Vodafone and TPG announce merger plans

Vodafone and TPG announce merger plans
Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) and TPG Telecom have confirmed they have agreed to a merger that will see the two firms join forces as almost equal partners.The newly-formed company will be named TPG Telecom Limited and be valued at around $15 billion. It will be responsible for approximately one-fifth of Australia's mobile phone market, with a total of 6.4 million subscribers, as well as 22…

Oppo announces Australian availability for Find X

Oppo announces Australian availability for Find X
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has confirmed it is bringing its flagship Find X smartphone to Australia, with the premium device now available in stores.The Find X is on sale exclusively through JB Hi-Fi and will cost $1,099. For this, buyers will get 128GB of storage space, 8GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 845 processor.However, the biggest attraction for many users is likely to  be its…

Motorola unveils new P30 – or is it an iPhone?

Motorola unveils new P30 – or is it an iPhone?
Motorola has officially launched its latest mid-range Android device, the P30, in China, with the device set to offer features including a 6.2-inch almost bezel-less screen, a Snapdragon 636 processor and up to 128 GB of storage space.However, what's catching many reviewers' eyes is not what's underneath the surface of the P30, but what it looks like on the outside. Indeed, many commentators have observed…

Aussies ‘won’t compromise’ on phone security

Aussies ‘won’t compromise’ on phone security
People in Australia are prioritising security ahead of convenience when it comes to selecting and using mobile apps, a new study has found.The Curve of Convenience Report from F5 Networks polled people across Australia and Asia and revealed that more than two-thirds of Australians (69 per cent) will stop using an app if it is found to have security holes, while 63 per cent will…

Huawei surpasses Apple as second-biggest phone maker

Huawei surpasses Apple as second-biggest phone maker
Chinese manufacturer Huawei has overtaken Apple to become the world's second-largest smartphone maker in terms of units shipped, marking the first time since 2010 that the iPhone maker has not been ranked first or second in this table.This is according to the latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker from IDC, which found Huawei shipped 54.2 million handsets between April and June this year, giving it…

Telstra unveils ‘Australia’s most expensive phone plan’

Telstra unveils ‘Australia’s most expensive phone plan’
Mobile operator Telstra has announced a new phone plan offering unlimited data that is set to be the most expensive mainstream plan on offer in Australia. The provider's Ultimate plan will set users back $199 a month, or $4,776 over the course of a 24-month contract. But for this, they will be able to enjoy fully unlimited data streaming with no caps or speed slowdowns.It's aimed…

Nokia 3.1 set to arrive in Australia next month

Nokia 3.1 set to arrive in Australia next month
HMD Global has confirmed that the budget Nokia 3.1 smartphone, featuring Android One, is set to arrive in Australia next month.The handset, which was unveiled earlier this year alongside the Nokia 5.1 and 2.1, is the fourth device from Nokia to be part of the Android One family, which offers a streamlined, stock Android experience without any of the added apps and skins that third-party…

Telstra demonstrates Australia’s first commercial 5G call

Telstra demonstrates Australia’s first commercial 5G call
Mobile operator Telstra has teamed up with tech firms Ericsson and Intel to place the first 5G mobile data call in Australia using a commercial network.The test, which took place at Telstra's 5G Innovation Centre, was the first of its kind to use the 3.5Hz spectrum and bring together all the core components from multiple companies that will be required to make the next generation…