Telstra launches eSIM support

Telstra this week has launched eSIM support, making them the first carrier to support eSIM devices other than wearables (eg, the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy Watch, which only support ‘number sharing’ plans and not separate accounts).

While this is ‘officially’ only supported on Windows 10 devices with a built in eSIM (such as the 2017 Microsoft Surface Pro, or a handful of HP Spectre models), as the eSIM is just another standard (like ye olde plastic SIM), most other devices that support eSIMs can make use of this.

Current devices that support eSIMs range from Windows 10 devices (as above), through to Apple’s iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, the Apple iPad Pro (2017) and Google’s Pixel 3/XL.

Telstra currently offers two eSIM specific plans; the ‘Telstra Mobile Data Connect’ plan on prepaid (which will give you 30GB for free to kick things off, which expires 30 days from activation), and the ‘Mobile Data Plan 10GB’ on postpaid (offering 10GB for $10/month).

On Windows 10, you make use of the ‘Mobile Plans‘ app to officially sign up for these eSIM plans, where Telstra appears as an option alongside Ubigi and GigSky. Things are pretty easy, as you’d expect (being ‘officially supported’) – it’s pretty much as easy as hitting ‘Get connected‘ and following the steps. But it turns out, the Mobile Plans app is merely just a browser window, and if you find a link in the Mobile Plans app, you can drag it into another browser like Chrome or Edge. And that’s how you can work out how to make eSIMs happen on other devices. 😉

Here is how you can activate and ‘provision’ an eSIM device on the Telstra Mobile Data Connect prepaid plan, and then add it on an Apple iPad or iPhone.

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100 Drones take to the skies for Vivid Sydney

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s probably 100 drones that you can see dancing over Sydney’s skies!

Intel Drone 100

Intel, one of the major partners for Vivid Sydney (now for six years running) actually holds the world record for the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously’, 100 to be exact. First demonstrated in Germany back in November last year, Vivid Sydney is the first public performance, and who could think of a better place to show off than the glorious Sydney Harbour. [Read more…]

Apple Pay arrives in Australia

Over a year since Apple launched ‘Apple Pay’ in the United States, and after adding the United Kingdom and then Canada.. it’s finally Australia’s turn to join in on the fun.

But there’s a catch – it’s launching with American Express support only, and even then it’s limited to cards directly issued by American Express – so if you’ve got a card issued by CommBank or NAB, you’re out of luck for now.
(you’ll need your card issuer to sign on the dotted line with Apple…)

Of course, if you’re a visiting tourist with a card already in Apple Pay (a Visa card or MasterCard), it should work just fine at all the contactless terminals in Australia already.
Apple Pay on an iPhone

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Hands on with Clipp: the bar tab phone app

Clipp IMG_0128 Clipp (iPhone/Android) is one of my favourite apps that I love to show off whenever someone asks me what they should try next.

Ever started a tab at a bar, and then left without your credit card? Did a bit of a beer tasting, and forgot the name of the one you really liked? Or just simply want to keep track of your spending on a night out?

Clipp is yet another one of those mobile payment apps, but tailored just for your local pub or hotel. Download the app, create an account, and add your credit card or PayPal account to get started. You’ll see a list of nearby venues, including those who have ‘hot offers’ if you’re in quick enough. [Read more…]