Nokia Australia confirm Lumia Tethering update is….getting closer.

With Nokia’s new Lumia handsets now for sale in Australia (pre-orders and already in some stores from today) – now was a good time to check in with Nokia Australia on the status of “Tethering” or Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Since the EU launch last year of the (900 network band) Lumia handsets, one of the main questions marks on the device was that it shipped without ICS included in the OS. This is not unusual – as ICS was not included in the initial Mango OS release by Microsoft. The feature had not been finalised with all OEM’s at the time, so rather than push back the Mango update release timetable, it was instead left out, and added via subsequent OEM updates pushed by Microsoft.

So what was Nokia Australia’s response to our questions…..?

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New Telstra Consumer catalogue features Windows Phone. Yay!

Last month, the Telstra monthly consumer catalogue, Let’s Connect(tm) featured 5 out of 6 of the Freedom Connect mobile phone options as Android units. With both WPDownUnder’s late JAN public launch of the Samsung Omnia W for Telstra, and with stock taking up to another 2 weeks to make it to most stores – it made commercial sense not to have the unit featured in this consumer promotion by Telstra. The latest edition. issue #07 is out tomorrow – and WPDownUnder is happy to report that the Samsung Omnia W is indeed featured.

This marks the first Telstra promotion of a Windows Phone handset for many months. Let’s hope that the overall profile of Windows Phone gets a lift with Nokia’s launch and <expected> media blitz. The Samsung Omnia is really a little “Pocket Rocket” of a device – and deserves to be checked out.

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Vodafone announce Nokia Lumia 800 from Feb 29th.

Today Vodafone have officially announced the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 800 to their 850 band 3G “new” network. In a post on their official Blog by Device Introduction Specialist Kieran McIlwain, they have announced the much-anticipated Lumia 800 will land at Vodafone on the 29th February, pipping some other retailers to the punch (eg Dick Smith – who can’t get stock in of the 900band Optus/Virgin 3G compatible model until mid March). So how does the pricing compare to other confirmed (and possible leaked) offers?

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