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Nation’s first 4G tablet races into stores

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 28, 2012

4 min read

Recently we asked our customers what they like doing best on a tablet. Perhaps unsurprisingly web browsing topped the list followed by accessing email, downloading apps and reading the news.  So imagine if you could do all of those things on a tablet much faster when you’re on the move. We reckon it would be pretty appealing and so today we’re launching the nation’s first 4G-powered tablet.

Samsung-4G-Galaxy-Tab-blog-inpost-hi-resOperating on the Telstra Mobile Network – Australia’s only super-fast 4G LTE-enabled network – the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G features a high definition 8.9 inch touch screen, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor for fast multi-tasking and weighs a mere 470 grams.

Customers in 4G coverage areas can surf the mobile web on the tab 4G up to five times faster than before.This leap in internet speeds means you can stream HD video and music over the internet, load magazines faster and enjoy rich internet content traditionally confined to a PC screen.

We think it’s going to be really popular with business customers too. In 4G coverage areas GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G can offer speeds typically reserved for the office. Customers will be able to access email, cloud-hosted applications and documents without the need for a bulky laptop and it’s perfect for sharing multimedia content on client visits,.

With Australians adopting mobile tablets in record numbers we think  super-fast 4G connectivity  is set to make these touch-screen devices an even more powerful way to browse the web, watch video and social network on the move. Let us know what you think – would 4g connectivity change the way you use a tablet?

Key Features:

  • Runs Android™ 3.2 operating software (upgradable to Android 4.0 in the future)
  • Powered by a 6,100 mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge.
  • Comes with a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera with flash and front-facing 2-megapixel camera.
  • Available with either 16GB or 32GB of memory on board.


GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G with 16GB of storage is available from Telstra stores across Australia from Tuesday 28 February and can be purchased outright for $720 RRP. A 32GB version will be available in the coming weeks to purchase outright for $840 RRP. They can both be teamed with a plan that includes a generous monthly data allowance and which allows eligible customers to pay the device off over 24 months.

Full plan details can be found at:

Pre-Paid Offer

Customers can purchase GALAXY Tab 8.9 outright and team it with Telstra’s Pre-Paid Data+ Cap offer, which allows customers to top up data as and when they need. A range of recharge denominations are available. More details can be found at:

Telstra Business plans

Telstra Business customers will also be able to purchase the GALAXY Tab 8.9 from 6 March and team it with a range of Telstra Mobile Broadband® Member Plans over 24 months, including Shared plans, giving business customers the ability to share unused data across eligible services on the same account while in Australia. More details can be found at:

*4G speeds are initially available in all capital CBDs, associated airports and selected regional locations and will seamlessly switch over to our fastest available 3G speeds in other coverage areas.

Actual speeds vary due to factors such as location, distance from base station, local terrain, user numbers, hardware and software configuration, and download source/upload destination. Visit coverage for details of coverage locations. Network unlocking fee for Pre-Paid Telstra USB 4G applies. Facebook is a registered trade mark of Facebook, Inc. Android is a trade mark of Google, Inc.