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HTC Desire launches today

Telstra News

Posted on April 21, 2010

3 min read

Hi everyone,

Just letting you know that we have accelerated the launch of HTC Desire by about a week – with the new smartphone available from select T[life] stores as of today.

We brought the launch forward to meet really strong consumer interest.

HTC Desire from Telstra
The early launch actually means Australians will be the first in Asia-Pacific to experience this breakthrough smartphone – which is great news for our customers.

Telstra’s flagship T[life] stores in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will be the first to stock the new smartphone

Telstra stores and dealers across Australia will receive deliveries of the HTC Desire progressively through the week with most stores expected to have stock by Friday ahead of the long weekend.

Customers can also immediately purchase the smartphone online at and have the smartphone delivered direct.

The other piece of news is that we have extended our agreement with HTC to offer HTC Desire exclusively in Australia. It will now be available exclusively to our customers for six months (up from three months).

Looking forward to hearing from people as they get their hands on our first Android and put it through its paces.


Richard Fink

Pricing & Availability

or initially from three T[life] stores:

  • T[life] Sydney – 400 George Street Sydney, NSW, 2000.
  • T[life] Melbourne – ­246 Bourke Street (Cnr Swanston & Bourke) Melbourne, VIC, 3000.
  • T[life] Perth – 667-669 Hay Street Mall, Perth, WA, 6000.
HTC Desire will be available on a range of plans including for $0 on Telstra’s $60 consumer Phone Plan for 24 months (minimum total price $1440) or $0 upfront on a $85 Ultimate plan for 24 months including 150 MB data (minimum cost $2040), or can be purchased outright with a RRP of $779.

Update 1 May: GPS software on HTC Desire
On Friday evening HTC and Telstra released software that enables GPS functionality on the HTC Desire smartphone. The software update also introduces a new feature to the HTC Desire – voice search. For details see: HTC Desire GPS software released, Voice Search added

Update 27 April: HTC and Telstra have been made aware of an issue relating to the GPS function on the HTC Desire smartphone in Australia.

After investigating customer reports we have found that the software for this feature was set up incorrectly. The device’s GPS hardware is not affected and will operate once a software update is made.

We are working as quickly as possible to finalise the software update and to make it available to customers. We expect to release the update this week. Telstra and HTC apologise for any inconvenience or frustration this may have caused.

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