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Telstra Has A Smart Home Monitoring System Coming Later This Year

Telstra today announced plans to enter into the smart home market, with a new Smart Home Platform launching later this year.

The platform will be available on a subscription package model, coming in “at the cost of a couple of movie tickets” per month.

Small Cell Base Stations Bring 4G Mobile Coverage To Rural Communities

The Federal Government announced on the weekend that 135 4G small cell base stations will be rolled out to communities across Australia, giving Telstra customers in more than 130 rural and regional communities 4G mobile coverage.

The rollout is a part of Telstra’s $165 million commitment to regional Australia and the Federal Government’s Mobile Black Spot Programme.

Telstra Has Free Wi-Fi All This Weekend Around Australia

Telstra is giving away free Wi-Fi — again — from 17 to 20 June. But this time it’s not to make up for a service outage.

In celebration of the first ever World Wi-Fi Day, there is free Wi-Fi for everyone — customer or not — available from Telstra stores and pink-box Wi-Fi hotspots.

Telstra And Samsung Bring 'Smart Seats' To Melbourne's Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium’s Medallion Club Membership is about to get a whole lot fancier, with “Smart Seats” that let you watch video action of the game you’re attending — and even switch to thrills and spills from other AFL games.

The in-seat tablets, launched in conjunction with Telstra and Samsung, are part of the next phase of Etihad Stadium’s multi-million connected stadium fit out, which is making the venue one of the most technically advanced and connected across the globe.

4G In Australia: Telstra Is Fastest, But Vodafone Wins On Availability

Wireless coverage mapping expert OpenSignal has released its first ever report on the state of mobile networks within Australia, and its findings are pretty interesting, if not completely surprising: Telstra currently offers the fastest possible download speeds on 4G, but that comes at the cost of slightly higher latency where Vodafone and Optus swing ahead. Vodafone also wins out on the availability of its 4G networks, with a slight advantage over both its competitors.

Telstra Blames Outages On Dodgy Modems And DNS

Telstra has shed some more light on the reasons behind its recent NBN and ADSL outages, telling customers their modems’ firmware and a bug in the telco’s network-level DNS is to blame.

Telstra NBN And ADSL Outages Are Still Not Fixed

Despite the telco’s assurances that last week’s huge outages have been fixed, many customers across the country are still unable to connect to their NBN and ADSL services. Service is gradually returning, with Telstra advising customers to regularly cycle their modems to attempt to connect to the network, but it’s been a rough four days for Telstra in a year that’s been full of major outages.

Here Are Woolworths' New 'Simple' Mobile Plans

Woolworths today launched three new “simple” phone bundles, designed to make it easier to choose the right inclusions on a range Samsung phones (including the S7, S6, S5 and A3) “at supermarket prices”.

Running on parts of Telstra’s 3G and 4G mobile network, the plans come with a “zero-bill shock” promise so you never spend more than your agreed amount.

Telstra Is Spending $50M To Fix Its Network

Don’t worry about writing your free download wishlist anytime soon. After three apparently unrelated significant outages this year already, resulting in compensation via two free data days — which saw data download records smashed — Telstra appears to be keen to avoid it happening yet again.

Keen enough to spend $50 million on fixing its network, based on recommendations from the freshly-completed network review the telco started in February.

You Should Take Better Care Of Your Phone

Opinion: The 24-month phone contract is dead, writes Phone plans go out of date quickly, leaving their buyers stuck with small data quotas. But there’s also the fact that new smartphones, bundled with these plans, are apparently a Bad Idea — because they can be lost, or damaged, or stolen.

It’s that last point that is particularly galling.

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