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** The new iPhone 5 has officially launched.

When compared to the previous iPhone 4S, the new iPhone 5 is just 7.6mm thick or 18% thinner. It is also 20% lighter and features a new, bigger 4" screen. Slightly longer and bigger than the previous iPhone 4S, the screen display will feature 6 lines of icons.

The new iPhone 5 will run on the 4G LTE network and will be constructed with an aluminium back and glass front.

The new improved battery of the iPhone 5 offers up to 8 hours of talk-time and up to 10 hours of Wi-Fi usage. Faster data speeds are offered with the new iPhone 5 as is the much improved 28 MP Camera - particularly when taking photos in low or weak lighting situations. The iPhone 5 chargers and data connectors will feature an all-new, smaller connector which has been appropriately named 'lightning'.

The iPhone 5 features 3 separate microphones and also offers for the first time full console-quality, gaming experiences and visuals via the larger screen and a new deal with partner EA Games. For people upgrading from the older Apple iPhone models, all stored data and apps will be able to cross over/be transferred in letterbox format to the new iPhone 5.

The all important release date is expected to be on or around September 21st, 2012. Place your order with Mobile Extras to ensure that you are looked after by industry experts who care about your phone just like you do!

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:) ....... the wait is almost over!

Apple has officially announced a September 12 press event in San Francisco, confirming months of rumours. And the invitation leaves little doubt that the event will be the rollout of the all-new iPhone 5 (or whatever name Apple chooses for its sixth-generation iPhone).

Rarely has a product ever been so analyzed, so rumoured ..... and so leaked as Apple's next-generation Smart phone. Not a day, or even an hour, goes by without a new picture of the rumoured case, screen, connector jack, even headphones. Has all the excitement already been spilled, or is there something completely different yet to come? Here's a rundown, all rumours aside, of what we can expect.

The name: iPhone 5 or New iPhone?
If the name of the most recent iPad is any indication -- "The New iPad" -- that would be the easiest way to settle the naming convention for Apple's next handset. Then again, look at the looming "5" in the invite photo above. Unlike last October's iPhone event, where camps were split over whether there would be an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 (or both), this year it's unanimous that the look and feel of the next iPhone will finally take the design and feature leap many expected in 2011.

A new design:
Remember how big a deal the redesigned iPhone 4 was? Expect a similar amount of focus on the engineering required to take what was already an incredibly compact phone and make it even slimmer. Of course, the pictures and rumours gathering thus far show a taller (if not wider) phone.

The two-tone color scheme and a return to a metal back could give the iPhone a look it hasn't had since the original model presented in 2007, but the overall look of the iPhone pictures seen thus far are more evolutionary than revolutionary ........ akin to the iPhone 3G's shift away from the iPhone.

The screen: Longer, thinner
A larger screen size seems all but certain, and all indicators say that the 4-inch screen -- increased in size from the existing iPhone's 3.5-inch screen -- will sport a different aspect ratio. A 640 x 1,136-pixel-resolution screen would enable an extra row of icons on the home screen, apps with extra visible screen space above the virtual keyboard, and HD videos with less letterboxing in landscape mode.

This screen could be manufactured using "in-cell" technology, a method of creating an even thinner all-in-one touch screen without any added layers. Or, it could be a new process. The resulting screen would allow for a slimmer iPhone, improve picture clarity, and even possibly extend the battery life further.

Most importantly, a larger screen would help the new iPhone keep pace with the wave of supersize Android phones that have become popular in recent months. Right now, the current 3.5-inch iPhone looks downright tiny in comparison to phones like the 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus or 4.8-inch Galaxy S3.

A new dock connector (it's about time):
Recent images and mock-ups show what's been rumoured for months - a totally new 8-pin connector, ending the reign of the trusty old 30-pin iOS connector. It's high time for a smaller standard: the wider, dust-collecting 30-pin port on the bottom of iPhones and iPads is an old legacy connector, and many connections are now made via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or AirPlay. A new 8-pin port will take up less space, which could possibly be used by more battery capacity without adding to the phone's overall bulk.

Of course, while a smaller connector may have its advantages, it has one major drawback: the long list of 30-pin accessories and cables will be instantly rendered obsolete (at least until there's an adapter made available).

4G LTE: The biggest no-brainer of the bunch
The lack of 4G LTE wireless in the current iPhone is its most glaring feature deficit, and it's time that got rectified. The third-generation iPad's move to 4G was a milestone, not only for the iPad's lightning-quick access speed, but for the battery life while on 4G, too. The quality and availability of 4G LTE service makes this a clear-cut, long-expected upgrade, and one of the chief features likely to get detailed on September 12.

A new processor?
The iPhone has seen processor upgrades every generation since the iPhone 3G. An A6 processor could be quad-core; if it is, it'll be a more advanced CPU than what's used in the third-gen iPad, which has an A5X processor (with a dual-core CPU and quad-core graphics). Would that happen, or is there a chance that the new iPhone will have a shrunken-down A5X processor -- the same power, but in a more compact (and possibly more energy-efficient) package? (Credit: James Martin/CNET)

iOS 6:
Apple's latest version of iOS is a feature in itself for the next iPhone, although some previous iPhone models will share in many of the spoils. Detailed at WWDC 2012, iOS 6 has plenty of new features available to the iPhone 4S and some older iPhone models. But Apple has already indicated that -- like Siri -- some of the primo features of the new iOS (such as turn-by-turn navigation) will only be available on the latest iPhone and iPad models.

The official launch of iOS 6 should be detailed at this event, and odds are it'll debut a few days before the new iPhone goes on sale.

Expect the new Maps app with turn-by-turn navigation to be a highlight of this new iPhone event once again.

Siri, again
The latest generation of Siri will have more hooks in apps. Will it be easier to use? The capability to launch apps via Siri might suggest better in-car capabilities. Apple discussed Eyes Free, a technology being built into cars to take advantage of Siri connectivity over the next 12 months, at WWDC. More concrete details on Eyes Free with the new iPhone could emerge at this event.

NFC?: Don't count on it.
Apple's Passbook, a new app in iOS 6 that works like a mobile wallet, has led some to believe that NFC, or Near-Field Communication, a technology increasingly showing up in other smartphones, will make an appearance in the iPhone 5. Odds are slim this will happen; the latest indications are that the new iPhone's slimmer design might make NFC inclusion unlikely. Also, NFC in mobile-wallet tech is still embryonic, and hasn't gained much traction yet.

A new camera? Unclear.
The iPhone has made three successive leaps in camera technology with the iPhone 3GS, 4, and 4S; few people have any more complaints about the quality of the iPhone's camera. Instead, there could be additional camera modes or tweaks: multiburst, improved multifocus, or a better flash. With all the other new iPhone features, advancements in camera tech could take a year off.

iPad Mini or new iPods?
The original consensus was that Apple would use its September event to carpet bomb the competition with a slew of new products: iPhone 5, iPad Mini, new iPods, and the new iOS. Recently, however, the rumor mill has indicated two separate events: an iPhone launch in September, followed by the iPad Mini launch in October.

We agree with the latter assessment. Odds seem historically slim that Apple will allow anything else into this event. iPads, iPods...my gut tells me that these won't be around or even spoken of. Based on what we think we know so far about the new iPhone, the entire event could be spent discussing the new phone and its features (an iOS 6 recap). That would follow the game plan of the iPhone 4S event, where the legacy iPods were barely mentioned.

Meanwhile, rumours of the iPad Mini, with its alleged 7.85-inch screen, are growing at a daily rate. That device, should it emerge in 2012, seems destined for its own event sometime in October, along with long-overdue refreshes to the iPod Nano and Touch, both of which haven't been updated since 2010. Two events would allow Apple to double-dip in the news cycle as well, so a cheaper, smaller iPad -- a major product in its own right -- wouldn't get overshadowed by the new iPhone.

One thing's for certain: we'll know a lot more by the afternoon of September 12.

Stay tuned to mobileextras.com.au for complete coverage.

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Introduction to Smart Repeaters ....... coming soon.

A new generation of so called 'Smart' Repeaters will soon be available for use in Australia. These repeaters differ from a standard repeater in that they have a patented inbuilt microprocessor that make them network friendly and can be controlled by the carrier.

They are legal to install in Australia and will soon be available from Mobile Extras.

Many of us suffer from poor mobile reception in our homes and businesses and one of the best solutions to provide network coverage is a mobile repeater. The repeater system basically grabs the outside mobile signal and wirelessly disburses it within your home or office. These traditional mobile repeaters are unfortunately a banned product to use within Australia due to their potential to interfere with the mobile network if installed incorrectly. So this new series of legal repeaters is a welcome sight to a lot of affected people all over Australia.

The government regulator the ACMA, are currently getting feedback from the carriers and manufacturers on the future of mobile repeater use in Australia. They have recommend the testing and implementation of smart repeaters be undertaken by the carriers.

Several overseas carriers are now offering Smart Repeaters to their customers including in Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and Russia.

Smart Repeater Features.

Smart Repeaters differ from a standard mobile repeater, having the following features:

•They only amplify and disburse a particular carrier’s mobile signal, operating within a set frequency band.
•Individual repeaters can be controlled, monitored or shut down via the carrier’s transmission spectrum without a fixed physical connection.
•The repeater does not interfere with the carrier’s network or other users on the network.

Smart Repeater Manufacturers

There are currently a very small number of manufacturers of smart repeaters, with the number set to increase over the next few years as demand increases.

Nextivity Inc - www.nextivityinc.com - offer the Cel-Fi range of smart repeaters

Smart Repeater Trials in Australia

Telstra are currently providing the Nextivity smart repeaters to select VIP customers in Australia. They are currently being called the Telstra Smart Antenna.

Mobile Extras will be receiving stock of Smart Repeaters in late June and are now taking advance orders. Cost is expected to be less than $1,000.

The Smart repeater can be installed by anyone as no cabling is needed in most locations. There is a model with an external antenna where signal is especially poor.

Further Reading

ACMA Discussion on Smart Repeaters - http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_410158

Whirlpool Forum discussion on Smart Repeaters - http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1780925

Extreame Forum - http://www.extreame.net.au/topic/3613-netgear-msrb2500-3g-range-extender/

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New Telstra Products ~ Coming Soon

Postpaid:-
Samsung Galaxy SII 4G (Dark Grey)
Samsung Galaxy SII 4G (White)
Nokia Lumia 800 (White)
HTC Titan 4G

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UPDATE (08-03-2012): The world's best-selling tablet computer received a major overhaul today, becoming the first Apple product to connect to Next-Generation 4G mobile networks and gaining a high-definition screen, more graphical grunt, voice dictation and a significantly better camera for the same price as the old model.
But Australians will not be able to use The New iPad’s new speedy 4G connection, which is incompatible with the country’s only 4G network, when it arrives in local stores on March 16, 2012.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook revealed the third iPad tablet in San Francisco early this morning, in a performance that will be judged as his first real test as head of the company after he took over from founder Steve Jobs.

Mr Cook said the iPad had created a new category with the tablet that Apple would "redefine" again with The New iPad.

"We think that the iPad is the poster child of the post-PC world,’’ Mr Cook said.

"The momentum behind Apple has been incredible and has surprised almost everyone. We sold 15.4 million in the last quarter alone. We sold more iPads in the fourth quarter of last year than any PC manufacturer sold of their entire PC line worldwide."

The New iPad will be the first Apple product to use a 4G (LTE) mobile internet connection that could deliver a speed boost of up to five times that of current networks.

Unfortunately, it is not yet equipped to work with Australia’s first 4G network, offered by Telstra, as it uses a different frequency (1800MHz) to 4G networks available in the United States.

Other than 4G compatibility, the new iPad’s most obvious upgrade is its 9.7-inch screen, which now features double the resolution (2048x1536) to a high-definition “Retina” display as seen in the iPhone 4.

Apple worldwide marketing vice-president Phil Schiller said the screen upgrade is designed to better show off HD movie downloads, books and photos, with pixels indiscernible to the naked eye, however app makers and iPad users may need to upgrade their software to make full use of the new display.

Apple's new iPad will also feature a more powerful processor - a 1.5GHz dual-core A5X chip with quad-core graphics processing - that will enable the use of more demanding apps, including video-editing software and games.

However, the company stopped short of adding a quad-core computing processor as rumoured and seen in some rival tablets including the ASUS Transformer Prime.

The new iPad also features a significantly better rear camera that now offers a backlit sensor, 5-megapixel resolution and hybrid infra-red filter for better colour reproduction, as well as voice dictation that is designed to recognise the Australian accent.

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NEW RELEASES TO TELSTRA AND MOBILE EXTRAS Now Available:-

Postpaid Mobile Phone Packages (as follows):
* HTC Velocity 4G Now Available
* Samsung Omnia W Now Available
* Telstra T28 Now Available (NB:- It has a direct RF port connector for Patch Lead use on the back of the unit and not under the battery cover.)

Prepaid Mobile Phone Packages (as follows):
* Samsung Galaxy Y (Grey and Pink) Now Available

Stay tuned in to Mobile Extras for all the latest product news, launches and releases.

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AsiaOne
Wednesday, Oct 05, 2011
Apple fans who stayed up for the highly anticipated iPhone 5 announcement might be disappointed to know that its latest mobile device is a souped-up version of the iPhone 4 - the iPhone 4S.

In a conference held at its headquarters in Cuppertino, Apple's new chief executive Tim Cook, who replaced ailing founder Steve Jobs, unveiled the company's latest products and developments, including its iPod, iCloud and the new iOS5, which will be lauched on Oct 12.

The iPhone 4S, which was announced by Apple's senior vice-president Philip Schiller, boasts the A5 processor which is used to power the iPad and will run on both CDMA and GSM networks, as well as the iOS 5 software.

But made iPhone lovers take notice is the upgraded camera of eight megapixels and the intelligent assistant, Siri, which recognises voice commands and makes calendar appointments just by talking to the phone.

According to Apple, the new voice command system can even perform mathematical calculations when asked to and is able to answer queries such as "will I need an umbrella this weekend?" and "what is the traffic like around here?"

Siri, which understands English, French and German, also allows users to search the web, search for restaurants, set the alarm, and have messages read back to the user.

The iPhone 4S, which will come in black and white, will launch on Oct 14 in the US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany and Japan.

Apple will launch the phone in 22 more countries by Oct 28 and Singapore will be one of the countries to get the handset then.

By 3am local time, Singapore's Apple online store unveiled the iPhone 4S on their website but prices are yet to be available.

Prices for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS in Singapore will be available from S$788 and S$548 respectively.

The US price range for the iPhone 4S announced during the conference last night are US$199 (S$262) for 16GB, US$299 for 32GB, and US$399 for 64GB, the new capacity that is offered in the iPhone 4S.

The lower entry prices for Apple's newest iPhone will effectively make the iPhone 4 available in the US at only US$99, while earlier generations iPhone 3GS models will be free with telecom carrier contracts.

iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users will be able to upgrade to the iOS 5 software for free on Oct 13.

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Apple iPad 2 coming soon to Telstra (news source updated 04/03/2011).

According to Apple, the iPad 2 will feature an entirely new design that is a third thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen.

Warwick Bray, Telstra's Executive Director of Mobile Products said Telstra would support this new Apple iPad on our Next G® network when it arrives in Australia on March 25, 2011.

"The original iPad was a huge hit with our customers and exceeded all sales expectations - today more than 100,000 of these touch-screen devices are connected to the Next G network," Warwick said.

Apple says the iPad 2 will feature a new dual-core A5 processor for fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time.

Telstra's Pre-Paid Apple iPad Kits cost $30 and include a special micro SIM and 3GB of data to get customers started.

Recharge rates start from $20 for 1GB of data for use over 30 days and range up to a $150 recharge that allows customer to enjoy 12GB of data over a massive 365 day expiry period.

"Telstra customers will be able to connect their iPads to the Next G network via Telstra's existing Pre-Paid plans for Apple iPad," Warwick said.

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Telstra to launch 4G Mobile Broadband Network by end 2011.

Source: Media Release 15th February, 2011

Australians will again be at the leading edge of mobile telecommunications with Telstra today unveiling plans to upgrade its Next G™ network with 4G technology later this year.

Announcing the plan at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Chief Executive Officer David Thodey said the company plans to upgrade its existing Next G™ network with Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in the central business districts of all Australian capital cities and selected regional centres by the end of 2011.

“Telstra is proud to again be a technology leader, providing Australians with leading-edge mobile broadband services on the world’s largest national mobile network,” Mr Thodey said.

“The technology can provide many Australians with faster data speeds, high-quality video conferencing and faster response times when using mobile applications or accessing the internet.

“It can also help Telstra meet demand for mobile data, which is doubling every year as customers move to adopt data-hungry smartphones, mobile modems and tablets,” Mr Thodey said.

The planned upgrade will use the company’s existing 1800MHz spectrum to bring 4G to areas where traffic demand is most concentrated. It will be integrated with Telstra’s existing HSPA+ service, which uses the 850MHz spectrum range.

By the end of 2011 Telstra plans to sell dual mode LTE/HSPA+ mobile broadband devices that operate seamlessly across the 1800MHz and 850MHz spectrum ranges, giving customers the benefits of 4G where it is available. However, there will be no change in the quality or coverage footprint for customers who do not wish to upgrade their devices.

The planned upgrade will not require incremental investment to existing plans, instead being funded from Telstra’s existing budget for capital expenditure.

“We see the integration of LTE technology into the Next G™ network as a way to continue to deliver high quality services and meet growing customer demand, and we are very happy to bring this service to Australia thanks to a partnership with our long-time collaborators Ericsson, Sierra Wireless and Qualcomm,” Mr Thodey said.

Ericsson President and CEO, Hans Vestberg said: “Ericsson and Telstra have a long history of innovative network partnership and we are proud to bring the next generation of mobile broadband to Australia. Telstra’s Next G™ network is globally recognized as an advanced, world-class service and LTE will enable Telstra to continue to deliver a superior end-user experience for both existing and future Next G™ subscribers."

President and chief executive officer of Sierra Wireless, Jason Cohenour said: “Telstra’s planned upgrade to LTE technology is an exciting development that reaffirms the company and Australia as a world leader in high-speed, high-quality mobile broadband connectivity. We are thrilled to continue our longstanding collaboration with Telstra, Ericsson and Qualcomm to push mobile broadband technology forward and to provide LTE devices for the network.”

Mr Thodey confirmed that, as well as deploying 4G, Telstra would also upgrade parts of its network over time with next-generation HSPA+ technologies. These upgrades will provide customers in other parts of Australia with 4G-like services using Telstra’s 850MHz spectrum.

In line with Telstra’s longstanding record as a technology leader, Telstra is working with leading network, chipset and device vendors, in conjunction with the Global Suppliers Association and the GSM Association, to establish a global industry group to champion and guide the development of the 4G ecosystem at 1800MHz.

Telstra and Ericsson featured in a GSMA-hosted seminar during the Mobile World Congress to show how an integrated LTE and HSPA+ network can be effectively and economically deployed by operators. The seminar took place on Thursday, 17 February, 2011.
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