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Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 – and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

Devices

Posted on February 21, 2019

5 min read

Samsung has just introduced its latest and greatest Android smartphones to the world, unveiling the Galaxy S10 family at its UNPACKED event, ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019. We’re pleased to be stocking the S10+, S10 and S10e, in stores from 08 March, but there’s more – if you get a Galaxy S10+ with us, you’ll be able to bring your S10+ back and upgrade to the 5G-capable Samsung Galaxy S10 5G at no extra cost when it’s released in the first half of this year.

I’m at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event in San Francisco, on the ground with our partners to see the next evolution in the Galaxy line of smartphones – and to usher in a new mobile era made possible by 5G.

Built around a cinematic, bezel-less screen designed for the most immersive viewing, the Galaxy S10 series have no ‘notch’ up top – instead, their new Infinity-O Dynamic AMOLED display hides the front-facing camera within the screen itself. That big, bright screen can also show more detail than ever with HDR10+ support.

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 - and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

It’s their cameras that will capture the envy of your friends though. All versions have a full kit of lenses, meaning you have an entire professional-grade camera kit in your pocket with zoom, wide and ultra-wide lenses whenever you need them – and a built-in intelligent photo assistant so you can turn what you see in real life into a long-term memory.

It also marks Samsung’s first-ever in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in a smartphone. That might sound a bit techy, but what it means is that you’ll be able to press the screen of the S10 or S10+ with a finger to unlock it, using ultrasonic waves that read the unique ridges of your finger – and it even works in cold or dry conditions, giving you even more peace of mind that your personal data is secure and safe for only you to see.

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 - and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

All of the Galaxy S10 series devices feature the new Wireless PowerShare mode, which lets you charge other wireless devices like a smartwatch just by resting it against the back of your phone. Of course, you still get all of Samsung’s hallmark design features like IP68 water and dust resistance, fast wireless charging and the ability to add up to 512GB of memory via microSD on all three models.

We’ll have the Samsung Galaxy S10 series available for pre-order from 9AM today. If you order a Galaxy S10+, we have a special treat in store for you – read on below.

At launch on 8 March, we’ll be offering the S10 family of devices on a range of consumer and small business plans. For example, the S10+ 128GB will be available on our XL lease plan for $129 a month* (for 24 months, min cost $3096) and will come with 160GB of data**, unlimited national and international talk and text***, Peace of Mind data as well as our sport, music and Wi-Fi data inclusions.

Pre-orders of the Galaxy S10+, S10 and S10e smartphones also come with bonus Galaxy Buds (valued at $249 RRP).

You can find all our Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone offers and plans here.

*   includes $10 credit
**  includes 100GB of bonus data
*** to 15 select countries

Unveiling the Samsung Galaxy S10 - and our landmark 5G upgrade offer

Our landmark 5G upgrade offer with Samsung

Here’s some more good news: anyone who purchases a Samsung Galaxy S10+ with us will be able to bring their S10+ back and upgrade to the 5G-capable Samsung Galaxy S10 5G at no extra cost when it’s released.

This is about giving you the best of both mobile worlds – we want you to experience one the newest and most feature-packed smartphones powered by our world-leading 4GX mobile network, and then we want to make it possible for you to upgrade to 5G, the next revolution in mobile technology, later in the year.

We’re extremely excited by this latest partnership with Samsung – as the first mobile operator to make the Galaxy S10 5G available to customers as soon as it’s launched in Australia, we wanted to do something special for you.

5G means the potential for faster downloads, high resolution video streaming with less buffering, and better mobile gaming on the go. The potential for ultrafast speeds and low latency of 5G will open new doors for businesses, too – so we’re opening up the offer to our small and medium business customers as well.

With more than 200 Telstra 5G-enabled mobile sites online across the nation, our customers will be at the forefront of this revolutionary technology as well as enjoying the multiple cameras, wireless power sharing, stunning display, sonic fingerprint security and other exciting features on Samsung’s newest smartphones.

We’ve hit plenty of Australian-first milestones together with Samsung in the past – like breaking the 1Gbps download speed barrier on the Samsung Galaxy S9 – and we look forward to many more in the future. The arrival of 5G will be a true game-changer, and we’re looking forward to being among the first in the world to experience it with you.

Solving customer problems before they knew they had them

Tech and Innovation T22

Posted on February 11, 2019

4 min read

There’s a Darwinian edge to the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where every January CES gives 150,000+ industry delegates the chance to experience the world’s largest showcase of next-gen (and often pre-launch) devices, gadgets, drones and robots. Through the noise and colour it is easy to see the practical use cases that will change our lives. Also obvious – though maybe no less important – are the things that seem more like solutions looking for problems, cat bowls with face recognition and robots that fold your laundry among them.

With the benefit of a few weeks to reflect, I wanted to share three quick thoughts on what I saw as key themes this year.

5G focus at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 2019

Solving customer problems before they knew they had them

The real decision-makers at CES were not the sales teams, the engineers or technologists – in fact, the real decision makers were not even there! The ones driving natural selection in the technology world are of course customers. The challenge in technology innovation though is that customers often do not know what they want before they see the solution. Did people know they wanted voice recognition AI on their mobile phone before it was developed? Probably not. Was the idea of a vehicle with software that could be continuously and autonomously updated a real need before it became possible? I don’t think so. Are the high def televisions you can fold up like beach towels at CES something customers will take to? Time will tell.

The point is the tech companies that are the most successful take things that customers did not know they wanted, develop them and then let the customer be the real judges of the experiences they create.

That dynamic is right at the heart of what we are trying to do at Telstra through our T22 strategy. We are working to transform the company around simple, intuitive products and services that offer a fantastic customer experience. Part of this work is getting the basics right and removing pain points but a lot of it is also about developing solutions customers did not even know they might need. That also underlines the real importance of Telstra being at events like CES and how we use it to inform our thinking around how to bring the best experience to life for our customers.

The power of unexpected outcomes

My second reflection on CES is that you cannot always predict how things will work out. CES had all manner of robots, drones and devices that could perform every conceivable task but with some of them it was easy to think: “Well, that’s never going to take off!”. That might be true but I think it is important to never underestimate the power of unexpected outcomes. In this ,I am reminded of Amazon’s less than successful attempt to enter the smartphone market a few years ago. It did not work out but one piece of technology developed as part of that is something the world now knows as Alexa. It is interesting to think that if Amazon had been successful with that smartphone they might not have pushed ahead in developing the amazing, voice controlled AI capabilities that Alexa now has. There is great power in unexpected outcomes and who knows how the underlying technology in some of the technology on show might eventually change the world.

Networks – bringing it all to life

My third reflection from CES was the absolutely central role networks play. This year 5G comes to life and the list of things it will enable includes just about everything at CES along with technologies like artificial intelligence, smart cities, digital health and countless other life-changing and life-enhancing advances. The great news is Telstra is 5G ready and we already have more than 200 5G towers operational and have developed deep domain expertise, including at our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast. As a network operator, what is exciting for us in planning and building a 5G-enabled network is that the full range of opportunities it will create in the future will not only be nowhere near clear when the first 5G devices begin to use it later this year, they will evolve with the market, with innovators and entrepreneurs and, most of all, with customer needs and preferences. We know where we have come from, we know where we are now, but we don’t know exactly what 5G technology will enable in the future – that makes the future unpredictable, unknown, but most of all incredibly exciting.

More to come as I head to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress from 25-28 February.

5G focus at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, January 2019

Tags: 5g, AI, IoT,

How you can get first access to 5G devices

Network

Posted on February 4, 2019

2 min read

This article was originally published on January 10, 2019.

I am in Las Vegas for CES, the biggest consumer electronics show in the world, to ensure we are at the forefront of the latest tech for our customers.

5G is a major focus this year and the amount of connected gear on display here is proof our big 5G network rollout and testing is going to deliver major benefits to our customers.

2019 is when the 5G revolution becomes very real and I am excited to announce our customers will soon be at the forefront of 5G device technology, including exclusive access to 5G commercial devices, thanks to a series of partnerships with some of the world’s biggest brands.

Under the partnerships, the devices will be available exclusively through Telstra before any other Australian mobile operator when they are released in the first half of 2019.

Watch this space. These smartphones and devices are coming soon and we will provide further details closer to their release. Once on the market, these 5G-enabled devices will connect to Australia’s first 5G-ready network – our customers’ first opportunity to experience this revolutionary technology.

We are also continuing to hold discussions with other providers and I look forward to providing even more good news for our customers in the near future.

I am also pleased to report we have delivered on our commitment to roll out 200 5G enabled mobile sites across the nation by the end of last year. In fact we did even better, with 207 sites now online, including in every major city and some regional centres.

Telstra has been a world leader in the testing and development of 5G. We continue to work closely with numerous global manufacturing and industry partners to make this revolutionary technology real-world ready and these strategic relationships are now paying off directly for our customers.

4 technology projects our teams are working on this year

Telstra Careers People

Posted on February 4, 2019

3 min read

From launching 5G to creating new Internet of Things (IoT) experiences for our millions of customers, we continue to be at the forefront of technological advancements that are changing our industry.

This means 2019 is going to be another big year for all of our technology teams as they’ll be at the centre of this exciting journey.

So what are the biggest projects our teams will be working on this year? Here are the top four:

2019 is the year of 5G

5G will take us from a world of connecting people to each other and the internet to a world of ultra-fast mobile speeds and IoT on a mass scale.

Our people have already made some pretty huge advancements in this space, including turning on 5G in all major Australian cities, and opening our 5G Innovation Centre on the Gold Coast.

But this is only just the beginning of what we are hoping to achieve together. See how our teams are helping to turn 5G into a reality.

Creating new IoT experiences

Our talented tech teams are creating the future of IoT and this means in 2019 we’re going to continue to deliver new experiences to Australian families and businesses, so they can be better connected, protected and empowered.

Since launching our IoT network, our people have created the Telstra Locator and helped to transform the agriculture industry.

With over 50 million connected devices expected on our network over the next five years, this is just the start of new innovations that our people will deliver.

See how our people are bringing new IoT experiences to life and the skills we’re looking to hire in.

Using AI and Machine Learning

Customers are at the heart of everything we do, so we believe it’s important they can speak with us in a way that’s easiest and convenient for them.

That is why our teams will continue to use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in innovative new ways, to help create amazing digital experiences.  Get a look into the work our people are doing.

Cyber security remains top of mind

With one of the largest cyber security teams in Australia, our hundreds of information security specialists will continue to play a big role in helping to keep Australia secure in 2019.

As an organisation, we’re committed to addressing cyber security threats, and continue to invest heavily to make sure our customers are supported.

We’ll continue to do this in a number of new ways including how we keep our code secure and help our people to keep up to date with latest cyber security trends.

Want to know what else we have planned for 2019?
Hear from our tech leaders.

Smart, stylish and state of the art – the latest tech to deck out your home

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 18, 2019

3 min read

There’s no place like home, especially if it’s a smart home and CES 2019 proved that almost everything can and will be connected in our pads of the future. Some won’t break the bank either!

Viewing pleasure

The TVs of the very near future are getting bigger, have ultra-high resolution, respond to your voice commands and can even roll away out of sight!

Most of us have heard of 4K – the current pinnacle of display resolution. Well, now 8K is coming, doubling the number of horizontal pixels and creating another evolutionary leap in image quality. Considering a standard 4K movie is an estimated 100 gigabytes, you can only imagine how big an 8K movie will be to stream or download, which of course will require a fast connection.

More TVs, at all price points, are also including support for connected voice assistants, like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Apple Homepod, allowing you to change channels and search for content just by talking. Great for when you can’t find the remote!

We flagged this in an earlier blog but it’s worth another look. Who would’ve thought – a TV that actually rolls away out of sight when you’re not using it. LG made a huge splash with their first rollable TV, which is expected to hit the market later this year. They even use these new versions to create an amazing TV tunnel.

Our not-so-humble homes

Our humble home appliances and fixtures keep getting smarter, even the toilet.

A number of big name brands unveiled updated connected fridges, washing machines and ovens. Fridges can now write to-do lists, which can then be shared to all of your family’s devices, check the contents of your fridge remotely and ask for cooking tips. Your phone will even get a ping if you’ve left the door open. Many now come with voice assistant support for when your hands are full of dirty laundry or dishes.

Meantime, Kohler unveiled a voice-enabled throne at CES 2019. Using Amazon Alexa, you can tell it to raise or warm the lid and play music. Most importantly, you can tell if to flush afterwards.

Smart shade

Even Ikea got in on the act at CES 2019, unveiling a series of low-cost smart blinds which allow you to raise or lower them using your home voice assistant, smartphone or provided remote control.

Now, if only they could find a way to make their flatpacks build themselves.

Immersive gaming

Our PCs continue to keep powering up to handle the size and complexity of the latest games, and new accessories are hitting the market to create even more immersive experience.

Audeze will soon release its motion-aware headphones for first-person shooter fans. They detect and recreate the movements of your head. For example, you’ll be able to peek around a corner just by moving your head.

More “reality” is being added to virtual reality games too, with Cybershoes showing off shoes that allow to walk yourself through the virtual world.

Just imagine all of these things in one home. It’s a lot of connected tech and, as we continue to add more things to our home networks, fast and reliable connections will be a must.