PennyTel Goes Bust As Australia's Pre-Paid Market Continues To Shrink

The pre-paid MVNO market seems to be getting smaller by the day: PennyTel, one of Vodafone’s few MVNO on-sellers, has officially gone bust.

Telstra Signs Up First NextG Wholesaler

The vast majority of MVNOs use Optus, with a handful of them on Vodafone. We could pretty soon see a slew of Next-G capable mobile virtual network operators with the news that Telstra’s signed up its first wholesaler for its Next G network.

Will Red Bull Give Vodafone Wings?

Can Vodafone’s market position be boosted via high energy drinks? We’ll find out later in the year when yet another mobile reseller (technically a MVNO) launches decked out in Red Bull branding.

iiNet Jumps Onto Optus To Offer Contract Free Mobile Plans

If you’re looking for a cheap SIM-only plan without a contract, iiNet has just launched themselves as a MVNO. With plans starting from $10 a month for $150 worth of calls and 200MB of data, the plans sound pretty good… although you do need to be an iiNet customer to jump on board.

Amaysim Phone Network Promises Amazing Prices (Using Optus' Network)

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.

Woolworths Launches Its Own Mobile Network

Remember back in February when we told you Woolies was planning on launching a MVNO off the back of Optus’ GSM network? Well, it launches today.

Lebara MVNO Network Offers Cheap International Mobile Calls

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.

Get Ready For A Woolworths 'Fresh Food' Mobile Phone Network

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.

Apple Virtual Operator Patent Opens Way to Free Carrier Selection

Remember the rumours about Apple becoming a Mobile Virtual Network Operator, which were constantly buzzing before the announcement of their exclusive deal with the Death Star? Well, the usual USPTO archeologists have discovered a patent showing their system to dynamically select carriers using an iTunes MVNO ID: