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Lacing up for another NRL season


Posted on March 14, 2019

2 min read

2019 marks the 19th year we’ve sponsored the NRL Telstra Premiership, and we’ve come a long way from our first steps in 2001. The length of our partnership with the NRL, and the value we place in the game’s ability to engage with and inspire all Australians, can’t be understated.

As a long-term partner of the NRL, our mission is to bring this game to more people in more places than ever before through Australia’s largest and fastest mobile network.* We’re proud to offer the NRL Live Pass live, fast and data-free to our customers’ phones, giving them access to streaming matches as well as full match replays on demand.

In 2001 – the first year of the NRL Telstra Premiership – no one would have believed that in a little over a decade’s time people would be able to watch live sport all from a tiny screen in their pocket. Back then, mobile phones didn’t even have colour screens, and ‘Snake’ was as good as it got for mobile entertainment. Technology has come a long way, and we’ve come a long way with it.

Today, though, the Telstra Live Pass, NRL App, and our leading mobile network allow all Australians to watch and engage with every match in the Premiership series – and for all eligible Telstra customers it’s live, fast, and data-free.

We’re expecting 2019 to be even bigger for us than 2018 – itself a 60 per cent jump over the year before. The Newcastle Knights took out our Most Streamed Team award at the Dally Ms, with their matches watched by a cumulative audience of 1.7 million fans throughout the season, and the NRL Official App streamed over 400 million minutes total of NRL to fans across the country. These are impressive numbers, but we know we can beat them this year.

We’re stoked to see who comes out on top this year in the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership, and we wish all the captains and their teams a very successful season.

*All references to Australia’s fastest network are based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds.

All the AFLW, all in one place


Posted on March 8, 2019

3 min read

We are all about supporting strength in character built through sports on the playing field, and we’re excited to have helped contribute to the creation of the NAB AFL Women’s Competition’s website – your home for everything about the sport from match reports to unadulterated player profiles and long-form features on the teams themselves.

Strength stands out in many ways – as support in the workplace, in everyday interactions of kindness, or in acts of physical prowess on the sports grounds. We are passionate about the AFLW and recognising the hard work of talented athletes, and we know what fires up our AFLW fans. In case you missed it, the last two seasons of the AFL Women’s Competition have gone from strength to strength, and the third year sees it arriving at its online home:

You can find everything an AFLW fan could home for of the sport, from a broadcast guide that’ll keep you up to date on where and when to tune in for Round 7, to the latest club and player news, and getting up close and personal with all of your favourite players. The theme through the 2019 season is ‘GenW’ – representing a movement built by the AFLW community to be inclusive of all ages, genders, abilities and ethnicities:

Like the grassroots beginning of AFLW itself, our team built the website from the ground up in collaboration with the AFL over a period of just 10 weeks. The website has seen its first iteration with a brand new technical stack and digital platform that means fans can enjoy videos, player stories, match info and more – and that’s only the first step in our roadmap with the AFL to bring the highest quality experience to AFLW fans, on match day and every day. Come along for the ride with us.

Our Product Innovation team at Telstra Media also built the Official AFLW Live App, which lets viewers tune in to live streaming matches and on-demand replays, team news, player information and more – live, fast, and data-free.

We’re extremely proud to have shared in the AFLW’s incredible journey over the last three years, and we’re excited to see where this season leads. Tune in to all of the action of Round 6 this weekend!

Putting the Samsung Galaxy S10+ through its paces


Posted on March 8, 2019

3 min read

The Samsung Galaxy S10 range is out today, on sale in Telstra stores and online. To put it through its paces, I was lucky enough to jump in a chopper with Collingwood FC forward turned fly-fisherman Mason Cox and capture a wild day out in Marysville, Victoria with the Samsung Galaxy S10+.

Among other hot features like an incredible edge-to-edge Infinity-O screen and an in-display ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, the S10+ packs in a pro-grade camera – but you don’t need to be a pro to use it. I got the chance to take the S10+ for a full-on road test and give the camera a red hot go, and loved every second of it.

The Samsung Galaxy S10+ has some incredible camera technology built in, with not just two lenses for the rear camera but three – one telephoto lens for portrait shooting, one wide-angle lens for everyday shots, and an ultra-wide-angle for capturing even more of the action around you. The camera app is really straightforward to use, whether you know what you’re doing or whether you’re an amateur snapping away for the first time.

There are now two front-facing selfie cameras, including a wider-angle lens to get more of your friends in the frame, and this is the first Samsung that can record video in a new format called HDR10+ – which gets more detail in bright and dark scenes and makes everything look even better when you’re watching it back later.

More than that, Samsung has baked in some new image processing software to enhance photos, straightening out crooked horizons and improving colour quality using a specialised Neural Processing Unit (NPU) that uses artificial intelligence. It works well, too – your photos get better without you even realising. The Galaxy S10+ can even recognise scenes while you’re shooting, making your landscape shots look more lush and your beach selfies more sun-kissed.

All of the Galaxy S10 series features the new wireless PowerShare, which turns them into a wireless charger, letting you transfer power from your phone’s battery to any compatible device, like some Samsung Galaxy Buds. Feeling around for the fingerprint reader is a thing of the past on the S10 and S10+ too, with the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor integrated right into the phone’s Infinity-O front display itself.

I loved pushing the Galaxy S10+ to see what I could get out of its pro-grade camera – I came away very impressed with what I saw and what I captured!

Connecting your Windows 10 PC with eSIM


Posted on February 27, 2019

2 min read

We’re partnering with Microsoft to enable embedded SIM support in compatible Windows 10 Modern PCs. From March 7, we will be the first Australian telco to make it possible for you to connect a Windows 10 device with eSIM to our mobile network, without a SIM card or additional hardware.

In line with our drive towards simpler customer experiences, we’re offering customers a new way to connect to Australia’s fastest mobile network*. Switching on our support for eSIM in the Mobile Plans application in Windows 10 makes it possible to connect your compatible Windows PC to the internet – without having to go to a store or collect a SIM.

It’s a great solution for anyone on the go who requires connectivity, or for business users who require greater security than is afforded by public Wi-Fi.

Connecting your Windows 10 PC with eSIM


From March 7 to December 31, for anyone that wants to try out the new technology for themselves, we’re offering customers who have a compatible Microsoft eSIM-enabled device a 30-day trial that includes 30GB of free data to use in Australia. Once the trial period or data has expired, customers will be able to choose a variety of prepaid or post-paid offers from our range of plans.

As soon as the service is enabled, customers with eSIM-enabled Modern PCs running the latest version of Windows 10 will be able to activate a Telstra mobile broadband plan and connect in a matter of moments, with activation of the trial offer typically only taking a few minutes.

eSIM technology is currently already available on some Windows 10 devices including the Microsoft Surface Pro 4G LTE and premium HP Spectre range – the HP Spectre Folio 4G LTE and the HP Spectre x360 4G LTE – and will become more prevalent with a number of new Windows based devices already slated for launch through 2019.

Our close collaboration with Microsoft will allow us to leverage eSIM technology and provide a new, connected experience for our customers using compatible Windows devices like modern laptops and tablets – that means getting connected will be easier than ever before.

*Speeds are based on national average mobile speeds

Introducing the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 26, 2019

2 min read

Two years after we launched the world’s fastest mobile hotspot, the gigabit-capable NETGEAR Nighthawk M1, and then doubled those download speeds in network testing in 2018, we’re back with an upgrade: the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router.

On the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2, you can experience typical download speeds of 5-500Mbps and typical upload speeds of 1-40Mbps in 4GX coverage areas – the upper end of this typical speed range will be more commonly experienced in and around the CBDs of the major cities. Outside 4GX coverage areas, typical speeds will be lower.

Following in the footsteps of the hugely successful first Nighthawk mobile router, the Nighthawk M2 carries over the premium design and colourful, data-rich touchscreen and improves your on-the-go Wi-Fi experience by making it easier to navigate through menus on the device.

The Nighthawk M2 supports up to 20 Wi-Fi devices on a single connection, so whether you’re travelling with family or running a data-hungry portable business you’ll be able to securely connect all your devices and share in fast mobile internet. A complementary NETGEAR Mobile App lets you configure the device without taking it out of your backpack or briefcase.

 NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router

It’s packed with the latest 4G technology, too – with Category 20 LTE Advanced speeds, 4X4 MIMO and 5-band Carrier Aggregation it can handle high definition media streaming, and you can even charge a smartphone in a pinch using the JumpBoost battery charging feature.

Our rollout of over 200 5G base stations across our network – with more to come in 2019 and beyond – also means improvements to 4G network hardware. This series of network upgrades is not only making Telstra’s mobile network 5G ready but is also expected to help deliver world leading 4G speeds that can be accessed on the Nighthawk M2.

 NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 mobile router

We’ll be making the NETGEAR Nighthawk M2 available in store and online from February 26 at a recommended retail price of $384 or on a range of our Mobile Broadband plans.

*Disclaimer: actual customer speeds will be less