Telstra has sold thousands of NBN plans offering speeds that were impossible to deliver on, the telco has admitted.
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has ruled against a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service - which would allow rival telcos to roam using Telstra's network - stating there was "insufficient evidence" a declaration on the service would improve the current state of competition.
It is a move both Vodafone and Pivotel have called a "missed opportunity" for regional Australians who are currently solely reliant on Telstra for their telecommunications needs.
The reviews are in and everyone seems to agree that the new Galaxy S8 is the world’s best phone ever. (Take that, Nokia!) With that decided, we now turn our attention to the question that our worried spouses and accountants are asking: What’s the best way to buy the S8? Outright or on a contract plan?
The way we buy mobile data is pretty unusual, if you think about it. Unlike other utilities, like water and electricity, we're asked to estimate our usage in advance, and what we don't use, we lose. Worse still, if we underestimate our usage we might get slugged $10 for an auto data top-up.
It's no wonder that data rollover is a feature we're often asked about. In Australia it's difficult to find plans that let you carry unused data from one month into the next month, but it's not impossible. Here are some of the best.
You're still going to have to wait until the end of the month to get your hands on LG's latest smartphone, the G6, but at least we know how much the device will (supposedly) cost, so you can decide whether or not you even want one.
Australia continues to fall behind most of the developed world when it comes to home broadband internet speeds. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Report, our internet connection speeds are now slower than 50 other nations, including the likes of Thailand, Estonia, Bulgaria and Kenya. Here's the full list of countries with better internet than Australia. (It makes for painful reading.)
If you've got a Samsung Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge on the network without equal, you're in for a treat: Telstra has finally switched on Wi-Fi calling to offload your network activity onto a fast wireless connection. It's being rolled out as part of the Android 7.0 Nougat update being pushed to Aussie Telstra customers from today.
As our airwaves get more and more packed with wireless signals, we have to find a way to make those signals travel more efficiently — it's the only way to increase capacity and keep up with demand. One way to do that is to use novel technologies like LTE-Broadcast to deliver the same popular data stream to multiple devices. After years of testing, and trials, and procrastination, Telstra is switching on LTE-B around the country in 2018.
If your business has a fixed-line Internet connection through Telstra, you might be having some problems talking to the outside world right now. Australia's largest telco is experiencing a bit of a hiccup with its Chatswood exchange again, which is apparently impacting hardline business connections around the state of NSW.
AFL fans around the country have long come to terms with the fact that, when it comes to modern broadcasting technology, the sport steadfastly lives 50 years in the past. True, free-to-air finally moved to proper high definition video last year, but now the AFL and Telstra have stuffed up the digital side of things, restricting the maximum size one can watch the stream on mobile devices to "iPhone size".
It seems like the days of actual internet outages are coming to an end. Telstra's new Gateway Frontier modem router will give you 4G wireless internet while you wait for your NBN or other wired connection to be installed, and in the case of a wired network outage it'll automatically switch over to its backup 4G to keep you connected.