total value of Australia’s telecommunications market. Optus currently (and has been for an awfully long time) is the second largest national carrier, directly after Telstra. Optus is slightly in front of Vodafone Australia. With Vodafone aggressively playing catch-up, Optus needs to keep innovating to stay in that position. Continue reading…

Why the Samsung Galaxy S7 is the best smartphone yet

Samsung, the number two smartphone manufacturer in the world is getting ready to release their latest mobile phone, number 7 in the Galaxy S series. Amongst all the exciting news, the most interesting are the announcement that two attractive features which were removed from the Galaxy S series in previous models are set to Continue reading…

Samsung Gear S2 e-SIM

In recent news Samsung launched their latest smartwatch the Gear S2, featuring the integrated e-SIM technology. How will this affect Australian consumers and will the functionality become popular? Read on for our findings on this story. The Samsung smart watch, Gear S2 includes e-SIM functionality. By working with GSMA, they are using the same Continue reading…

Why International e-SIMs are disrupting the Telco industry

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of NUU Mobile announcing the release of their bargain-priced smartphone, with built-in e-SIM functionality. Read on in the following article as we discuss the impact of this on Australia business travellers. NUU Mobile are a smartphone manufacturer, who also have in Continue reading…

Apple vs Telstra and Vodafone – The New Apple eSIM

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of Apple introducing e-SIM technologies to their next generation iPad’s and iPhones. Can Apple become a force to be reckoned within the Australian market and what can they offer users in Australia with their exciting soft SIM technologies? The key points Continue reading…

Yatango is now Yomojo and the facts you should know

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of Yomojo Mobile and what this means for previous subscribers of Yatango. Can Yomojo be a force to be reckoned with in the Australian MVNO industry and what can they offer users in Australia? Yomojo was launched in response to administrators Continue reading…

Why Self Optimising SIMs will improve the IoT world

The eSIM and the Internet Of Things Here are our findings on the recent news of the expansion of e-SIM technologies around the globe and what this means for mobile phone users in Australia. There are more key details in the following article below. Starhome Mach a leading player in the IoT and M2M Continue reading…

ACMA 1800MHz spectrum sale, Optus and Telstra the big winners

An intro to the ACMA spectrum auction In recent news, the ACMA (Australian Communications and Media Authority) has published the results of their recent 1800MHz spectrum auction, which led to a total of $543.5 million having been spent between the national carriers. Of the national network carriers, Optus spend the most money of the Continue reading…

Mobile data is set to rapidly grow until 2020

In recent reporting from a Cisco industry study, mobile data usage is set to increase rapidly around the world until 2020, when the number of people using smartphone and tablet devices will outpace the amount of people which drive cars. Mobile data networks around the world are already busy and at times congested, this Continue reading…

Free mobile roaming for Vodafone users visiting New Zealand

The biggest problem facing Australian’s travelling to New Zealand has always been worrying about getting a SIM card on arrival so that people can contact loved ones back at home, or worrying about the expensive costs of global roaming. The great news is that now, thanks to Vodafone Australia if you are planning to Continue reading…

Why FreedomPop is creating competition in the Telco industry

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news about the latest MVNO like company, FreedomPop and their global WiFi network, allowing users to connect in over 25 countries around the world. There are more details following article. FreedomPop is an American company which allows users in the US and Continue reading…

Samsung Gear S2 e-SIM enabled watch

Samsung Gear S2 smart watch Samsung, not just Apple are moving towards the integration of soft SIM technologies in their next generation devices, in the case of Samsung, starting with the latest version of their Samsung Gear S2 smart watch. To us this looks like they are prototyping e-SIMs in real life. It’s obvious Continue reading…

What will eSIMs, Soft SIMS, The Apple SIM change for you

With the prevalence of numerous different MVNOs existing in the Australian SIM only prepaid market and it seems new providers entering the market every few months, soft SIMS are only going to increase competition further. There are three steps which you need to take when doing your research to determine if one company is Continue reading…

eSIM Shipments Set To Double Every Year

Forecasting the Australian growth of the eSIM The classic hardware ‘SIM’ – the Subscriber Identification Module we’ve all come to be familiar with, is now almost a relic. SIMs are nearly 25 years old. In many ways, it’s surprising that the SIM hasn’t been superseded a long time before now. Few things last a Continue reading…

Embedded eSIMs vs Soft SIMs – What’s the difference ?

In this article we explain how eSIMs are different to Soft SIMs and which technology is of use in which situation. Introducing the differences : eSIMs vs Soft SIMs vs Reprogrammable SIMs Technology often starts with a number of similar and competing rivals. Take the home video player for example. Betamax fought with VHS Continue reading…

How Telstra and Vodafone got it so wrong with the eSIM

The eSIM is set to disrupt an already fractious industry The eSIM is likely to fundamentally change our relationship with our phone companies. Unfortunately, the eSIM is likely to render phone companies what they never wanted to be – dumb pipes. A number of factors brought us and the phone companies to the launch Continue reading…

eSIM distruption – What the eSIM means to Australians

60 second guide – how the eSIM will affect Australia eSIMs or embedded SIMs are likely to impact future generations of smartphones, watches and tablet devices. In fact, they could change most of how we research, buy and use phone company services. eSIM technology will benefit Australian SIM Only and prepaid service users most. Physical SIM Continue reading…

How the eSIM ( or ‘soft SIM’ ) will work

A 60 second guide to how the eSIM will work Here are the key findings from the recent news story of Apple introducing the Apple SIM, what this means for the future of SIM card technology and will Australian consumers be better off. There are more details in the article below. A soft SIM, Continue reading…

Entertainment In Phone Plans Is Coming

60 second overview The way Australians watch TV has changed. It is increasingly common for us to watch streamed internet media. Streaming Video ( like YouTube, Stan or Netflix ) allows us to watch what we want to when we want to. You can watch streaming video on your phone, when commuting or taking Continue reading…

Amaysim buys Vaya in $70m deal – What it means to you

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings from the recent news story of Amaysim purchasing Vaya, under a plan to increase their user base and business growth through to 2019, there are more details in the article below. Vaya is an Australian based MVNO currently providing mobile services to 140,000 users, Continue reading…

Moving Phone Companies When It All Goes Wrong

Like it or not, you get in to a relationship with your phone company when you enter your details in to their online checkout. Like most relationships, you can be lured in to the agreement with promises of things that appeal to you. The reality of living with your decision is not always what Continue reading…

What is Telstra’s 3G Network ?

Most People Don’t Know The Difference Between The Telstra 3G and 4G Networks Telstra are renowned for charging a premium for their network. But do you need to pay it ? You have (at least) 3 alternative networks that you could use. Unless you buy direct from Telstra themselves, you won’t get access to Continue reading…

eSIMs Are Going To Change Everything

60 second overview of eSIMs and the impact they’ll have Imagine you could change phone companies like you can change TV channels. Picture the process : You go to ‘Settings’ on your phone, press a few buttons to select the phone company and plan you want. Then, at the end of your contract, you Continue reading…

Vodafone and Dropbox announce a partnership : What it means to you

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news that Vodafone and Dropbox have launched a strategic partnership. There are more key details in the following article below. By partnering with Vodafone Australia, Dropbox will gain a competitive advantage in an already congested marketplace, by tapping into an existing user Continue reading…

Vodafone To Optus: How To Change From Vodafone to Optus

Vodafone To Optus : Making The Move A common question asked on WhatPhone is “How can you move from Vodafone to Optus?”. You wouldn’t be surprised to know that Vodafone in the past few years has suffered from terrible connectivity issues and even worse customer support. With the combination of both these factors and an Continue reading…

Free WiFi ! Australian Councils are rolling out free WiFi.

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of the introduction of free WiFi access provided by local councils around Australia and what this means for mobile phone users. There are more key details in the following article below. The latest research from ACMA states that smartphone usage of Continue reading…

Mobile Payment Methods & Android Pay

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of the introduction of Google’s Android Pay, supported by the big Australian banks and what this means for consumers. There are more key details in the following article below. In today’s announcement Android Pay, a Google-backed micropayments product is set to Continue reading…

Australian Telecom : Getting Ready For The 5G Train !

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news that the three major national carriers, Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, are investing in upgrading their infrastructure to support 5G before 2017. There are more key details in the following article below. 5G is the future of internet connectivity and is expected Continue reading…

The Optus Mobile Revamped Rewards Scheme

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of Optus Mobile revamping their loyalty rewards program. There are more key details in the following article below. The Optus Perks loyalty program was introduced to reward loyal Optus users with benefits from a list of supported partners. Both Optus and Continue reading…

Virgin Mobile Australia Partners With Presto

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news of Virgin Mobile Australia partnering with the digital on-demand streaming company Presto. There are more key details in the following article below. Virgin Mobile has announced that as a bonus for their users which subscribe to Presto TV, an additional 2GB Continue reading…

Optus Wins Bidding War For Live Streaming Sports

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent news report of Optus winning the rights to broadcast live streaming sports and what this means for consumers. There are more key details in the following article below. Changes in the viewing habits of Australian sports fans is one of the major Continue reading…

Vodafone Beats Optus in Customer Satisfaction !

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent reports discussing the poor customer service which Australians are receiving from the major phone carriers. There are more key details in the following article below. The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman released its findings of complaints received in the year to date. Vodafone has Continue reading…

Best Prepaid Plan in Australia With Lots Of Data

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the recent reports discussing the best-prepaid plans which are currently on offer in Australia with lots of mobile data. There are more key details in the following article below. The average monthly data use per Australian consumer is estimated at around 1GB per month, Continue reading…

Comparing Woolworths vs Lebara – Which is best for you ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Lebara and Woolworths services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. The primary differences between offerings from Woolworths and Lebara are: Lebara gives customers access to the 3G Vodafone network and offers generous mobile data allowances on Continue reading…

Best prepaid plans under $30

Intro – 60 second guide Here are our findings on the best prepaid plans currently in Australia under $30. There are more key details in the following article below. On average, the best prepaid plans on the Australian market are those on offer from MVNO providers. Data rollover is a great feature offered by Continue reading…

Better Australian Network Coverage From Drones and Balloons

The key reasons that drones and balloons are a big deal Here are the key findings from the recent news of using drones and balloons for increased network coverage, there are more details in the article below. Google is experimenting with their balloon project known as “Project Loon”, to deliver similar to 4G internet Continue reading…

We Think Data Rollover Is A Crock

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings from the recent news surrounding prepaid data rollover, there are more details in the article below. Major Australian telecoms provide mobile data “rollover” to consumers, but it’s not that great a deal as the advertising campaigns tell us it is. Consumers need to be Continue reading…

Coles Mobile – The Latest MVNO In Australia

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings from the recent news story that Coles has launched their own prepaid deals, there are more details in the article below. Coles Mobile prepaid offer a $10 for 10 offer, which needs to be recharged every 10 days. The prepaid plan comes with 400MB Continue reading…

Why Telstra won’t be selling iPhones anymore.

60 second intro : The majority of phone buyers are already picking up their own phone ( bought outright ) and adding a SIM later. A lot of them, somewhere between 16% and 25%, have already moved to a smaller phone company or ‘network reseller.’ These companies, also known as MVNOs usually sell SIM Continue reading…

How eSIMs will change phones for you – forever

Intro – Here’s a 60 second guide to the eSIM The way you choose a phone company is going to change. The cause ? A seemingly innocuous piece of new technology – the  ‘eSIM‘. So what is an eSIM and how does it work ? An eSIM is an ’embedded’ or ‘electronic’ SIM card Continue reading…

Comparing Lebara VS Kogan – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both comparing Kogan and Lebara services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. The primary differences between offerings from Lebara and Kogan are: Lebara Australia have a longer and better record when it comes to being the better Continue reading…

Prepaid mobile phone habits of Australian consumers

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings from recent reports which discuss the habits of Australian mobile phone consumers, there are more details in the article which follows below. There are some big differences in how often prepaid consumers recharge and it’s in the service provider’s best interests to understand their Continue reading…

Comparing Woolworths Vs Vodafone – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Vodafone Australia and Woolworths services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. The primary differences between offerings from Woolworths and Vodafone are: Woolworths provides access to the Telstra 3G network, while Vodafone customers enjoy access to their Continue reading…

Comparing Woolworths VS Vaya – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Vaya and Woolworths services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. Woolworths uses the Telstra 3G network, which features blazing fast data speeds and provides superior customer support. From a coverage perspective, Woolworths is a better choice Continue reading…

Comparing Woolworths VS Cmobile – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Cmobile and Woolworths services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. The primary differences between offerings from Woolworths and Cmobile are: Woolworths and Cmobile Blue plans both provide access to the superior Telstra 3G network. All Woolworths Continue reading…

Comparing Woolworths VS Boost Mobile – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Boost and Woolworths services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. The primary differences between offerings from Woolworths and Boost are: Boost Mobile offers two prepaid plans, one of which is a truly unlimited plan with nationwide Continue reading…

Comparing Woolworths VS Amaysim – Which Is Best For You ?

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings for both Amaysim and Woolworths services & coverage, there are more details in the article which follows below. Amaysim offers true unlimited prepaid plans with nationwide calling, with plans featuring various different data amounts. MVNO‘s provide consumers with much more flexible choices in prepaid Continue reading…

Yatango Mobile Australia – Under Administration

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key findings from the recent news story that Yatango is under administration, there are more details in the article below. Yatango is an Australian MVNO prepaid plan provider which resold access to the Optus 4G network. On the 12 October, there will be a creditors meeting Continue reading…

These 3G Phone Plans Are All You Need

Here’s the 60 second guide : If you get a 3G SIM Only deal from a smaller phone company, you can save about 50% per month. 3G phones are older phones. Not sure whether your phone is 3G or 4G ? You can find out if your phone is 3G or 4G with a Continue reading…

VoLTE in Australia

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key factors to consider when deciding if VoLTE is right for you, there are more details in the article below. VoLTE stands for Voice over LTE. VoLTE is a simple name for the method of delivering voice calls over the internet, rather than by using current Continue reading…

Optus Recharge : Beating Optus’ prepaid rates

Benefits of using the Optus network Currently, there are more than 10 million Australian mobile phone users who trust Optus, to connect them for mobile phone calls, text messaging and mobile data on the Optus 3G and 4G data networks. As an Optus mobile network user, you can enjoy the benefits of superior network Continue reading…

Optus Recharge : Optus prepaid rates and deals

Intro – 60 second guide Here are the key factors to consider when choosing an Optus prepaid plan. There are more details in the article below. Why Choose Optus for prepaid plans Optus currently offers 3 great value for money prepaid monthly plans to choose from. Optus is at the moment the second largest Continue reading…

Five ways to become the MacGyver of 3G versus 4G

If you don’t know too much about the difference between 3G and 4G cellular networks, this is a chance to get a valuable knowledge booster. Even if technology is not your strong point, this five point discussion gives you the information to help make the best mobile device and network choices. 1. 3G or Continue reading…

Vodafone Recharge : Get a better network for less

When it comes to choosing a mobile phone network provider, Vodafone is a solid contender for you to consider. With wide coverage areas and a quality network, they offer consumers great value for money with a selection of prepaid combo plans. Vodafone is one of Australia’s largest networks, directly competing with Telstra and Optus. Continue reading…

Vodafone’s Red Plans – and the Alternatives

Vodafone may be the smallest of Australia’s big three phone companies but with 5.3 million subscribers and 3,000 employees they certainly have a major market presence. Over the last five years Vodafone has invested heavily in network coverage improvements. Their 4G network in metropolitan areas is faster than the competing Optus and Telstra networks. Continue reading…

Feature or Candy Bar Phones Are Cheap Ways To Make Calls

Some phone terms are so specific that they are easily understood, for example, if someone refers to Android phones you know they are talking about mobiles that use Google’s operating system. In contrast, the feature phone term is open to a number of interpretations. The experts differ over which functionalities place a phone into Continue reading…

What is the Best Mobile Phone Antivirus Software in Australia?

The best antivirus software for your mobile phone is one that fully protects it against malware (malicious software). However, although this statement accurately conveys an antivirus app’s primary role, it says nothing about mobile phone security’s broader capabilities. Providing a worry-free defensive shield against malware is essential. However, it alone, is not sufficient to Continue reading…

What Network Do They Use? Amaysim, Vaya, Lebara & More

The Australian mobile phone scene is dominated by three major companies as everyone knows – Optus, Telstra and Vodafone. They’ve spent the billions of dollars required to develop the country’s mobile / cellular networks. Each of these huge companies owns one – they own the towers, masts and other infrastructure we call a phone Continue reading…

Security Apps for Mobile Phones

Is it really essential to install a security app on a mobile phone? Opinions are divided. Many smart phone users believe they are perfectly safe relying on the mobile phone security safeguards incorporated into their Android or iOS operating systems. The distinctions often drawn between personal computer and phone risks contribute to a certain Continue reading…

Incredible Phone Company Secrets Revealed: Half Price Access to Optus

Optus is the second largest phone company in Australia. Their 3G network reaches 98.5% of the population. Approximately 86% of Optus customers also have access to their faster 4G mobile service. The Optus network has benefited from heavy infrastructure investment over the past few years. These service improvements bring many advantages to Optus mobile Continue reading…

Getting Smart about Mobile Phone Security Applications

Mobile phone owners appreciate the chance to browse the web and download files on the move, but they often fail to realise that a smart phone needs a smart owner. When a mobile device connects to the web it becomes a possible target for malware (malicious software) infiltration and identity theft. The increasing use Continue reading…

Boost Mobile versus Vaya: Which is best for you?

Boost Mobile and Vaya are two of the smaller phone companies (also known as mobile virtual network operators) competing for the custom of Australian mobile phone owners. Boost Mobile and Vaya service bundles both include: Monthly SIM-Only phone contracts Unlimited SMS, and a certain number of free minutes within Australia An online data allowance Continue reading…

Optus Offers Data Rollover with its Prepaid Phone Plans

Optus’ new Data Rollover Scheme The Optus prepaid team is made up, mostly, of fantastic individuals. I used to work in that team and nicer people than those I turn up to work with, you will rarely meet. They are dedicated to helping Optus customers find the right deal with the right value. They Continue reading…

Mobile Antivirus

Mobile phone security has become a burning issue for many mobile phone users in Australia. It seems like every day there are disturbing reports of both iOS and Android system security breaches raising serious concerns for users. Although virus problems are most frequently associated with personal computers, mobile phones are far from exempt from Continue reading…

iPhone Antivirus – do iPhone Users Need Antivirus Software ?

Today’s biggest iPhone Virus Threats It’s fair to say that Apple iPhone users have less to worry about when it comes to malware (malicious software) than their Android equivalents. Apple’s iPhones and iPads have strong, in-built defences to guard against malware. Apple’s mobile device operating system ( iOS ) includes security features that users Continue reading…

Android Virus Threats, Malware and Antivirus Software

Is an Android antivirus app a necessity or a precaution? So, you’ve got an Android phone and you’re wondering whether you need to think about antivirus software. You’re not alone. Many android phone users wonder about the extent to which their phones are exposed and the degree of risk virus threats represent. The key Continue reading…

Do I Need to Protect my Phone Against Viruses?

From a technical perspective mobile devices are effectively small, portable computers. When they connect to the internet they are exposed o exactly the same virus and hacking threats that computer users face. It can be difficult to keep pace with changes in technology. Most people are not technical by nature and struggle to stay Continue reading…

Comparing Virgin Mobile’s Plans with Amaysim and Yomojo

Virgin Mobile is one of the smaller Australian phone companies. There are a few of these smaller phone companies which piggyback the networks of bigger phone companies. They don’t own their own towers and wire infrastructure. Virgin, Amaysim and Yomojo all lease access to the Optus 4G network. Each of the smaller phone companies Continue reading…

Insider Knowledge – Choosing The Best Data Plan In Australia

 Trends in Data Usage We keep an eye on data usage at WhatPhone. The most recent report Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) report is interesting reading. It shows that mobile data downloads virtually doubled between 2013-2014. It seems Australians are keener than ever to enjoy the business and entertainment benefits data. Whether it’s Continue reading…

Mobile Phone WiFi Calling – Coming to Australia

Update: September 2015 Optus have now launched their WiFi Calling app. We’ve updated the article below with some comments and screenshots to show you how it works. What is WiFi Calling ? WiFi Calling has become a hot topic on the Australian mobile phone scene. Hopes of major improvements in mobile phone reception and Continue reading…

Expert advice on why free antivirus software isn’t enough

There are arguments in favor of and against having antivirus software for your phone. We recommend that you do install it. We explore the reasons we make that recommendation, below. We start by considering the number of handsets which are affected. Then we look at free antivirus software and consider its strengths and weaknesses. Continue reading…

Lebara Review – Should I go with them ?

Who are Lebara ? Lebara are known for their value when it comes to unlimited plans and international calls. Lebara are one of a few smaller Australian phone companies. Smaller phone companies are sometimes called MVNOs and we’ve written about them a lot. That said, although they’re small relative to the main phone companies Continue reading…

The 4 best phone plans under $30

For many us a phone contract is a necessary evil that steals our hard earned money every month for lots of services we don’t even use. The good news for those of us that feel this way are that there are literally hundreds of great value options that come in at $30 or under Continue reading…

How much data do I need in my plan ?

Intro We’re all looking for a plan with the ‘right’ amount of data in it. But knowing how much data you use (your data usage profile) is a difficult thing to get right. Add to this complexity, the fact that over the course of a 2 year contract the price the phone companies charge Continue reading…

Comparing Plans On The Telstra Network

For some of us the most important factor when choosing a phone plan is the quality of the network. You don’t want to find yourself consistently without coverage. You might miss an important business call or find yourself stranded in the middle of no-where without an on screen map. Did you know that Vodafone, Continue reading…

Comparing Plans On The Vodafone Network

For some of us the most important factor when choosing a phone plan is the quality of the network. You don’t want to find yourself consistently without coverage. You might miss an important business call or find yourself stranded in the middle of no-where without an on screen map. Did you know that Vodafone, Continue reading…

Comparing plans on the Optus network

For some of us the most important factor when choosing a phone plan is the quality of the network. You don’t want to find yourself consistently without coverage. You might miss an important business call or find yourself stranded in the middle of no-where without an on screen map. Did you know that Vodafone, Continue reading…

Top Unlimited Plans in Australia

If you chat ten to the dozen all day long and your fingers are on fire from the amount of text messages you send then the chances are that you want an Unlimited mobile plan. It can be hard to choose the best plan on the market as there are so many companies that Continue reading…

Buying Your Child Their First Phone

There are 4 reasons your child may need a mobile phone. After raising them with blood, sweat and tears it’s worth investing in a bit of peace of mind. With the crazy number of options out there, the choice can be overwhelming. It’s hard enough choosing a phone for yourself. Let’s run through 4 Continue reading…

Comparing Australia’s Best Data Only Plans

How to halve your phone bill by getting a ‘data only’ plan. Wouldn’t it be great if we could halve our phone bills by only paying for what we wanted? Typically if you want a plan with around 3GB of data you will also be paying for the luxury of unlimited calls and unlimited Continue reading…

Who are Yatango and should I choose them for a SIM only deal

We recommend Yatango for unlimited voice and SMS plans in Australia if you have a 4G phone. Yatango is an Australian company with an entirely new model for providing mobile phone services. They are a 4G enabled SIM only provider with a difference. Their unique approach centres around a community based model. Essentially the Continue reading…

Amaysim’s Unlimited SIM Only Plan – Should You Get One ?

We recommend Amaysim to our friends We recommend Amaysim to our friends and family. Go with for great value, cheaper access to the Optus 3G network and Australian customer service   Amaysim use the Optus 3G network. Their unlimited plan is genuinely that. Amaysim’s key strength is for Unlimited plans Amaysim is Australia’s . Continue reading…

Best Prepaid Plans in Australia 2014

There are 5 winning prepaid plans which we recommend. Our suggestions are broken down in to different user groups and based on what you need, depending on how you use your phone. ( Note, if you are not sure what your usage is, check the bottom of this article. ) WINNER : $19.90 per month Continue reading…

Why you should buy a Kogan Agora phone

What’s the unique combination of features the Agora offers ? A 5.0 inch screen in a 4G phone is the unique combination that makes the Kogan Agora, in our view, the best value 4G handset in Australia. See below for chapter and verse on why we’re granting it this kind of tribute. Remember, we’re Continue reading…

How to save $ hundreds with Kogan

The easy guide to savings when you’re buying a phone   But the Kogan model’s not perfect Buying phones from Kogan is not always the right thing to do for everyone. Consider these negatives before you buy. May be an overseas device : You may receive a ‘grey market’ phone ( one Kogan acquired legally Continue reading…

Are you a Crazy John’s Customer ?

How to keep saving and get the Vodafone network This article tells you what you need to know about recent changes Vodafone have implemented on their Crazy John’s brand. Importantly, we explain how to keep the same network you got from Crazy John’s – and, to keep getting it at the same ‘Crazy’ prices. Continue reading…

6 Essential SIM Only Plans For The Over Fifties

The incredible plans for older phone users that you never knew existed – and none of them cost more than $20 per month. In this article : 6 phone plans designed to appeal to the over 50s market. They include plans which address needs for Metro coverage : These plans on the Vodafone 3G Continue reading…

HTC One M7 Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to use Blinkfeed ?  Thanks for the question. For those that don’t know what Blinkfeed is, it’s a news and social feed aggregation app exclusive to HTC which is preinstalled on the HTC One. That said, in my view, Blinkfeed is a bit of a funny one. HTC really want you Continue reading…

FAQs about the Samsung Galaxy S4

What are some of the features? We would probably advise you to check out the other information on this page. We have detailed specification information, a full review of both the hardware and the software and some summary stuff at the top in case you’re in a hurry. However, we always answer the questions Continue reading…

Yay or Nay To The Telstra New Phone Feeling

Telstra’s New Phone Feeling – Is it a rip off ? Short answer ? It makes sense if you meet these criteria. If you’re one of the few who meet this profile then go ahead and get yourself on the Teltsra new phone feeling plan: You live in a rural area AND You like Continue reading…

Optus Data Sharing And Telstra’s Data Sharing Comparison

Comparing Optus’ And Telstra’s Data Sharing It’s hard to overstate the importance of data in the mobile phone plans of today. Often, data inclusions are the first thing queried by customers when they do in to a phone company retail store. Numerous reports, for years now have shown that the amount of data customers Continue reading…

Stop wasting money – Pay less for Vodafone

The essential guide to saving money on the best network for cities After 2/3 years of bad publicity, now is the time to buy a Vodafone SIM if you live in the city. Vodafone have beefed up their backhaul and improved their in building coverage. We have provided regular updates on Vodafone’s progress over Continue reading…

Stop wasting your money – affordable Telstra access

3 easy steps to do better than the 85% of people who pay too much to access the Telstra network Telstra’s network is the best in Australia. Everyone knows it.  People who need to have access to the network with the best coverage include : Anyone in rural Australia : There are around 2.5 Continue reading…

Cmobile Data Plan Review – Get the data you need

Essential guidance on getting the data you need – and how to stop paying for the voice you don’t Do you need more data in your plan than voice ? Would you like a choice of cheap data rates for your smart mobile phone from Telstra and Vodafone ? Do you make calls rarely Continue reading…

Cmobile Review – Should You Go With Them?

Introducing Cmobile Cmobile is a relatively new Australian MVNO. The company was established in 2013 by two ex Vodafone employees who have worked in the field for years. What you need to know: Unique plan range : Cmobile has a unique set of plans which offer coverage on both the Telstra and Vodafone networks. Continue reading…

Best Australian No Contract Plan under $40

Which is the best no Contract Deal in Australia? A greater proportion of people are buying no contract plans Believe it or not, between them, the 3 major Australian phone companies have over 30 million SIMs in operation as we enter the second half of 2014. As people get smarter on how to secure Continue reading…

7 FAQs (And Answers) About Yatango

1. Do Yatango offer contract-based price plans? No. They don’t. All of yatango’s plans are SIM Only and month to month. Because their plans are totally configurable, Yatango offers a huge array of plans – almost all of which are different from the other phone companies. But, to answer your question, whatever you choose Continue reading…

FAQs – Boost Mobile In Australia

Do I need a special handset in order to connect to the Boost network ? Yes. You need a handset which will work on the 850 MHz network. Not all of them do. If you need to check, we would suggest that you go to www.telstra.com/device and double check yours does.   What network Continue reading…

Review of Boost Mobile – Should you go with them ?

Who Are Boost Mobile Australia? Boost Mobile is a prepaid phone network brand which operates in a number of markets around the world. Notably, they have plans available in the USA and Australia. In our view, Boost’s unlimited plan is the best in market on the Telstra network. In Australia, Boost’s plans are known Continue reading…

The Best Australian Pre-Paid Phone Plans Of 2014

Among the many Australian prepaid plans on the market, there are 4 that, for us, stand out. We’ve broken them down here and associated each with a type of user. You’ll see we’ve based our recommendations on people’s usage type – basically how frequently they use their phone and for what they use it. Continue reading…

Virgin Mobile’s Prepaid Service

Quick Intro Virgin are a strong, friendly brand with a reach beyond the young trendy customer you’d probably associate with them. In Australia, Virgin use the Optus 4G network in it’s entirety and their prepaid rates are significantly better than Optus’ – and, for that matter, the rates offered by Vodafone and Telstra. However, Continue reading…

10 FAQs ( and answers ) About Vaya Mobile

1. If I order a SIM from Vaya, when the SIM arrives, how do I activate my new Vaya service? It’s dead simple. It’s also almost exactly the same process, whoever you pick and you’re best to do it online. Once you receive your SIM pack, go to Vaya’s website (vaya.net.au) and simply click Continue reading…

A Review Of Yatango.Com.Au

Is Yatango right for you ? Yatango might be right for you if : You’re after a SIM Only plan and already have your own phone You are not in to contracts You need 4G data speeds You spend a lot of time online And have usage which is : Super social – all Continue reading…

Using an MVNO can help you save money

The 3 tips everyone looking for a deal on their phone must know You only have to read in the press to realise that Optus, Vodafone and Telstra are at it again. They’re raising the price of their plans. It’s tough to work in telco. at the moment. Fierce competition has cut phone companies’ Continue reading…

What is an MVNO and how will it help me save money?

SIM Only deals – Shop around & save $ hundreds. Phones are cool but they’re not a part of life that most Australians think about much. We’ve got too much else to worry about. Over time, we’ve been taught by phone companies that the most up to date smart mobile phones are unaffordable. Because Continue reading…

Which is better Amaysim or Vodafone?

If you want a phone under contract, Vodafone might be right for you. Amaysim don’t offer that sort of plan. However, if you want a SIM Only plan, Amaysim beats Vodafone hands down across the board. Amaysim’s pricing is better, they give you more data and their customer service is the best in Australia Continue reading…

Virgin Mobile FAQs – Prepaid Mobile

There are a consistent set of questions that prepaid customers have about each the mobile phone operators. We have drawn the answers out for each tier 1 Australian phone operator and we’ve built you a Q&A section here so you can see the answers. What network does Virgin Mobile use ? Virgin Mobile use Continue reading…

FAQs About Vodafone – Australia’s Prepaid Service

Do Vodafone ever offer any special deals on their prepaid plans ? When it comes to offering special online deals, Vodafone are unlike either Telstra or Optus. Vodafone actually do offer some decent offers for their prepaid services once in a while if you buy from their online shop. In the past, Big T Continue reading…

Vaya tablet plans. Which are right for you ?

Who are Vaya ? Before we get into the specifics of these tablet plans, let’s talk about who Vaya are. They’re a relatively unknown provider of SIMs, in Australia and we figured that before you went with them, you might need  some general information about the company. Vaya is a Brisbane based phone company. Continue reading…

Optus Australia’s Prepaid Service – FAQs

How can I get the best prepaid deal on the Optus network? Obviously this is THE most important question for most people. Our advice about it is consistent. The best way to get the best deal from Optus is to purchase your plan from one of their resellers. Vaya, for example, use the Optus Continue reading…

Which Is Better : Amaysim Or Virgin Mobile?

Considering the two providers, Amaysim and Virgin Mobile is a sensible thing to do. For most people, finding a compromise between decent network coverage and the best possible pricing is the primary goal they have when they compare providers. Both Amaysim and Virgin mobile offer a great compromise. When it comes to Virgin Mobile Continue reading…

Ten Questions About The HTC One M8

1. How is the camera? The camera is always one of the first things people ask about on a modern smart mobile phone. The discussion usually compares quality using megapixels. In this case, the HTC One M8 has what HTC calls “ultrapixels” which means that instead of focusing on how many pixels the camera Continue reading…

5 FAQ’s About Telstra’s Prepaid Phone Services

Everyone knows about Telstra. Telstra is one of the most famous and iconic of all Australian brands. For users, it is a solid Australian phone company , with a wide range of both prepaid and postpaid plans available, designed to fit any cost or service need. Telstra are renowned for their reliable network and Continue reading…

Hardware Features Of The 2014 HTC One M8

HTC have done the same thing as most of the other modern smart mobile phones from the major manufacturers. The HTC One M8 ( the 2014 version of the HTC One has hardware updates which are more of an evolution than a revolution. That said both the design and functionality of the HTC One Continue reading…

Software Features Of The 2014 HTC One M8

HTC have released their sleekest, most impressive phone to date in the HTC One M8. In our view, it’s a contender for the hottest phone on the Android market in 2014. Design updates mean there are echoes of Apple’s superbly successful metal / glass design and, therefore, potentially, a gateway device for Apple users Continue reading…

Vodafone Australia’s Roaming Extension

Vodafone’s Red Roaming has been extended Vodafone Australia has updated it’s Red International global roaming plan so that for AU $5 per day you can make international phone calls, send text message and use data, while you’re overseas,  using your pre-existing phone plan. The changes apply to what is now a long and growing Continue reading…

Vaya Australian SIM Only Plans – Should you get one?

In our opinion, pretty much whatever your spend level, if you’re shopping around for an Australian SIM only plan, there is a better option than Vaya. For each usage type, below, we offer you details of the Vaya plan, the plan which, in our opinion, is better value and our reasoning for the statements Continue reading…

Best deal on the Samsung Galaxy S5 – Australia

Quick summary The Samsung Galaxy S5 is, like most of the latest releases, an expensive phone. Bought outright in Australia, it will set you back the better part of $900 – $1000. Add to that the price of 2 years’ worth of calling, texting and data usage and you’re talking about a Minimum Total Continue reading…

Mobile phone and plan buying checklist

Here are the things you’re going to want to take care of while you’re working through the process of choosing your next phone. Click on the image below and print off the free mobile phone and plan buying checklist to help you work through the process. 1 ) Choose a plan first How many Continue reading…

Telstra Pre-Paid Review

If you are tired of being bound by a mobile phone contract, there is another option. The company with Australia’s largest coverage area has pre-paid plans just for you. Using Telstra pre paid, you can get the same network service at a great price without a long-term commitment. Here’s how. There is literally a Continue reading…

Optus Prepaid – Independent Australian Review

Quick overview and review of Optus’ prepaid plans Optus’ network is impressive. In the latest statistics, Optus let it be known that they cover 98.5% of the Australian people. Telstra cover less than 1% more of the population than Optus! In addition to that, Optus’ prepaid price plans are not the standard carbon copies Continue reading…

Vodafone Prepaid – Australian Rate Plan Review

Vodafone have a bad reputation for network coverage and quality but are known for a suite of great prepaid plans. Vodafone coverage is almost certainly better than you think. Vodafone have been slammed for the last 5 years. Now, they’re recovering quickly. You might find it hard to believe but their network is up Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Vs Top Selling Phones

Stop ! One of those girls has nicked my Galaxy S4   Which phones are better than the Samsung Galaxy S4? Find out here There are several different smartphones on the market that you might be considering alongside the Samsung Galaxy S4. You may already know what the Samsung Galaxy S4’s features and functions are. Continue reading…

Android Kitkats’ Innovative Features

KitKat (that’s version 4.4 of the Android Operating System) is the next step on the Android sweet foods journey towards the perfect operating system. Many features built in to it work only on the Nexus 5. Here are the key feature improvements in Android KitKat that will work for you, whatever Android phone you Continue reading…

Sony Xperia Z2 Hardware

In a nutshell, what’s the great stuff about the Xperia Z2 hardware? The Z2 has a host of innovative features a few of which are unique to Sony. Sony are tying their phone in with the rest of their product range to differentiate the Z2. It’s a clever and worthwhile move in a market Continue reading…

Sony Xperia Z2 Software Review

The software on the Z2 is all about multimedia The market for Android phones is a tough one to stand out within. Especially, when, like Sony, you insist on launching a new phone twice a year. We wonder whether, sometimes, these phone manufacturers are just doing ”something” to make themselves different. With the hardware Continue reading…

The iPhone 4S Vs The Top Selling Phones

The iPhone 4s may be a few years old now, but it is still an Apple phone, and as such one of the most desirable pieces of electronic equipment in Australia. It’s also, for now, the cheapest iPhone on the market which doesn’t hurt its desirability. The 4s is the entry point for those Continue reading…

The 5 Best Things About Telstra’s 2016 Plans

This is a time of serious change for Australian telcos Optus is focusing on helping customers avoid bill shock and no longer charges their customers penal rates for exceeding their data inclusions. But they’re struggling to get the message out about how clear their value proposition is. Vodafone have rebuilt their network and have Continue reading…

Australia Has The Fastest Phone Networks In The World

If you are looking for the fastest mobile network in the world, you won’t have to go far. According to recent studies, Australian mobile networks have the fastest download speeds in the world. Open Signal surveyed thousands of people around the world Sometimes it seems like people just like a whinge about the quality Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S5 Hardware

Quick overview Samsung’s Galaxy S5, incredibly, manages to keep up with Apple’s iPhone 5s and take yet another innovative step forward. Key hardware improvements in the Galaxy S5 include : More colours: Electric Blue, Cooper Gold, Shimmery White and Charcoal Black. Faster processors: 4 x (=Quad Core) 2.5 GHz. Water and dirt resistant: To Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S5 Software

Overview: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 software has major improvements in the: Operating System: The Galaxy S5 uses Kitkat – Android 4.2.2 which offers increased usability, a heap of new features we touch on below and improved reliability. Camera: Software which helps users deal with bright and dark in the same picture, autofocus really fast and Continue reading…

Rumors Roundup – The New iPhone 6

As you will, by now, be quite aware, Apple is planning to launch a new version of its iPhone series later this year. If previous versions are anything to go by, the updated version is likely to be named the iPhone 6. And therein lies the problem for Apple. For a company renowned and Continue reading…

iPhone 5C Compared To Top Selling Phones

This article has been designed to fulfill a couple of goals 1) On this page, we have a quick comparison of the iPhone 5c and Australia’s other top selling products. 2) Each section provides a link to a separate article, around 2 pages long, which goes in to detail about the key differences between Continue reading…

Budget SIM Only Plans in Australia

If you’ve got a phone already, you’re prepared to shop around, Budget SIM Only plans might be right for you. We’ve looked at the pros and cons of Australia’s SIM providers for those on a budget and reviewed the top providers – , , and .   Why we love budget SIM Only plans : Continue reading…

HTC One vs. Top Selling Phones

HTC One versus iPhone 4s The HTC One and iPhone 4s have a number of similarities in their features. Each excels in different categories. The HTC One has a larger screen that’s bright enough to use in direct sunlight and has more pixels per inch. The front facing speakers on the One are an Continue reading…

The steps that led to Vodafone’s 2014 recovery

Since 2010, Vodafone has lost around 35% of its customer base but the haemorrhaging seems to have stopped. This year has started extremely well for Vodafone. The company has been fighting against a significant network perception problem since the first cries of ‘Vodafail’ in December 2010. The difficulties of the interim years still haunt Continue reading…

4 mobile phone plans you must check before you buy

I’ve written this article to help you find the best mobile phone plan in Australia at the moment. I’ve worked in the mobile phone industry for the last 10 years. 2014 is one of the most interesting years I’ve seen. A number of factors are tying together to force better offers from the phone Continue reading…

Rumors About The Samsung Galaxy S5

As 2014 rolls in, with it, as always, comes a brand new generation of new mobile phones. Sales of phones have started to collect, each year, around the major releases from Samsung and Apple. Samsung’s hero flagship release every year is the Galaxy S series. Criticized by some for being less innovative than previous Continue reading…

2013 Australian Android Market Share

For the first time in history, more than an incredible 1 billion phones were sold last year, according to estimates by IDC. It represents an increase of nearly 40% on the previous year. That’s a brand new smartphone for around one in seven of the world’s population. Globally, Android makes up 80% of shipments Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S3 (4G) Compared To Top Selling Phones

This article does 2 things. 1 ) It summarises the content of more ‘deep dive’ articles. These articles compare the Samsung Galaxy S3 to the current best sellers on the market. 2 ) It acts as a navigation aid. This article provides a single navigation point from which users can find comparison articles for Continue reading…

IPhone 5S vs top selling Australian phones – Comparison

Comparing the iPhone 5s against the strongest Australian competitors Yes, people are going crazy for the iPhone 5s. It is, by far, Australia’s biggest selling phone. But how does it compare to the other top selling devices on the market? Read on to find out what the iPhone 5s has that other phones don’t, and Continue reading…

Should I get the HTC One or the iPhone 5c ?

The HTC One is probably the better phone With these two products at almost exactly the same price*, choosing between the HTC One and the iPhone 5c comes down to weighing up the brand differences and the features of the two phones. The HTC One was literally the best that Android had to offer Continue reading…

Should I get the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 5c ?

Summary – The iPhone 5c is probably better The iPhone 5c was released almost exactly one year after the iPhone 5, in September 2013. The internal components used on both devices are almost identical. From a features and specifications point of view, they are almost literally the same phone. The key differences between the Continue reading…

Which should I get ? The iPhone 5s or iPhone 5 ?

Quick overview Given the price differential you’ll see when you weight up the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 5, there is no rational way to suggest the iPhone 5s is better value. Using pricing from the start of 2014*, there is approximately a $360 difference, over the course of a 24 month contract between Continue reading…

Should I get the Samsung Galaxy S4 or the iPhone 5c ?

Summary – The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the better phone The Samsung Galaxy S4 was released 6 months in advance of the iPhone 5c but has a set of features which make it the better phone. They’re almost exactly the same price* so the comparison between them comes down to the features and functions Continue reading…

Amaysim Review – Should You Go With Them ?

What’s the key point ? Everyone wants to get a the best price plan deal. Not everyone wants a phone. Many already have one. For those who fall in to both camps – those who want a great deal on a SIM card but don’t need a new mobile phone, we feel like we Continue reading…

Which is better ? The HTC One or the iPhone 5s ?

Summary – The iPhone 5s is the better phone The iPhone 5s was the best of the Apple releases last year in 2013. The HTC One was probably the best of the Android releases although it was outsold by other phones which were marketed better. Both the HTC One ( 32GB ) and the Continue reading…

Should I get the HTC One or the iPhone 5c ?

Summary – The HTC One is the better phone With these two products at almost exactly the same price*, choosing between the HTC One and the iPhone 5c comes down to weighing up the brand differences and the features of the two phones. The HTC One was literally the best that Android had to Continue reading…

Should I buy the Samsung Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5s ?

Summary – Comparing them is an intelligent thing to do There is a worthwhile question for those not caught up in the ‘must have the latest thing’ marketing hype of both Samsung and Apple. If you’re considering the Samsung Galaxy S3 alongside the iPhone 5s, you might just be about to get yourself a great Continue reading…

Review of Tablet SIM Only Plans in Australia

Do these 4 things to get the best Tablet SIM only deal this year There are some simple tips which will help you get the best SIM Only plan for your tablet in Australia this year. We start by considering whether to get a SIM Only tablet prepaid SIM or a postpaid month to Continue reading…

Should I Get An iPhone 2014 ?

Why iPhones are so popular The iPhone has best in class build quality, the fastest, most integrated experience hardware and the software experience that you’ll find on a phone and they’re so easy to use you’ll be able to pick it up and use it straight away. Even if you have no experience with Continue reading…

Comparing the iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4

Which is better, the iPhone 5s or the Samsung Galaxy S4 ? Determining the best phone for you, when choosing between the iPhone 5s or the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a difficult task. There are so many variables which play a part. Here’s a quick summary of the key things to consider with a Continue reading…

Which is better the iPhone 5s Or the iPhone 4s ?

Quick Summary – Get the iPhone 5s If you’re considering buying an iPhone in 2014 and you’re weighing up whether to take the iPhone 4s or the iPhone 5s, we can make it nice and simple for you. You should get the iPhone 5s. It really is that clear. The extra $340 for the Continue reading…

Should I get the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c ?

Which is the best phone – the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c ? Apple make up 40-50% of all the phones sold under contract in Australia. With the release of 2 new models late in 2013, one of the most common questions people are asking is how they can choose between the iPhone 5s Continue reading…

Best Australian Prepaid Phone Plans

There are 5 winning prepaid plans which we recommend. Our suggestions are broken down in to different user groups and based on what you need, depending on how you use your phone. ( Note, if you are not sure what your usage is, check the bottom of this article. )   1. Don’t use much Continue reading…

10 reasons why you should choose Amaysim’s Unlimited plan

1. It’s unlimited The key benefit, to unlimited plans, is their predictability. There’s nothing worse than going over your cap or bundle allocation and getting a huge bill. Amaysim’s plan is genuinely ‘all you can eat’ for calls and text in Australia for a predictable $44.90 per month. For voice and text in Australia, Continue reading…

Amaysim Flexi Plan Review

Amaysim Flexi is the sort of plan you should be considering if you use your phone every day but not all day. Since Amaysim included 4G data in their plans at the start of 2015, Amaysim Flexi has best the best in market. Amaysim Flexi $19.90 offers the average user, who has either a Continue reading…

Amaysim’s Unlimited Plan Review

If you’re looking for an unlimited SIM Only phone plan, you should be considering Amaysim.  is one of Australia’s best value plans. However, most of our visitors want to do a couple of checks before they make their decision. Take a look below and with luck, we’ll have given you everything you need to Continue reading…

Amaysim Vs Aldi – Which Is Best For You ?

Comparing Aldi and Amaysim’s Unlimited plans quickly In short, we recommend Amaysim for the following reasons : Amaysim offer their plans as either prepaid or postpaid options. Aldi only offer theirs as prepaid. Amaysim have a broader range of price plans and price points. Within the range, where price points are comparable, Amaysim are more Continue reading…

Amaysim Pay As You Go Review

To sign up to the Amaysim ‘pay As You Go’ plan, you’ll need to start with a sum of just $5 Australian. It’s perfect for occasional users and such good value it’s won Money magazine’s endorsement for people who don’t use their phone much, the last 2 years in a row.   Want to Continue reading…

Telstra Coverage – Independent Review Of Telstra’s Network

This article contains the key facts you need to know about Telstra coverage in Australia. It is regularly updated as new information in Telstra Coverage is established / released. Summary of Telstra Coverage Telstra is part of the Australian furniture. The company used to be owned by the government and acted as a monopoly Continue reading…

7 Steps To Pick The Best iPhone Plan In Australia

7 Steps To Pick The Best iPhone Plan The iPhone has been the best selling phone in Australia for years. So, the most common question people have, when they are in the market for a phone is how do I pick the best iPhone Plan. This article starts by offering suggestions which are designed Continue reading…

Virgin AU – Virgin Mobile Plans

Virgin Mobile Australia’s current range of price plans were released in August 2013, along with a refreshed Australian Brand. The primary change between the current range of plans and the plans that were in market before was a reduction in included value, especially data. After the revision, Virgin’s plans are still on a par Continue reading…

Telstra Or Virgin Mobile – How You Get The Best Deal

For those in Metro areas, Virgin Mobile is a great brand. Their customers enjoy strong  network performance ( Virgin Mobile Australia use the Optus network ), with 4G speeds to rival Telstras. On top of that, Virgin Mobile customers have access to Virgin Benefits. Virgin Benefits are worthwhile, free, additional plan features and entitlements Continue reading…

Australian Telco – The Best Network At The Best Price

Essential advice on picking the right network & plan In this article, we explain how to get affordable access to the major networks at significantly reduced rates. Scroll down to see the pros and cons of every major Australian phone company – with links to more detailed comparison review articles between each of the top Continue reading…

Vodafone vs Virgin Mobile – Which One is Best?

Vodafone or Virgin Mobile – 60 second intro Vodafone Australia and Virgin Mobile are the nation’s number 3 and number 4 phone companies respectively. Each is a vibrant brand focused on the young and young at heart. Both offer special discounts for those who buy online and more included value than Telstra. We recommend Continue reading…

Optus VS Virgin Mobile – Which Should You Go With ?

If you’re deciding between Optus Or Virgin Mobile Australia then, you’re probably shopping around for the best deal and you’re interested in the Optus network. This article covers the best and worst bits of both Optus and Virgin mobile so you can compare the two. It also provides a possibly surprising angle on the Continue reading…

Telstra VS Vodafone – Which is one best?

60 second intro If you’re considering Telstra or Vodafone as your network provider, chances are you’re trying to save money but you’re worried about network quality. Here’s a quick summary of how you can work through the problem. There are a lot more details on each of these points, in the article below. Vodafone Continue reading…

Optus Or Vodafone – Which network has your best deal ?

Vodafone and Optus both have good networks Vodafone have been heavily criticised in the press since 2010. There can’t be an Australian out there who hasn’t regularly heard their friends complain about the quality of the Vodafone network. However, Vodafone have started to turn their business around. Great value : Vodafone offer great value, especially Continue reading…

Optus Or Telstra. Australian Phone Company + Plan Review

Australia’s two biggest phone companies have dramatically different service offerings. With their new suite of plans, released to market in July 2013, Optus have provided Aussies with a new way of looking at mobile voice and data services. Optus’ new range includes minutes, instead of value ( we show you how to directly compare Continue reading…

Vodafone Network Guarantee – Should You Trust It?

Vodafone Network Guarantee – Should You Trust It? Yes, you should trust The Vodafone Network Guarantee. Just make sure you’re careful to follow their rules so there are no rude surprises. We cover these below. What Is The Vodafone Network Guarantee ? Put simply, if you buy a mobile phone from Vodafone and you Continue reading…

Telstra SIM Card Only / Everyday BYO Review 2013 – 7 Tricks

Telstra SIM Card Only / Everyday BYO Review Australians hate being tied in to 2 year contracts before they can upgrade their phone. Overseas providers of phones provide them cheaply, often on the grey market. eBay and other second hand phone vendors offer better priced alternatives to the latest thing for more price conscious Continue reading…

Should I Go With Vodafone ? Mid 2013 Update

Should I Go With Vodafone ? Mid 2013 Update Should I go with Vodafone ? Not necessarily. But, in the opinion of Whatphone, you should give them some serious thought. The last 2 years have been difficult for Vodafone Australia. But then you know that. In 2011 and 2012, advising you to go with Continue reading…

Review : AmaySIM – “Unlimited Plan” – $39.90/month

Review : AmaySIM – “Unlimited Plan” – $39.90/month In the opinion of WhatPhone, the AmaySIM “Unlimited Plan” – $39.90, is the best Australian price plan available in the market at the moment. Controversial ? Maybe. Read on, consider the evidence below and then you can make your mind up for yourself ! Bring Your Continue reading…

How To Upgrade Your Mobile Phone And Go With Telstra

How To Upgrade Your Mobile Phone And Go With Telstra If you’re one of the 2 million customers who have left Vodafone since 2010, you might be considering another network. You might life in an Optus / Virgin Mobile ( they share the same network ) blackspot ? If so, you might want to Continue reading…

6 Important Steps – How To Choose A Mobile Phone Plan

6 Important Steps – How To Choose A Mobile Phone Plan Most people fall in love with a newly released phone and then think about the plan. That’s understandable. However, really, there should probably be at least an equal amount of time spent thinking about the plan you’re going to buy. The phone is Continue reading…

7 Easy Steps To Getting A Good Deal From Vodafone Australia

7 Easy Steps To Getting A Good Deal From Vodafone Australia Considering Vodafone ? Most Australians have put the days of ‘Vodafail’ behind them in 2013. Press coverage is still challenging for the company. However, in reality, their network coverage has improved substantially and they offer some of the best deals in the Australian Continue reading…

7 Tips To Choosing A Mobile Phone And Plan In Australia

7 Tips To Choosing A Mobile Phone And Plan In Australia The team at WhatPhone have worked for Australian phone companies for years. We’ve managed their online stores. We’ve studied the market for mobile phones. We’ve gone deep in to understanding the information people need to make a choice that’s right for them about Continue reading…

7 Things To Consider Before Buying A Mobile From Telstra

7 Things To Consider Before Buying A Mobile From Telstra If you don’t know the Telstra brand, you’re not Australian. Love them or hate them, they’re part of the furniture. They’re not the cheapest, they don’t have great customer service but they do have a good network. Here are 7 Things To Consider Before Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Top Selling Australian Phones

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Top Selling Australian Phones Android’s constant innovation and never ending form factor diversification means 2013 offers a never before seen range of phones. Among the best is the Samsung Galaxy S4. With Samsung Spending $10 in Austrlaia alone marketing it, operators are sure to sell a bucket load of the  Continue reading…

Compare Other Devices

Previous Device Comparisons You Might Find Useful The HTC One X vs Top Selling Australian Phones The HTC One X was one of 2012’s major phone releases. Find out how the HTC One X compares to the other key devices in market at the time, the Samsung Galaxy S3, the HTC One S, the Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Top Selling Australian Phones

Samsung Galaxy S4 vs Top Selling Australian Phones Android’s constant innovation and never ending form factor diversification means 2013 offers a never before seen range of phones. Among the best is the Samsung Galaxy S4. With Samsung Spending $10 in Australia alone marketing it, operators are sure to sell a bucket load of the  Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Or iPhone 4S ? Australian Comparison

Which Is Right For You – The Samsung Galaxy S4 Or iPhone 4S ? Increasingly, device manufacturers are keeping previous hero releases in their ranges and dropping the price over time. It creates a de facto range of products to cover the price / functionality spectrum. It also lets phone makers like Apple and Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Or Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung Galaxy S4 Or Samsung Galaxy S3 – Don’t Upgrade The Samsung Galaxy S2 fell out of a time warp, 5 years before it should have been made. Measured feature per dollar, it’s still the best phone on the market in Australia, 2 years later. The Samsung Galaxy S3 was a spectacular upgrade to Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Or iPhone 5? Which one should you get?

Samsung Galaxy S4 Or iPhone 5 – Summary Deciding which to get, a Samsung Galaxy S4 Or iPhone 5 ? If you’re prepared to genuinely consider both and decide rationally, you’ll probably end up with a Samsung Galaxy S4. The Samsung Galaxy S4’s screen is best in market and huge in comparison to the Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review – Impressive Upgraded

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review – Introduction In my view, the Samsung Galaxy S3 was the most impressive Android phone of 2012. And Samsung have upgraded almost everything on the Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s got a faster Quad Core chipset, a bigger battery, a stronger camera, a larger screen, more memory options, a raft of Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review – Hero Australian Android

Samsung Galaxy S4 Review – Summary Last year’s mega selling Android handset was the Samsung Galaxy S3. It broke new ground with a larger screen than those seen on mainstream handsets, a host of new software features built on top of Android’s Jellybean software and it continued Samsung’s dominance of the Android Smart Phone Market. Continue reading…

HTC One Or HTC One X ? Australian HTC Comparison

HTC One Or HTC One X – Summary Choosing whether to get yourself an HTC One Or HTC One X ? Choose fast. HTC have had the HTC One X in market for over a year now and it’s unlikely to stay much longer. Especially with an upgrade being released. Key improvements available on Continue reading…

HTC One Review – The Best HTC Phone So Far

HTC One Review – Overview The HTC One is the new release from one of the best phone manufacturers in the world. Before you buy, you’ll want to read an HTC One review. HTC have struggled for success in a very competitive marketplace, beginning to lose out to Samsung around the time of the Continue reading…

HTC One Or iPhone 4S ? Australian Comparison

  HTC One Or iPhone 4S – Summary The only reasons people would be choosing between the HTC One Or iPhone 4S is to save a few bucks a month. And even then, you’re not saving much. In my opinion, the HTC One is the best Australian mobile phone ever released. It simply dwarfs Continue reading…

HTC One Or Samsung Galaxy S3 ( 4G ) – Au Comparison

HTC One Or Samsung Galaxy S3 ( 4G ) When it comes to choosing either the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S3, there are a couple of key differences to consider. The HTC One’s minor software enhancements, slight camera improvements, better speakers and better battery probably give the honours to the HTC product over  the Samsung Continue reading…

HTC One Or Samsung Galaxy – HTC Vs Samsung’s Best

HTC One Or Samsung Galaxy – Summary This article summarises comparisons  of the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy Range devices currently available in Australia. It contains links to more in depth Australian reviews of the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S3 & separately, the HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 articles which are also Continue reading…

HTC One Review – Looks, Camera and Software Hard To Beat

The HTC One Review – An Australian Perspective 2012’s most impressive steps forward for mobile phones were arguably in the core processing capabilities of new phones. 2013 is shaping up for a year of progress in phone software. The HTC One sets the tone amongst Australia’s biggest sellers. This HTC One Review explores the Continue reading…

HTC One Or iPhone 5 – Apple vs Android In Australia

HTC One or iPhone 5 – The Best Of Apple vs Android The HTC One or iPhone 5 question will be plaguing us for the next 6 months of 2013. The majority of Australians now have smartphones. 2 years ago, this question would have been much easier to answer. However, comparing the HTC One vs iPhone Continue reading…

HTC One Or Samsung Galaxy S4 – Australian Comparison

HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4?   HTC One Or Samsung Galaxy S4 – Summary Which is better ? Choosing between the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S4 might be the most commonly asked question of 2013 for those comparing Android phones. The HTC One looks better and that’s a critical factor for many. I preferred the Continue reading…

iOS 7

What is iOS 7 ? iOS is the platform that Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch natively run on.  A platform, sometimes called an Operating System provides the core of the user experience you’ll get. In this case, iOS provides most of the things you take for granted on your iPhone or iPad. If Continue reading…

Vodafone Mobile Review – Independent Australian Review

Quick summary of Vodafone Australia This article compares Vodafone with the other phone companies in Australia. Below: Network information : We tell you the truth about their network. 4G Rollout : We consider the 4G rollout plans of each of the major Australian phone companies including Vodafone. Best deals : We give you insider Continue reading…

Optus Mobile Review – Independent Australian Review

Optus Mobile Review – Overview This Optus Mobile Review gives you an independent review of the Optus network and the plans they have in market. It overviews Optus coverage ( including 4G / LTE ), Optus Customer Satisfaction and provides information on Optus’ plans. Finally, we’ve included some ‘Top Tips’ underneath every section, designed Continue reading…

Telstra Mobile Review – Independent Australian Review

Generally, Telstra charge more for their plans, justifying the extra charge with claims that their network is better than the alternatives. The key question then is whether the additional cost is worth the additional network benefits. This Telstra Mobile Review provides an independent review of : Telstra coverage (including 4G coverage) Telstra’s Customer Service Continue reading…

The Future Of Mobile Phones In Australia

The Future of Mobile Phones The world is changing quickly. Mobile Phone processing power is getting faster. Hardware is becoming cheaper and more capable. Everywhere, innovation and a huge market for Smart Mobile Phones are creating new business models and generating new products. Software evolves year on year. Phones get quicker, cheaper and smarter. So what’s next Continue reading…

What Is A Widget ? How Are They Different To Apps ?

What Is A Widget ? Widgets are extensions of applications that extract what’s inside the app, for example content ( like a song ) and functions ( like a ‘Play’ or ‘Pause’ button ), and display it on a phone’s home screen. Here’s an example ( images below. ) On the left is a standard Galaxy S3 homepage showing Continue reading…

What is NFC? Near Field Communication

What Is NFC ? NFC lets your phone ‘talk to something else.’ In ( slightly more ) technical terms, NFC is an advanced form of Radio Frequency identification. It means phones can communicate with one another, and with other machines, when they’re in close proximity. Because of the close proximity, NFC is a relatively Continue reading…

Samsung Phones – What Sets Samsung Phones Apart ?

Samsung Phones : SUMMARY Together, Samsung and Apple dominate the Mobile Phone market in Australia. Samsung is currently worth 58.8 billion USD. The company sold over 200 million phones in last year – around 30% of the global phone market. In this article, we tell you what you need to know about Samsung Phones Continue reading…

Mobile Phone Camera – Thinking Beyond The MegaPixel

Mobile Phone Camera Features Summary : Mobile Phone Cameras For some people, an important part of choosing the right phone includes finding a phone with a good camera. Mobile Phone Cameras allow us to do far more now than they did even 5 years ago. They’re used for catching up with friends on Skype Continue reading…

Tizen – Samsung’s Android Operating System Hedge

What is Tizen? Tizen is a new Linux based platform, developed as part of the Linux Foundation. Samsung has been working on the product for years under the name LiMo (Linux Platform for Mobile). The project title was changed to Tizen in 2011 when Intel got involved. Together, Samsung and Intel will lead development Continue reading…

iPhone 5 Specs | Compare Best Australian iPhone 5 Deals

iPhone 5 Specs Go to the iPhone 5 Product Page for iPhone 5 Pricing, Reviews, Comparisons and Best Deals across Australian Operators. As you may know, the iPhone 5 is the latest mobile in the Apple’s iPhone series.  Announced and released September 2012, the iPhone 5 is the first Apple to deviate from the Continue reading…

4G iPhone | Best Deals on Australian 4G iPhones

4G iPhone Summary If you are shopping for a 4G iPhone click this link to see Pricing, Features, Specifications, Expert and Visitor Reviews of the iPhone 5. 4G or fourth generation of mobile technology standards refers to the advanced wireless technology primarily for mobile phones and devices like Mobile Broadband Dongles. The only Apple Continue reading…

3G iPhone | Best Australian Deals on 3G iPhones

3G iPhone Summary : 3G iPhones in Australia Any iPhone you buy in Australia is going to have 3G, or fast data access. The latest, the iPhone 5, has 3G as well as 4G ( or really fast data ) capabilities. Data access is an incredibly and increasingly important aspect of mobile phone use. Continue reading…

What are Android Phones?

Android Phones : Operating System ? Android is an operating system used on a variety of devices, produced by a large proportion of the world’s handset manufacturers. Collectively, the devices which use Android are known as Android Phones. Android was developed by Android Inc. and is now owned by Google.  The first version of Continue reading…