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Vodafone and 3 merger gets shareholder approval

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Shareholders for telecommunications operator Hutchison, who run the 3 network in Australia, have approved a proposed merger with the Australian operations of the UK-based Vodafone mobile phone operator in what will be a major shakeup in the mobile phone sector in Australia. The merger was given the approval this afternoon in a general meeting in Sydney. This will, also, eliminate its second last hurdle before they could form a new […]

Review : 3’s brand new social phone – the INQ1

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A phone that allows you to convey your social life and business life together – fun mixed with business – now, that has never happened, unless you count the iPhone 3G and the latest slate of BlackBerry phones. But those are all smartphones, but now, there is a normal phone that could help you convey those lives. Introducing the INQ1, allowing you to have your corporate e-mail account mixed in […]

Vodafone and 3/Hutchison to merge, kills off 3 brand

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In a sign that economic times are tougher than ever; Vodafone and Hutchison Telecommunications, who runs the 3 mobile carrier, have announced that they will merge their businesses together to create a company, which both companies will own 50 percent in the joint venture. The new joint venture will effectively give Optus and Telstra less competition in the mobile telecommunications sector, but would pressure the other two companies in the […]

Three to launch new social phone – integrates Facebook, Live Messenger & Skype

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3 Australia will be releasing another phone to Australia that will integrate Skype, but will also include integration with popular IM Windows Live Messenger and social network Facebook in attempt to create a more social-friendly phone. Called the INQ1 – pronounced as “ink one”, the phone is expected to be around by Christmas. The phone is, according to The Guardian, based around an open platform, meaning that any site wishes […]

Skypephone gets redesign – now in black

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Jay is going to be happy with this news; the 3 Skypephone has now gotten a redesign, and it looks better than before. Dubbed the Skypephone S2, it now offers HSDPA data, a 3.2 megapixel camera, 50MB of internal memory with a microSD slot and the same old Skype support. The design has also been changed, as now the phone sports an brushed aluminium and black plastic cover, in a […]

3 to use Next G to fill in gaps

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3 will now extend its 2100MHz network after making an agreement with Telstra to allow roaming on its 850MHz Next G Network. Until now, customers on 3 have only been allowed to use their network for 3G, and anyone who roamed outside of that would be using Telstra’s 2G network. While the carrier will be extending its coverage, it will also provide Telstra’s coverage if a customer roams into an […]

Three supports the iPhone – by making you buy the iPhone

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Even though Apple has left them in the dark, it did not stop Three to get its hands on the iPhone – by making you get it from another carrier. It tells you to buy a pre-paid version of the phone and pay the $80 to get it unlocked so it can work with their network. This would set you back $809 for the 8GB, since it costs $729, and […]

3 still pushing more data to your phone

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3 has unveiled a brand new plan that offers 6GB of mobile 3G data for just $39/month. The offer will, however, require you to get a 24 month contract with the telco. However, it does come with a USB dongle, so you can use the 3G network on your laptop. While it beats the previous "king" from Vodafone, which had 5GB for $39, it does not have better coverage than […]

Rumour Mill: 3 really selling the iPhone?

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On one of the comments on our posts (Oh Wait – Telstra is going to sell the iPhone), we could have an exclusive. Justin has said that he contacted 3 and they said that they will be selling the iPhone. 3 wouldn’t say anything else, but they said that they will be releasing it on the same day as “the other carriers”. I haven’t confirmed it – but I will […]

Rumour Mill: 3 maybe third carrier to carry the iPhone

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RUMOUR MILL: I still can’t believe there are more rumours about the iPhone. Gizmodo is reporting that some people have been emailing them that the people in the 3 stores or their customer care line that they are likely to get the iPhone after July 11. There has no confirmation, but a "There’s no official update". So secretive – yet, so little time.

Windows Live attempts to buy your search

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Microsoft has now launched a "cashback" service on its Windows Live search service that would see users getting discounts for products they buy using the search engine. This is the latest attempt to get some market share, being behind Google and Yahoo. Windows Live Search is the successor of MSN Search, which Microsoft spun off with the other MSN services to create online and offline apps to extend the Windows […]