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Government Just Sold $543 Million Of Mobile Spectrum

The results of the Federal Government’s recent auction of a large chunk of the 1800MHz band of the Australian radiofrequency spectrum have been announced: Telstra and Optus each spent nearly $200 million on securing more bandwidth, while TPG and Vodafone also splashed out with multi-million dollar investments. The 2015 auction should see Australia’s 4G networks in regional areas get faster and cover wider areas.


Vodafone Is Axing Its $5 Daily Roaming Charge For NZ Travellers

Vodafone has made an important step in Australia’s slow but inexorable annexation of New Zealand. Until December, Vodafone Red plan customers will be able to use their mobiles across the dutch without being slugged the $5 daily international roaming charge that the telco applies when travelling further abroad.


Vodafone's Newest Mobile Partner Is Qantas

Qantas is the latest name in a high-profile string of brands that Vodafone is using to further increase the appeal of its post-paid mobile plans. If you sign up to a new ‘Qantas Red’ plan on a 24-month contract, you’ll score yourself a bunch of Qantas points — and have access to Vodafone’s excellent $5 daily flat-rate international roaming.


TIO Complaints Are Down, But Only For Some Telcos

The Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman released its latest Complaints In Context report yesterday, and while the continuing trend sees overall complaints dropping further, the news is better for some telcos than others. Telstra, continuing a steady trend of decreasing complaints, saw complaints drop from 7.1 in every 10,000 to 6. Vodafone has dropped all the way down from 19.3 to 6.3, while Optus has seen a rise from 5.4 to 8.5 complaints in every 10,000 services in operation.


Kogan Mobile Is Back, Here's The Full Pricing

After 120,000 customers were left in the lurch by Kogan Mobile the last time it was operating, the Ruslan Kogan-owned MVNO is trying its luck once again. That’s right: Kogan Mobile is back, this time powered by Vodafone.


Vodafone And TPG Have Teamed Up In A $1bn Network Sharing Deal

Vodafone is Australia’s third largest mobile telco, trailing stronger competitors Optus and Telstra. TPG is a telecommunications company with a strong national data network and plenty of existing high-speed infrastructure. The two have teamed up in a $1 billion deal that sees TPG’s fibre network carrying Vodafone mobile network traffic, and it might be the first move in a larger partnership or even a merger.


Here's How iPhone Stocks Are Going Today

It’s iPhone frenzy day, and this morning in Sydney saw a pretty decent queue outside Australia’s flagship Apple Store and all the high-street stores of the country’s major telcos. So, if you avoided the line earlier today, are you able to duck into a store right now and pick one up?


Which Telco Has The Best Value iPhone 6s Deal In Australia?

Shopping around for your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? This is where you start. We’ve got the best value deals all wrapped up.


Apple's New iPhone 6S Goes On Sale At 8AM Today

8am Friday. That’s when you’ll have to be in the line at the Apple store to get your hands on the latest and greatest iPhone, the new 6s and 6s Plus. (Lindsay, that’s when you’ll have to wake up and crawl out of your tent.) Apple is saying that it’ll have stock in a bunch of stores, but that demand will be high — so get in early.


The Government Wants To Use Mobile Broadband For Police, Fire And Ambulance Services In Australia

Australia’s main police, ambulance and fire agencies have their own dedicated radio bands, but need more rich communication between officers and dispatch to use 21st century tools like GPS, smartphones, tablets and the internet. A draft Productivity Commission report recommends using mobile broadband from commercial telcos like Telstra, Optus and Vodafone rather than cordoning off mobile spectrum and constructing a $6 billion dedicated public safety broadband network.


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