BlackBerry tries to win back die-hards with Classic phone

Gerrit De Vynck, Kelly Gilblom   BlackBerry is going back to its roots with a keyboard-equipped phone that looks like the original "crackberrys" that made the Canadian smartphone maker a household name.

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Colin's two-year battle to reclaim $5000 in overseas roaming charges from Planet ISP

Colin Freshwater reported his phone stolen but was still charged $5000 in overseas roaming.

Ben Grubb   Australian oil and gas worker Colin Freshwater has spent the last two years battling his former telco to recover more than $5000 in roaming charges despite having the regulators on his side.

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Optus switches Canberra's 4G mobile service to faster spectrum

Optus 4G service

Clare Colley   Optus has expanded its 4G mobile coverage in Canberra with 20 sites going live last Friday.


iOS 8 v Android Lollipop: so similar, yet so far apart

In the past, the two operating systems were largely distinguished by features and polish, but that has changed.

Christina Warren   In the mobile war between Android and iOS, something interesting has happened over the last six months.

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A fond farewell to Nokia

A Nokia Lumia 925.

Harry Wallop   Ten years ago, its mobile phones contributed 25 per cent of Finland's growth – but a decade is a long time in tech.

National Recycling Week: Finding art in e-waste

part of Chris Jordan's e-waste artwork

Jessica Edward   American artist Chris Jordan has created Australia's largest e-waste artwork on Sydney's Customs House forecourt.

Bill shock

Telstra real-time texts to ease bill shock

Telstra is rolling out real-time mobile data quota alerts.

Telstra customers will now know within seconds if they are about to burst their mobile data quota.

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Retailers promise to end drought for iPhone 6 fans

Supply problem: Many retailers and telcos are out of stock of the 128GB iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Hannah Francis   Customers impatient to get their hands on an iPhone 6 might soon be in luck.

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Apple makes it easier to switch to Android

There's now a way to stop messages sent from iPhones to Apple-turned-Android users getting lost in the ether.

Rex Santus   Problem with iMessage that stopped iPhone-turned-Android users receiving texts from iPhones finally fixed.

KISA phone takes mobiles back to absolute basics

Back to basics ... the KISA phone.

Katie Cincotta   An Australian company has refined the mobile phone to its simplest form - a phone that can make and receive calls, and that's all.


Sony Xperia Z3 Compact review: Android's iPhone-killer

The Z3 Compact keeps the square, seamless glass design of its predecessors while adding some much-needed softness to the edges.

Tim Biggs   While those who prefer iOS are unlikely to jump ship, Android's greatest small phone makes a convincing argument with great hardware, all the flagship features and an insane battery life.

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Punters promised plenty of coverage for posts, bets, selfies

Telcos have as much infrastructure at Flemington for Melbourne Cup day as is needed to run a small city.

Hannah Francis   Oversharing won't be a problem at Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, at least not technically.

Cyber bullies seek Legal Aid

Smart phones: Using a carriage service in a menacing way carries a maximum penalty of three years' imprisonment.

Kirsty Needham   Students facing police questioning for alleged cyber bullying are seeking legal help in increasing numbers.


Smartphone upstart Oppo launches two phones, including world's thinnest

New Oppo smartphones are coming to Australia.

Hannah Francis   Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo may still be an unfamiliar name for most Australians, but that could be set to change soon.

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Meet the geeks who refuse to have a smartphone

Small is all: Chris Woolmer has owned only one phone, a Nokia 2100 purchased in 2003.

Sylvia Pennington   While the rest of the world organise their lives on smartphones, a dwindling band of Aussies power on with outmoded dumb phones.

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No likes for selfies while driving

Selfish: Young drivers are being warned not to put themselves in danger by taking selfies at the wheel.

Rachel Olding   Young Australian drivers are taking part in a dangerous craze of taking "selfies" while behind the wheel, prompting harsh warnings from the police and government.

Study highlights mobile phone laws, driver education revamp


Rachel Olding   Analysis of the laws has led to calls for education campaigns about driver distraction as a whole, rather than a fixation on what drivers can and can't do with mobile phones.

Jeff Bezos and the Amazon Fire phone fail

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Even dropping the price to 99 cents couldn't save Amazon's Fire smartphone from becoming a dud.


Microsoft officially ditches Nokia brand for upcoming devices

End of an era: The Lumia 730 will be one of the last phones to carry the Nokia brand.

Pete Pachal   Microsoft Mobile's website is filled with words — but one that you won't find is 'Nokia.'


Apple Pay works in Australia, if you have the right card

Apple Pay will work in countries outside the US, as long as you have a credit card issued by a US bank.

Pete Pachal   Although Apple Pay has only launched in the United States, it appears that you can also use it in other countries under the right conditions.