The Telstra's EasyCall 4 is a million miles from Samsung's Galaxy S8 or Apple's iPhone 7. But if your needs are basic or you're shopping for your kids, it might be the dumb phone that you've been looking for.
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Ever since Nokia introduced the new iteration of its classic 3310 there's been an intense debate going on in my head.
"It's really cheap!" shouts Nostalgia.
"Why the hell would you want a phone that doesn't have apps?" replies Logic.
Maybe that same debate has been going on in your head too. Don't worry, I went hands-on with the device and now have enough facts to settle things.
Nokia has announced it will be resurrecting the iconic 3310 mobile phone that thousands of Aussies dropped without breaking. It promises a whopping four weeks of battery life and represents a refreshing antidote to feature-packed, gimmicky smartphones - but will it ever make it to Australia? Here's what you need to know.
If you're on a cheap mobile phone plan, there's a good chance your monthly data allowance is woefully inadequate. This can lead to huge bills at the end of the month if you don't keep close tabs on your usage.
Instead of switching off your mobile data completely (or downgrading to a basic phone), try following these simple data-stretching tips. With plenty of discipline and a bit of know-how you can make even the flimsiest of data plans go the distance.
A smartphone without a big whack of mobile data is like a sports car without petrol in the tank. Almost everything we do with our phones requires an internet connection, so there is no point cheaping out on a plan with puny data inclusions nowadays.
The good news is that data keeps getting cheaper. The rise in popularity (and sheer volume) of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) has put crushing pressure on the price we pay for each gigabyte, and if you're not regularly checking your options and switching then there is a good chance you are missing out. Here are the best deals.
Android Doze is an unsung hero, saving your battery when you're not using your phone. Third-party apps like Greenify, ForceDoze and Naptime can squeeze even more juice out of your phone, but they can do a whole lot more if you tweak them.
Spoiler, the answer is yes: If your battery needs charging, go ahead and charge it overnight while you sleep. The reason it's even a question has to do with outdated battery technologies, old fears solved by modern smartphones and other concerns that this Android Authority video addresses in good order.
NSW recently implemented a law that made it illegal for Learner, P1 and P2 licence holders to use a mobile phone at all while driving. That means they can't even use Google Maps for directions or use their phone to listen to music. But what about those who are on their full licence? We already know that it's illegal to hold your phone while you drive, even if you're not actively using it. Today, we look at what is and isn't legal when it comes to using a mobile phone when you hold a full licence across Australia.
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.
It's no exaggeration to say that Telstra's customer service has been pretty abysmal over the past year. On numerous occasions it failed to deliver the bare minimum — namely, a working network for its customers. Needless to say, there have been significant repercussions for the telco and the higher ups are now feeling the pinch. Telstra’s senior staff have reportedly lost millions in bonuses and incentive payments linked to customer service performance. Sounds like a fair cop to us.
Buying a phone outright using beats getting a "discount" with a contract. Of course, that might depend on the carrier and the phone plan. This calculator tells you how much cheaper it is, over time, to buy the phone outright or lease it.
We've been throwing out a new challenge every month since January as part of our year-long Lifehacker Ultimate Money Challenge. This month, we're taking on a specific expense that's easy to cut: Your mobile phone bill. We challenge you to find a cheaper plan that offers the same level of service.
There are many articles in the universe about the benefits of living without your mobile phone, about the perils of dependence on technology. Let’s be honest, it’s all a bit wishy-washy. Preaching the benefits of life without a mobile phone is Crossfit. You’re a technology Vegan. You're the worst.
And I'm the worst. Because, guess what. I’m about to do the exact same thing.
A few months ago my phone broke. I decided not to replace it for a while. This was — at times — a good thing, but for the most part it was frustrating as hell. Here’s what I learned.
Despite promises by Niantic, the creators of Pokemon GO, to add capacity to overloaded servers, the popular mobile game is still crashing for users around the world. The problem was particularly noticeable over the weekend. Niantic recognises that the influx of new players swarming its servers are causing connectivity issues for some Pokemon GO users. It seems the game also experienced a dedicated denial of service (DDoS) attack which made everything worse. Read on for more details and a way to access Pokemon GO even when the servers are down.
The slightly smug sounding "10" is the latest flagship Android handset from HTC. Boasting an all-metal aluminium chassis, a versatile UltraPixel camera and beefed-up specifications across the board, it's easily one of the best smartphones that the Taiwanese vendor has released in quite a while. Here are the specs, pricing and launch details for Australia.