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This week in internet.
Free Games Friday
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Netflix Movie Night
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Galaxy Trucker on Android, Geometry Wars 3 on iOS and more.
Periscope on Android, Battle of Gods: Ascension on iOS and more.
Plucky Rush on Android, Korg iM1 on iOS and more.
All The News You Missed Overnight
Google's 2015 Nexus devices, Sony Z3+ and more.
Wednesday's Biggest Stories
Music Maniac on Android, Orby Widget on iOS and more.
More details have emerged about Google’s plan to become a wireless carrier without actually being a wireless carrier. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google’s service will launch later this month but only on the Nexus 6. In other words, this Google wireless experiment is just that, an experiment.
We’ve long heard whisperings that Google wanted to become a wireless carrier, and over the weekend, a Google executive confirmed those rumours. Intriguing! Just imagine Google Fibre — but for mobile. However, Google’s not trying to compete with the Verizons and AT&Ts of the world. Think of it more like Nexus for networks.
Mobile Virtual Network Operators are nothing new in Australia, but the newest one certainly seems to be offering a good deal. Amaysim (it’s supposed to be pronounced like “amazing”, apparently) has just launched in Australia, and promises contract-free connectivity with all national calls costing 15 cents per minute with no flagfall and SMS messages costing just 12 cents.
Do you make a lot of international calls? Do you find the current mobile networks a little – shall we say – expensive? Then the Australian launch yesterday of European phone company Lebara Mobile in Australia will be welcome news, considering their international rates start at just 5c per minute.
In today’s Australian IT, among the regular doom and gloom that the current global financial situation is forcing journalists to write about, was news that Woolworths are planning on launching an MVNO off the back of Optus’ mobile network. Much like the current arrangement between Crazy Johns and Vodafone (or Virgin Mobile and Optus, even), the Woolies network would use Optus’ infrastructure, while they look after the customer relationships and billing side of things themselves.