Average speeds have declined since mid 2014, falling behind Taiwan, Russia and New Zealand.
15 Jan 2015 |
International study finds Australia's average connection speeds have dropped since the middle of 2014, while other countries move ahead with faster networks.
We help you take the guesswork out of buying a next generation mobile phone.
17 Dec 2014 |
CHOICE finds the best Next G phone for every user and budget.
Smartphones ranging in price from $99 to $1129 are put through their paces.
28 Nov 2014 |
We review the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, as well as the latest models from Sony, Nokia and Motorola.
Tech giant reveals 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, along with new Apple Watch, and takes on credit cards with a cashless mobile payment system
10 Sep 2014 |
Apple has finally revealed its new, larger, iPhone models along with an Apple Watch and a new cashless mobile payments system. The announcements, revealed overnight at a special event in Apple’s home town of Cupertino, end months of speculation.
China Labor Watch report says children under 16 are making Samsung phone parts.
18 Jul 2014 |
Samsung has suspended business with a factory in China amid allegations it’s using children to make mobile phone components.
Discount mobile retailer to be shut down in September.
10 Jul 2014 |
It's the end of an era for mobile phone retailer Crazy John's as Vodafone announces closure in September 2014.
Signing on the dotted line doesn't mean signing away your mobile phone rights. CHOICE outlines your top six rights.
7 Jul 2014 |
Fighting with your telco? Find out what your rights are in relation to your mobile phone and contract.
Mobile phone providers will stop charging for phone calls to 1800 numbers.
2 Jul 2014 |
The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network wins the battle for 1800 numbers to be a free call from mobile phones.
Social media sites wants to follow you on the web.
26 Jun 2014 |
Facebook has given itself permission to track users' web browsing beyond the social media site to target ads to them.
Twitter images show front and back of two alleged iPhone 6 models believed to be 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models due for release in September.
18 Jun 2014 |
A highly-credible Australian blogger has leaked pics of the eagerly awaited Apple iPhone 6, clearly showing two new models in different sizes side by side.
Less complaints are being made about telcos overall, but excess data charges are emerging as an issue.
18 Jun 2014 |
Being charged for excess data usage is emerging as an issue for consumers despite an overall drop in complaints about mobile service providers.
The days of telcos gouging consumers for SMSes could be numbered.
17 Jun 2014 |
The ACCC will regulate wholesale SMS pricing for the first time, potentially bringing the cost of text messages down.
Telstra and Optus fight for customers with new plans that allow multiple mobile devices to share data on a single plan.
4 Jun 2014 |
Telstra and Optus are playing tug of war over customers using new data sharing plans that allow customers to spread their data usage across multiple mobile devices.
Telstra, Optus and Vodafone come under ACCC scrutiny for signalling their intention to raise contract fees.
19 May 2014 |
The ACCC is concerned about comments from the telco giants amid booming profits and increased consumer costs.
The iPhone 6 will not only be bigger but also higher resolution, with a 4.7-inch version in August and a 5.5-inch model in September, according to reports.
16 May 2014 |
The new iPhone 6 will be known as the iPhone Air and will come in higher resolution in two sizes, with a choice of 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch screen, according to widespread reports.
New 'Skinet' system provides fast internet on trial flights.
12 May 2014 |
Telstra has begun testing a new system for fast in-flight internet access, but it's still early days.
Find the right gadget to give to mum on Sunday 11 May.
5 May 2014 |
Slippers and toasters have been struck off our list of 10 tech gadgets for the most important woman in your life.
Apple is offering a no-charge repair for iPhone 5 power button problem.
28 Apr 2014 |
Apple has admitted that a batch of iPhone 5 models has a faulty power button and will fix the affected phones for free.
Overzealous Facebook app the main culprit in killing battery life, says former 'Apple Genius'.
9 Apr 2014 |
A former “Apple Genius” has pointed the finger at the social networking giant’s overzealous app for sucking the life out of your iPhone.
Manufacturer to crack down on rampant phone theft.
7 Apr 2014 |
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 will include two complimentary security tools.
An Optus ad earlier this year misled viewers by saying that there was minimal difference in coverage between Optus and Telstra
3 Apr 2014 |
A misleading ad has given Optus customers the right to cancel their plans.
Sweeping changes to Telstra mobile phone call charges could cost Aussies while overseas.
24 Feb 2014 |
Changes to Telstra’s pricing mean consumers could be stung by unexpectedly high global roaming mobile phone charges.
SMS service warning: is your kid's school being targeted by premium SMS marketers peddling teddy bear wristbands?
24 Feb 2014 |
CHOICE tells parents to warn kids about premium SMS numbers, so you don't get stung with a huge mobile phone bill.
Our 2014 report reveals how our members rate common technology product and appliance brands for reliability.
21 Feb 2014 |
Use our brand reliability results to help guide your decision before buying. A bargain isn't a bargain if you're likely to pay a lot for repairs in the long term.
We take a look at this simple to understand SIM only plan.
19 Nov 2013 |
This SIM only player helps simplify the pricing structure for phone calls, text and internet data access.
Is a fair-use system the way to go?
19 Nov 2013 |
With copyright law under review, a fair-use system could allow people to enjoy their legally purchased digital music and movies without needing to break the law.
Google gives you the internet in the blink of an eye
16 Aug 2013 |
Google Glass has lots to offer if you want internet searches and directions, or to take a photo without reaching for your phone.
Sharing data could mean big savings for you and your family
8 Aug 2013 |
We look at how shared data plans for mobile devices could save you money - and why Australian telcos aren't offering them.
New rules to crack down on global roaming charges
3 Jul 2013 |
The government has announced new rules to force telcos to alert consumers to global roaming charges.
We've checked out a number of novelty handsets for designed for use with a mobile phone. But how well do they work?
4 Mar 2013 |
We put five retro handsets and one bluetooth glove designed for use with a mobile phone through their paces.
Is the Nexus 4 the best-value smartphone ever?
21 Feb 2013 |
The Nexus 4 is Google's showcase smartphone, delivering a clean Android experience.
Don't get stung by bill shock when travelling overseas with your mobile phone.
18 Dec 2012 |
Curb bill shock with a pre-paid roaming SIM and our useful tips for limiting phone calls and data usage while overseas.
We get hands on with Apple's new mobile operating system.
24 Sep 2012 |
We take a hands-on look at Apple's updated iOS 6 mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
CHOICE heads to a major photographic trade show in Europe.
19 Sep 2012 |
On Day 2 of Photokina 2012, Chris Ruggles takes a look at the latest cameras from Canon and Nikon.
We look at some of the features on offer and what you can expect to get once it arrives.
18 Sep 2012 |
The iPhone 5 due is due for release next week, and we check out some of its new features.
Can you protect your mobile devices from water damage?
14 Sep 2012 |
A new treatment for mobile devices promises to make them "water safe" - but how well does it work?
The Commonwealth rattles a sword at the telecom industry, but will any real enforcement ensue?
23 Aug 2012 |
The announcement of possible regulatory intervention to prevent excessive international roaming charges is good news, but will the telecommunications world really change?
The Telstra Elite prepaid mobile Wi-Fi delivers mobile broadband on a prepaid plan.
5 Jul 2012 |
The Telstra Elite is an affordable option for accessing the web on a wireless device, such as your laptop or tablet, using a pay-as-you-go prepaid plan.
A mobile phone that's simple to use for seniors.
14 Jun 2012 |
We look at this affordable, easy-to-use mobile phone for talking, texting and peace of mind.
We find out why excessive phone bills continue to top consumer-complaint lists in Australia.
16 Mar 2012 |
Mobile service providers are supposed to be making bill shock a thing of the past, but weak regulatory intervention has allowed plenty of lingering aftershocks.
We check out some of the latest mobile and wireless technologies at the MWC in Barcelona.
2 Mar 2012 |
On day four of the MWC we check out 4G technology, QR codes, and Windows' latest operating system for smartphones.
A new smartphone Android operating system improves the overall experience.
3 Feb 2012 |
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is less about the phone and more about the latest Android OS it runs on – 4.0, code-named Ice Cream Sandwich.
The HTC Sensation XL is one of the largest screened phones we've seen to date.
6 Dec 2011 |
Would you like a larger screen and headphones with your mobile phone?
Gadgets and gizmos always make great presents for the tech-savvy and tech-curious.
23 Nov 2011 |
We round up the best technology buys, from tablets, to televisions, to MP3 players, to eBook readers.
There's been some success but there's still a way to go with free or local rate calls.
18 Nov 2011 |
A campaign being run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) aims to have calls to 1800, 1300 and 13 numbers charged at a fair price from mobile phones.
CHOICE tries out the Apple iPhone 4S to see if it's a worthy upgrade.
17 Oct 2011 |
We take a hands-on look at the iPhone 4S and find out how it compares to its predecessors.
If you're experiencing connection problems, the Optus Home Zone may be the answer.
26 Sep 2011 |
The Optus Home Zone 3G cell can turn a mobile phone black spot into five bars of communication.
Smartphones are now mini-computers, so you need to consider what operating system (OS) your next mobile will use.
30 Aug 2011 |
The mobile phone OS has transformed the phone into to a web-surfing, social networking tool however while Apple's iOS and Google's Android dominate the landscape, there are other options emerging.
The Play is a combination of products that come together surprisingly well for a first generation.
11 Apr 2011 |
This touchscreen phone comes into its own as a device for games.
An Android phone for new users who want a 'tough' product.
5 Apr 2011 |
The Motorola Defy is a good entry-level phone for Andriod users.
Telstra has changed its pricing structure, billing in one minute increments instead of 30 second blocks.
4 Apr 2011 |
Telstra now bills customers in one minute increments. But many of these customers signed up to contracts before the new billing structure.
Using Dropbox to print from mobile devices
25 Mar 2011 |
We show you how to print from a mobile phone or PDA on your home printer and provide a download of a zipfile containing a program to install on your computer.
TPG voted best mobile carrier in the 2011 CHOICE Awards.
22 Mar 2011 |
If you’re not happy with your current mobile plan, perhaps it’s time to look past the big players for a fresh alternative.
We found quality, features and performance differ enormously between models.
24 Feb 2011 |
Our review of 18 touchscreen phones includes the Apple iPhone4 and HTC's Desire, Legend and Wildfire.
Five things you need to know before buying a new mobile phone.
21 Dec 2010 |
CHOICE takes some of the confusion out of smartphone technology.
See our video of the Nokia N8 in action and read our quick review.
3 Dec 2010 |
We take a first look at the Nokia N8.
Smartphones have a lot to offer - consider these points before you decide to buy.
14 Sep 2010 |
We take you through the key advantages of two of the hottest smartphones currently available in Australia.
CHOICE takes a hands-on look at the iPhone 4 in a bid to replicate the controversial reception problem. Our video sizes up the merits of the iPhone 4 and HTC Desire.
4 Aug 2010 |
Reviews of the iPhone 4 have been mostly favourable, but is it worth upgrading?
CHOICE shows you how to avoid the “capped” sting that tricks consumers into paying higher bills.
23 Jul 2010 |
Be wary of the 'soft cap' ruse and use our tips to help you find the right mobile phone plan.
When you don't need all the bells and whistles, a basic phone provides all you need at a fraction of the cost of a smartphone.
9 Jul 2010 |
CHOICE reviews 16 basic phones priced from $69 to $319.
Some of the latest music phones deliver music player features and functionality that would rival a dedicated MP3 player.
8 Jul 2010 |
CHOICE tests 16 models, including battery performance, to find the best music phone.
We test nine turn-by-turn voice navigation apps for the iPhone.
8 Jul 2010 |
Turn your iPhone into a satellite navigation GPS with one of these handy new apps.
The popularity of the iPhone is changing the face of mobile banking.
30 Apr 2010 |
The latest Nielsen research has found that 61% of online consumers who use a mobile phone will consider an iPhone in the next year.
We test five simple to use mobile phones priced from $175 to $340.
20 Apr 2010 |
CHOICE responds to our member requests and looks at mobile phones without the features that could complicate the process of making and taking phone calls.
Avoid bill shock with our data usage guide.
27 Jan 2010 |
Smartphone mobile internet plans have come under fire lately because of exorbitant excess data usage charges.
The latest mobiles deliver lots of features, but make sure you aren't paying for things you don't need.
19 Nov 2009 |
CHOICE tests 55 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.
CHOICE uncovers the hidden traps with international prepaid phone cards and what their blaring posters don’t tell you.
25 Sep 2009 |
Extra costs, such as “service” fees that gobble up credit even when you’re not making calls are often not advertised on the posters or phone cards.
With involvement already in groceries, fuel and frequent flyer schemes, Woolworths is now turning its attention to mobile phones.
4 Aug 2009 |
Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.
The newest iPhone answers the critics.
26 Jun 2009 |
To look at, the new iPhone 3GS is almost identical to the previous model. The big improvements are all 'under the hood', including a decent speed boost which Apple claims is up to twice as fast as the previous model.
No longer is the humble mobile phone merely a communication device.
26 Mar 2009 |
It's official, Australians can’t do without their mobile phone, in fact there are now more active mobile phones than people, with 21 million currently in circulation.
Confused by the ins and outs of mobile call plans? Our guide can help you.
1 Mar 2009 |
Finding the right mobile phone plan can be a daunting task. Which provider has the best coverage in your area? Pre-paid or fixed-term contract, and if contract: what monthly amount?
Our first look at the highly-anticipated Apple iPhone 3G.
14 Jul 2008 |
Apple has released its new iPhone version 2 in Australia with features including 3G network access, GPS capability and upgraded connectivity.
Complaints about mobile phones are at an all-time high.
26 Jun 2008 |
The ACCC receives more complaints about telcos than any other industry, with a substantial number relating to mobiles.
The latest mobiles deliver lots of features, but make sure you aren't paying for things you don't need.
7 Feb 2008 |
CHOICE tests 33 GSM and 3G phones to find the best.
They’re stylish and useful — but not entirely hassle-free.
4 Jul 2007 |
Bluetooth headsets make it easier to walk and talk with your mobile phone. But are they comfortable?