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First look at the Telstra EasyCall™ mobile – complex tech made simple

Tech and Innovation

Posted on May 6, 2010

4 min read

If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you know I have a thing about high tech. I also have a thing about making access to high tech simple. So you can imagine how excited I was to get my hands on the Telstra EasyCall™ Pre Paid Phone.

UPDATE: The Telstra Easycall 2 mobile is out. I’m pleased to announce that the latest and enhanced version is in stores now. Brendan

This is the perfect phone for elderly members of your family – featuring big buttons and large screen fonts, a simple menu structure, audible keys (it says the numbers as you dial them), a speaker phone, an FM radio, a flashlight, and a dedicated key lock slider-switch.

Add to this the ability to pre-programme a favourite number and up to four SMS numbers that allow you to contact family and friends at the flick of a switch, and you have a phone that’s high tech but easy to use.

It’s really designed as a get-in-touch phone, rather than a phone that’s used every day.

And guess what? It retails for $59 including GST. – perfect for Mother’s Day.

What’s in the box?

  • Telstra EasyCallTM Mobile Phone
  • Pre-Paid Welcome Guide
  • Telstra Pre-Paid SIM card ($10 starter kit with 30 day expiry) and new mobile phone number
  • Battery
  • Wrist Strap
  • Head set
  • AC charger
  • Mobile Muster recycle bag (Reply Paid)

Set Up

I set my EasyCall™ up in a minute. The menu is clear and intuitive. If you make a change or new entry, you cannot quit without being given the option to save.
Programming the favourite number and 4 SMS contacts was a breeze. More on this feature shortly.
Adding contacts, setting the time and date, adjusting the ring tone volume and style – again straight forward.
Full credit to Telstra  & ZTE for understanding the customer when designing this phone.

Appearance

Telstra Easy Call phone from TelstraWhen I first came across this handset, my initial thought was it looked like a calculator with the ability to make phone calls.

Having used it today, I can say without any fear of contradiction, it looks like a calculator with the ability to make phone calls.

So what? First and foremost, it’s practical.

The buttons work. The screen works. The flashlight works. The side key lock switch works. The user’s favourite number /SMS numbers alert works. The FM Radio works (without the need for a headset acting as an antenna too) and Emergency Calls (000 and 112) work.

What more could you ask?

The fast contact switch

Telstra Easy Call phone from TelstraOn the back of the Telstra Easy Call is an orange switch. It’s designed to connect a customer with their friends or relatives quickly with the flick of a switch. The switch can be programmed to automatically make a phone call or send a pre-composed SMS to up to four numbers.  It can even make a phone call and send four texts simultaneously.

There’s also an Alert tone that will sound (depending on your tone level settings) until the switch is returned to the off position – just in case you activate it inadvertently.

This feature will work even if the keypad is locked.

Network: GSM 900/1800 (2G)
Dimensions: 108 x 49.5 x 15.1mm
Weight: 82g
Screen: 96 x 64 pixels, 1.65” mono
Talk Time: Up to 300 minutes
Standby Time: Up to 300 hours
Network Locked: Yes

Key Features:

  • Big buttons and large font for easy dialling
  • Audible keytones that speak to you when you dial numbers
  • Loud speaker for clearer sound
  • In-built torch
  • FM Radio
  • Quick access switch to contact friends and family
  • Keypad lock / unlock side switch
  • 3.5mm Audio Headset Jack
  • Calculator, Organiser, Alarm and Reminders

Availability and Price

The Telstra EasyCallTM Prepaid handset is available now  $59 at Big W Stores, Leading Edge Group and WOW sight and sound outlets.