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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.

Samsung Galaxy S5 takes ice bucket challenge, nominates Apple and HTC

samsungiceWe’ve seen people taking the ice bucket challenge but Samsung has cleverly shown waterproof Galaxy S5 take the plunge before calling out Apple, HTC and Nokia.

The ice bucket challenge has swept social media to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) with celebrities, sporting men and women and CEOs getting dunked and nominating others to do the same.

Samsung jumped on the opportunity with the new Galaxy S5 which is completely waterproof.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S5 takes ice bucket challenge, nominates Apple and HTC

Apple to kick off iPhone 5 battery replacement program

iphone 5 angledsharp front back white printApple will this week kick off a battery replacement program for iPhone 5 devices that run out of charge quickly because of a faulty battery.

The program will kick off in Australia on August 29.

Apple says a small percentage of iPhone 5 models sold between September 2012 and January 2013 are affected.

Read more: Apple to kick off iPhone 5 battery replacement program

Is this the best look at the iPhone 6

behanceiphone7It seems the rumour floodgates have opened ahead of the iPhone 6 launch next month with even more images and specs emerging.

Behance.net, a site that showcases industrial design, has what appear to be the most comprehensive images and stats about the upcoming iPhone.

If the images on Behance are to be believed, the iPhone 6 – which could also be called the iPhone Air – will have a 4.7-inch screen and have a thickness of 6.5mm.

Read more: Is this the best look at the iPhone 6

Is this a picture of the two new iPhones

properiphone3Australian case and mount designer Proper has revealed what it claims are the new iPhones which are due to be unveiled next month.

In a message to its customers the company, which focuses on making products and accessories for Apple iPhone and iPad, says: “The iPhone 6 is here”.

It read: “While everyone else waits for the big reveal on September 9th, you’re part of the Proper family and that means you get to see them right now.”

Read more: Is this a picture of the two new iPhones

Samsung quietly reveals Galaxy Alpha to take on the iPhone 6

samsungalpha4Samsung has quietly revealed the new Galaxy Alpha smartphone which is being positioned to take on the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6 from Apple.

Without its usual fanfare and lavish launch events, Samsung chose the stealth option to announce the new flagship device which has a metal frame and a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED screen.

It is only 6.7mm thick and weighs just 115g.

Read more: Samsung quietly reveals Galaxy Alpha to take on the iPhone 6

HTC fires latest shot in affordable smartphone war with Desire 610

htc610desire2HTC has fired the latest salvo in the affordable smartphone market with the release of the Desire 610 which has a range of features and a low price.

Available through the Telstra network, the HTC Desire 610 has a 4.7-inch screen, quad core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and 4G connectivity.

Telstra customers can buy the HTC Desire 610 outright for $312 or include the device on a $55 Mobile Accelerate Plan with no additional handset payments.

Read more: HTC fires latest shot in affordable smartphone war with Desire 610

Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 to be unveiled on September 3

samsungnote42Samsung is dropping some pretty big hints about the new Galaxy Note 4 smartphone/tablet which looks like being unveiled on September 3.

The invite for its Unpacked event – scheduled for the eve of IFA – the annual consumer electronics trade show in Berlin – asks the press to “note” the date below a drawing of the Galaxy Note’s Air Command wheel.

The Galaxy Note 3 was launched before IFA in Berlin last year along with Samsung’s very first smartwatch – the Galaxy Gear.

Read more: Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 to be unveiled on September 3

Amaysim increases Unlimited plan pricing but adds more data

amaysimstudyAmaysim, the low cost mobile service provider, has increased the price of its popular Unlimited plan but has also increased the data allowance.

The Amaysim Unlimited plan was priced at $39.90 but has now gone up to $44.90 per month.

The new more expensive plan will kick off on September 1 and now includes 5GB of data – up from 4GB - along with unlimited calls and texts.

Read more: Amaysim increases Unlimited plan pricing but adds more data