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Australian carrier Telstra is offering free subscriptions for Apple Music to its customers. Subscribers acquiring the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus from the company on a 12-month or 24-month Go Mobile plan will be able to use the Apple-powered music streaming service for one year without paying a separate subscription, with the carrier's marketing suggesting it will be implementing carrier billing of Apple Music once the free period is over.
The dual camera system in HTC's updated "All New" One smartphone, also known as the M8, will allow the user to select the focal point of a photograph after the image has been taken, according to details in a leaked advertisement. The marketing material for Telstra of Australia advises users of the "Duo Camera" to "soften backgrounds and add 3D effects" to images taken with the smartphone.
Southwest Airlines has joined a host of other airlines in allowing low-altitude electronics use during flights, following the FAA's recent rule changes. To counteract the delay in changing its policies, Southwest is claiming itself to be the first to offer gate-to-gate Wi-Fi, via Row 44's satellite Internet service. In comparison, other airlines using systems such as Gogo's inflight Wi-Fi service have to wait until 10,000 feet to activate the service, due to the nature of air-to-ground connections.
A web page from Australian provider Telstra indicates that HTC is preparing and update for its One XL and One S smartphones. It would be Android 4.1, though no dates are yet available, with the idea being that the provider has received the software and is now testing it. Exactly how long the carrier will take to approve and/or modify the software remains to be seen.
In its first endeavor away from American shores, subscription music service MOG announced an exclusive partnership with Telstra, one of the largest telecom companies in Australia. The deal will give bring access to MOG's music catalog to Telstra's more than 13.3 million mobile customers.
Apple's Australian iPad pages have changed to preemptively comply with rulings on 4G marketing. It now makes more generic claims to support "very fast cellular networks" and makes clear that the iPad doesn't support the frequencies or technologies for what's considered 4G in Australia. The hardware is "not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX networks," Apple said.
Apple's emphasis on LTE support for the new iPad is sparking a conflict with carriers outside of North America, according to statements given out later on Friday. In the wake of a "backlash" from European carriers, The Australian understood that local carriers Telstra and Optus would both avoid making any mention of 4G. European providers had been calling on Apple to stop marketing 4G that their networks can't use.
The Global Certification Forum has already approved a new smartphone from HTC that has yet to be formally announced, the HTC Velocity 4G. Details from the GCF show the Velocity 4G supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE for voice, and UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA at 900/2100 MHz and LTE at 800/2500 MHz for data. Sources say the smartphone will will have a dual-core 1.5 GHz CPU and a five inch screen with 960x540 (qHD) resolution. It will also have an 8-megapixel HD camera, ship with Android 2.3, and have 16 GB inbuilt flash memory and be expandable, according to sources.
Google and Australian carrier Telstra have teamed up on the first official store to be themed around Android. Just called Androidland, it serves as a store-within-a-store similar to Apple's presence at Best Buy and a mix of theme park and store. While it lets users try out Telstra's current Android phones, it also lets them play with Angry Birds and Google Earth on giant touchscreens and carnival-style games.
Newly discovered FCC documents for the Droid RAZR indicate a future version of the international version, known as the RAZR, with support for GSM 850/1900MHz and WCDMA 3G bands. This could mean the device may arrive at a number of new carriers other than just Verizon, including AT&T, Rogers, and a number of Australian and Canadian carriers. The FCC's documents mention of the unique model number for the battery, SNN5899A, that only the new smartphone uses.