Category Archives: All Devices Posts

GDR3 Coming Soon

So there is a lot of talk as to when the GDR3 update will be rolling out to our lovely Windows Phone devices in Australia. Below is a table of carrier data. You can see that many carriers have completed or a close to completing their testing and are waiting for Microsoft to flick the switch so we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer.

Handset

Telstra

Optus

Vodafone

HTC 8X

Early testing

No information or not available from carrier

Available now in staggered release.

HTC 8S

Early testing

No information

No information or not available from carrier

Nokia Lumia 520

No information

No information or not available from carrier

No information or not available from carrier

Nokia Lumia 625

No information or not available from carrier

No information or not available from carrier

Testing complete. Awaiting rollout.

Nokia Lumia 820

No information or not available from carrier

No information or not available from carrier

Currently testing

Nokia Lumia 920

Awaiting Testing.

Expected release  mid-Feb

No information or not available from carrier

No information or not available from carrier

Nokia Lumia 925

Currently testing

Expected release  mid-Jan

Currently testing

Expected release  mid-Jan

Testing complete. Awaiting rollout.

Nokia Lumia 1020

Currently testing

Expected release  mid-Jan

No information

No information or not available from carrier

At this time Optus does not have a page that shows when they are planning to release updates. Their website is particularly unhelpful and if you are an Optus subscriber we would encourage you to provide feedback to the carrier that its not only Android users that want updates.

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Windows Phone has 6.5% Market Share in Australia

Today Kantar released its worldwide smart phone market share document. Windows Phone has definitely defined itself as the third ecosystem in the Australian market with Blackberry falling to just 0.5% of the market.

Australia

3 m/e Aug 2012

3 m/e Aug 2013

% pt. Change

 Android

65.9

62.1

-3.8

 BlackBerry

1.6

0.5

-1.1

 iOS

25.8

28.7

2.9

 Windows

3.7

6.5

2.8

 Other

3.1

2.2

-0.9

SMH Previews Lumias

SMH have previewed the Nokia Lumia 710 and Nokia Lumia 800 and you can read their impressions here. The introduction is fair and balanced, and explains the phones basic functions and the main inclusions of Windows Phone. The author was obviously impressed with the handsets.

“I got my hands on Nokia’s first WP7 offerings at this week’s Australian roadshow  and they’re certainly impressive.”

We look forward to seeing more of Nokia’s handsets in the press when Nokia starts its major drive on March 1.

Optus getting ready!

We get a Tesltra leak, we get an Optus leak, everything seems to be happening today!

Optus has been doing some work on the back end of its website and WPDownUnder is reporting that the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 preorder pages are ready to go live! Don’t get too excited, no pricing yet 😦 But we do have a “will be delivered after 1st of March” message clearly viable on the site.

Source: Windows Phone Down Under

 

We have a date … maybe?

So the Nokia Lumia 800 is coming to all major carriers at throughout March, but Gizmodo is reporting today it might be very early if not before if you’re a Telstra customer. An anonymous source that works in a Telstra store sent Gizmodo some information regarding to the release of new 4G devices on their network. Interestingly it was noted that the Nokia Lumia 810 would be coming to the network on the 28th of this month. Is the 810 just a typo? Is the date incorrect? We will find out in 12 days I guess!

Source: Gizmodo

A Late Christmas Gift from Vodafone

HTC TrophyFor those of us who are all too familliar with the keyboard bug that turned up in mango, some of us will get a little grin on their face when the ‘update is available’ alert pops up over the next few weeks. Vodafone has announced that its Australian HTC 7 Trophy will begin to recieve the update over the next few weeks as is usual with Windows Phone updates. Great work to Vodafone for getting the bug fix to its customers! How about you Telstra?

Source: Vodafone Blog

Pre-order your Lumia 800 at Dick Smith

DSESeems like something is happening with consumer electronics stores, they hear the news that Nokia Phones are coming soon!  Dick Smith is now taking preorders for the Nokia Lumia 800, black model on their website. The handset is available unlocked for $628 and will be shipped on the first of March. Will this indicate the date the device will also hit carriers? Only time will tell!

Source: Dick Smith