Tagged With optus

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Ever been stuck without data? Everyone has. Cash running low? Happens to the best of us. Thought to yourself "if only I could use my phone's lock screen as an advertising platform, and get paid in data"? Er, maybe not. But now you can, if you want to.

Optus has an app just for Android users to earn extra data or credit by viewing ads on your smartphone. Here's how it works.

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Huawei and Japan's NTT Docomo just completed the world's first large-scale field trial of 5G mobile data, and the results were fast. Like, 11290 megabits per second fast, with one tenth the latency of even the best 4G connections. 5G may still be five or more years away from hitting Australian cell towers, but the future is looking rosy.

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Customer complaints about NBN connections are up by 63 per cent, and complaints about NBN line faults are up nearly 150 per cent, according to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman's 2015-16 annual report released today. The NBN now accounts for almost 12 per cent of TIO complaints, but there's also a good side to the news: we're not complaining as much about our mobile and landline telephones any more.

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Complaints to telecommunications providers are up by over 16 per cent, according to the latest report detailing the number of new landline, mobile and internet complaints the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman (TIO) receives.

Optus is the worst offender, while Amaysim proves the most loved among customers.

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If you watch a lot of streaming video on your smartphone — while you're commuting, during a lazy day at the beach or a hardcore one at the gym, or if you're one of the surprisingly large number of young Aussies that don't even have a hard-wired internet connection at home — then you'll know exactly how much data it eats up. If you're an Optus customer, you can just throw in an extra $10 per month and get a bunch of streaming services, now including iView and Stan, quota-free.

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Optus has added Stan, ABC iview and ABC Kids iView apps to its data-free mobile streaming service.

So that's all of ABC's channels — including ABC, ABC2, ABC News 24, ABC ME and ABC KIDS, as well as everything that Stan has to offer (highlights include Better Call Saul, Wolf Creek and No Activity along with SBS World Movies).

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A "technical issue" with Optus' 3G network caused mobile customers across some parts of Melbourne and regional Victoria to experience difficulty making calls, sending texts and using data today.

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Optus owns and maintains the largest fleet of satellites across Australia, but at the same time the number-two telco can't rival its larger competitor Telstra for mobile network coverage in rural and remote parts of Australia. It makes sense, then, for Optus to boost its coverage in black spots using a series of small cells — lower-powered portable radio nodes that are much easier to install than a full mobile tower — that connect to its satellite network. And that's exactly what the company is doing.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note7 officially launched in Australia on Friday. As befits a new flagship smartphone, all major telcos have released a range of plans for the device. If you’re contemplating a new mobile phone contract and have your heart set on the Galaxy Note7, this comprehensive plan breakdown will help you make the right decision.

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Although many Aussies wouldn't believe it if you told them, our country's 3G and 4G mobile networks are regularly ranked among the best in the world. In actual fact, South Korea is the only country that consistently ranks ahead of Australia for overall mobile network speed and 3G or 4G availability, and our average download smartphone download speeds have cracked 25Mbps for the first time ever. OpenSignal's sixth Global State of the Mobile Network report paints a glowing picture of Australia's mobile telecommunications infrastructure.

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If you send a lot of text messages and make a lot of calls to your buddies around Australia, then you definitely want a mobile phone plan with unlimited SMS and national calling. You don't have to spend much money at all to make that happen, though — Vaya says it can do exactly that, plus a little bit of 4G data too, for just $16 a month.

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Traditionally, satellite phones have been a bulky standalone handset which meant you had to carry two phones — your personal phone and your sat phone.

Previously only available online or through an external dealer network for outright purchase, the Optus Thuraya SatSleeve transforms compatible iPhone and Android smartphones into a satellite phone. And now you can pick them up on a 24 month plan.

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How does your ISP stack up against the rest in the Netflix stakes? Well, we could descend into fact-absent bickering or, you know, just check out Netflix's own stats for Australia's top service providers. It even has recent data and if you're a Telstra customer, don't expect to win any of these debates in the near future.

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Optus consumer post-paid mobile and fixed customers will receive free standard voice calls to France from 12:01am AEST 15 July 2016 until midnight 21 July 2016, including calls to mobile and landline numbers. Pre-paid mobile customers will receive zero-rated standard voice calls made to France from 07:00am AEST Saturday 16 of July until midnight 21st July 2016.