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…

Boost Mobile tops customer satisfaction survey

Boost Mobile tops customer satisfaction survey
Boost Mobile has been named Australia's best prepaid mobile phone operator in a new survey conducted by Canstar Blue.The research firm polled more than 6,000 consumers around Australia, with Boost Mobile scoring the maximum five stars across almost all categories, including customer service, network coverage, ease of recharge, and billing, as well as overall satisfaction.This placed it ahead of competitors ALDImobile, Kogan Mobile and Amaysim,…

Could Apple be set to discontinue the iPhone X?

Could Apple be set to discontinue the iPhone X?
The iPhone X has been Apple's flagship phone since last year, with its almost bezel-less screen, distinctive notch and hefty price tag all turning heads. But when the brand launches its next set of devices later this year, could the handset be set for the axe?This is the suggestion of a new report from analyst Bluefin Research Partners, but it doesn't signal failure for the…

Sony ‘is considering bezel-free smartphone designs for the future’

Sony ‘is considering bezel-free smartphone designs for the future’
Bezel-free smartphones seem to be emerging as the hot new design trend in the mobile industry, with manufacturers employing all sorts of tricks and workarounds to maximise display size and move closer to an all-screen experience.As one of the top mobile manufacturers, Sony is well aware of this trend, and has recently confirmed that it is also looking into bezel-free designs for its future smartphones…

Telstra breaks record for smartphone speed

Telstra breaks record for smartphone speed
Mobile phones are getting more and more impressive, but all that tech can be rendered fairly pointless if your telco can't provide you with fast enough data speeds. Nobody wants to be stuck waiting for Twitter to load because the mobile internet is performing slowly. Luckily, Aussie consumers can turn to Telstra, which just broke a new record for download speeds.The telco tested part of…

Australian smartphone sales grow in 2017

Australian smartphone sales grow in 2017
Around the world, smartphones had a disappointing end to 2017. In the last quarter of the year, phone sales fell for the first time in history. However, this doesn't appear to have been the case in Australia, with sales growing throughout 2017 as Android users upgraded their devices for the newest models.This is according to technology analyst firm Telsyte, which estimates that around 4.8 million…

iOS once again most popular in Australia

iOS once again most popular in Australia
The world of the smartphone is largely a two-horse race in Australia, at least when it comes to operating systems. The vast majority of handsets either run on Apple's iOS or Google's Android, with a few using Microsoft's Windows Phone. However, the battle for the top spot is heating up, with Apple usurping Android's place as the number one OS.According to the International Data Corporation…