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5 Alternatives to Ozmobiles

By 2022, the number of smartphone users in Australia is expected to be under a staggering 20 million. The rising importance of smartphones is due to the limitless solutions and the feature rich models that are hitting the stores. It is hard to imagine life in the digital era without the power of a smartphone. From hailing a ride, paying utility bills, checking out products with AR, remotely checking CCTV coverage, to a range of fitness apps, smartphones offer users endless options. However, customers are often spoilt for choice, having to pick a suitable model at a price band that fits their pockets. 

Online sites offer customers the options of choosing the right product from a selection of the most suitable ones, at reasonable prices. This makes sites popular, servicing a large number of buyers with offers, accessories and warranties. Ozmobiles is one such online store that is popular among buyers. There are similar sites that rival Ozmobiles with offers and services that are as good as, if not better than the site. Multiple advantages include secure payment, warranties, reasonable pricing, and a very impressive collection of models that cater to the requirements of all buyers.

Here is a look at 5 alternates to Ozmobiles

1) Amazon Australia – The ecommerce giant offers the same superior level of services that are available worldwide. An impressive inventory of the best models makes this a buyer’s choice. The tie-up with local delivery partners for shipments ensures that deliveries are on time. The ability of buyers to check out the reviews of verified buyers and the various specs gives buyers the information necessary to make the right decision. The products that are sold on amazon.com.au are new or certified refurbished, and as a result the cost is on the higher side. 

2) Gumtree – Another popular online classifieds site has a load of options  for buyers. The site is more of an aggregator where buyers get to buy used phones at reasonable prices. The range of phone models that are available makes this immensely popular and comes of the listings offer buyers the options of negotiating the prices. By virtue of enjoying a reputation as a reliable online classifieds site, buyers find the site useful for purchasing phones. Users who wish to buy used and refurbished phones will find gumtree.com.au convenient to make a quick purchase.

3) Phonebot – This is one site where buyers get full value for money. The hassle free buying options, the extended warranties and the quick deliveries make this site hugely popular. Phones are available in three different categories – new, ex-demo and used. The ex-demo phones are sparingly used models that have been used for display and for demonstrating functions to prospective buyers. The phones are as good as new, without any giveaways that it was a demo phone. The used phones undergo rigorous tests to check the condition of the models, and then refurbished to look as good as new. All phones come with different warranties, making the deal sweeter. Convenient payment options, hassle free customer service and superfast deliveries makes phonebot.com.au a smashing success.

4) Kogan – A popular marketplace, kogan.com.au offers buyers an extensive inventory of mobiles. The number of brands and the models available on the site make it popular. The site deals in all products and services and is similar to Amazon and eBay, though on a different scale. Unlike Phonebot, this site does not specialize in phones and phone accessories alone, but deals in all products. The deals available on the site are good – with a simple interface to search for desired models and accessories. As it happens to be a site that deals in al products, the focus available on sites that only deal in phones are lacking here.

5) eBay Australia – The international ecommerce giant that was one among the first off the block offers the same professionalism and ease of transactions on the site. The massive inventory of all products and the department-wise listings makes this a good choice. The availability of used phones and refurbished phones gives buyers the options of getting products within the desired price range. The bidding options  available on ebay.com.au make deals sweeter, though it can sometimes be a damper for individuals who have also bid but lost to a better sale.

What do you think? Have you used any of the alternatives? Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Ebay to ban sale of psychic and magic goods on site

Those of us who believe in spell and potions might fight it hard to accept Ebay’s decision to ban the sale of magic and psychic goods that include the former.

During their fall 2012 update, Ebay banned the sale of “advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & information; wholesale lists, and drop shop lists.”

These items have not been pulled out as of this writing, so those of you who want to purchase some can still do.
According to Ebay, “Transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve. To help build confidence in the marketplace for both buyers and sellers, eBay is discontinuing these categories and including the items on the list of prohibited items.”

Since Ebay is considered as one of the world’s, if not the world’s, biggest online shopping site, they are only protecting their name and their clientele. Since transactions occur from one individual to another, Ebay would just like to protect those who buy things in their online shop.

Scammers are abound in Ebay and the company has received a number of complaints regarding transactions that include the aforementioned items.

Are you a frequent buyer of potions and spells? What can you say about this move by Ebay?

Image Source: blog.timesunion.com

British Telecom sues Google over Android

If think Google has been subjected to too much patent entanglements already (remember Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and eBay lawsuits?) due to their Android platform, think again.

The search giant now faces another slew of patent infringement cases from one of UK’S biggest telecommunications company, British Telecom.

If there’s any difference in this patent case filed against Google from the others however, is that BT isn’t settling for just the Android infringement case. They are also filing cases against infringement in Google’s other products like Maps, Search, Music, Books, Offers, and their latest, the Google+ social network.

BT is claiming billions of dollars for “willful and deliberate infringement” for their six key patents which were allegedly infringed by Google and its products.

Florian Müller, an independent expert on international patient litigation says that the Android has already faced “more than enough” intellectual problems already. “Now Google faces one more large organisation that believes its rights are infringed. BT probably wants to continue to be able to do business with all mobile device makers and therefore decided to sue Google itself,” he adds.

HP offers $99 sale on Touchpad

Perhaps this is the last hurrah for the HP Touchpad? As you can remember, these tablets were pulled after just two and a half months on the market. Now you will have a chance to get one for yourself before they will be unavailable.

The Palo Alto-based company will be selling the 16GB tablets at $99 and 32GB at $149 through eBay and for one day only.  These units however, are refurbished, not brand new. These units will also come with a 90-day warranty, unlike the 1-year warranty that new models have.

HP’s first customers will be their internal employees when sale starts at 6 p.m. CST on Sunday, December 11 on the HP eBay store. The general public is then notified of the sale a little later. Interested buyers will have to take note that  only two SKUs per ebay member are allowed and PayPal must be used to complete the transaction.

Anotherr offering from HP include an an accessory bundle for $79 that includes a wireless keyboard, TouchStone charging dock and case.

HP has not announced how many of these discontinued units will go on sale so if you’re interested in getting some, you’d have to be glued on eBay on Sunday.



eBay shopping thru phones increase three-fold

Apparently, people are so much on-the-go that they’re not purchasing in eBay online but on cellphones too, thanks to the eBay app.

According to eBay, shoppers are using their cellphones to make more purchases this holiday season, with 1.5 million products sold in the past several weeks – that’s three times the number for the same period last year.

eBay purchases included traditional gift items such as watches, cellphones and video games. Others however also found some unique stuff to buy on eBay this gift-giving season such as a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette that sold for $75,000 and a 23-foot boat that sold for $19,108.

According to the San Jose, Calif.-based online auction site, more than 6 million people have eBay’s app on their iPhones and visit the site more than 2 million times each day.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory?id=9433458

eBay fined 2.5 million dollars for selling perfumes

If you’re thinking of heading out to eBay to purchase perfumes for your special someone this holiday season, better think again.

A French court has ordered popular online auction site eBay to pay 1.7 million euros (2.5 million dollars) to luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH). The fine was for selling unauthorized perfumes.

According to Pierre Gode, LVMH administrator, the court ordered the payment after eBay violated an injunction banning them to sell LVMH brand perfumes like Kenzo, Givenchy, Christian Dior and Guerlain.

eBay hopes the ruling will be overturned, calling the injunction an abuse of “selective distribution”.

“Today’s outcome hurts consumers by preventing them from buying and selling authentic items online,” said Alex Von Schiermeister, director of eBay Europe.

“We believe that the higher courts will overturn this ruling and ensure that e-commerce companies such as eBay will continue to provide a platform for buyers and sellers to trade authentic goods,” he added.

In September, a French court also ordered eBay to pay 80,000 Euros to LVMH for selling fake versions of its branded perfumes.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8386390.stm

eBay comes to BlackBerry

BlackBerry owners need not go to eBay’s website to find great deals now that an app for the famous auction Web site is available.

Co-developed by eBay and RIM, the app is available for U.S. and Canada auctioneers. It allows users to search, watch, bid and buy items in eBay and even allows payments via PayPal.

In addition to letting users search and purchase stuff, the app also provides real-time home screen notifications to users of their bidding status such as when they’ve won or lost a bid.

Lastly, the app allows users to schedule auction-related reminders and email notifications for auction end dates in the native BlackBerry calendar, making it easier for users to remember when to bid or sit-out on an auction. J

System requirements for the eBay app include activation with data plan, Internet service browsing capabilities, BlackBerry smartphone with at least 64-MB of built in memory (with at least 100KB available) and BlackBerry® Device Software v4.5 or higher.

The app is available at the BlackBerry App World and can be downloaded for free.

Source: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-10404316-12.html

eBay experienced “technical issue”, caused outage

On Sunday, popular online auction site eBay confirmed that search outages, including a messed up search result, over the weekend resulted from a “technical issue”. The site was quickly restored but the company still wants to take caution.

“We are happy to report that critical search functionality was restored overnight on Saturday and we are seeing normal activity levels today,” a post on the company’s eBay Ink blog read.

“As part of our effort to restore critical search functionality as quickly as possible for sellers and for buyers, we have kept some secondary search features temporarily offline. This includes refining search by certain item specifics, such as color or clothing size, and having Store Inventory Format results included in the main search results.”

According to the company, the technical issue was caused by “a surge in live listings as sellers ramp up for the holiday season. eBay currently has more than 200 million live listings, 33 percent more than at this time a year ago.”

eBay members expressed their discontent over the outage. They are requesting refunds for seller fees if their auctions were disrupted as a result.

“I had a one day auction ending today, (and) no one was obviously able to bid on it because they couldn’t search for it,” an eBay seller said on the eBay Ink blog. “Will I get a credit for this?”

According to an analyst release from JP Morgan Chase, it did not anticipate the outage would have an effect on eBay’s fourth-quarter earnings. I know eBay wants that too. 🙂

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10403808-36.html

eBay sells Skype for $1.9 billion

It’s a done deal.

Shortly after announcing the plan in September , eBay has finally let go of Skype which they acquired in 2005.

The famous online auction site completed the sale of the Internet telephony service for $1.9 billion and an “I Owe You” note for a further $125 million. The investors, owning 70 percent of the share of Skype include Marc Andreessen’s new Andreessen Horowitz group, Silver Lake, and the Skype co-founders’ Joltid Ltd. eBay controls the remaining 30 percent.

The deal was pushed through after eBay finally settled a legal battle with Skype co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis. The duo filed a copyright lawsuit  claiming that the auction site violated copyright law by altering and sharing the peer-to-peer source code behind the Skype.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10402053-93.html

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