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Phone Fatigue

Over the past couple of decades, telcos have played the role of financing companies, subsidising expensive handsets. In return, the companies tie customers into their phone plans which ensure they stick around for a while. This model is slowly tapering and could soon come to an end in Australia as people develop phone fatigue. Continue reading…

Telstra – Free Data in 5-10 Years

Telstra – Free Data in 5-10 Years The future for consumer data prices is not as bright for telcos, according to Telstra. In the next 5 to 10 years, the prices may touch the zero line and operators must prepare for this by diversifying to other services in addition to connectivity. Speaking at the Continue reading…

Why You Don’t Need the Latest Phone

There is always excitement whenever a flagship handset hits the market. Everyone wants to try it despite the colossal sums they have to sacrifice to get it. If you could just step back a little bit and reexamine your decision, you may not actually need the new model handset. Unlike in the past, there Continue reading…

Telstra Says 5G Will Not Replace NBN

Very soon, Australia will have access to 5G data speeds. This is revolutionary, and some industry players have suggested that a significant market share will move from National Broadband Network (NBN) to mobile broadband. However, Telstra says that 5G mobile will never supersede the NBN due to capacity issues. The 5G mobile network is Continue reading…

All The Kids Want a Phone for Christmas

A new research study by Telstra reveals that close to 50% of Australian parents are considering gifting their children smartphones as Christmas presents. While some of the parents felt that their children will be safer with smartphones, others pointed out the need for connectivity, communication, and independence as the major reasons to buy their Continue reading…

The Hidden Fees in Phone Plans They Never Tell You About

Let’s face it, our digital lives revolve around mobile phones. We do everything from participating in competitions, buying apps, and even voting on TV shows. A new survey by Ipsos commissioned by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN), has brought to the fore shocking details of third party mobile phone charges that consumers Continue reading…

The NBN and Mobile Broadband

On August 31, 2017, NBN Co published its corporate plan covering the period from 2018 to 2021. In this plan, it laid bare its operational expectations and how it would up its revenue and profit for the next 4 years. Analysts see the corporate report as nothing, but the ugly truth on how NBN Continue reading…

MVNOs Showing Huge Growth

The Australian mobile broadband market is set to attain new levels of maturity with more players such as TPG seeking entry into this highly competitive arena. Apart from the three dominant telcos: Telstra, Vodafone, and Optus, Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) have also re-emerged to claim a significant percentage of the growth in the Continue reading…

The Regulators 5G Approach

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is on top gear in the process to sell through auction, part of the 26GHz/5G spectrum band. Ahead of this first-of-its-kind global auction, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has registered its intention to review mobile spectrum ownership. On its part, NBN feels threatened that telcos Continue reading…

Threat From TPG Is Modest

The Australian telecommunication landscape is set for a likely shake-up after TPG announced its intention to build its own mobile network. The company already paid the government $1.26 billion for a share of the 4G mobile spectrum and plans to spend another $600 million for the next 3 years to build its network. Despite Continue reading…

Vodafone’s NBN Extras

Vodafone’s NBN Extras After announcing in 2016 its plans to join the National Broadband Network (NBN), Vodafone has gone ahead to market test NBN Extras. This is a unique product in the Australian telco industry that will see the company offer voice-over-Wi-Fi or fixed number redirect to mobile phones. Currently, Vodafone is conducting paid Continue reading…

Phone Companies On The Anti-Siphoning List

Phone companies on the Anti-Siphoning List? The Australian government through the media reform package has opened possibilities that may see telecommunication and technology players such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Optus included in the anti-siphoning regime. Sporting events on the anti-siphoning list have been the preserve of free to air broadcasters who bid first. Continue reading…

OpenSignal’s Broadband Speed Report

OpenSignal’s Broadband Speed Report From the latest OpenSignal’s monitoring data on the Australian mobile broadband network, the country still stands strong in terms of 4G availability and download speeds. Metrics collected per region indicate that Telstra and Vodafone have the fastest 4G download speeds while Optus leads in 4G latency and 3G download speeds. Continue reading…

Advertised Vs Experienced Data Speeds

Advertised Vs Experienced Data Speeds The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been actively pursuing its mandate of promoting competition and ensuring that the consumer is protected always. In its latest National Broadband Network (NBN) Wholesale Market Indicators Report covering the period ending September 30, 2017, it has lauded the level of competition Continue reading…

Overview On The Latest Broadband Speeds In Australia

An Overview on the Latest Broadband Speeds in Australia The mobile industry is the global pacesetter in terms of internet speeds and connectivity. While 4G connectivity and availability is still here with us, the industry has now turned its focus to 5G. OpenSignal, a global mobile network performance monitoring company, in its state of Continue reading…

Are You Paying By Phone Or Cash?

Are You Paying By Phone Or Cash? Everyone knows that cash payments have dropped significantly since cards arrived. However, banking apps in smartphones are edging out even cards, with money becoming completely digital since the arrival of mobile computing. As more Australians use pay-by-phone, the data demands on Australian telcos is increasing – a Continue reading…

Your iPhone Now Let’s You Self-Diagnose Cancer

 Your iPhone now lets you self-diagnose cancer Smartphone accessories are quite the rage and often make great Christmas presents. While headphones and charging pads remain popular, what if you could get your hands on a self-diagnosis tool powered by your iPhone? One doctor discovered that he had cancer, and this is yet another incident Continue reading…

Next Generation Messaging Available For Telstra Users

Next generation messaging available for Telstra users Telstra has become the first telco in Australia to support the latest messaging standard on select Android phones. RCS or Rich Communication Services is the evolution of Short Messaging Service, mashing SMS and MMS with more features like message delivery notifications, file sharing, group chats, video and Continue reading…

Telstra Increasing Sales For Tradies

Telstra increasing sales for tradies While telcos usually target large enterprises for business apps and technology, Telstra has gone one step further and is creating a tech platform keeping tradespersons in mind. They have partnered with Master Builders to create an app for independent contractors that lets them manage jobs, order parts, service customers, Continue reading…

How Vodafone’s Narrowband-IOT Will Make Your Life Easier?

How Vodafone’s Narrowband-IOT will make your life easier? Vodafone has beaten rivals Telstra and Optus to launch the first Narrowband-Internet of Things(NB-IoT) network in Australia. This network is now live in North Sydney, Port Melbourne, and Frankston, and will reach other areas of Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra by the end of this year. Enabling Continue reading…

Optus Improves Customer Service With Google Assistant

Optus improves customer service with Google Assistant Are you tired of calling up telcos only to experience a recorded voice that asks you to pick from an array of choices – none of which address your needs? Are you fed up with the long call service wait times and the operator’s endless questions to Continue reading…

NBN Ready To Face The 5G Threat?

Is NBN ready to face the 5G threat? The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission(ACCC) published their Communications sector market study, and NBN’s future already looks shaky. The report, which focuses primarily on the fixed broadband service, assesses that more customers might make the switch from NBN to 5G in 2020, leading to severe losses that Continue reading…

Optus Wholesales Wireless Broadband Services

Optus wholesales wireless broadband services Optus recently created a new broadband offering – called home wireless broadband. This is essentially a mobile data SIM card and a modem that can use the card to create a wireless network for your home. All your devices would access the Optus 4G network instead of a fixed Continue reading…

Should Telstra Pull Out Of Healthcare?

Should Telstra Pull Out Of Healthcare? Telstra is facing some tough decisions given the current financial hot waters that the company has found itself in. Telstra lost a significant revenue share when it sold its physical network to NBN. Additionally, the company now has to pay NBN an annual leasing fee of $3 billion Continue reading…

Can OVO Mobile Data Outperform Your NBN?

Can OVO Mobile Data outperform your NBN? OVO Mobile has recently launched a 100GB mobile data plan that is being touted as a solution to NBN woes. If you are struggling with a slow and unreliable fixed-line broadband connection, you might consider comparing it with OVO to see if a mobile data broadband is Continue reading…

Cheapest Plans For Low Data Users

Cheapest plans for low data users Are you a low mobile data user – probably because you use wifi all the time, or you are just careful, or because you don’t really browse much on your phone? Are you tired of paying too much for data you don’t use, just to enjoy unlimited calls Continue reading…

Telcos Support SMBs With Smart Apps

Telcos Support SMBs With Smart Apps Businesses today need to be tech savvy for improved collaboration, productivity and flexibility. Telcos have identified this digital need and are offering enticing discounts to a variety of productivity apps for SMB clients. While Telstra and Optus have been focussing on SMBs for the last one year, Vodafone Continue reading…

Global eSIM Market – Trends and Major Drivers

Global eSIM market – trends and major drivers The eSIM card is the new kid on the telco block, and his popularity is only growing. The eSIM, unlike the ordinary SIM, is a combination of embedded technology in next-generation devices and a virtual token from telco operators. It lets users switch between mobile operators Continue reading…

Telstra’s ‘Foxy’ Plan to Retain Mobile Customers

Telstra’s ‘Foxy’ plan to retain mobile customers Tired of the competition nipping at its heels, Telstra has come up with a unique plan to increase its customer base and gain an edge over the competition. Telstra customers will now get free access to content packs on streaming service Foxtel Now, paving the way for 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…

Data Reveals TV Consumption on Mobile not as High as Assumed

Data reveals TV consumption on mobile not as high as assumed While smartphone companies would have you believe that all users are continuously on the Internet, streaming videos, the reality is far from accurate. Mobile plans rarely support video watching for too long, and the small screen of the device is a deterrent. Do Continue reading…

3 ways to sell your old iPhone in Australia

3 ways to sell your old iPhone in Australia Are you eager to get your hands on the new iPhone X but find yourself cash- strapped or on a budget? Why not let your old iPhone come to your rescue? Selling your old phone can help you recover at least half the cost of Continue reading…

Mobile bill shock – Vodafone ripping off loyal customers

Mobile bill shock – Vodafone ripping off loyal customers Three of the top mobile companies in UK, Vodafone, EE and Three have been found guilty of overcharging loyal customers on extended fix-term contracts. The scam was detected by not-for-profit Citizen’s Advice, an independent organisation that provides free, confidential and impartial advice to UK citizens Continue reading…

Google’s eSIM manager app and how it works for Australia

Google’s eSIM manager app and how it works for Australia Google Pixel2 users will be excited to know that their in-built eSIM manager app has finally hit play stores. The app lets you connect to Google’s project fi network, or switch between your local SIM and the eSIM, all with a single touch. While Continue reading…

Telstra TPG Battle – Mobile users the only winners

With TPG all set to launch in Australia by mid-2018, the telco wars are heating up. Telstra is gearing up for the challenge, and they have acknowledged that TPG is a threat that will capture some portion of their market share. This acknowledgement itself speaks volumes about the pressure that existing companies Telstra, Vodafone Continue reading…

Mobile Only Australians and The Changing Face Of Telco

Mobile Only Australians and The Changing Face Of Telco   Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) published survey data that gave some fascinating insights into the changing face of telecommunication in Australia. 31%, which is 5.78 million Australians, don’t have a fixed landline at home.  A 2009 report showed that 9 in 10 households Continue reading…

5G Spectrum Wars – Whose Gain, Whose Loss?

5G Spectrum Wars – Whose Gain, Whose Loss? The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has finally announced late November auction dates for 39 lots of residual mobile spectrum in 1.8GHz, 2GHz, 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz bands, opening up a new market of 38.5 million people across Australia. The spectrums come with a hefty price Continue reading…

Living On The Edge – Microsoft’s Future Teeters on The eSIM

Living On The Edge – Microsoft’s Future Teeters on The eSIM Microsoft has always dominated the personal computer (PC) market with their iconic Windows and Windows products. Unfortunately, the last decade has not been a good one for this technology behemoth. Apple invaded the PC market with their “Macs”, but that still did not Continue reading…

What’s Cooking in the McDonalds-Telstra Partnership?

What’s Cooking in the McDonalds-Telstra Partnership? McDonald’s has selected Telstra as its digital transformation partner and will pay the telco giant a whopping $90 million for rewiring the fast food retailer’s internal IT network. ‘Maccas’ wants Telstra to kit out their 850 restaurants in the country with fibre optic network cabling that will benefit Continue reading…

Telcos launch eSIMs to support wearables technology

  Telcos launch eSIMs to support wearables technology Until the Apple Watch 3, most wearables needed to sync with a mobile phone via blue tooth to be completely useful. If you have been an early smartwatch user (I jumped on the bandwagon mid last year), you probably missed a few calls because your phone Continue reading…

Problems with the Apple Watch

Problems with the Apple Watch The main selling point of the Apple Watch is its ability to connect independently to cellular networks, make calls or help you navigate – even if your phone is switched off. It has been heavily marketed as a great back up for when your phone battery dies, or phone Continue reading…

TPG Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think

  TPG Will Be Here Sooner Than You Think TPG is on track for its scheduled mobile network launch in mid-2018, with work progressing strongly on its A$1.9 billion network installation in Australia. TPG is going all out, signing contracts with multiple technology partners to implement networks that are 4G and 5G ready. While Continue reading…

Massive MIMO – new frontier in network technology

With Optus completing successful MIMO trials over its live netwrk in Sydney last month, Massive MIMO has become the new buzzword in telecom circles. Every operator now wants to implement this new technology and improve data speeds for customers. Massive MIMO must be conquered before 5G can be launched – creating the concept of Continue reading…

Will South Asia Save The Sinking Telstra Ship

The sinking Telstra ship may have found new moorings in Southeast Asia. With share prices hitting rock bottom and investor trust waning in Australia, Telstra has invested A$300 million in 45 technology companies in Asia. By tapping into the largest markets in the world, Telstra hopes to strengthen revenue and recover business lost to Continue reading…

Telstra wants to make 4G as efficient as 5G

With 5G mobile data speeds around the corner, one would think telco operators would slack up on their 4G networks. Telstra closed its 2G network late last year but wants to continue improving operations on its 4G networks. While the large existing customer base on these two networks is a major factor, Internet speed Continue reading…

Third Party Mobile Charges To Be Banned Soon

2 million Aussies are paying hidden mobile charges – are you one of them? Have you had any hard-to-decipher charges show up on your post-paid mobile bill? Many customers find themselves in a whammy when they see unexpected and unexplainable charges on their mobile bill. But what is even worse is the sheer number Continue reading…

Vodafone-Square Partnership To Assist Small Businesses

Vodafone and Square have come together to provide a low-cost point of sale system to small business owners across Australia. This innovative partnership lets Vodafone Red users access the Square Reader for just $5 (RRP $59) and waives off the Square processing fee for the first $1000 in payments. This is a great deal Continue reading…

What does Belong Mobile Mean for Telstra’s Future?

Telstra is attempting to boost its bottom line with the launch of cheap mobile broadband – Belong Mobile. Telstra has always projected itself as a premium service, so an attempt to grab a slice of the cheaper market base looks like a desperate move to make some headway. Couple this with slashed dividends and Continue reading…

More Woes For Telstra

Telstra’s share prices have plunged to an all-new low – dropping 6.3% to $3.60 a share. Shareholders can also no longer look out for the 15.5c per share dividend payout – an outcome that will eat into the retirement funds of millions of Australian shareholders. Telstra CEO Andrew Penn’s plans to stabilize share prices Continue reading…

Can Essential Become the World’s Smartest Smartphone?

Source: Essential Phone Website The Smartphone market today is monopolised by two big brands – Apple and Samsung, who seem to be stagnating in smart phone innovation. The much-hyped iPhone 7 did not offer anything more interesting than a missing headphone jack while Samsung’s newest offerings too, don’t go beyond adding a few extra Continue reading…

Three Ideas to Reduce Your Mobile Bill While Travelling

Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, remaining connected is imperative in today’s day and age. Most holiday goers even prefer to retain their regular number when they are travelling. But simply switching to international roaming with your usual provider may quickly lead to bill shock spanning hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Continue reading…

Telstra adopts Artificial Intelligence – Why?

Telstra is appointing internal product teams to oversee applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning projects within the company. While the details are still under wraps, Telstra wants to use advances in AI to deliver more customer focused solutions that meet customer preferences. It wants a dedicated team to expand the AI capabilities of Continue reading…

Kogan Vodafone Partnership – What to Expect?

Kogan Mobile is a favourite player in the low-cost prepaid mobile space. The online retailer offers the most cost effective solutions and inexpensive data plans within Australia. Along with its thousands of other products online, Kogan also sells pre-paid sims, which can be ordered, configured and used within the comforts of one’s home. With Continue reading…

Ten Ways That iPhone Has Changed Human Civilisation

The single best selling product in the world, the iPhone, celebrates its tenth year since launch. Robust design, innovative technology and extensive marketing made the iPhone go from a piece of technology to a lifestyle statement. But it is also interesting to note how this device has impacted human life as a whole. So Continue reading…

iPhone – The Past and the Future

The iPhone turned ten this year, marking a significant milestone for the single best selling product of all time. Till date, Apple has sold over 1.2 billion units, carving a place in history for the company, the product and most importantly, the founder – Steve Jobs. The association between the iPhone and Steve is Continue reading…

Nest Launches in Australia – But Are We Ready?

Nest, smart home technology from Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has finally arrived on Australian shores. It may have come seven years after being around in the US, but we are still only the 13th country in the world to get Nest devices. Three Nest Devices are currently available – Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Continue reading…

What You Need to Read Before You Buy a 2017 iPhone

WhatPhone’s September 2017 survey How we conducted this survey : WhatPhone conducted an online survey of 500 Australians in late August 2017. Results were collected immediately afterward and posted to WhatPhone in September, just in time for the 2017 Apple device release. We have separated the results we received and added in other useful Continue reading…

The WhatPhone 2017 Mobile Services Report

WhatPhone’s September 2017 survey Method : WhatPhone conducted an online survey in late August 2017. The survey was answered by 500 people. Results were collected immediately afterward and posted to WhatPhone in September. We divided the results between three different articles, based on the questions’ focus areas. The goal of the survey was to Continue reading…

OVO’s Sept. ‘17 100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

Note : This article ends with a link to a review of OVO’s service. WhatPhone was provided a free SIM with this 100GB of data bundle, from OVO, for that review. Quick Summary OVO Mobile are a relatively new, fast growing Optus 3G and 4G Plus network reseller. They have released a new 100GB, 4G, Continue reading…

Three Reasons Why Telstra Slashed Dividends

  Broadband giant Telstra may be the most popular name in the Telecom Industry, but things are not as good as they appear. Telstra’s financial health is declining with revenue unchanged over the last decade and earnings considerably less so before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA). Telstra’s shares plummeted 10 percent as the Continue reading…

Kogan – New Mobile Broadband Player In The Market

Are you looking at mobile data plans without any phone plan add ons? These plans are especially helpful for tablets and laptops with data card slots. You just need to insert a mobile data Sim card and access the Internet anywhere – without the hassle of wifi, data modem or any data cable.  These Continue reading…

Mobile Roaming Regulation – Who Benefits and Who Doesn’t?

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had launched an inquiry last September into whether it should declare wholesale mobile roaming services in Australia. Currently only Telstra (and to a lesser extent, Optus) have invested in setting up towers and transmitters in the rural regions of Australia. They charge a premium to customers in Continue reading…

Telstra’s Security Operations Centre – Long Overdue

It could happen to anyone Last month, a young woman in Toowoomba received an email from her bank, informing her of a $6000 withdrawal she had not made. Shocked, she logged into her account to discover the money was indeed missing. She immediately contacted her banks and asked them to freeze her account. She Continue reading…

Are Free Data Plans The Future of Mobile?

What comes after data deflation ? Free data ? We’ve covered the phenomenon of data deflation before. Data deflation can be a good thing for those who don’t have a phone under contract from their phone company. The price of data falls so regularly that if you have a SIM Only or Prepaid plan, Continue reading…

The eSIM and EUICC

  A quick Intro to the eSIM – the EUICC The UICC is the Universal Integrated Circuit Card – the hardware SIM chip we’ve all used in phones for a while. The EUICC is the Embedded version of the, same thing. The addition of the ‘E’ simply means this new type of SIM card 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 You Should move from Vodafone Prepaid Plans

Are you on a Vodafone Recharge ? It might be time for a change Vodafone used to be considered the best on the prepaid market in Australia. Now, we can no longer recommend them for their prepaid plan range. Vodafone are outplayed for value on core inclusions ( notably data ) by tier 1 Continue reading…

Upgrading to the iPhone 8? Not a Good Idea

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 to date are that this iPhone is likely to be better than any others yet unveiled by the smart phone giant. Apple is expecting to achieve better sales than it 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 Hot Cakes in India

  Ingenious Apple Apple is competing for a share of the potentially huge Indian smart phone market, using a novel strategy. In that market, they’re releasing older model iPhones. These ‘tried and tested’ devices are more affordable in India and and they seem to be proving a hit with the locals. It’s not the first 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 Computex 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?

Leasing your phone is a good way to retain control of your right to shop around for a plan while avoiding the up front cost of the device. 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 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?

  The cost of mobile services is already falling fast We complain that our mobile phone bills are too big. And perhaps they are. But they are a good deal cheaper than they were last year. They’re also substantially cheaper than the phone plans we used to buy 20 years ago. Anyone who is 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…

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

Don’t get a Galaxy S8 Under 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. Major additions to phone plans 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

Optus’ ‘IOU’ plan feature is unique in Australia. 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 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…

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)

In this article, we explain what a ‘Minimum Total Cost’ (MTC) means to you. 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 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 ecosystem to adopt a new piece of technology. The 2017 Apple Watch (version 3) 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 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…

Mobile phone contracts can cost you $500 more than you think

 Introducing the facts about mobile contracts you need to know Mobile phone contracts can cost their owners $500 in unexpected fees and overage. Here’s the whole story in 60 seconds : Fact 1: If you sign a contract with your phone company, during the agreement, your data usage will increase around 90 per cent 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…

Refurbished Phones – Does It Make Sense To Buy?

  You now have a lot more options when it comes to buying phones Refurbished phones can save you 30% on the price of a new phone. Used correctly, refurbished phones are a significant part of how Australians can save up to 50% on their phone costs. They are one of a range of Continue reading…

Phone plans with international calls included

The price of international calls is falling regularly. You can now get them in many phone plans from as little as $30 a month. 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 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 Explodes as 4G Networks Expand

You may have wondered exactly how companies can determine the rate of growth in data usage on phones. After all, it’s only with that information that people can make informed recommendations to you on the amount of data you need in your plan. There are many ways to establish this sort of statistic. One 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…

Vodafone Offers Seniors a Mobile Plan They Just Can’t Refuse

Some of Vodafone’s plans are targetted directly at seniors Vodafone has come out with an exciting new package aimed at seniors in New South Wales which will be replicated in other states. The package aims to improve seniors’ knowledge of their mobile devices, especially smartphones, as well as give them a better phone and 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…

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…

How Telstra Air Have Made Customers Enjoy Unlimited Data Access

Great news for Telstra customers, subscribers can continue enjoying free access to Telstra Air. The national carrier has just announced in the media, that free access to Telstra Air will continue nationwide. The nationwide Wi-Fi network deal will continue until the 27th of March next year. Originally the deal was only extended 6 months, 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. An eSIM is going to be built in to the September 2017 Apple Watch. After that, before long, eSIMs are likely to be built in to everything from BBQs to Autonomous vehicles. More than that, the eSIM is being heralded 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 ?

OVO Mobile, Boost Mobile and others provide ‘data free’ streamed audio as part of their plans these days. ‘Data free’ means you won’t pay (from your phone plans’ data allowance) for the data you use streaming audio services. Introducing free music streaming in your phone plan Phone plans and phone companies are being broken Continue reading…

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

If you’re in to sport and don’t mind watching it on your phone, Telstra’s phone plans might be right for you. 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 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…

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 ?

60 second intro to the disruption the eSIM will cause eSIMs or ’embedded’ SIMs will be built in to the phones and wearables we buy starting with the 2017 Apple Watch. Phone plans will be chosen from the handset, not in a telco retail store. Telecommunications is already a competitive industry. Phone companies are 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…

Mobile World Congress shows how imminent the eSIM is

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’s eSIM approach vs The Phone Companies

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…

The eSIM and the Internet Of Things

The eSIM and the Internet Of Things Starhome Mach, a leading player in the Internet Of Things (IoT) and M2M (Machine to Machine) service provider industries, is one of many companies looking to the eSIM to help them better manage their ‘in field’ assets. (Internet connected machines outside of WiFi coverage.) Automation software which 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…

Apple set to introduce e-SIM functionality in next generation devices

Both Apple and Samsung are in talks with the major players in the telecommunications ecosystem, and have been some time, building new standards which allow the next generation of smartphones to utilise e-SIM functionality. Unlike existing physical SIM cards, eSIMs require no physical SIM to use phone company network services. All the settings required to 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 change for you?

  eSIMs have arrived. Now what ? The eSIM (embedded SIM) is here. It’s been announced that the eSIM will be a built in part of the new Apple Watch 3. In some ways, the eSIM offers facilities just like any other SIM you’ve had. You can attached SIM Only or Prepaid Plans to it, as you always Continue reading…

Australian eSIM Shipment Forecasts – Why they’re wrong

Forecasting growth of the eSIM in Australia 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 Sim technology 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 Disruption – What the eSIM means to Australians

How the eSIM will affect Australia eSIMs or embedded SIMs are likely to impact future generations of smartphones, smart watches and tablet devices. With an eSIM preinstalled at the point of manufacture, phone plan changes can be completed all at the tap of a finger, using only your phone. The patents for embedded SIMs have been 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

eSIMs are going to change everything in Australia 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. 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 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

What network do Amaysim, Vaya, Lebara and other smaller phone companies use? 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 – 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

Wi-Fi calling is already available in Australia with some phone companies. 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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sony Xperia Z2 Software Review

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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

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Australia Has The Fastest Phone Networks In The World

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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

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

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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

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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 vs Virgin Mobile : We compare the two to see which is right for you. 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 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?

Telstra vs Vodafone Australia. 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 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Nokia Lumia 800 – Features

The Nokia Lumia 800 was designed to be an improved version of the Nokia N9. It was released late 2011 and, at the time, was the first Windows Phone of Nokia powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating Systems. Nokia Lumia 800 – Dimensions Just like the Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 measures Continue reading…

Nokia Lumia 800 – Specs

Lumia 800 Features & Specifications The Nokia Lumia 800 was released in October of 2011. It was originally pitched as a mid tier device. The Lumia 800 has a 3.7 inch AMOLED screen with what is, today, a less than average resolution of 480 by 800 pixels.  It is a multi-touch screen made with Continue reading…

Android Phones – Australian Android Devices

What are Android Phones ? Android Phones are simply phones running the Android Operating System. Currently in market versions of Android, sold on new devices in Australia are Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean. Top 3 Features introduced by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich One of the great additions in Android 4.0 is the data Continue reading…

Quad Core Processors : Helpful or Marketing Doubletalk ?

Quad Core Processors The journey towards Quad Core Processors has been faster than you’d think. Beginning with the LG Optimus 2X in January 2011, the Australian market started to break away from the world of Single Processors in it’s mobile phones. The Optimus ‘doubled up’ to ‘Dual Cores’. Then, in 2012, high end mobile Continue reading…

Mobile Phone Screen Types – Advanced

If you’ve read the Mobile Phones Beginner’s guide, then here’s more detail on each of the key screen type features so you can make the right choice about what phone screen is right for you. Mobile Screen Types – What is AMOLED? AMOLED is short for Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting-Diode. An AMOLED screen is made Continue reading…

Mobile Phone Screen Types – Beginner’s Guide

Mobile Phone Screen Types – For Beginners There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to Mobile Phone Screen Types. AMOLED, LCD, Retina, High Definition : Even if you’re only looking at the Screen Type of a mobile – it can be hard to decide what’s going to be the right Continue reading…

Galaxy Note 2 vs Top selling phones

Comparing the Galaxy Note 2 The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a device that’s defined by its size for many. It’s superfast browsing, incredible screen and Jellybean software have won over many . If you’ve narrowed your choice down to the Note 2 vs another device, and are figuring out what phone is right Continue reading…

Android – What Australian Users Love About Android

Android Android is an operating system designed primarily for mobile phones and tablets. Android is a Linux-based operating system which was initially developed by Android Inc. and was later bought by Google. Today, Android is the number 1 operating system in the world. More than a million Droid devices are activated every 24 hours. Continue reading…

What is 3G ? What 3G Enables for Users In Australia

3G or HSPA 3G is the third generation of mobile phone technology which succeeds GPRS – a 2G, or 2nd generation technology. 3G brought faster data communication, greater network capacity and enabled the latest network services – the ones you’re used to today – like fast internet browsing, music and application downloads. One of Continue reading…

What is GSM ? What GSM Enables for Users in Australia

What is GSM ? Commercially released in 1991, GSM is short for Global System Mobile Communications. GSM is the core communication standard behind all modern mobile phones, including the ones used in Australia. Over the last 2 decades, the technology has evolved at an increasing rate, first turning all wireless communications digital and then Continue reading…

HTC 8x Windows Phone Pre-Review – 8X Specificaitons

HTC 8x Windows Phone Pre-Review The HTC 8X continues the naming conventions of the HTC 1X and 1S. One of the first HTC Windows Phone 8s, it was launched very late 2012, to compete with the Lumia 920, probably the best performing ( by Australian sales ) Windows Phone 8 devices on the market. Continue reading…

Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8 Pre-Review

The Nokia Lumia 820 – Pre-Review The Nokia Lumia 820 launches in to a market dominated by Apple and Android devices. And it looka like Nokia has learned a thing or two from their competition. The 820 comes in a pretty box, very iPhone-esque which makes me feel a little bit special when I Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 4S – Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 4S Let’s see where your money is best spent – on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or the iPhone 4S. Putting the two devices in front of me, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 4S, it’s immediately obvious that they are a generation apart. The iPhone 4S Continue reading…

Samsung Android

Samsung Android Samsung has been using the Android operating system since  June 2009. The first device Samsung released with Android was the famous Samsung Galaxy mobile phone – which went on to spawn a whole series of Samsung Galaxy devices. And Samsung have done pretty well out of it. Today, several of the most Continue reading…

Windows Phone 8 – Key Hardware Features

Windows Phone 8 – Key Hardware Features Windows Phone 8 is the first mobile phone Operating System that utilizes the Windows 8 NT kernel. That means out of the box, you’ll get an enhanced file system, drivers and media and graphics support. Learning from Windows 7 where Microsoft failed to support the latest hardware, Continue reading…

LTE Phones Available in Australia

If you are in the market for a new smart mobile phone or get into a contract with an Australian Telco like Optus, Vodafone Australia Telstra or Virgin Mobile, here are the LTE phones available in Australia. December 2012. LTE Phones Available in Australia – iPhone 5 Apple proudly announced their latest smartphone, earlier Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Introduction & summary Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S2 is a great way to see how quickly the market for mobile phones is improving. These two phones are from the same family. Their launches are separated by only 18 months or so and yet there is an enormous difference between Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 Comparison

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Samsung Galaxy S3 There is constant improvement in the market for mobile phones. Shortly post launch, Samsung upgraded the Samsung Galaxy S3 to include Jellybean, the latest Android Operating System – version 4.1 and LTE network connectivity. Now the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has taken the Android Jellybean baton. Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs iPhone 5 Comparison Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or iPhone 5 ? Looking at them on the Whatphone table in front of me, they are incredibly different products in some ways. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and iPhone 5 are two of the latest high end, high quality, super fast, LTE (quicker than your home broadband wireless access Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Comparison Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs HTC One X Review – Intro Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One X are great, cutting edge devices. They represent some of the best that the Android platform has in market at the moment. If you’re deciding between the Samsung Galaxy Note or HTC One X, Continue reading…

Nokia Lumia 920 – Feature Overview

Nokia Lumia 920 – Feature Overview The Nokia Lumia 920 is definitely part of the next generation of phones. It benefits from a number of the features and functions that you’re likely to want to consider if you are looking to have a cutting edge device which is a little bit different from the Continue reading…

Windows Phone : Windows Phone 8 Software

Windows Phone 8 – Software Overview In October 2012, Microsoft announced the latest operating system for its range of smart mobile phones – Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has been in the background for the last few years while Google and Apple were busy dressing up Android and iOS. Windows Phone 8 has borrowed much Continue reading…

Galaxy Note 2 Review – Whatphone Australian Review

Galaxy Note 2 Review – Intro I think my initial reaction to the Galaxy Note 2 is the same as most peoples’. It’s huge. I reviewed the original Samsung Galaxy Note just after Whatphone launched and to be honest, I enjoyed it. It’s a very different device to the iPhones I usually favour. But Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review – Kurt Hands’ Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Review – Overview I heavily criticized the original Galaxy Note and I was wrong. At the time of the launch of our site – August 2012, Whatphone started with the first Note in the top 7. And it stayed there. Relentlessly. For ever. It was still there until we replaced Continue reading…

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S2 – Australian Review

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S2 Review – Intro What’s amazing when you do an iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S2 Review is just how relevant the comparison still is. Remember, we’re comparing the latest smart mobile phone from the world’s leading provider of mobiles – the Apple iPhone 5 – with a device Continue reading…

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note Review

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy Note Review They’re both in the Whatphone Top 7 devices right now – the products that more than 90% of people research and buy. The iPhone 5, one of the latest releases in the Australian market, is the cutting edge and is likely to be the fastest selling handset Continue reading…

iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S – Which Phone Should I Get

iPhone 5 vs iPhone 4S Review – Intro There are still an awful lot of people interested in the iPhone 4S. For most, it’s a question of budget and brand. They love Apple, they want the iPhone 5 but they can’t afford or don’t want to spend all that money getting the very latest device. Continue reading…

iPhone 5 vs HTC 1S – Australian Comparison Review

iPhone 5 vs HTC 1S Review Both the iPhone 5 and the HTC 1S are in the Top 7 mobile phones that people are researching and buying. They’re actually very similar devices looks wise. The iPhone 5 is obviously a more looked for product which services a higher end market. However, for those put Continue reading…

Samsung Ativ S – Coming Soon to Australia

Samsung Ativ S – Australian Pre Release Review The much anticipated release of the Samsung Ativ S made me wonder what all the hype was about. At first, it just seems like another Windows phone. However, I was lucky enough to get my hands on a loaner device and there are some things that Continue reading…

HTC Desire X Review – Tim’s Everyday Shopper Opinion

The HTC Desire X Review – Tim’s view The Desire range of products has been HTC’s mid tier selection for years now. The HTC Desire X represents it and, to tell you the truth, it has surprised me. From nowhere, with minimal advertising, the Desire X has become one of the most researched devices Continue reading…

HTC Desire X – Review by Kurt for whatphone.com.au

The HTC Desire X Review – The Desire Range Developed by the famous HTC Corporation, the HTC Desire is a new Smartphone that was officially released in Australia August 2012. Local operators didn’t start to range it until very recently ( late October. ) Some in Europe got it earlier. Demand for the Desire Continue reading…

HTC One S – Whatphone’s In Depth Review

HTC One S – Review Released after the HTC One X, in Australia, the HTC One S is, most notably, a smaller device than its big brother. I spent a week with an HTC One S at the start of August, after more than 6 weeks with the HTC One X as my primary Continue reading…

Whatphone’s Most Useful Articles – Summary Listing Page

Whatphone’s Most Useful Articles This article outlines Whatphone’s most useful articles and provides you links to them. At Whatphone, we receive many thousands of visitors per month. We try to help them all. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to find the Smart Mobile Phone which makes sense Continue reading…

Best Phone Camera – Whatphone Compares The Top 7

Best phone camera – Summary of what is on this page THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION Hello ! Trying to figure out which device has the best phone camera ? Welcome to the Whatphone comparison of the camera capabilities of the top 7 phones. Please see below for images taken by devices in the Continue reading…

What is LTE / 4G ? LTE in Australia

If you had to boil it all down to a single sentence, LTE means data comes down more quickly to your device. LTE / 4G is super fast internet access. It’s likely to be faster downloading a web page on your LTE phone than doing the same thing on your home laptop over a Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Phones

Everything you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy Series The Samsung Galaxy Series of devices includes some of the best Android mobile phones in the Australian market. They’re the top of the pile when it comes to premium Android phones. They represent the mainstream competitor to Apple’s smartphone dominance. The Galaxy Series is a Continue reading…

iPhone

iPhone – Updated June 2014 The Apple iPhone has changed the world. If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone, in the opinion of Whatphone, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s should be on your list. Where to get the best deal on an iPhone Buy it outright : Without doubt Continue reading…

Windows Phones – Windows Phone 8 Rivals Android & IOS

Windows Phone 8 – Changing Things Quickly Windows Phone – has never quite cut it as a mobile device operating system. In the opinion of Whatphone, that’s going to change quickly. Here’s why. Windows Mobile is the broad name for the mobile version of the Windows Phone Operating System. You might have heard about Continue reading…

3 Mobile Australia – Phones Plans and Deals on Whatphone

3 Mobile Australia – Overview 3 mobile. Below : Details of the merger between 3 mobile and Vodafone How 3 Mobile plans work with Vodafone after the merger 3 Mobile Customer Satisfaction information 3 Mobile Phone and Plan deals 3 Mobile Australia – The merger 3 merged with Vodafone in Australia. Together, they form Continue reading…

Vodafone SIM – what you need to know ?

Should you get it?   Vodafone SIMs offer some of the best pricing in the Australian market. More and more people are opting for SIM only price plans. Some estimates say that 50% of people already have a mobile phone that they just want to put a SIM in. Vodafone SIM – Great offers Continue reading…

Vodafone Mobile – Find the right Vodafone mobile with Whatphone

Vodafone Mobile – Introduction Choosing a Vodafone Mobile is easy. Whatphone shows you how. As a huge international telecommunications company, the range of Vodafone Mobiles is often impressive. Members of the Whatphone team have worked at Vodafone Australia can know that the telco gets sharp pricing due to the international volumes they place. Vodafone Continue reading…

Vodafone Postpaid Plans – Pricing, Network and Service

Vodafone Postpaid Plans – types of plan Vodafone postpaid plans are broken down in to 2 main categories : 24 month contract plans. Some are focused on high voice usage, some on high SMS usage. All Vodafone postpaid plans include data allowances.Whatphone offers details of the best Vodafone postpaid plan deals, compared to the Continue reading…

Amaysim Review – 2013 Amaysim Review – Updated

Amaysim Review – Introduction Everyone who comes to the Whatphone site wants to get the best price plan deal. Not all of our visitors want a phone. For those who fall in to both camps – want a great deal on a SIM card but don’t need a new mobile phone, Whatphone feels like Continue reading…

What Phone Is Better Than The iPhone 5 ? Comparison Reviews

Click through to reviews of the phones which are better than the iPhone 5 There are several Android products which are potentially better than the iPhone 5. Examples include the Samsung Galaxy S3 which, itself, has sold more than 20 million units to date, and the rather less successful but, potentially actually better, device, Continue reading…

iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 | Comparison Review

iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 : Intro At Whatphone, we imagine that iPhone 5 Vs Samsung Galaxy S3 is one of the key comparisons people need. The Samsung Galaxy S3 represents pretty much the best Android device out there at the moment. The iPhone 5 is, obviously, the most recent and therefore serious Continue reading…

Best Selling Phones Compared : Phone Specification Comparison

WhatPhone’s Hardware Specification Comparison WhatPphone has in depth information to cover every step of the mobile phone buying cycle for you. Part of that is device hardware specifications. We cover the top 7 mobile phones that more than 90% of people are buying at any one time. For those products, we offer a lot. Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S2 vs – Top Selling Australian Phones

Samsung Galaxy S2 vs – Top Selling Australian Phones Samsung Galaxy S2 vs – below – links to in depth comparison reviews between the Samsung Galaxy S2 and every other phone in the Whatphone top 7. How much do we love the Samsung Galaxy S2 at Whatphone ?! Answer : Quite a lot. Sometimes, Continue reading…

HTC One X vs Every Other Device In The Whatphone Top 7

The HTC One X vs Australia’s Top 7 Phones Whatphone has reviewed the HTC One X vs every other device, below. Check out the links to in depth reviews of the phones in real life situations. When choosing a phone, there are certain things which are objectively comparable. First among them when you’re looking Continue reading…

iPhone 5 – Whatphone Overview of the Apple iPhone 5

iPhone 5 – Introduction You’re excited. We are too. Everyone loves the new iPhone 5 from Optus, Telstra, Virgin and Vodafone Australia. The staff at Whatphone have worked in telecommunications companies for years. It’s impossible to work at any of those companies and miss the launch of a strategically important new device like the Continue reading…

The Mobile Phone Industry – A Whatphone Overview

The Mobile Phone Industry Mobile Phones are a part of all of our lives and so, the mobile phone industry is too. Surrounding the specifics of the device we purchase are broader trends. Technological trends come and go, dragging mobile devices in their wake. Companies rise and fall according to the level of demand Continue reading…

Mobile Phone FAQs : Answers to Phone Questions

Mobile Phone FAQs There are some things that it seems every visitor to Whatphone wants to know. If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone, you’re going to want to know the answer to these – we guarantee it ! Mobile Phone FAQs – Keeping A Number Can I keep my number Continue reading…

Mobile Phone Brands – Whatphone links and resources

Mobile Phone Brands – Overview Figuring out what phone is right for you from the plethora of options available is what we’re here to do. We know that the brand of the mobile phone handset you choose is critically important to you. It’s on your mind when you’re making your decision – which is Continue reading…

Mobile Phones Buyers Guide – Phone Buying Resources

Mobile phones buyers guide It might be a couple of years since you last looked at the ‘latest’ mobile phones. Now you’re back and trying to make sense of a world which has moved on. And how quickly it’s moved ! You need a mobile phones buyers guide ! Here are the Top WhatPhone Continue reading…

Which Phone To Get 2014 ? Choosing Quickly & Reliably

Choose a phone in 5 minutes This website was established with the goal of helping visitors make the right decision, on which phone to get, within 5 minutes of arriving. This page will detail : The One Thing you need to know which will help you the most A helpful process to follow when choosing Continue reading…

What phones have Jelly bean ? Whatphone explains

What phones have Jelly bean ? Give me a really quick answer. Right now, at the start of September ’12, when we’re asked what phones have jelly bean, we have to say that the only Australian Smartphone with Jelly bean is the 4G / LTE edition of the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Nexus 7 Continue reading…

What phone companies have the iPhone in Australia?

What phone companies have the iPhone ? They all do. What phone companies have the iPhone ? All of them ! In Australia anyway. And, just to be specific, when we say ‘all’, we mean the major phone companies. Usually, we call those ‘telcos’ – that’s telecommunications companies. More than 96% of Australians buy Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S2

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Nexus vs Samsung Galaxy S2 is far from a chore. At the rate the Smartphone market moves, I already consider them both classic devices. Each has their own unique strong elements. Given that, at the time of writing, the Nexus is going end of life, some would say surpassed by Continue reading…

Gorilla Glass : What Phones Have it – And What Is It Anyway ?

Why is Gorilla Glass important ? Literally every mobile phone on the market has Gorilla Glass. It has becoming standard on Australia’s ever broadening range of handheld phones, since the launch of the very first iPhone. Screens which use Gorilla glass have been treated especially. Gorilla glass helps you to avoid scratches and breakages. Gorilla Glass by Continue reading…

Best Price Plan Deals Whatphone’s Review at 8AM19.8.12 8 AM

To help you find the best price plan deals, Whatphone sends out regular emails with what we feel are the best deals across Optus, Virgin Mobile, Telstra  and Vodafone Australia. Remember, if you’re going to buy check the terms and conditions before you sign up ! Sometimes we make mistakes and your personal circumstances Continue reading…

Galaxy S3 vs HTC 1S – What phone is right for you

Galaxy S3 vs HTC 1S – Overview See below for a detailed specification by specificaiton comparison of the Galaxy S3 and HTC 1S. The Galaxy S3 is best in class and competes directly with the HTC 1X. The HTC 1S is the ‘little brother’ of the HTC 1X. It’s in the same range but Continue reading…

Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2 : Galaxy Device Leaders Compared

Comparing 2 of the best Samsung products Pitting the Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy S2 against each other is pitching the old against the new. Check out our detailed, feature by feature – ‘as used in real life’ comparison, below. Both are outstanding products, they separated by a year. They no longer represent the latest and Continue reading…

Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note : What phone is right for you

Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note – Overview See below for a detailed feature by feature comparison of the Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note. We have used them in real life scenarios and compared every feature. Reviewing the Galaxy S3 vs Galaxy Note, I’m reminded that one of the strengths of the Samsung range is Continue reading…

Nano SIMs – Compare Australian Nano SIM Pricing

Nano SIMs – Competitive Pricing If you are interested in competitive pricing information on Australian Nano SIMs from the major operators you can go through to the Whatphone SIM Only page. Below on this page : Specific plan details for Nano SIMs Explanation of Nano SIMs – what they are, why they are needed Continue reading…

HTC are struggling – Whatphone explains why

HTC Struggle HTC, the makers of the HTC One range, including the HTC One X and HTC One S, both of which made it in to the Whatphone top 7 have hit ‘hard times’. Let’s get this in perspective, before we go further. The HTC company is still financially robust. It’s still making money Continue reading…

What Phone Should I Buy ? Decide in 5 Minutes

What phone should I buy ? It’s the first question every mobile phone buyer in Australia asks when their contract comes up for renewal. Luckily ‘What phone should I buy ?‘ is the question Whatphone was designed to help you answer. Here’s how we can help. What phone should I buy ? Picking a Continue reading…

What phone brand is best ? Whatphone offers impartial advice.

What phone brand is best ? Whatphone helps you break down this very personal question with independent advice. Among the most frequently asked questions that we hear from our site visitors is ‘What phone brand is best’. Usually, we’ve found that the intention of the question is to narrow down the field so that Continue reading…

What Phone Should I Get 2013 ? How To Choose Safely

What Phone Should I get in 2013 ? The question we hear most often at Whatphone is What phone should I get ? This site, Whatphone was established to help you answer that quickly, easily and reliably. Whatphone is staffed by people who worked in the telecommunications industry for years at companies like Optus, Continue reading…

iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus : Whatphone Compares

iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus : Whatphone’s indepth, honest comparison between the two The iPhone 4S vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus ! What a mighty contest between the Apple and Google / Android platforms.  Each represented amongst the best of the capabilities of the platform at launch. The Nexus was the first Android machine Continue reading…

Iphone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy SII / Samsung Galaxy S2

We’ve got to compare the Iphone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy SII. They’re both in the top 7 devices and, for almost everyone, there can be only one mobile phone choice. Whatphone loves Smartphones like others do their children. As everyone does among their offspring, we have our favorites. The difference is that at Whatphone, Continue reading…

iPhone 4s vs HTC 1X / HTC One X : What phone suits you ?

Whatphone compares the iPhone 4s vs HTC 1X / HTC One X When you are  considering the iPhone 4s vs HTC OneX, you know you’re looking at two of the top 7 Australian mobiles. It’s probably fair to say that each represents the strongest current offering of the Apple / HTC companies’ phones. It’s Continue reading…

iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy S3 / Samsung Galaxy SIII

Comparing the iPhone 4s vs Samsung Galaxy S3 In the opinion of Whatphone, a decision about whether to go with the iPhone 4S vs Galaxy S3 is about 1 thing. It’s a decision about the safety of the Apple brand. Apple defined the Smartphone market. For many years, they set the standard. However, going Continue reading…

iPhone 5 : Not nearly as impressive as you might think.

iPhone 5 – Will not be impressive The iPhone 5 is scheduled for release in September 2012. “iPhone 5” has started popping up as a highly searched term already in Google, following several months of rumors. Interestingly, one of the rumors is that Apple themselves are causing a lot of the rumors by leaking Continue reading…

iPhone 5 : The Whatphone iPhone 5 rumour summary

iPhone 5 Rumor Summary Talk of the iPhone 5 this month ( Aug ’12 ), suggests that, although it may not be, it might just be called ‘the new iPhone’ seems to get people interested immediately. Recent industry announcements suggest that the flagship Apple product will follow its’ company’s broad trend of launching new Continue reading…

The Nokia Lumia 900 : Smartphone Fails

No-one buys Windows Mobile Devices The key reason Whatphone does not recommend Windows Mobile based Operating System devices like the Nokia Lumia 900 is that people don’t like them. According to IDC Q1 2012 reports on market share shipments. Windows Mobile makes up around 2% of the market for mobile device operating system sales Continue reading…

Devices that didn’t make it in to the Whatphone Top 7

Devices that didn’t make the cut and find themselves in the Whatphone top 7 devices :   At Whatphone, we try to simply the postpaid mobile buying process for our visitors on both the device and price plan side. Smartphone devices : For the Smartphone hardware, we offer the top 7 selling mobile phones Continue reading…

What phone company has the best customer service in Australia ?

Introduction We’ve all had experience of the phone companies we use. Most perceive the service they get to be ‘mixed’ at best. Customer support and service is an overlooked and important component of the service you are buying from your phone company. T98% of us now have a mobile phone. And customer service has never been Continue reading…

Compare SIM Only Plans – BYO Mobile

SIM Only – also known as BYO mobile Compare pricing for SIM Only / BYO plans across the Top Australian Telcos here. SIM Only ( also known as BYO – Bring Your Own – Mobile ) used to be the best kept secret in telco. ( Telcos are just telecommunications companies like Optus, Telstra, Continue reading…

SIM Only – The Everyday Shopper’s View

SIM Only – Why Might Sim Only be Right For You ? Also known as BYO mobile, SIM Only ‘products’ are designed for those who already have an unlocked mobile phone and are looking for a good value plan. SIM Only Plans are better value because carriers don’t have to include the cost of Continue reading…

HTC Incredible S is mental, but not in a good way

At the more basic end of the well selling Smartphones in Australia now, is the HTC Incredible S.   Specs It’s been out for a while – so long it’s hit the prepaid market. As such, the specs aren’t the cutting edge : It runs Android 2.3, has a 4 inch screen, 480 x Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Nexus – the Google phone

At Whatphone, we see a lot of Smartphones. Every week, we’re playing with the HTC 1X, Galaxy Note or some other stupidly brilliant machine.   It’s not every week you get to test a product that Google had their hand in however, so I can honestly say, using the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as my Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S2 – We Love It !

Samsung Galaxy S2 – Review I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy SII as my primary device now for a few days and I love it. It looks older than the Galaxy S3 – notably so. It may not be fair to compare them – they’re in very different price point positions. And it’s a Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note Review?

Samsung Galaxy Note Review This week, on a mission to help you find what phone is right for you, Whatphone gave me the Samsung Galaxy Note to review. I must admit, I was looking forward to seeing what Samsung had done with this device – my first go on a Phone / Tablet combination Continue reading…

iPhone 4S Review – beaten by Android competition

 iPhone 4S review – Summary From my point of view, the iPhone 4 doesn’t beat the current Android range. It’s as simple as that . I’m trying to be level headed and reasonable here, despite the disappointment in my gut having spent the last 2 weeks with the iPhone 4 and, separately, iPhone 4S. Continue reading…

HTC One X – Kurt’s review

Reviewing the HTC One X for Whatphone, I can see why they set the company up. HTC One X – What do pubs have to do with it ? The HTC One X is simply fantastic. It looks great and feels nice in your hands. Obviously, one of the key tests for blokes is Continue reading…

Samsung vs Apple

  You’d love to see them in the ring, duking it out wouldn’t you ? To be honest, pick up a paper and you’re more thank likely to see a headline which talks of the battle between the two enormous technology companies. At Whatphone, we believe in choice and informing your decision on the Continue reading…

How Long Do Online SmartPhone Orders Take for Delivery?

The growth of online retail has brought some really exciting changes to the way we make decisions about products and services, and of course, the way we shop. In the opinion of WhatPhone, buying a phone online can be an efficient process as it can offer opportunities for information and product comparison. One of Continue reading…

Windows 8 Handheld Operating System

A Quick Look at the Windows 8 Handheld Operating System The Windows 8 Handheld Operating System is already creating a lot of buzz. Although it looks like Windows 8 tablets won’t be available until October 2012, Microsoft has already released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which means we already have a good idea as Continue reading…

The Roadmap for Smartphones in 2012

What’s on the Roadmap for Smartphones in 2012? Smartphones and other mobile devices have already changed our lives in many ways, with greater convenience, connectivity, and the web at our fingertips. However, mobile devices are still evolving, and at a very fast pace. In the opinion of WhatPhone, these are just some of the Continue reading…

Are they really Selling Vodafone Australia ?

Vodafone Australia is getting sold ?! – What Does That Mean for Me?   The latest reports in the press, have suggested that Vodafone Australia and their operations have been seeking expressions of interest from potential buyers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. ‘The Australian’ newspaper reported that overseas companies such as NTT Continue reading…

Should I use my Smartphone overseas ?

Traveling Internationally – Should I Use My SmartPhone overseas ? There’s no reason to go without your Smartphone and its associated services when traveling overseas. WhatPhone says to check your carrier’s terms and conditions ( ‘carrier’ means Telstra, Optus, Virgin Mobile or Vodafone Australia ) when planning your trip, turn off data and to Continue reading…

Rumours – when is the Samsung Galaxy SIII coming out ?

When’s the Samsung Galaxy SIII Coming Out? Rumors surrounding the Samsung Galaxy SIII’s release are starting to match those of the Apple iPhone 5 release. WhatPhone says that Samsung has not yet confirmed a fixed released date and has only indicated that the new Galaxy S3 will be released sometime in the second half Continue reading…

How much Smartphone data do you need ?

If you’re already an experienced smartphone user, then you probably know approximately what level of download data you need when you buy a Smartphone. But if technology makes your head spin and/or you have little or no experience with smartphones, then you need a starting point to work this out. In our view, if Continue reading…

What on earth are Phablets ?

I just heard of Phablets for the first time – what are they ? It’s a somewhat awkward sounding name, but Phablets are the next big thing in mobile devices. In the opinion of WhatPhone, while phablets won’t be for everyone, they’ll probably have a good market share for some time to come. What Continue reading…

Choosing the best smartphone plan made easy

The best plan for you will depend on several factors. You need to consider how many calls you make, how many texts you send, how much data you need, and what is the maximum that you are prepared to pay. In the opinion of WhatPhone, it is a good idea to sort these needs Continue reading…

Smartphone Cameras – How many megapixels is enough

Smartphone cameras are one of the most important Smartphone features. To try to help visitors with this very important aspect of their device choise, Whatphone asks : How many megapixels is enough? Phones these days have so many functions that it can seem that all our technical needs are covered by one magic device. Continue reading…

Whatphone visitors needs for Smartphone data

How are needs for Smartphone data changing over time? Choosing a phone today means that you need to think about what your data needs might be tomorrow. In practical terms, if you are ready to buy a new phone, it is quite likely that your data needs have already changed since your last mobile Continue reading…

Telstra brand revamp

What’s great about the Telstra brand? When people shop, they often set out with a particular brand preference in mind. If this is the way that you prefer to shop, it might be a reliable method for lots of goods, but before taking the plunge with your next mobile phone purchase it is worth Continue reading…

Do we still love Optus ?

Optus? Love them ? Optus is now one of the most established and recognizable brands in Australia, and is one of the nation’s big three mobile phone service providers. Older mobile phone uses will gratefully remember Optus as the Telco that brought us choice for the first time after the telecommunications industry was deregulated. Continue reading…

Why choose an Apple Smartphone ?

Why choose an Apple smartphone running IOS ?   For many, Apple has come to represent design excellence. If you enjoy going to the movies (and how many of us don’t?) then you have almost certainly seen the distinctive Apple logo strategically displayed in a key movie scene. This frequent representation of Apple as Continue reading…

RIM BlackBerrys – have they gone off ?

RIM (the makers of BlackBerry) don’t cut it for a new generation    When you think about your next smartphone, certain brands will probably come to mind. Apple fans think that nothing else will do, and Samsung fans love its constant innovation and big screens, but there is one brand that has had huge Continue reading…

Why purchase a prepaid Smartphone ?

At Whatphone, we’re all about contracts. We believe the free device thrown in is worth the contract constraint. But postpaid ( contract ) handsets aren’t right for everyone : Why purchase a prepaid Smartphone phone? Are your mobile phone bills keeping you poor? One of the most popular reasons for choosing a prepaid phone Continue reading…

Post-paid Mobile Phone Contracts – Why Buy

Why take out a post-paid Mobile Phone contract ?   Are you considering switching from a pre-paid to post-paid mobile phone? The essential difference to understand between a pre-paid and a post-paid service arrangement is that as a pre-paid user you’ve been buying credit in advance, while in a post-paid agreement, you’ll pay after Continue reading…

Smartphone Apps. Whatphone’s Impartial Advice.

Why do I need Smartphone apps ? Smartphones are in fact portable computers and a lot of their powerful and fun capabilities are performed by apps. Many people are unaware that just like a regular computer these powerful functions rely on a computer operating system. We have become familiar over the years with the Continue reading…

Smartphone Batteries – How To Extend Battery Life

Can I extend my Smartphone battery life ? Smartphones – or Smart-mobile phones are mini-computers that also function as phones. WhatPhone says that we should accept that handsets that can do so much, will by necessity consume more power. Enjoying all the functionality on offer by running lots of apps, using social media when Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S3 Review – best phone of the year ?

 Samsung Galaxy S3 Review – summary The Samsung Galaxy S3 was one of the most anticipated android phones of the year and it looks like Samsung lived up to the expectations. That’s not an easy job coming from the Galaxy SII which is one of the favorites out there and sold like hot cakes. Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy S2 over iPhone 4S?

Tim – Samsung Galaxy S2 Review This handset has sold like hot cakes and I can see why. If you’re thinking of getting a smartphone, and you’re on a budget, you can’t go wrong with the Samsung Galaxy S2. It has a beautiful screen, great camera, nice interface, fast at pretty much everything – Continue reading…

Samsung Galaxy Note, why not?

Samsung Galaxy Note Review – Overview Ok, the size of the screen is huge! and then it’s surprising how lightweight and thin this beautiful device is. Samsung have entered the tablet market (doing a pretty god job with the Samsung Tab) and trying to create a whole new category by introducing a product that Continue reading…

Apple iPhone 4S, but what about iPhone 5?

Apple iPhone 4S – Review Many of us thought we’d get our hands on an iPhone 5 this year, but it didn’t happen, instead we got the iPhone 4S – “the most amazing iPhone yet” according to the folks at Apple. Is it the most amazing iPhone yet? Sure, it’s an improved version of Continue reading…

What is it with Telco Contracts?

Telco contracts. Most people hate them. There are many positives to having a mobile phone plan. The most obvious are getting a lovely new device all to yourself for ‘free’ and not having to worry about recharging your phone when it runs out of credit. Can you imagine if your car broke down in Continue reading…

Telco Terms and Conditions – 3 good reasons to read them

Telco terms and conditions. There’s no denying that very few people like reading them. How many times have you signed a document without actually reading what was written in the terms? Or have you ever automatically scrolled to the bottom of a website page without reading anything, clicked the ‘agree to terms’ box and Continue reading…

Transferring Your Mobile Phone Number is a Cinch

Many people think that changing providers means you also have to change your mobile phone number. But WhatPhone can tell you that’s not the case. Transferring your number between telco operators is actually a really simple and easy process. So don’t worry, you won’t have to send out that annoying group message to all Continue reading…

Do you need a landline ?

Do you really still need a landline? Two decades ago, living without a landline was unheard of. Back then, mobile phones were about as rare as Australian Winter Olympic gold medals, and the majority of us were very dependent on our home phones. It’s hard to imagine, but there was once a time when Continue reading…

Buying a SmartPhone Online – and why it’s better

Looking for a Smartphone ? We thought you might be. That’s why most of our visitors come to the site. You’re already online researching so you have probably thought – what can’t you buy online these days ? The history of the Australian internet is an interesting read. As the history evolves, one thing Continue reading…

How to increase your Smartphone battery life

There’s no doubt smartphones have a stack of benefits, and the pros of having one seem to outweigh the cons. But one thing that really sucks about them is their battery life. When mobile phones first hit our shelves, we could use them for days before we needed to charge them again. However, ever Continue reading…

Is Smartphone mobile phone insurance worth it ?

When signing up to a new mobile phone contract, you’ll probably be hit with a hundred reasons why you should get insurance. In the opinion of WhatPhone, paying the extra $5 – $7 a month is likely to be a waste for many – but not necessarily all – phone users. How ‘attached’ are Continue reading…

How can I cut back on my Smartphone bill ?

5 Tips to help whatphone customers who ask ‘How can I cut back on my Smartphone bill ?’ It’s the moment most customers dread – opening their monthly phone bill! It’s when all those long meaningful conversations you had, or those interesting numbers you dialed after having a few drinks can come back to Continue reading…

What is VoIP and can I use it on my Smartphone ?

VoIP – Or Voice Over IP Is Calling Using Data Voice over Internet Protocol (‘VoIP’) is one of the fastest growing telephony solutions in the world. Businesses and private individuals are adopting the technology for its cost-effectiveness and wide range of features. Talking on a V o IP connection offers voice calls and other Continue reading…

FAQs : How can I get more out of my Smartphone

How Can I Get More Out of My Smartphone? Although the smartphone’s most widely used features are probably internet access or email, most smartphones are enabled for a huge range of funky features that go well beyond checking email, updating social media profiles, and surfing the internet. WhatPhone says you should check out some Continue reading…

QR Codes – What are they and how can they help ?

QR Codes – What are they and how do I use them ? QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are a type of matrix code that can be scanned by mobile devices such as smartphones. You’ve probably seen these codes on posters or in advertisements. In the opinion of WhatPhone, users might want to Continue reading…

The Optus QANTAS Frequent Flyer program explained

The Optus QANTAS Frequent Flyer Promotion – What’s it about and What Does it actually Mean for Me? You might have heard about Optus Qantas Frequent Flyer (‘QFF’) promotion ? The Optus QANTAS Frequent Flyer program began in late 2011, and under the program, Optus customers can earn two points for every dollar they Continue reading…

When to buy a mobile online

When to Buy a Mobile Online and When to Buy from a Store Buying a mobile phone can be tricky process, with the variety of choice that’s available. Brands, features, and plans – which is right for you? Is buying online better than buying at a retail store? In the opinion of WhatPhone, doing Continue reading…

Free Services Telstra Offers every customer

Free Services Telstra Offers every customer   Telstra offers a range of free services to their customers. Some of these are completely free; others are inclusive services that come with a package. In the opinion of WhatPhone, it’s worth getting to know about some of these free services whether you’re thinking about purchasing a Continue reading…

Free Services Vodafone offers every customer

Free Services Vodafone Offers with Every Service Vodafone provides a range of free services for their customers. These include customer support as well as bonuses and freebies for certain products. If you’re thinking of signing up with Vodafone, WhatPhone says you might find these free services for customers useful. Customer Support Other than the Continue reading…

Telco Returns Policies

Telco returns policies : Some Telco Websites Have a Returns Policy for Customers Who Order Online – What Does That Mean?   When you buy a mobile phone online, you’ll usually have a number of options for obtaining a return. However, these tend to be limited to situations of fault or damage. In the Continue reading…

SmartPhone buying tip top 10 for 2012

Smartphone purchases were a lot easier back in the day when there were only a handful of device models to choose from. Then, all you had to worry about was how good it looked, whether it had predictive text, and, since most phones were Nokias, whether Snake was included in the games package. Nowadays, Continue reading…

HTC vs Samsung

HTC vs. Samsung – which is best?   Let’s not beat around the bush, the Samsung Galaxy S2 is one of the sexiest mobile phones on the market. Not only is it slim, slick and has one hell of a display screen, but it also comes with one of the best operating systems available. The Continue reading…

HTC vs Nokia

HTC Sensation vs. Nokia N8 – weighing up the pros and cons When shopping for a mobile phone, it is important to remember to never judge a phone by its cover. Here’s a case of two phones which appear to be relatively similar in design and capabilities, but are actually miles apart when you Continue reading…

HTC vs iPhone 4

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few months about which smartphone is the best. For some people, the question is a no-brainer, and the iPhone 4 wins hands down. However, according to others, it is the HTC Desire that takes the cake. It seems the debate is one that won’t be Continue reading…

What is AMOLED ?

What the heck is AMOLED? The technology world has enough complicating terms and crazy acronyms to puzzle even the smartest people in the world. Walk into any mobile phone store nowadays and you will see a number of confusing terms like GPRS, GSM, UMTS, EDGE and HSDPA to mention a few. And just to Continue reading…

Telecommunications Customer Service : Call Centres

It’s fair to say call centres are one of the most frustrating departments to deal with. There is nothing more annoying than sitting on hold for hours, only to have the line drop out, or realise you have been accidentally transferred to the wrong department, and having to repeat your original question all over Continue reading…

Comparing Optus Telstra and Vodafone Online Stores

Vodafone comes out on top in a comparison of Online Stores Thanks to the Internet, owning a business nowadays has become a little bit, well, different. A few decades ago the word ‘website’ was virtually non-existent, but today it’s almost impossible to have a conversation with someone without mentioning the word. For mobile phone Continue reading…

What Phone Company Has The Best Coverage In Australia ?

At WhatPhone, we believe in transparency across every aspect of your mobile phone purchase. One of the key things that WhatPhone visitors need to know when they are considering what mobile phone to buy is what phone company has the best coverage ? As such, we update the blog regularly with changes to the Continue reading…

Mobile sale – How to get the best plan deals

At Whatphone, we love online. We study it to we understand what we need to build for you, think about how we can use it to help you, design for you on it. We invest a lot in making this site exactly what you need. Best plan deals – Whatphone can help There are Continue reading…

What’s next for the Smartphone ?

There were ‘Smartphones’ before the iPhone . The Apple product, now embodied in the iPhone 4S, the top selling Smartphone category of the moment is sold by every one of the main operators in Australia, Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. They have to. It’s such a great product, their sales would almost literally Continue reading…

RIM announce a shocking set of results

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry used to be a significant force in the Australian market for Smartphones. Just a couple of years ago, they regularly topped the charts as a proportion of devices sold. Now, products like the Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy SIII, have brought reliable touchscreens, a hoard of applications which Continue reading…

Buying The Best Plan For Your Smartphone

Finding the best plan to associate with the new Smartphone you’ve fallen in love with is exactly the reason Whatphone was set up. However, not everyone realizes the potential pitfalls on the way. One example is data usage. It’s growing quickly. Whatphone advises consideration of your growing usage – before you commit ! The Continue reading…

Switching telco makes you happy

Life can be difficult ! Switching telco seems to only add hassle to an already hassled existance. Everyone knows that ! Most people’s lives are built around their friends, family, work and partner – relationships with these people are a key part of what contributes the real happiness to your life. Here at Whatphone, Continue reading…

Smartphone Data : New Users – Watch the Data !

Smartphone Data – Can cost a lot Excess Smartphone Data usage costs. It costs lots. We love you at Whatphone. People like people like then and if you want a Smartphone, we want to be in your gang ! And because we’re like you, we know what it’s like to gently tear open the Continue reading…

Smartphone coverage – How can I be sure ?

Smartphone coverage is clearly, very important when you’re finding what phone is right for you.Whatphone has some helpful hints to guarantee you get the best coverage for you. Whatphone tries to understand you better so we can design a site which will help you make your Smartphone choice quickly, safely, and get on with Continue reading…

Google Macs : The New iPhone 5 Maps

The technology world is full of examples of co-opetition – where companies who are rivals in some markets or on some products work with each other in different areas . As de-regulation opened markets in the late 1990s and technology companies started to divest in to parallel markets – examples started to abound. Telstra Continue reading…

What is Samsung TouchWiz

Being new to the market for a Smartphone can be overwhelming on some sites – but not at Whatphone ! We try to provide our visitors with enough information to make a decision on the Smartphone which is right for them and to present everything they need  in an easily digestible way. Here, in Continue reading…

Nokia – from market lead and lead weight

No Smartphone or telecommunications related website would be complete without a respectful posting to what is now the father of telecoms and is, unfortunately, rapidly becoming the close to the grave grandfather of the mobile phone market – Nokia. The company itself was founded by Fredrik Idestam in 1805 and has been around for Continue reading…

Smartphones – Comparing Android and Apple iPhones

Smartphones – Whatphone helps you compare Whatphone has its tongue in its cheek as concerns strong views on either the Android or Apple Smartphone phones. Team members routinely debate both points of view – Android’s better for this reason, Apple’s better for that. The truth is that the team is passionate about not one Continue reading…

Best Smartphone – Compare Australian Smartphone Pricing

Best Smartphone in Australia Below, advice on researching the best smartphone in Australia. There are few sources of online insight more compelling than a slide deck from Google. They’re smart guys, they’re loaded with money and, the book of Whatphone, what Google says, goes. We were delighted when, recently, one of our friends who Continue reading…

Despite what you think, buying a Smartphone is not that weird

The team at Whatphone are remarkably normal individuals given their prolonged exposure to the telco world.  (Most Whatphone team members have worked at telecommunications companies like Vodafone, Telstra, Virgin Mobile and Optus for years. ) You might be expecting a team of uber-nerds sniffing phones and talking about the relative merits of Quad Core Continue reading…

Smartphone and Facebook – a match made in heaven

Smart people buy Smartphones so you no doubt know that every year, eConsultancy release another heavy book full of stunning statistics which outline how the world of the Internet has morphed since the last time you looked and what people, including you, are doing right now when they’re connected. One of last year’s corker Continue reading…

Why is the checkout page so long on the Telco Websites ?

Why is the checkout page so long on the telco websites ? Intro Look out, we’re watching you ! At Whatphone, we make a science of following consumer trends as concerns the Smartphone buying process and making sure that we’re helping you every step of the way. That’s how we know you’re buying online Continue reading…

Smartphone type determines download speed

Smartphone download speeds At Whatphone, we are in the very lucky position of seeing both sides of the argument when people complain about their network provider – Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Telstra or Optus. From the outside, we feel the rage too ! The network is slow ! I’ve got stuff to do ! One Continue reading…

Best Plan Deals – Why does Whatphone Only Cover The Top telcos ?

Best Plan Deals – Whatphone helps you find them You’ve seen the adverts from all the telecommunications providers – Dodo say ‘there’s no limit’, Amaysim tell you ‘it’s your call’. Some of them look quite reputable. These companies are known as MVNOs –Mobile Virtual Network Operators. They wholesale the Telco networks and resell them Continue reading…

Smartphone fuel cells

Smartphone fuel cells One of the biggest pains with Smartphones is when they run out of battery – and with latest devices boasting screens the size of plasmas ( well, between 3.5 inches and 5.3 inches at the moment ) that can happen to even the smartest Smartphone lover. The device manufacturers know this Continue reading…

What is a SIM Only or BYO phone plan?

What’s a ‘SIM only’ plan ? More than 60% of Australians now buy their phone outright and add a SIM Only plan to it. The proportion of people who interact with their telcos in this way has increased substantially for the last few years. Overseas, especially in the USA, the trend is happening even Continue reading…

Why does Whatphone focus on postpaid mobile ?

Why does Whatphone focus on postpaid mobile ? At Whatphone, the question we hear most often is – ‘why do you focus on just Postpaid Mobile devices on your site?’ It’s a fair question. Luckily, the answer is really simple. Whatphone was set up to help people make difficult decisions quickly and safely. At Continue reading…

HTC One X designed to spoil the user

HTC One X – Screen The first thing you’ll notice when holding a HTC One X is the size of the screen. It’s massive. My immediate thoughts were “is this really necessary? but minutes later I didn’t mind it one bit, it was kind of nice, and it fitted nicely in my pocket. The Continue reading…

Why is Telco Customer Service (Optus, Telstra, Vodafone ) so bad ?

Why is telco customer service so bad ? There’s something about working in the telecommunications industry. It might be because everyone has a phone and they’re so emotionally attached to it. Every time the Whatphone staff go out with friends we get ‘feedback’ about the telecommunications industry and what’s not working. People are always Continue reading…

Whatphone – Why Was Whatphone Started in Australia ?

Whatphone – Why we started it Sunrise, death and taxes are what people usually think of when you ask them for life’s staples. At Whatphone, we’ve seen another problem arrive regularly, unavoidably, in peoples’ lives. Choosing a Smartphone. The people who write the articles, do the reviews and perform the administrative function at Whatphone Continue reading…

Vodafone fail – Vodafone are losing customers quickly

Vodafone fail – Vodafone are losing customers fast – 21st May 2012 dafone are having a tough time of it if you hadn’t noticed. Nigel Dews, the CEO who took the company through the merger with ‘3’ and created the new entity VHA left recently to be replaced by ex UK Vodafone CEO, Bill Continue reading…

How can I unlock my Phone ?

How can I unlock my Phone ? One of the most common support problems people face at the end of their Smartphone contract is how to keep the phone and change providers. Few people throw their phone away when the contract ends. They can be kept as back up phones or sold on eBay. Continue reading…

Kurt Handsome – Meet the Whatphone Team

Hey, My name’s Kurt Handsome, I’m one of the Whatphone journalists and today, I’ve been tasked with telling you a bit about myself so that, when you read my reviews, you know where I’m coming from. I’ve worked in telcos ( telecommunications companies – like Vodafone, Optus etc ) for the better part of Continue reading…

Smartphones Are Eating The World – Whatphone Explains Why

Smartphones are eating the world – intro Marc Andersseen has some – frankly – amazing and – honesty – very interesting ideas about Smartphones which are well worth considering. Andersseen was the visionary who founded Netscape and now co-runs a powerful Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist firm Anderessen Horowitz with VC ( Venture Capitalist ) Continue reading…

Best Phones : 90% of Australians buy the top 7 phones

Best Phones – The Top 7 Whatphone believes that choice is a wonderful thing. It makes you feel free. Feeling like you can choose freely from a broad array is one of the fundamental elements of modern life. People take it for granted now but we all remember the inspirational stories we heard when Continue reading…

Telco Online Stores – Improvements They’ve Made

Telco Online Stores – Improvements A visit to the telco stores ( telcos are telecommunications companies like Optus, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone Australia and Telstra ) have become a normal part of the customer Smartphone evaluation cycle. The world has moved to buying Smartphones online. Australian broadband penetration is rising every year. All the major Continue reading…

Research In Motion – Company Profile

RIM – Hard times Research In Motion, RIM, is a Canadian telecommunication services and hardware provider which has recently fallen on hard times. They’re most famous for their BlackBerry device and ‘types’ of that including the BlackBerry Pearl and Blackberry Bold. By way of full and frank disclosure, I must reveal a personal deep Continue reading…

Google Nexus – Channel Sales Comment

The Google Nexus – Review The Google Nexus is possibly the most interesting of Android powered devices. It has been selling well in Australia ( it made it in to the Whatphone recommendations after all. ) Early warning and rumors in the industry suggest that Google are getting ready to release a new version Continue reading…

Siri – Apple’s Siri makes a mistake

Siri – Apples talking assistant – error There is a moment, the purest of moments between input and reaction. It’s a perfect fraction of life in which one lives fully, with no limits or constraints. It’s simultaneously the smallest component of time and an ocean of hours. I’m talking about the moment between when Continue reading…

Network Coverage in Australia Why Did It Get So bad, So quickly?

Network Coverage in Australia We feel very much the same way you do about network coverage in Australia. Gobsmacked at how quickly network coverage in Australia deteriorated over the last few years. However, having been ‘on the inside’ as these problems occurred, in the opinion of Whatphone, we’re probably more sympathetic to the reasons Continue reading…

What is Google Drive and What Does it Mean to Me ?

Google Drive is their new version of Dropbox. You get 5 Gigs free and there’s an Android application you can download, also for free, from the Google App store, obviously, to access it. It gives you the capability to upload and download directly to / from the device. It’s a great service, with tiered Continue reading…

The Samsung Galaxy SIII – pre review

At Whatphone, we read the world’s telecommunications press too. We follow the trends, await the release of new devices and gossip about them because we’re a bit geeky like that. Recently, we were exposed to videos and written reviews of a massive change in the industry which made us all go do-lally. Here is Continue reading…

The History of HTC

HTC – Origins HTC is a Taiwanese company, founded in 1997 by Peter Chou and Cher Wang. Originally focused on the Windows Mobile Operating System, HTC quietly operated behind the scenes as an OEM for household names, for years, before they came to the fore as a brand of their own. Initial forays in Continue reading…

The Rise of Samsung

Samsung – Introduction The Rise of Samsung started from humble beginnings, in South Korea. The company was founded in 1938, originally employing less than 50 people. At first, it focused, honestly, on noodle production and groceries. In the years that followed, visionary South Korean leader, Lee Byung-chull maneuvered the company. He turned it in Continue reading…

How do I figure out what phone is right for me ?

What phone is right for me : Introduction : What phone ? At Whatphone, we take decisions on what phone to buy very seriously. Far more seriously than you in all likelihood ! We’ve really thought it through, done the research and listened to literally hundreds of customers over the year working through the Continue reading…

How can I check my usage so I don’t blow my Cap ?

How can I check my usage ? I check my usage almost every day. You should too ! Whatphone looks at the best ways to avoid blowing your cap and incurring extra charges on top of your cap. Obviously, the major telcos want their plans to look as ‘affordable’ as possible – but they Continue reading…

What do I do if I’ve gone over my cap plan limit ?

Cap Plan ! Help ! I’ve blown it ! Whatphone is uniquely placed to offer you impartial advice on how to choose the right phone and cap plan for you. Many of our staff have worked the telecommunications industry for years. One of the key complaints we hear from friends and customers alike is Continue reading…

Why Buy Online ?

Why buy online ? It’s a commonly asked question ! At Whatphone, we are massive fans of buying online and we’re not alone. In some parts of the world, sales of electronics products ( including Smartphones ) make up more than 50% of the market already. In Australia, online grows as a proportion of Continue reading…

HTC Versus Sony – Which brand should we trust ?

While the Sony Xperia was a worthwhile device, most of the team at Whatphone look at the HTC 1X, Apple iPhone 4S and Samsung Galaxy SII / Galaxy SIII as the market leaders in the rapidly evolving Australian Smartphone market in 2012. Just what has happened to the Sony brand, why has it seen Continue reading…

What is a Smartphone ? What are Smartphones ?

What is a Smartphone ? Most people have heard the term but few know exactly what it means. When Whatphone offers you advice to help you answer the question “What’s the right smartphone for me” from manufacturers like Apple, HTC, Samsung and Nokia – what, exactly are they talking about ? The team at Continue reading…

Android Phones – Choosing the Right Mobile Phone

What is Android ? Android Is a Safe Bet Whatphone wants to help you make the right decision on the best Australian phone for you. If you’re just starting your research about new mobile phones, it’s possible you would like to find out more about Android. Android is the world’s most successful handheld Operating Continue reading…

What is HTC Sense ? Whatphone demystifies GUI and OS !

What is HTC Sense ? Whatphone has written a series of articles designed to demystify the world of telecommunications. Here, Whatphone helps you understand the HTC Sense GUI ( Graphical User Interface. ) What is HTC Sense ? Sense is software on top of Android Android is an example of a core device operating Continue reading…