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Australia’s first 5G phone is on the way

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Posted on May 22, 2019

3 min read

In less than one week, we will mark a significant moment in our efforts to bring a brilliant connected future to all Australians. In a landmark partnership with Samsung, we will bring the first 5G-enabled smartphone to Australia and our stores – the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G – on 28 May.

This will be a game-changing moment for our customers, and one we have not seen in nearly a decade. It has been eight years since Telstra launched 4G in Australia and more than seven since our first 4G smartphone. This time though, the possibilities opened up by the leap to a new “G” is going to be bigger and more profound than we’ve ever seen in the past.

Australia’s first 5G phone is on the way - Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

The potential to download fast, stream video with less buffering, or to have the edge over your friends when online gaming on the go are just the start of what will be possible with 5G. It is worth emphasising that the Galaxy S10 5G will combine together our 5G and 4GX to provide customers the best possible mobile speeds wherever 5G is available and Australia’s fastest average 4G speeds in 4GX coverage areas elsewhere. Our 5G technology is now available in select areas across the country and is continuing to expand.

As it continues to develop, the potential of 5G’s fast speeds and lower latency will transform the way we live and work through a host of new innovations that require fast connectivity and more capacity.

Australia’s first 5G phone is on the way - Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

It’s not just the network capability you’ll have in your hand with the Galaxy S10 5G.

Australia’s first 4G smartphone was released in 2012 with a 4.5-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera, and ran Android 2.3. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a supremely detailed and colourful 6.7-inch Cinematic Dynamic AMOLED display, runs the latest Android software, a bigger and faster charging battery and an incredible six-lens pro-grade camera setup, including new 3D depth technology, to capture stunning shots at every angle.

Australia’s first 5G phone is on the way - Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

We’ll be bringing the Galaxy S10 5G to our stores in a telco exclusive partnership with Samsung from 28 May, before any other Australian mobile operator. Customers who purchased a Samsung Galaxy S10+ through Telstra during the eligibility period earlier this year will be able to take advantage of our special upgrade offer, which allows them to trade in their S10+ for the new S10 5G at no extra cost on their existing plans, from 28 May.

We are proud to partner with Samsung to mark this moment in time, and to bring the Galaxy S10 5G to Australia as our first 5G-enabled smartphone and to be the first to offer it to our customers. We cannot wait to see all of the possibilities that 5G will bring to life, and we are excited to be on the journey with you.

Telstra currently offers 5G in select areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. In non-5G coverage areas, you’ll automatically switch to our 4GX/4G or 3G. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.