Mobile phone coverage to be discussed in parliament

Mobile phone coverage to be discussed in parliament
A lack of mobile phone coverage in come parts of the country was one of the issues highlighted by member for Parkes Mark Coulton in an address to federal parliament. Speaking in parliament on the Telecommunications Universal Service Management Agency Bill 2011, Mr Coulton said that mobile telecommunications was the biggest issue in his constituency. Mr Coulton stated that one of the great frustrations since…

iPads can carry RSI risk

iPads can carry RSI risk
Doctors are starting to see the first signs of repetitive strain injury among users of iPads who spend hours a day on the devices, which could see people looking to recycle their mobile phones for another device pass up the opportunity to get a tablet. A spate of cases in recent months has led to fears that "iPad hand" could be the new "BlackBerry thumb",…

Telstra and Optus prevented from dominating competition

Telstra and Optus prevented from dominating competition
The minister for communications has pledged to reissue spectrum licences for mobile phones in a bid to prevent Optus and Telstra from dominating the market. Senator Stephen Conroy has just released instruments that enable the reissue of spectrum licenses for mobile phones in Australia, which relates to carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and vividwireless. Mr Conroy said that spectrum is a national resource that needs to…

Chrome available for Android users

Chrome available for Android users
Google has announced that its high-powered internet browser Chrome will be available to the newest Android-powered mobile phones, which could prompt people to sell their current device in favour of a new handset. The launch of Chrome for Android Beta is the culmination of an engineering effort of more than a year within Google and now sees the convergence of the company's fastest-growing products. Google's…

Telstra gains 1m new customers in 6 months

Telstra gains 1m new customers in 6 months
Telstra has announced that it has managed to attract almost one million new mobile phone customers in the last six months as people sell their handsets to take up the provider's 4G network. This surge has helped to underpin Telstra's return to profit growth and goes to show how powerful the lure of speed is becoming with mobile phones, The Australian reports. Telstra's Adam Couper…

Government to consider ruling on live sport on mobile phones

Government to consider ruling on live sport on mobile phones
The Australian government has announced it will be "urgently" considering its options after the Federal Court surprisingly ruled in favour of Optus and allowed the company to continue to stream live AFL and NRL through mobile phones. Optus will continue to be allowed this privilege despite not being an official broadcast rights holder. Telstra - which recently paid $153 million for exclusive mobile rights to…

Sharp decline in home telephones as people get new mobile phones

Sharp decline in home telephones as people get new mobile phones
Over the last six years up to September 2011 there has been an increasing trend in the number of people that own a mobile phone and do not have a home telephone connection. In the year ending in September the research from Roy Morgan Mobile Phone Monitor showed that 17 per cent of Australians of 14 years and older who own a handset don't have…

Galaxy SIII could be out by June

Galaxy SIII could be out by June
People waiting around to sell their mobile phones to fund a splurge on a new handset might want to wait until June as the eagerly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy SIII is set to be released then. Samsung's update to the hugely successful Galaxy SII had been expected to be launched at this month's Mobile World Congress 2012 but the company has confirmed that it will be unveiled at…