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Mobile Phone News

Read the latest mobile phone and smartphone news and announcements including news about Apple's iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and the many devices running the Android operating system.

Man who was first to buy new iPhones smashed them for video blog

iphone6launchday4The man who waited days outside Apple’s Sydney store to be among the first in the world to buy new iPhone customers, smashed them - on purpose - for his video blog.

David Rahimi - the man presented to the press minutes after buying the first iPhones in world at the George St Apple Store in Sydney – is actually the man behind the Phonebuff YouTube channel.

Rahimi, a resident of Orange County in California, was in Australia to purchase the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when it went on sale some 17 hours ahead of the US.

Read more: Man who was first to buy new iPhones smashed them for video blog

Australia first country in the world to buy new iPhones

iphone6launchday1Australian customers became the first in the world to get their hands on Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when they went on sale today.

The line of customers, some who had been lining up for more than a week, snaked around two blocks behind the Sydney Apple Store in George St.

By the time the doors of the store swung open at 8am there would have been more than 1,000 people waiting in line.

Read more: Australia first country in the world to buy new iPhones

How to update your iPhone and iPad to iOS 8

ios8update1If you’re not buying the new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus you can still get that new iPhone feeling with the latest free iOS 8 operating system upgrade available now.

The iOS 8 update is also available for the iPad and iPod Touch as well.

Those who have an iPhone 4S or later, iPad 2 or newer and the iPod 5th generation can upgrade their device to the new operating system today – for free.

Read more: How to update your iPhone and iPad to iOS 8

Optus unveils iPhone 6 Plus plans but holds back from pre-orders

iphone6thumbOptus has released its iPhone 6 Plus plans after holding it back from pre-orders so customers interested in the new larger device have to wait till launch.

Optus says stock is limited so the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.5-inch screen - will only be made available to customers from 8am Friday.

iPhone 6 – the 4.7-inch device – was offered by Optus as a pre-order from last Friday with pre-order stock already exhausted.

Read more: Optus unveils iPhone 6 Plus plans but holds back from pre-orders

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now available to preorder

iphone6preorders2The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now available for pre-order with Australia the first country in the world to buy new devices on September 19 at 8am.

Starting from 5.01pm today, customers keen to get their hands on the new iPhones from launch can register their interest at the Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile websites.

Pre-orders are also being taken at the Apple website.

Read more: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus now available to preorder

Telcos go to war to win more customers for iPhone launch

telcowars1A war has erupted among the telcos in their bid win more customers to their networks ahead of the release of two new iPhones next week.

The release of a new iPhone is the time when many customers wait to start or renew contracts.

As a result Telstra, Optus and Virgin are competing with offers to lure new users.

Read more: Telcos go to war to win more customers for iPhone launch

Apple unveils larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

iphone6handson2Apple has decided to go big with the two new iPhones – the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus - with sleek new designs and larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen sizes.

They will go on sale in Australia on September 19 at 8am.

For years the iPhone has been dwarfed by other devices in a market where larger screen smartphones are attracting more customers.

Read more: Apple unveils larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Rumour round-up ahead of Apple's launch event

behanceiphone8Apple’s event to launch new iPhones this week has been the subject of much rumour and speculation but here’s what we can expect to see.

The venue – the Flint Centre for the Performing Arts in Cupertino – suggests Apple has something special to announce.

It was here 30 years ago that Steve Jobs introduced the original Mac to the world in 1984.

Read more: Rumour round-up ahead of Apple's launch event