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Lebara’s Leading Mega Plan Gets Additional Boost Of Free Data

Lebara Mobile, Australia’s leading telecoms operator for migrant communities, has launched its new and improved Mega Plan service, providing unlimited standard calls and SMS in Australia as well as 1GB of mobile internet at no extra cost. As before, the Mega Plan continues to include an amount of call credit for low-cost international calls.

“We believe this new Mega Plan offers the best value package for customers who make both national and international calls, as well as those who access the internet from their phones.” said Warren Hardy, managing director of Lebara Mobile in Australia. “With this offer Lebara Mobile is further bolstering its position as the number one provider of high quality, low cost mobile services for migrant communities in Australia.”

The Mega Plan gives customers 30 days access to unlimited calls to any standard fixed line or mobile number in Australia*, calls to 13xx and 18xx numbers, calls to/from voicemail and standard ‘free call’ numbers. Now with the addition of 1GB of mobile internet included at no extra cost, customers can surf the web, send emails, social network and more from their Android, iPhone or any other data-ready handset. As before, customers will also get $10 included call credit to use for international calls or international SMS, video calls, MMS or any additional data over their included 1GB.

Two other versions of The Mega Plan are also available, and both include unlimited standard calls and SMS, 1GB data and an amount of included call credit. To top-up during their 30-day access, customers can choose between two Mega Recharge values which gives them additional included credit for their extra international call and data needs.

After 30 days, customers can renew their Mega Plan, and any unused call credit will roll over – a feature which most other unlimited packages exclude.

The latest Lebara Mega Plan can be purchased from all Lebara Mobile retail partners including Allphones, Australia Post, 7-Eleven, Coles & Coles Express, Woolworths Supermarkets & Petrol, Dick Smith and independent retailers, or see online for special offers at www.lebara.com.au.

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Google to Turn Mobile Phones Into Wallets

The latest launch from the search giant aims to use a mobile phone to pay for everyday purchases, and heralds a new age for telecommunications, say Just Call.

Earlier this month it was announced that Google had launched Google Wallet, their very own mobile payment system that enables the user to pay for goods and services using their mobile phone. Currently being advertised as a new payment method to rival credit and debit cards, Google Wallet has been successfully trialled in New York and San Francisco since May this year, and could open up a whole new world to mobile phone users, say cheap call provider Just Call.

A spokesperson for Just Call comments: “Google Wallet is obviously a huge step forward for mobile phones, as until recently they could obviously only be used for the purposes of communication, such as by making phone calls and sending text and emails. However, the advent of Google Wallet means that users will soon be able to pay using their mobile phones, thanks to Near Field Communications (NFC) which means that when a special chip inside the phone is tapped against a reader at a till it will pay the amount, which is just extraordinary.”

While Google Wallet is to be marketed in the US only, the pre-paid Google Wallet card will be able to work internationally from the launch, and it can also be used at any of the 300,000 retailers in the US and elsewhere that accept MasterCard PayPass. But while the launch of this product has been limited to the US, Just Call are confident that this new technology will catch on and become a new method of payment around the world.

The spokesperson for Just Call continues: “While Google Wallet has only been launched in the US so far, it would seem that the trials in New York and San Fransisco, where around 1000 Google, Mastercard, and Macy’s employees used this payment method, were very successful. At present, Google Wallet can be downloaded as an app from a phone network in the US, and will work on a Nexus S phone, which runs on Google’s Android system.

However, we believe that in a few years this type of technology will be used all over the world, and change the mobile phone industry as we know it, so as well as being able to make international calls to anywhere in the world, users will be able to pay for purchases too, which is a really exciting prospect.”

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New Survey Finds Teens are Addicted to Their Smartphones

A survey conducted by Ofcom has revealed that a number of teenagers and adults under 30 have admitted that they are addicted to using their smartphone handsets, which shows that people are becoming more reliant on telecommunications to stay in touch with the people that matter, say Just Call.

A new report published by Ofcom has revealed that 60% of teenage smartphone users admitted that they are “highly” addicted to their mobile phone, compared to 37% of adults. The survey, which questioned 2,073 adults and 521 children also revealed that the smarphone is one of the most popular methods of communication in society today, and people are using it in almost every place or situation, say Just Call.

A spokesperson for Just Call comments: “The results of this survey by Ofcom are really very interesting, because they show just how often people are choosing to use their mobile phones. Ofcom has revealed that 27% of adults and 47% of teenagers in the UK have a smartphone, and 59% of smartphone owners received them over the past year. But what’s really exciting is the study found that while 80% of those surveyed have their phone all day, everyday, 47% of those questioned admitted to using their smartphone when they were using the toilet, which is extraordinary.”

In addition to the increasing use of smartphones in everyday life, with 81% of smartphone users admitting to making more calls and sending more texts compared to 53% of regular mobile phone users, the survey also identified how technology was beginning to change the way that people communicated and and spent their free time. With 30% of teenage respondents stating that they spent less time playing video games, compared to 23% saying that they didn’t watch as much TV as they used to.

The spokesperson at Just Call continues: “The impact of the smartphone has been considerable over the last few years, and since 2005, they have grown in popularity, use, style and efficiency, giving them a £3.7 million stake of the mobile phone market by December 2010. In fact, the survey also found that smartphone users were much more likely to take personal calls during work hours, and to also engage in work-related calls when they were at home. While this may sound a little surprising, the fact that smartphones have become so popular shows that people are looking for gadgets that can help make everyday lives a little bit easier, and if a phone can help find a new restaurant or unearth great deals on international calls, then the rise of smartphone use can only be a good thing.”

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Firstnumber Encourages Edinburgh Festival Fringe Performers Not To Create A Drama Over Sky High Phone Bills

With over 400,000 performers and tourists having descended on Scotland’s capital city for Fringe season, cheap call provider Firstnumber is encouraging Edinburgh’s international visitors not to mar memories of their vacation with costly phone bills.

With visitors of all nationalities soaking up the festival atmosphere, the chances of racking up sky high phone bills is often unavoidable when calling friends and family out with the UK.

Cheap call provider – firstnumber.co.uk – is doing its bit to put an end to this by providing a wide range of discount rates to landlines and mobiles right across the globe from 1p a minute; perfect for those of us who like to call loved ones and let them know how the holiday’s going.

Company spokesperson Andy Steele hopes Firstnumber’s competitive and affordable service will help leave consumers with a little extra spare at the bureau de change:

“Edinburgh Fringe Festival is quite literally one of the greatest shows on earth but no-one wants to return home only to have had the cost of their phone bill go through the roof.

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Firstnumber.co.uk Aims To Help Football Fans Avoid Rocketing Phone Bills During South African World Cup

A UK based call provider has pledged to help football fans and their families avoid extortionate mobile bills with cheap international calls to South Africa during the World Cup.

Firstnumber.co.uk Aims To Help Football Fans Avoid Rocketing Phone Bills During South African World Cup

Following a report by the Telegraph and mobile phone analyst Billmonitor, it was revealed that fans using British mobiles in South Africa could expect to pay a staggering £410 for just two week’s worth of calls and texts.

Even using the UK’s cheapest mobile phone network – Virgin Mobile – could result in a bill of around £201 due to ‘roaming’ fees.

Despite being thousands of miles away, friends and family could also suffer the cost of keeping in touch with South Africa but this needn’t be the case when using an affordable direct dial access code with the likes of Firstnumber.

Firstnumber.co.uk currently offers over 250 access codes that allow consumers and businesses alike to make cheap international calls at a heavily discounted rate.

Firstnumber.co.uk spokesperson Andy Steele hopes the service will allow football fans and those trying to contact them make drastic savings.

“Since UK mobile phone aren’t protected by price caps outside the European Union, there’s no limit as to how much someone can be charged for phone calls, texts and data transfer.

“A great way to avoid bills of hundreds of pounds is to pick up a cheap South African sim card. This lets you communicate with other people in the country at local rates but also allows friends and family back in the UK to get in touch for as little as 4p a minute with Firstnumber’s direct dial access code.”

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