Data retention, website-blocking, new security laws -- as telcos and ISPs face increasing regulation at the hand of a national security-focused Government, one industry leader warns against the "state control of telecommunications".
As data retention looks set to pass parliament within weeks, the telecommunications industry has united to make a "simple and reasonable" request for the Government to release costs for the regime.
Fans of big phones can rejoice: The two new 5.7-inch screen phones from Samsung are available for pre-order today. Just make sure your bank balance can handle the price.
Customers hit with late payment fees by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone are being asked to join a class action, as lawyers deem these fees "unlawful".
Alongside unlimited calls and text, Vodafone is offering bonus data, unlimited international calls for select plans and even a data control feature to get a grip on downloads across shared plans.
Optus prepaid and postpaid customers will now be able to make and receive calls and texts via a Wi-Fi connection using their own phone number, thanks to the launch of WiFi Talk.
Telstra is bringing Roku to Australia, but the telco has confirmed that "Telstra TV" will only be available to home broadband customers, and spells the quiet end of the T-Box.
Research from the Department of Communications shows Australians are still pirating, but changes to pricing and availability would make them change their minds, rather than ISP warning letters.
With LG's flagship phone finally launching in Australia on July 14, pricing and pre-order offers are starting to trickle out from retailers and telcos. But there's still no official RRP from LG.
Data retention, site blocking and three-strikes laws highlight 12 transformative months for online freedom in Australia. We reflect on the year's key moments in the words of the major players involved.