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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Microsoft WP7 Update News For May 3rd

Posted by Richard Chao in "Windows Phone Software" @ 09:25 PM

"Hi everyone. Today we started delivering the February and March updates to the HTC Surround on AT&T and to customers of Deutsche Telekom in Europe."

According to the latest Microsoft blog about the NoDo update, the update is now being pushed to the AT&T HTC Surround and customers of Deutsche Telekom. Optus and Telstra customers in Australia are also being pushed the NoDo update. On the bad news side, the update push process has been halted for Samsung Omnia 7 owners. Also, some AT&T Samsung Focus owners may see a delay in their notification depending on who makes their flash memory chip.

Also reported is the 7392 update. This is a security update to address the SSL certificate issue related to the Comodo security breach.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Telstra Approves March Update for Mozart, Now In the Hands of Microsoft

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 11:30 PM

Telstra may be behind on those Windows Phone 7 updates, but progress is being made with the carrier announcing yesterday that it has approved the March update for the HTC 7 Mozart. Now in the hands of Microsoft, delivery of the update is scheduled for next week. Unfortunately, those of you with the LG Optimus 7Q may have to wait a little while longer. The update is still undergoing testing, and all that Telstra has said with regard to a release date is "May".

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Purchase an HTC HD7 In Australia, Get a Return Flight and Xbox 360 Goodies

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Events" @ 11:00 AM

Aussies, if you've been putting off that HTC HD7 purchase, there's no better time to pick one up than now. Why? Because there are freebies to be had. No, we're not talking a mediocre case or headset. Instead, how does a return flight to one of thirty-three destinations in Australia sound? And on top of that, two Xbox 360 games (Halo Reach and Kinect Joy Ride) or 3000 Microsoft Points. Just make that purchase before the end of May and redeem those offers before early June and they're yours. We're not sure what's induced this huge act of generosity from the folks at Microsoft Australia, but whatever the cause, we give it nothing but two thumbs-up.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

February Update Roll-Out Begins for Telstra Customers

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 03:00 PM

So, without a doubt, the update process for Windows Phone 7 has been anything but fast and fluid for most users. Case in point, Telstra customers in Australia who, only yesterday, started receiving the February update notification on the HTC 7 Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q. Yes, we know what you're thinking -- the February update in April. A whole two months later. But as they say, better late than never. The March update, which delivers copy-and-paste, is supposedly arriving later this month, and when it does, we'll let you know about it. Of course, if you're rocking the recently-released HTC HD7, you already have both updates, so that game they call the waiting game is not yours to be played.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Australia's Telstra Opens Up On Its Windows Phone 7 Update Schedule

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 06:35 PM

By now, you've probably perused the "Where's my phone update?" page from top to bottom. It summarizes the update schedule of most major Windows Phone 7-toting carriers and OEMs. Unfortunately, Australians on the nation's largest carrier, Telstra, are still waiting, not just for this month's copy-and-paste update, but also last month's pre-update update. Thankfully, after being bombarded with questions from its customers and the press, the carrier has finally opened up on where things are at update-wise.

As far as the February update is concerned, you won't have long to wait. The carrier has certified it and Microsoft should deliver it to Telstra-branded HTC 7 Mozart and LG Optimus 7Q devices within the next week. Sometime next month, you can expect the March update to hit said devices. As for the HTC HD7 which hits stores today, it already includes both updates, meaning you can copy-and-paste and load those apps in shorter time from the get-go.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Telstra Launches the HTC HD7

Posted by Darius Wey in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 08:45 PM

"Telstra today joined with HTC Corporation and Microsoft to launch the HTC HD7 smartphone - the latest Windows Phone 7 to arrive in Australia, which will be available from March 29 exclusively on the Telstra Next G network. The HTC HD7 embodies a stand‐out design with a large 4.3" high-resolution screen and flipout kickstand for an epic viewing experience. The handset is perfect for customers looking for the ultimate multimedia experience, from interactive gaming to the 720p HD camcorder that allows high definition capture and playback. The HTC HD7 has a simple, easy to use interface and access to a range of fun and useful applications that all perform brilliantly on the large screen."

If you avoided the Mozart because you decided to patiently wait for Telstra to deliver the HD7, your time has come. From March 29, the long-awaited device with the big 4.3" screen will be available at a RRP of $768 AUD, either outright or on a contract of your choosing, both online and direct from Telstra stores and partner stores.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Australia's Telstra Shows Off their Customized Hub for Windows Phone 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Mobile Operators" @ 09:18 AM

"A couple of weeks back thousands of software developers converged on the Gold Coast for Microsoft's annual technical education conference, Tech.Ed 2010. It was a chance for technology people to get their first look at Windows Phone 7 - Microsoft's new operating system for mobile phones. We also took the opportunity to preview our TelstraOne hub which will appear on Telstra's range of Windows Phone 7 smartphones later this year. The app, which is in the final stages of development, will provide our customers with fast, simple and graphic-rich access to unmetered news, weather and sport content."

If you've been curious how carriers will customize Windows Phone 7, wonder no more - they'll be getting their own hub. Personally, I think this is brilliant: from the looks of it, everything the carrier wants to add is integrated into a single hub, not splattered all over the device like we've seen with previous versions of Windows Phone. Although carrier customizations are rarely at the top of anyone's "must have" list, I understand the carrier's need to get their brand and services on the phone - if they're all inside one tile, that's just fine by me!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

WP7: An October Revolution?

Posted by Nurhisham Hussein in "Windows Phone News" @ 01:00 PM

My local source was also whispering October, but this is a bit more solid - a leaked handset roadmap from Aussie carrier Telstra shows a new HTC WP7 handset codenamed Mozart to be released in October. That means we're around four months away from WP7's general availability, and counting back, we should see WP7 handsets start undergoing FCC certification in the August/September timeframe. Time to start filling in that piggy bank guys. As for Mozart, virtually nothing's known (the image is a photoshopped placeholder), but we'll probably start hearing more in a couple of months.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Telstra Launches HTC HD2 on Next G Network

Posted by Darius Wey in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 04:35 PM

In Oz and have a hankering for the almighty HTC HD2? It's now available on Telstra's Next G network in Australia at $150 AUD upfront on a monthly $20 AUD, $30 AUD, or $40 AUD plan, or $0 upfront on other plans. Alternatively, you can pick it up for $829 AUD outright. It's available online and from any Telstra Shop around the country.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Telstra Snags a Duo for Australia: HTC Touch Pro2 and LG GM730f

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC Hardware" @ 08:55 PM

"The new arrivals include the world-first launch of the LG GM730f - which is upgradeable to Windows Mobile® 6.5 later this year - as well as the LG Xenon, both exclusive to Telstra. Two further new additions include the TelstraOne Experience user interface from Sony Ericsson and the HTC Touch Pro2 smartphone for professionals."

Telstra has announced that the HTC Touch Pro2 and LG GM730f will be available from July 21 and July 28 respectively. You probably already know all there is to know about the Touch Pro2. The GM730f, on the other hand, is somewhat of an unknown. It boasts 7.2 Mbps HSDPA support (though, still well under the Next G network's current speed of 21 Mbps, and the eventual 42 Mbps slated for later in the year), a 3.0-inch touch screen, a 5.0-megapixel camera, LG's S-Class UI, and upgradeability to Windows Mobile 6.5. It'll set you back $0 on a plan over 24 months, or $979 AUD outright.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Telstra Pumps Out World's Fastest Mobile Broadband Network

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 09:15 PM

"Telstra today launched the world's fastest mobile broadband service, ushering in a new era in real-time mobile communications that will bring major benefits to customers, innovation and business productivity. The CEOs of Telstra, Ericsson, Qualcomm and Sierra Wireless jointly announced a new 21Mbps peak rated mobile broadband modem, Telstra Turbo 21, would be available to customers on Telstra's supercharged HSPA+ network, the Next G network, on 23 February. Peak network speeds will increase to 42Mbps later this year."

Australia's largest carrier, Telstra, has kicked its Next G (3G) network up a notch to 21 Mbps, earning the title of the world's fastest national mobile broadband network from the folks at Guinness World Records. And it's set to increase to 42 Mbps later this year. One can only hope we'll see more mobile phones that, put simply, will take advantage of such a mind-boggling amount of pure "awesomeness", because the last time we checked, they were few and far between.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

HTC Touch Diamond on Telstra's 850MHz Next G Network

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 11:30 AM

A little birdie flew in today to tell us that Telstra will drop the HTC Touch Diamond into the hands of Australian consumers as early as next month at $999 AUD outright or free on a two-year, $80 AUD/month plan. In addition to that, we can confirm that this version of the Touch Diamond will support Telstra's Next G network, which operates on the same 850MHz band used by AT&T, so there is hope for those of you in the US.

And a note to anyone in Oz, unless you have this huge desire to take advantage of (or be burned by?) Telstra's contract, don't purchase it from them outright. Shop around locally and you'll probably find it for $200 AUD less, sans 850MHz support, of course. Although, you may very well find the 850MHz version to be the same price before too long.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Australia Bids Farewell to CDMA

Posted by Darius Wey in "Pocket PC News" @ 06:00 AM

"Telstra Country Wide Director, Gary Goldsworthy, today confirmed that the old CDMA mobile network would shut down across the country at midnight tonight, closing a significant chapter in the history of telecommunications in Australia. "At midnight tonight Telstra will commence the carefully planned closure of the redundant CDMA mobile network. Today really is the last chance for remaining CDMA customers to move across to a new mobile network, such as the Telstra Next G™ network, and remain connected" Mr Goldsworthy said. "CDMA technology has served Australia well over the years but has now been superseded by more advanced third generation mobile technology such as the Telstra Next G™ network, which carries about 7.5 times the data carried on the CDMA network at its peak."

CDMA coverage in Australia will be axed at midnight, starting from the east coast and progressing toward the west coast in accordance with local time zones. Telstra has been at it for two years, urging CDMA customers via letter, phone, and SMS to make the switch over to Next G. But this has been much to the discontent of a handful of rural customers, primarily due to concerns that the UMTS/HSDPA network suffers from poorer coverage in remote areas of the country. Like it or not, however - the clock is ticking. Any Australian readers here happy/unhappy about this?

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