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Gifts for on the go

Entertainment Devices

Posted on December 9, 2019

4 min read

It’s nearly Christmas time, and we’re counting up the best stocking stuffers for your friends and family. Here are the best gifts for keeping your gadgets charged, your devices connected and your sound on point!

Telstra Locator

You tag it, we’ll help locate it. If you’ve got someone in your life that’s always misplacing their keys (have you tried the fridge?), their Telstra TV remote (is it between the couch cushions?) or even their tablet, the Telstra Locator is for them.

With a Telstra Locator Subscription, finding lost items can be easy. Simply attach a Telstra Locator Tag to your things and use the Telstra Locator App to help find them. Ring your tag when it’s near and use the map when it’s far away. The app can even help you search for a linked compatible smartphone or tablet.

The Locator connects to Australia’s largest finding network and has taken out a prestigious Red Dot Design Award for its sleek looks and practical application. It even helped find a lost dog who’d run away from home during a thunderstorm, making it the perfect gift for anyone on two or four legs.

Telstra Locator

HTC 5G Hub

Our first ever 5G mobile broadband device is the HTC 5G Hub, a mobile media hotspot that can deliver blazing fast speeds through our mobile network and supports up to 20 Wi-Fi devices.  It has the smarts of a smartphone inside and even has a 5-inch display that gives you all the information you need at a glance.

The 5G Hub is equally at home in your living room as it is accompanying you on your commute or during the workday. Straight out of the box, you’ll see just how much thought has gone into the 5G Hub’s design. Standing upright, it’s a sleek and compact media hotspot that’s simple to use – there’s just one physical button to power it on and off, with everything else controlled from that bright, clear 5-inch screen.

Its sleek design is accompanied by fast networking, allowing for smooth video streaming and low-latency for gaming via the 1Gbps Ethernet connection and fast Wi-Fi. 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

Harman Kardon Neo speaker

Take the music with you with this portable, waterproof speaker, and enjoy up to 10 hours of wireless Bluetooth streaming.

Harman Kardon Neo delivers impeccable sound in a palm-sized, portable package. Compact, sleek and IPX7 waterproof, this ultra-portable speaker can play continuously for up to 10 hours, while its echo-cancelling speakerphone ensures crystal-clear phone calls. The Harman Kardon Neo is easily transportable by its sturdy strap. On your desk or in the backyard, the Harman Kardon Neo fits beautifully anywhere.

Telstra Evoke Plus

With a huge 6.1-inch display, 13-megapixel rear camera and the latest Android P operating system, the Evoke Plus packs a real punch in your pocket.

With fast Category 6 LTE speeds, 2GB of RAM and expandable memory, you won’t be lost for speed or performance on our prepaid plans.

It also bears our Blue Tick, meaning it’s great for enhanced coverage in rural and regional areas.

Telstra Essentials Pro

If you’re looking for a great first phone for your little one, the Telstra Essentials Pro is perfect.

With a large 5.45-inch HD+ screen, an 8-megapixel rear-facing screen and Blue Tick coverage, you can be sure they’ll always be in touch.

Samsung Wireless Charger Duo Pad

The Wireless Charger Duo Pad doubles your wireless charging fun, with space for not one but two devices to rejoice at once. You can easily charge two phones, a phone or your Galaxy Watch or whatever configuration your heart desires!

And it charges more than just Samsung products, too. The Wireless Charger Duo Pad will charge anything that is compatible with the Qi wireless power standard, meaning you can keep all sorts of gadgets juiced up and ready to go, without the need for unnecessary cables.

Gifts that won’t break the budget

Entertainment Devices

Posted on December 6, 2019

2 min read

Looking for some stocking-stuffers to finish your Christmas shopping that won’t break the bank? Try these tech gifts for some Christmas cheer.

Plantronics RIG 800 HD Headset

Your squad deserves to hear your call outs this Christmas, and you don’t have to break the bank to get there! The Plantronics RIG 800 HD headset gives you high-resolution surround-ready gaming headset for Xbox One. Its precisely-tuned 50 mm drivers deliver game changing sound, and a lightweight exoskeleton ear cup system offers comfort and stability.

You won’t be disturbed while using them either thanks to the noise-isolating acoustic chambers that provide high-resolution audio and low-distortion. The easy-to-reach RIG game audio dial for fingertip master volume control means you’ll get the right levels without having to break your game play, and a removable noise canceling mic allows for flip to mute function for focused game play.

It’s versatile too thanks to the bundled 3.5 mm cable for compatibility with PCs, consoles and personal electronic devices.

iFrogz Little rockerz Novelty Headphones

Who said that sound couldn’t be fun for kids? The iFrogz Little Rockerz Wireless On-Ear headphones let your child look like a princess or a T-Rex while enjoying listening to nursery rhymes, music, or audio books.

It has full Bluetooth connectivity for enjoying wireless audio playback from a paired compatible device and packs on-ear controls enable simple music management. Soft, comfortable ear pads provide optimum listening comfort, while the maximum volume output is limited to 85dB, making it safe for little ones to use. It’s suitable for ages 3 years old and up and will go down a treat with their style statement.

EFM Cayman Dreamtime Range Case Armour

These amazing cases don’t just protect your gear: they tell an important story.

The EFM Cayman ‘Our Home’ Case Armour is a collaboration with Cultural Ambassador and Indigenous Creative Chief John Smith Gumbula and Bur’an Australia.

EFM Eco D3CO Bio-Degradable Case Armour

The new EFM Eco Case Armour combines eco-friendly materials and recycled D3O impact protection material to give you a super tough, durable and earth-friendly phone case. The EFM Eco Case Armour is not only slim and tough, it comes with its own unique earth-friendly packaging. It’s also compatible with Wireless Charging, Power Sharing and is drop-tested to 2.4 metres for real protection when it matters.

Less talk, more action: how we’re getting things done with Microsoft Teams

Tech and Innovation Business and Enterprise

Posted on December 5, 2019

3 min read

For years now, we’ve been talking about the power of convergent devices and their potential to make life easier for our staff. We’re now realising the potential of all the tech at our fingertips, thanks to Microsoft Teams and the apps we’ve built on Power Platform.

Our field employees can now access everything they need to serve a customer in one place, accessible from any connected device. This simplification of service alongside the supercharging of our team’s capabilities through technology is a central part of our T22 strategy.

We’re now living in a world where technicians have the ability to service the needs of customers more efficiently and effectively than ever. Where previously they relied on a mass of spreadsheets, paper documents, delayed email web forms and support websites, they now have modern and mobile communications with powerful intelligence in their hands for the best results yet.

After our deployment of Microsoft Office 365 in 2018, we realised the potential that Power Apps had for our business – the greatest strength of the platform being its simplicity. And that potential was picked up by one of our technicians, Nathan Backers, who used his creativity and business knowledge to develop tools that were intuitive and simple. He created the tools needed to get the job done.

The first app deployed for issue and opportunity resolution, known as TIDE, saw the real benefits of having actionable insights and data in the hands of our people. Technicians could create tickets for issues mentioned to them by customers. Other employees could then access the tickets to get more information and update customers and techs directly about the status of a job. Team leaders also got access to these insights for a more hands-on view of their direct report workflow.

Developers with field experience began creating apps that would address the immediate needs of field techs, ultimately creating two master applications known as Team leader Plus and Technician Plus. TIDE was rolled into the latter.

Employees using these apps can now access crucial data about manhole cover inspections, employee-specific performance metrics, our product catalogue and instructional videos and podcasts. The Power Apps platform created a true one-stop-shop for technicians looking to enhance their own workflows, and by extension, enhance customer outcomes.

On top of the Power Apps deployment, technicians were given access to Microsoft Teams. This made it easier for employees out on the road to speak to senior leaders and bridged the distance between teams and team leaders so they could discuss outcomes more frequently.

Teams is also being used to achieve faster results for our customers, especially around our recoverable damages process. In the past, our employees would have to call the company’s damages team and describe verbally the issue at hand, leading to solutions for repairs based on their understanding of the issue. With Teams, our people now video call the damages team to show them the problem before receiving specific insights about how to proceed in real-time.

We’re changing rapidly as a company, gearing up for the next 100 years of service in a completely different landscape. As part of this process, we want to empower our people to fulfil our purpose. We know we have the brightest minds in tech working under our banner, and we’re giving them the latest tools and the empowerment to build and use gear that is fit for purpose and delivers better outcomes for our customers.

We’re excited to see what this pioneering and collaborative tech spirit builds next!

Gifts to keep you motivated

Entertainment Devices

Posted on December 5, 2019

2 min read

New year, new you! If you’re serious about getting motivated this Christmas, we’ve got the perfect gifts.

Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch Series 5 features an innovative new display that allows the time and important information to remain visible at all times. Each watch face has been carefully optimised for the new display and to preserve battery life, the screen intelligently dims when a user’s wrist is down and returns to full brightness with a raise or a tap.

Several advanced technologies work together to deliver this new feature, including the industry’s only low-temperature polysilicon and oxide display (LTPO), ultra-low power display driver, efficient power management integrated circuit and new ambient light sensor. This combination of hardware innovation and incredible software design allows Apple Watch Series 5 to offer all-day 18-hour battery life.

Apple Watch Series 5 also features Navigation, International Emergency Calling, and watchOS 6.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2

Keep track of your fitness objectives, connect with loved ones, and outsmart life with the help of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2.

A great fit for the outgoing trendsetter, the Galaxy Watch Active2 offers comprehensive activity and sleep monitoring technology, music streaming functionality, and wireless smart device connectivity all tucked in its fashion-forward design.

Gifts to smarten up your home

Entertainment Devices

Posted on December 4, 2019

5 min read

Christmas is the perfect time to smarten up your home. Whether it’s smarter entertainment, smart lighting or smart calling, we’ve got what you need for the smartest Christmas yet.

Telstra Smart Home Kits

Maximise your downtime and make 2020 the most convenient year for you and your home with our Telstra Smart Home gear. We’ve got a range of kits to make getting started super easy!

Control & Monitor

Live stream and record what’s happening in your home. The kit includes:

  • 1 x Smart Home Hub: your smart home’s brain – connects all your Telstra Smart Home devices together.
  • 1 x Indoor Camera: keep an eye on your home with HD videos and pictures.
  • 1 x Smart Power Plug: automate your lamps, radios and other simple appliances.

Voice Control & Monitor Multi-Room Kit

Enjoy voice-enabled control at home and monitoring from afar. The kit includes:

  • 1 x Smart Home Hub: the heart of your smart home.
  • 1 x Indoor Camera: takes clear and crisp HD video and images, day or night.
  • 1 x Outdoor Camera: takes clear and crisp HD video and images, day or night.
  • 2 x Smart Power Plugs: automate your lamps, radios and other simple appliances.
  • 2 x Door or Window Sensors: knows when doors or windows are open or closed.
  • 1 x Google Home Mini: operate your compatible Telstra Smart Home devices with your voice and get hands free help in your home.

Voice Control & Monitor Household Suite Kit

Manage and monitor your whole home – inside and out. The kit includes:

  • 1 x Smart Home Hub: the heart of your smart home.
  • 2 x Indoor Cameras: takes clear and crisp HD video and images, day or night.
  • 1 x Outdoor Camera: takes clear and crisp HD video and images, day or night.
  • 4 x Smart Power Plugs: automate your lamps, radios and other simple appliances.
  • 3 x Door or Window Sensors: knows when your doors or windows are open or closed.
  • 1 x Google Home: operate your compatible Telstra Smart Home devices with your voice and get hands free help in your home.

Smart Home Cloud & Service plan

The Smart Home Cloud & Service plan is an essential part of your Telstra Smart Home. Once activated, the plan provides you with:

  • Access to the Telstra Smart Home app, and the ability to create and schedule automation.
  • 30 days of cloud storage for 100 videos and 200 images per day – recorded by your smart home camera/s.
  • 24/7 access to our team of smart home tech experts who can assist you when you need help.
  • Management of your home by getting your smart home devices interacting with each other.
  • Peace of mind that we constantly monitor and upgrade the security and usability of our app, our range of devices, and continue to add new devices to our range.
  • A month-to-month subscription (you’ll need an active Smart Home Cloud & service plan to manage your smart home devices).

Telstra TV

Enjoy the best streaming apps, the latest movies, live sports, catchup TV and more. Plus, search across apps with a single voice remote.

Not sure what to watch? Discover content across the biggest brands in entertainment – without having to open individual apps.

Watch live TV with the integrated free-to-air tuner, enjoy glorious 4K HDR streaming, control your television’s power and volume from one remote, and sync your Telstra TV with Google Assistant on smart devices like Google Home to open apps, launch live TV channels, and pause and play using your voice.

Google Home with Voice-Activated Calling

Google Voice-activated Calling with Telstra on select Google Nest devices*


Voice-activated Calling with Telstra allows you to make voice-activated calls via any Google Nest speaker or display. You’ll be able to link your Telstra mobile number and sync the contacts saved in your mobile phone for calling by contact.

Whether your mobile is off, out of reach, or your hands are full, you can now make voice-activated calls independently from your mobile device.

Your personal mobile number will be presented when you make calls from your Google Nest device/s, and up to six mobile numbers can be linked to devices in your home. It’s free to set up and calls are at no additional cost to your existing mobile plan. Data charges may apply.

Harmon Kardon Onyx Studio 6

Onyx Studio 6 - Hero Black

With its signature round silhouette, premium fabric cover and aluminium handle for easy portability, the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 combines style and convenience in a sophisticated and refined Bluetooth speaker.

It features an IPX7 waterproof design to use at any place within the home without worrying. Offering up to 8 hours of playtime on a single charge and wireless dual sound, it can wirelessly connect two Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 speakers to elevate music listening experience.

With its iconic yet subtle design, the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 6 is the ideal complement of any interior.