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Posted on November 3, 2017

2 min read

A self-confessed Apple loyalist, Garry Holmes from regional Victoria has bought a brand-new iPhone every two years since the iPhone 3GS landed.

In fact, Garry’s been so keen to get his hands on the latest devices, he’s even made a 16-hour round-trip (complete with a stint of overnight camping) to be first in line at Melbourne’s Bourke Street Telstra store on launch day.

But this year, to say thanks for his 20 years as a Telstra customer, we took the latest smartphone launch to Garry. This morning, Telstra’s first iPhone X was delivered directly to Garry’s home in Harcourt North using DJI’s state-of-the-art Matrice 600 drone. See how we made it happen and follow its epic journey in the video above, or get to know Garry in our Q&A below!

Tell us about yourself

I’m a bit of a tech geek who lives in Harcourt North, Victoria with my wife Michelle and three children.

How many iPhones have you owned?

I’ve had the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 5, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus.

Why do you love iPhones?

I love technology and most of my devices are Apple. I use my iPhone for just about everything! Keeping in touch with family, friends and colleagues, searching on the internet, as a camera, music player and to keep active using applications and games such as ingress and Pokemon Go.

Why have you stayed with Telstra for 20 years?

Telstra has great coverage in regional Victoria and getting my iPhones through Telstra has been effortless (sans the sleeping out). Getting them on a plan is a great way to pay off the phones, and then I renew and hand my older phones to the kids!

What features are you most excited about the iPhone X?

I’m probably most excited about the augmented reality and 3D gaming capabilities, and I’m pretty keen to try out the Face ID feature and Animojis!

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Posted on October 6, 2017

4 min read

The next evolution of Google’s popular smartphone line, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, is coming to Telstra. As the exclusive telco partner for both phones in Australia we’re excited to show you what these phones are capable of on our network.

Here’s 10 reasons to love the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:

  1. Fresh, sleek, bold design

An evolution of last year’s design, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL features a fresh and even bolder look that feels great in your hands. The signature glass-aluminium design is back with an elegantly crafted glass shade made of 3D Gorilla Glass 5, topped with a blazing fast fingerprint sensor, right where your finger expects it.

  1. World’s highest-rated smartphone camera

With a DxOMark Mobile score of 98, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL feature the highest-rated smartphone camera ever with brilliant photos and standout videos in any light. There’s also an all new Portrait mode for crisp, beautiful portraits and selfies with a gorgeous background blur.

  1. Unlimited online storage for your Pixel 2 photos and videos

Enjoy unlimited online storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel 2 in Google Photos. With Google Photos baked directly into your camera, it’s easy to save, organise, find and share any photo or video. No more endless scrolling to find an old photo. Just enter a location, a person’s name or even an emoji and quickly find what you’re looking for.

  1. Telstra Wi-Fi Calling supported

Both devices are also Telstra Wi-Fi Calling enabled, extending basic voice call coverage over supported Wi-Fi networks to places in a home or apartment when leaving 4G coverage. This means free calling on Australia’s best mobile network wherever you have a good Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Long-lasting, fast-charging battery

The Pixel 2 comes with a battery that lasts as long as you do, and charges superfast. With a full charge, your Pixel can last all day. No time? No worries – you’ll get up to 7 hours of battery from just 15 minutes of charge.

  1. Be the first to try Google Lens

Pixel 2 and 2 XL owners are the first to try Google Lens in Google Photos. Lens is a new set of visual smarts that help you learn about the world around you and get things done. Learn more about landmarks, artwork, books, movies, music albums, and even video games. Copy and share URLs from posters and ads or save phone numbers and email addresses right to your contacts.

  1. Have your own personal assistant

The built-in Google Assistant is the easiest and fastest way to find answers and get things done on your Pixel. To pull up your Google Assistant, just squeeze the sides of your phone, say “Ok Google” or long press the Home button. Spend less time digging in settings, say “turn on night light”, “turn on do not disturb” or “change my ringtone” and your Google Assistant will make it happen.

  1. Free Google Home Mini

This year Telstra customers will also receive the Google Home Mini as gift with purchase with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the compact and mighty new addition to the Google Home Family (while stocks last).

  1. Seamless switching

It’s easier than ever to switch to Pixel. Transfer your stuff from your old phone in around 10 minutes or less – photos, videos, music, contacts, calendar events, apps, messages and more.

  1. Better together

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are made to work seamlessly with your Google devices. Send a message to your Google Home while you’re away from home. Say “Ok Google, broadcast. I’ll be home soon” and your Assistant can help you relay your message. And pairing your supported Bluetooth devices is easier than ever with Fast Pair.

Both devices are available for pre-order now (Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL) and plans will include all the great extras exclusively available to Telstra mobile customers like unlimited Wi-Fi at over one million Telstra Air hotspots around Australia and 20 million Fon hotspots worldwide.

Things you need to know

Google photos: Unlimited original quality online storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel 2 until Jan 15 2021, and high quality storage for photos taken with Pixel 2 afterwards. Requires Google account and internet connection. Data charges apply for upload and download.

4G coverage: The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, most surrounding suburban areas and in over 600 regional towns. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at

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Posted on July 4, 2017

3 min read

As if you needed any further proof that we’re living in the future, Sony have developed a phone camera that can see things we can’t and HTC have released a handset you can control by squeezing it. Both phones are available through Telstra from today.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Can Sony improve on the human eye?

The latest addition to the Xperia X series, the Xperia XZ Premium comes with a camera so advanced that it’s said to be able to capture motion even the human eye can’t see. The handset was dubbed ‘Best New Smartphone at MWC 2017’ and, according to Sony, is their most technologically capable smartphone ever and a testament to the company’s ‘relentless pursuit of innovation.’ Big words for such a small piece of kit.

A TV in your pocket

Sony’s Motion Eye™ camera system, which boasts 960fps super slow-motion video playback, 19MP high resolution sensor and 19% larger pixels, is said to provide razor-sharp photo detail even in dim conditions. And to watch these razor-sharp videos? A world-first 4K HDR 5.5” display that uses Sony Bravia TV technology. All on the Xperia XZ Premium.

Take a peek under the hood…

The phone is gigabit-capable and available on Australia’s fastest mobile network (based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds). Gigabit enabled areas of our network are available within a 1km radius from the centre of the CBD areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Typical download speeds range between 5Mbps to 300 Mbps in 4GX enabled areas1. , The phone also offers a USB 3.1 connection, an ‘exquisite’ glass loop surface and is water resistant and dust-proof (Ingress Protection rating IP65/68) and enjoys increased durability with reinforced Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5. Serious business.


Give your HTC a squeeze

HTC also released a new flagship smartphone model today: The HTC U11. Featuring HTC Edge Sense technology that allows you to squeeze the phone to input a range of commands, the handset is said to provide “the most advanced features ever in a smartphone” and hopes to make day-to-day usage even more convenient for customers.

A personal touch…

Owners of the HTC U11 can use Edge Sense to engage in a wide range of phone functionality and apps. For example, to open the camera you need only lift the handset and give it a squeeze. Customisation options allow users to set the phone to open emails, games or any other apps with a simple squeeze.

Is that it?

Nope. The U11 smartphone features HTC’s most advanced headset ever (including Active Noise Cancellation) and a camera with ‘the highest independent rating ever awarded to a smartphone camera’. And that’s not all: the phone is gigabit-capable. Gigabit enabled areas of our network are available within a 1km radius from the centre of the CBD areas in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Typical download speeds for Gigibit capable devices range between 5Mbps to 300 Mbps in 4GX enabled areas1. But that’s not it! The U111 also includes TWO digital companions… HTC Sense Companion and Google Assistant, for all your random questions and queries.

Pick up the Sony Xperia XZ Premium or the HTC U11 from today with Telstra.

1. The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4GX in all capital CBDs and selected suburban and regional areas and is progressively rolling out to more places. In other coverage areas around Australia, you’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 4G or 3G. You can even check coverage using our smart detection tool.

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Posted on December 21, 2015

2 min read

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Tech does seem to be at the top of everyone’s Christmas list this year and kids are no exception. But where to start with these young technology enthusiasts who appear to be born able to reprogram the home screen on your mobile device. Glad you asked because this year, there’s no better starter tech and stocking filler than the Telstra Essentials Tab. Here’s why.

Cool Features
This ultra-compact 7 inch Android tablet is 3G enabled which means you can connect the kids on the go! With the 2megapixel rear camera they’ll be able to snap pictures of their adventures or use the front facing camera for video calling or selfies.
Also, the Essentials Tab also comes with a bonus Turquoise cover which the kids will love because it’s bright and colourful!

No More “Mum I’m Bored”

Long car trips can be a drag without some good music or movies to keep you entertained! So why not make the most of the free three-month trial Mobile Foxtel subscription that you get with the Telstra Essentials tab?
Once you activate your Pre-Paid SIM you can download the Mobile Foxtel app and enjoy a 3 month trial subscription (via redemption) after which subscription fees apply unless you unsubscribe before the end of the trial.

More data to enjoy
When you get your hands on the Telstra Essentials Tab this Christmas you’ll get to enjoy 6GB of Pre-Paid data (3GB Month Pass plus bonus 3GB with 30 day expiry to use in Australia) for browsing, streaming and downloading on the go when you activate from now until 25 January 2016.

And the best part is, Mobile Foxtel is unmetered, so the kids can save all the bonus data for the things they love doing most.

The Telstra Essentials Tab is $79 and exclusive to us and if you like what it has to offer, head in store or online to check it out now!

Want some more ideas on what to buy the kids this Christmas? Our Christmas gift quiz can help.

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Connected car travel shifts up a gear

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Posted on July 21, 2015

3 min read

Australians can now turn their car into a high-speed hotspot with the launch of the Telstra Pre-Paid 4GX Car Wi-Fi.

The new gadget is the perfect travel tech companion for road trips or weekends away. It simply plugs into a car’s USB slot or 12 volt power outlet to create a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices.

Capable of the fastest 4G speeds in Australia when in 4GX areas, Telstra’s GM of Emerging Mobile Devices, Nick Broomfield,  said this Car Wi-Fi product gives customers a flexible and reliable way to connect to Australia’s most road-trip-friendly network when in coverage areas.

“With coverage across more than 2.4 million square kilometres of land, this product will help Aussies connect to the Telstra Mobile network in more places when they’re travelling. And because it moves so easily from car to home, it’s ideal for families, weekend adventurers and business travellers as well.”

Unlike other Car Wi-Fi products, the Telstra Pre-Paid 4GX Car Wi-Fi also comes with an AC wall charger, so it’s perfect for every leg of the journey in Australia turning a holiday house or hotel room in to a Wi-Fi hotspot too. It also comes with a USB extension cable that makes it easier to connect in hard to reach places and it has indicator lights that let customers know when it’s time to recharge.

Available in store and online for just $79 RRP, the Telstra Pre-Paid 4GX Car Wi-Fi comes with 3GB data pre-loaded with a 30 day expiry period to use in Australia. Customers can also recharge their device with Telstra’s recently launched Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband Data Passes.

Customers can find out more about Telstra’s Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband Data Passes here or head in store or online to purchase a Telstra Pre-Paid 4GX Car Wi-Fi.


Things You Need to Know

 4G speed disclaimer: Typical download speeds of between 2Mbps and 50Mbps are available to 4G devices in 4G areas. Outside 4G areas, you will switch to our fastest available 3G speeds. Speeds vary for reasons like location, distance from base stations, terrain, user numbers, hardware/software configuration, download source and upload destination.

Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Data Passes can be used on Telstra Mobile Broadband devices or Telstra Pre-Paid SIM Starter Kits. Once you’ve used all your data, you can continue to use your recharge credit at the PAYG rate of $2/MB (charged per KB) in Australia. Recharge credit can be used on texts to standard Australian numbers, content charges and use while overseas charged at $3/MB (charged per KB or part thereof). Some usage is excluded, such as calls to standard Australian and International numbers, calls/texts to satellite numbers and premium numbers, operator assisted calls, MessageBank® retrieval and diverted calls. Unused recharge credit and data expires unless you recharge again before expiry.

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