Do you need a new phone? Could you also use a new PS4 while you're at it, too? Vodafone has a new bundle that gets you a shiny new PlayStation 4 Slim and Sony's mid-range Xperia X — presumably so you can play PS4 games on your phone using Remote Play.
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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.
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.
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.
Vodafone just held its first live public 5G demonstration in Australia, with Nokia at the University of Technology in Sydney. Gizmodo joined UTS staff and students watch robots deal with latency, eight simultaneous streams of Virtual Reality and of course — speed tests using 5G capabilities.
But when will we get it, and what will it be used for?
Optus may throw money at Usain Bolt and Marky Mark and Thorpey, Telstra may throw money at Jessica Mauboy and Jimmy Barnes and Magda Szubanski, but Vodafone is throwing money at a car. Australia's reddest telco is sponsoring a brand new BMW M6 GT3 to next year's Bathurst 12 Hour alongside BMW Team SRM, and it looks mean.
It felt like déjà vu on Sunday night when Vodafone suffered a network outage that affected its mobile services nationwide. Customers experienced problems with data, texts and calls for seven hours, harkening back to the telco's 'Vodafail' days. Vodafone is now doing damage control by giving every mobile customer 2GB of bonus data. Here are the details.
After a nationwide outage last night, Vodafone's network is back up. The telco updated customers at 2:30am this morning, without clarifying what caused the problem.
7:55am Update: A spokesperson for Vodafone has now stated a "router issue" caused the outage.
Vodafone has been shopping, and picked up Lebara's Australian mobile business assets — taking over its mobile base and the right to use the Lebara brand in Australia. Since the company has been a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) for Vodafone since 2009, Lebara customers are already technically on the telco's 4G network — so little will change.
Vodafone is first out of the gates with its on-contract pricing for the brand new iPhone 7. Vodafone will offer the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on a range of plans, starting from as little as $40 per month and a total cost of $76 per month including handset repayment.
My job lives entirely online. Everything I do eventually ends up on this website. But it's not that simple — behind the scenes, there's a lot going on that has to run smoothly and work correctly to make my job easy and streamlined. At the very least, I need a fast 'net connection, and I need it to work all the time. Fast, reliable 4G has changed the way that I work, including in the way that I collaborate with my team, and the way that we run our business through the 'net.
I'm very lucky. I get to travel a lot for work, and I get to go to some amazing places and do some amazing things. But even though I'm travelling, it's still work — and that means I need to be online, just like I'm sitting down in the office in front of my PC. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into keeping this website ticking over from the other side of the globe.