Aussie carriers ignore Kogan's Agora

Aussie carriers ignore Kogan's Agora

Summary: It is fast approaching D-Day for the first Australian Google Android phone, the Kogan Agora, to reach the hands of excited customers, but most local carriers haven't given the handset much thought.

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It is fast approaching D-Day for the first Australian Google Android phone, the Kogan Agora, to reach the hands of excited customers, but most local carriers haven't given the handset much thought.

Kogan Agora

The Agora
(Credit: Kogan Technologies)

Optus has written off even testing the device. "Theoretically, the handset should work on our GSM network, pending testing. However, there are no short-term plans to test this device as it's not an Optus handset," a spokesperson said.

Telstra didn't seem to have carried out any testing either. "The device, like others purchased overseas could potentially function on our network, but it hasn't been optimised for our customers so there's no guarantee of the quality of service," a spokesperson said.

The phone would also work "in principle" on the 3 network, with the carrier calling Android "an excellent platform" although it admitted it was "still understanding the full experience".

A further comment from 3 seemed to hint it could be in line to offer an Android phone: "At 3 we are always looking to see what's new and hope to launch an Android device in the future." This would put the carrier in a better position than at the time of last year's iPhone release; the carrier is still unable to offer Apple's device.

There are no short-term plans to test this device as it's not an Optus handset

Optus spokesperson

Vodafone seemed the most positive about the Agora. "Vodafone Australia continues to evaluate the Kogan Agora and will make further information available at a later date," a spokesperson said.

Vodafone has been active in Android, having joined the Open Handset Alliance, which promotes the use of Android, on 9 December.

The Kogan Agora will ship on 29 January to those across the country who have ordered it.

Topics: Android, Google, Telcos, Optus, Telstra

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  • Optus Network

    I hope that the phone works on the Optus network.

    I ordered mine this afternoon and was looking at going on a cap with Optus (including data).
    anonymous
  • Australian Telco's

    Fairly typical response from Telstra especially. Only when or if the Agora becomes popular and starts selling like hot-cakes (which I predict they will, given the price and features), will they, and Optus become interested.
    http://technoblog69.blogspot.com/
    anonymous
  • Kogan and Hardware

    Can't help thinking that the Oz mobile handset model needs an overhaul. It is stuck in the mud like the US system where the carriers effectively hold the consumer to ransom in vending only handsets which they "distribute". Picture what would have happened to the Netbook given the mobile phone model .. and thankgoodness it isn't. Ooops I speak too soon - of course the next set of Netbooks will have 3G SIM card slots and the phone carriers are already stating what they "might" distribute as their models.
    Come on guys - that is not the way of the future.
    anonymous