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Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S9


Posted on March 6, 2018

3 min read

Unveiled at Samsung’s massive Unpacked event in Barcelona last week, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will be available to purchase on selected plans from Telstra March 16. If you want to check Samsung’s latest phone out before you buy it, there will be preview models in the majority of Telstra stores around the country from today.

For those that want to know exactly what you’ll be getting when you unbox your very own Samsung Galaxy S9, here’s a preview of everything you’ll receive from us – including our pre-order bonus of a Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible and additional Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) tablet.

At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy S9 shares a similar look and feel to Samsung’s previous top smartphone, the S8. You might recognise it because Samsung has continued with the beautiful edge-to-edge 5.8-inch Infinity Display with Quad HD+ resolution.

On the front of the phone, you’ll also see the 8-megapixel selfie camera as well as Samsung’s iris recognition security features (top left and right).

When you turn it over, you’ll get your first look at the Galaxy S9’s innovative 12-megapixel camera, whose dual-aperture lens adapts to the photograph depending on lighting conditions. If you look carefully, you can actually see the apertures change when you’re taking photos.

The other noticeable feature here is that Samsung has moved the fingerprint sensor from the S8 to the centre line of the phone – further away from the camera, making lens smudges far less likely.

From this view you can also see the heart rate sensor to the right of the camera.

On the bottom of the handset, we can see that while other devices have moved away from including a 3.5mm headphone port, the Samsung Galaxy S9 retains it – meaning that you can use both Bluetooth or wired headphones, like those included in the box. There is also a multipurpose USB Type-C connector for charging, data transfer, or connecting other accessories.

The headphones included in the box are of an ergonomically designed earbud style, lightweight and comfortable. They have been tuned and branded by Samsung’s partner AKG, and have a 3.5mm jack to connect directly to the S9. A packet of small, medium and large silicon earbud tips is included to suit different ear sizes.

You will also find a fast-charging Samsung travel USB power adapter and USB-C cable in the box. Another USB connector in the box lets you directly connect your existing phone to easily transfer your data during the initial setup of your new S9.

Of course, all the necessary extras are included too – like an ejection pin to help you insert SIM cards or microSD memory cards, a basic clear plastic case to help you protect the phone, and some paperwork which includes a Quick Start Guide, the Warranty Card (which we recommend you always hold on to) and guide on how to transfer content to your brand new Galaxy S9.

If you want to get yourself a proper hands-on experience, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are available to preview in most Telstra stores starting today.

If you are already convinced that this is your next phone, then you can take advantage of our exclusive pre-order offer – a bonus Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible and a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017), available to customers on eligible mobile plans. Click here for more information.

10 things to love about Google Pixel 2


Posted on October 6, 2017

4 min read

The next evolution of Google’s popular smartphone line, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, is coming to Telstra. As the exclusive telco partner for both phones in Australia we’re excited to show you what these phones are capable of on our network.

Here’s 10 reasons to love the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:

  1. Fresh, sleek, bold design

An evolution of last year’s design, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL features a fresh and even bolder look that feels great in your hands. The signature glass-aluminium design is back with an elegantly crafted glass shade made of 3D Gorilla Glass 5, topped with a blazing fast fingerprint sensor, right where your finger expects it.

  1. World’s highest-rated smartphone camera

With a DxOMark Mobile score of 98, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL feature the highest-rated smartphone camera ever with brilliant photos and standout videos in any light. There’s also an all new Portrait mode for crisp, beautiful portraits and selfies with a gorgeous background blur.

  1. Unlimited online storage for your Pixel 2 photos and videos

Enjoy unlimited online storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel 2 in Google Photos. With Google Photos baked directly into your camera, it’s easy to save, organise, find and share any photo or video. No more endless scrolling to find an old photo. Just enter a location, a person’s name or even an emoji and quickly find what you’re looking for.

  1. Telstra Wi-Fi Calling supported

Both devices are also Telstra Wi-Fi Calling enabled, extending basic voice call coverage over supported Wi-Fi networks to places in a home or apartment when leaving 4G coverage. This means free calling on Australia’s best mobile network wherever you have a good Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Long-lasting, fast-charging battery

The Pixel 2 comes with a battery that lasts as long as you do, and charges superfast. With a full charge, your Pixel can last all day. No time? No worries – you’ll get up to 7 hours of battery from just 15 minutes of charge.

  1. Be the first to try Google Lens

Pixel 2 and 2 XL owners are the first to try Google Lens in Google Photos. Lens is a new set of visual smarts that help you learn about the world around you and get things done. Learn more about landmarks, artwork, books, movies, music albums, and even video games. Copy and share URLs from posters and ads or save phone numbers and email addresses right to your contacts.

  1. Have your own personal assistant

The built-in Google Assistant is the easiest and fastest way to find answers and get things done on your Pixel. To pull up your Google Assistant, just squeeze the sides of your phone, say “Ok Google” or long press the Home button. Spend less time digging in settings, say “turn on night light”, “turn on do not disturb” or “change my ringtone” and your Google Assistant will make it happen.

  1. Free Google Home Mini

This year Telstra customers will also receive the Google Home Mini as gift with purchase with Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the compact and mighty new addition to the Google Home Family (while stocks last).

  1. Seamless switching

It’s easier than ever to switch to Pixel. Transfer your stuff from your old phone in around 10 minutes or less – photos, videos, music, contacts, calendar events, apps, messages and more.

  1. Better together

The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are made to work seamlessly with your Google devices. Send a message to your Google Home while you’re away from home. Say “Ok Google, broadcast. I’ll be home soon” and your Assistant can help you relay your message. And pairing your supported Bluetooth devices is easier than ever with Fast Pair.

Both devices are available for pre-order now (Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL) and plans will include all the great extras exclusively available to Telstra mobile customers like unlimited Wi-Fi at over one million Telstra Air hotspots around Australia and 20 million Fon hotspots worldwide.

Things you need to know

Google photos: Unlimited original quality online storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel 2 until Jan 15 2021, and high quality storage for photos taken with Pixel 2 afterwards. Requires Google account and internet connection. Data charges apply for upload and download.

4G coverage: The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, most surrounding suburban areas and in over 600 regional towns. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage at

Gold Coast SUN’s Tom Lynch talks sport streaming


Posted on September 29, 2017

2 min read

Last week, Melbourne Storm Captain Cameron Smith revealed to us he catches the footy on the massage table, and an unnamed teammate was caught out streaming the game at a christening!

The demand by both players and consumers to stream mobile sports on-the-move is rapidly increasing. This year, we announced a 500 per cent year on year growth[1] in Live Pass subscribers across Super Netball, AFL and NRL.

AFL Live App subscribers now total over 1 million, a gain of 760,000 new sign-ups this year alone. Footy-mad fans tuned into an average of 38 minutes per 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership Season game via the Official Live App, totalling a whopping 325 million streamed minutes!

The average audience per game was 50,000, and the most watched game was Geelong’s astonishing three-point victory over Hawthorn in Round 17, watched by 91,960 fans. But it was the GWS GIANTS who took the crown for the most watched club on the Live App, with 1 million fans.

Telstra-partnered Official Live Passes available on mobile devices keep fans connected to live sport which they may otherwise miss due to busy lifestyles – and this year’s unprecedented growth in digital streaming positions Telstra as the leading digital sports network in Australia.

We met Tom Lynch for a lively chat about how he and his teammates catch the game, as we head into one of the biggest sporting weekends of the year. Enjoy.

AFL Live Pass. Stream it live, fast and data-free. Included in all Telstra mobile plans and select recharges. For more information, visit

[1] Live Pass subscribers’ vs 2016, July 2017

Cameron Smith chats Stream Teams as footy finals series underway


Posted on September 22, 2017

2 min read

In a three-part series, Telstra speaks to players from the AFL, NRL and Netball about their season, and what Telstra-partnered Official Live Passes reveal about the season’s top games, clubs and the fans that watch them.

Six months ago, we predicted a landmark year for live mobile sports streaming in Australia. Since then, eligible Telstra mobile customers have streamed their favourite sports live, fast and data free via official Telstra AFL, NRL and Netball Live passes, and all three apps available online.

Demand has been unprecedented – in August we announced a 500 per cent year on year growth[1] in Live Pass subscribers for all three codes so far for the season. The subscriber uplift in 2017 equates to 1.5 million fans[2], with 5.45 million unique sports lovers tuning into AFL, NRL and Super Netball games every month via Telstra-partnered official mobile apps and websites.

With NRL Live App subscribers now totalling over half a million, an astounding 260 per cent increase since 2016, the unprecedented growth in digital streaming positions Telstra as the leading sports network in Australia.

The changing nature of mobile sports consumption, plus the extraordinary demand for sports mad fans to stream their favourite sport anywhere, at any time is evolving Telstra’s Live Pass products.

We met Melbourne Storm Captain Cameron Smith to look back over the NRL season, both on the pitch and in the NRL Live App, and find out how he and his team mates catch the game.

NRL Live Pass. Stream it live, fast and data-free. Included in all Telstra mobile plans and select recharges. For more information, visit

[1] Live Pass subscribers’ vs 2016, July 2017

[2] 1.45 million new Live Pass subscribers since 31 February 2017

The next step in the evolution of 4G connectivity


Posted on September 20, 2017

3 min read

Last month, we announced we had activated Cat M1 technology across our entire 4GX coverage footprint, becoming the first network operator in Australia to offer the technology while accelerating the growth of IoT-based businesses and applications across the country. Our IoT network is easily the largest in Australia and one of the largest in the world.

In another Australian first, we have now completed a live over-the-air Voice over LTE (VoLTE) call over Cat M1. Together with our technology partners, Qualcomm Technologies and Ericsson, this live VoLTE call demonstrated that voice can be carried along with data on emerging IoT devices and applications.  This opens up new opportunities for delivering voice services in innovative device form factors and locations with new levels of cost, battery life and use case flexibility.

So how does VoLTE over Cat M1 work? 

When standard voice calls are made on a VoLTE enabled handset, VoLTE works by integrating the call into the 4G data stream.  When it comes to IoT, adding VoLTE to Cat M1 devices means those devices will have the ability to make voice calls to other devices, applications and use cases which could benefit from voice.

This will pave the way for new types of devices, applications and services for both consumers and enterprise.

For example, Telstra recently announced next generation eSIM technology, which allows customers to connect a wearable, like a smartwatch, directly to our mobile network and integrate an existing mobile number. With VoLTE over Cat M1, this could provide opportunities to further leverage the battery saving features of Cat M1 for use in wearables where voice services are required.

By combining voice enabled devices and infrastructure at low cost and in diverse locations in and out of the home, a number of other uses will come from this innovation – particularly if combined with the current explosion in voice recognition and voice enabled devices. From emergency calling panels in lifts to interactions with parking meters, information kiosks, cars or whitegoods, the possible use cases are expansive.

Demonstrating live VoLTE over Cat M1 is the first step to progressing these unique use cases. It is a significant new step in the evolution of how 4G connectivity can be enhanced, and how it enables new applications and services built upon standard network building blocks such as VoLTE.

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