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Even the Australian Police are pleading with folk to stop using Apple Maps on iOS6

I haven’t bothered paying much attention to the continuous stream of “Oh my god Apple Maps is shit” news stories that have been appearing almost every day since iOS6 launched. You’ve read one, you’ve read them all. The summary is simple: Apple delivered an utter dud. I did however have to laugh when I saw […]

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Who do you recommend for two-way SMS in Australia?

I was talking to a colleague about SMS text messaging capabilities the other day — and in particular, discussing the power and potential of a two-way text service. Even in today’s hyper-connected app world, there’s nothing more universal than a text message. The colleague is keen — but they’re based in Australia. Which is a […]

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Vodafone and 3 to merge

News has reached us from the colonies that Hutchinson and Vodafone in Australia are set to merge. Will this set a precedent for pairing up elsewhere in the world? In a public statement issued on Hutchinson Whampoa’s website those two telecoms giants announced their intentions of merging, in an equal 50:50 joint venture. When this […]

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Nokia’s Comes With Music goes on the road

The Finish Fone makers all you can eat music download service has just expanded its buffet table, to seat other countries that weren’t previously allowed at the table. In a very tentatively  linked intro that no doubt you’ll forgive us for one day, Nokia has opened up its music store to include other countries tracks […]

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£90 Android handset by Christmas

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald Kogan Technologies, a small Australian discount electronics manufacturer, has announced it will launch a $199 handset by December 15th.  Details are a little thin on the ground, but owner Rusian Kogan told the Herald: …[the] phone would look similar to the iPhone in that it would be a […]

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3 Like Home … isn’t quite, in Australia

MIR reader, Steve, had what we mobile industry watchers call ‘bill shock’ recently. He bought a 3 pay monthly deal for £25/month from 3 UK a little while ago. That’s been serving him well as he’s taken a tour around Australia for a few months and has been, obviously, roaming on 3 Australia. All was […]

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Oh no… Not another Blyk!

It has been reported that Comtel, an Australian telecom firm is to launch SMSpup: Mobile, an MNVO offering subsidised tariffs in return for adverts. Unlike Blyk the service is not completely free, and that they will receive around a 65% discount on pre-paid tariffs. Similar to Blyk customers who “opt-in” will receive MMS and SMS […]

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Oz gets second 42Mbps mobile network

What is it about Aussies and the need for speed? A second Australian mobile operator has come out and promised a 42Mbps in the next couple of years. Hot on the heels of incumbent Telstra, Optus has now promised a super speedy mobile network by the middle of 2010. However, neither Telstra nor Optus has […]

Aussie cops ask for cameraphone evidence

According to Aussie reports, cops in New South Wales are asking the public to submit photos or videos of crimes captured on cameraphones to the police to help them with their investigations. Users will then be able to upload the footage to the police over the internet. Apparently, the move was inspired by the London […]

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Apple iPhone to break Aussie laws?

Since the iPhone was first announced, Australia has been asking ‘when are we going to get it?’ While the country is no closer to finding out the answer to that question, it has discovered that a deal tying the device to a single operator would be illegal under the Aussie Trade Practices Act, according to […]