03 May 2010
By Ben Bevins

Do You Desire? – HTC Desire Social Review program


We recently gave technology media a chance to test our new Android smartphone the HTC Desire. They liked it.

But we recognise technology writers often have a different perspective to everyday people.

So I’m pleased to let you know that now we’re giving 25 Aussie mobile users a chance to live with the HTC Desire day-to-day and to share their thoughts. You’ll also get the phone to keep as a thank you.

This is a consumer review for consumers.

We’re calling it a ‘social review’ program and it will run for 2 weeks. Basically, we’d like our social reviewers to share their experiences using the features available on the HTC Desire running on our Next G network.

HTC Desire from Telstra

The program offers a little bit of everything to current and prospective HTC Desire owners.

  • People considering making an investment in the HTC Desire can read about the Social Reviewer’s user experience and ask questions.
  • Current owners will be able to learn more about the HTC Desire’s capabilities and share their insights how they’ve customising their handset to met their needs.

HTC Desire from Telstra We’re looking for a mix of perspectives, including people from metro and regional Australia, current Telstra mobile customers as well as people who currently subscribe to competitor services.

Reviewers also need to be active participants in social media conversations (be it YouTube, blogs, forums, Twitter etc) and share an active interest in mobiles and how they can help us find new ways to stay connected.

Once we have selected our reviewers they will be asked to regularly participate in discussions on Telstra Exchange about their HTC Desire experience on the Next G network for a two week period. We will be encouraging our reviewers to share their thoughts on other social media channels too. We are not looking for “yes people” – you don’t have to say nice things about the handset or Telstra to be selected. We are looking for honest reviewers who are happy to participate in robust discussions about their HTC Desire Telstra Next G network experience.

Unfortunately the only group of people we’re excluding from becoming social reviewers are current Telstra employees and their family members. But that doesn’t exclude employees from sharing their thoughts on the device. Just keep the 3Rs policy in mind.

Social reviewers will be able to keep their handsets after the program and will receive a pre-paid Next G SIM card to use during the program. And of course, reviewers will need to disclose their participation in the program when blogging or Tweeting etc.

Register your interest – no later than 5pm AEST pm on 10 May 2010

Registrations close  5:00 pm AEST on 10 May 2010. So if you’re interested in participating in the program you need to complete the HTC Desire Reviewer application form no later than 5 pm on 10 May 2010.

HTC Desire from Telstra


Posts: 7


  1. Teeman says:

    The thing with the desire is .. what about its accessorries cause ive recently been to telstra’s T life and i didnt see any accessories for the poor thing and nothing in the online shop either, and by accessories i mean screen protectors and covers

  2. michael perks says:

    i have one telstra sent me out one the day after they were released. i have also had an iphone . the desire is a much better phone over all . its a lot faster when doing different this . photo and video qaulity is fantastic . i love the desire im a happy custmer

  3. Scarecrow says:

    HTC Desire is a phone for techies and people willing to learn. Its not a fashion accessory like the iphone. If you know how to use it, it will blow away that iphone in an instance. If your willing to learn it will teach you stuff you never thought possible, like creating your own Roms/OS. You will never go back.

  4. Kez says:

    Well as far as it goes I want to see if the Android technology lives up to all it is said to be!

  5. James says:

    I love the debate between “wiifone” and everything else…..I do hope that the Desire on Next G can add a decent ripple in the pond. If the pricing is competitive with reasonable caps per month and updates from HTC are forthcoming….I am sure that the Desire will make an impact. The Next G network can make it happen with better call quality & connections and with more apps being added all the time to Android Market also makes it a winner.

  6. John J says:

    The G (Google) generation (under 20s) will just love this phone with its ability to seamlessly integrate social networking sites without some of the restriction the iphone has. HTC and Google have upped the ante with the Desire, it will be interesting to see what Apple, Nokia and the others come out with next.

  7. Marcus says:

    Had mine for a month now, so I dont need another one…but I must say…this phone kicks ass!!! :)

  8. Sheree says:

    I would really like to see the Android OS in operation. I am not a fan of iPhones so I’d truely like to see a direct competitor in the market.

    I am very much a customiser so I hope, if lucky enough to be selected, to see the interface and test the functionality of all features. Can’t wait to share what I think on Facebook.

  9. Geo says:

    Hype, hype, and more hype. Let’s put this li’l beaudy through its paces and see if it all it is cracked up to be.

  10. Jane Jenkins says:

    checked out the desire last Sunday – looks really good, figure don’t need an iPhone when I have an iPod Touch but need to upgrade phone so I can go on net when mobile abd not have to take laptop every where. Comparing to latest Sony Ericsson android type phone. Both look good

  11. “I’ve applied too, as did 1000+ of people, I’d imagine. Fingers crossed!”
    Ugh..this will be a tough competition.. I hope they choose wisely though, as some people know how to review products/services and some don’t and there are only 25 pieces to distribute

  12. Reece says:

    Michael – Tech websites are going to get their hands on the Desire and review it anyway:

    “But we recognise technology writers often have a different perspective to everyday people.”

    I was worried that 25 tech websites would end up reviewing the devices, but this brings ease to my soul!

  13. I’m sure they are after more than just people working for tech review websites… They are after ordinary people who like to use social media and have the ability to write reviews on the product aswell.

    Can’t wait till tomorrow!

  14. @Reece and Brendan: Yeah it’s true. I’m more like an ordinary user who opens a personal tech blog and review gadgets. Hopefully my entry is not considered as a real “tech website” or a professional tech writer

    Oh well no matter, congrats to whoever get them :)

  15. Peter Murphy says:

    @Michael I would hope that’s true for me as well, no professional here either, we’ll have to wait till tomorrow ;) Just a power user, who’s nuts for tech and blogs. in what spare time I have

  16. ace says:

    Looks like I got no chance to get picked by Telsra as don’t have any email or phone call from Telstra. But I knew it since I am not Australian and roughly can guess how they pick. Not first time though.

    Congrats for the winners. :)

  17. Shah says:

    Are the results out? where can you find them?

  18. marc says:

    who are the lucky winners i am still holding on for some hope.

  19. Jason says:

    Results are out – check your email

  20. I’ve had an iPhone (Gen1 and 3G), Bbery, and other smart phones like the Atom (pile of junk). Have had the Desire for 2wks now, and am blown away. Gave up the bbery due to little ball getting jammed all the time, plus terribly slow browsing and buggy apps. Would have been happy if Desire was as good as iPhone3Gs. Happy to say it kicks iPhone’s arse. Not just the phone (better screen and faster processor), but Android OS and apps (market) are incredible. Much more variety and many more cool apps – not regulated like Apple. Everyone I show wants one, except my GF who is totally over it (sorry babe). It’s the Android market that is just amazing and makes this work – if you’re tech minded you can do ANYTHING with this phone.

  21. Corey Martin says:

    been with Telstra since i was 18.. always owned a smart phone over 5 different htc models.
    never had an opportunity to even register
    found out to late.
    would of been nice to be in a try out and give feed back.. and get something out of Telstra for a change..
    over $15,000 I’ve spent with telstra in 6 years.

  22. Tom says:

    Gutted I missed this! How often does this kind of opportunity arise?

  23. aaron says:

    Hi Telstra,

    i love my Desire but am gagging for Android 2.2 to be released. When are you/HTC planning on rolling this out as an update in Australia?


  24. Annoyed says:

    When will Telstra listen? We don’t want no stinking bloatware. At least give us the option to remove them.

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