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What we’re buying our loved ones this Christmas

Devices

Posted on December 7, 2018

5 min read

It’s the time of year where we’re all getting ready for Christmas, choosing and picking out presents for our families, friends and loved ones. We caught up with our Consumer Executive, Kevin Teoh and Jana Kotatko, our Customer Value Management Executive, to ask them for some inspiration when it comes to high-tech Christmas gifts.

Kevin is our consumer focused executive, so it’s no surprise that he’s always across the latest and greatest devices and deals. Two new Samsung tablets might be under the tree from Santa this year for his family, and maybe even a rose gold Samsung smart watch. Those Samsung tablets are just $1 per month when bundled with our $19 per month MBB companion plan, which includes 10GB of data and Peace of Mind data. Purchasing any eligible Android device, home broadband plan or Smart Home kit before 25 December will also score you a bonus Google Home Mini – great for a gift, or to keep for yourself to add to the collection.*

The tablets will come in handy on the family’s planned 10-hour road trip over the Christmas break, whether it’s streaming sports on Kayo or something a little less competitive. For himself, Kevin’s tempted by a smartphone photo printer, though he might have an extra motive in helping the kids print out photos for school.

Christmas is also the perfect time to make some smart upgrades to your family home or holiday home under the guise of a gift – and Kevin’s planning to get one for every room of the house! If you’re stuck for a present then you can’t go wrong with gifting our bonus Google Home Mini speaker, which uses the Google Assistant and Wi-Fi for voice-activated smart home control**.

“Telstra’s range of gifting options this year make things even easier for our customers, and for me. We not only have on offer our biggest range of devices ever, we also have new payment options available, so customers can add high-end tech to their home or mobile plan with no upfront fees, and pay them off over time.

“As a last minute shopper, it’s comforting knowing I can duck into a store anytime and be covered for gifts for the whole family, regards of interest or age,” Kevin told us.

Jana’s Christmas list is already well under way, and there’s one big reason why – her kids are huge Fortnite fans, spending their waking hours smashing away in the game’s Tilted Towers. Because of that, a pair or two of Beats wireless headphones should make for a perfect present; not only will they channel the sound of the game’s boisterous narrator directly into her children’s ears rather than around the house, they’ll sound good at the same time.

A brand new iPad for Mum is also on the cards for Jana’s Christmas list, with a new deal just launched that combines a new Apple iPad with a data SIM and 21GB of included data over a 24-month contract. We’ve also recently made it easier for you to choose the extras you want on your plan, so you can easily stock up on accessories when you want them.

Getting out and about stocking up on presents for your family, is really the perfect opportunity to indulge yourself as well – and maybe pick up a techy goodie that you’ve had your eye on for a while now! Jana’s thinking of getting some earphones for the gym, or maybe a R2-D2 droid inventor kit which can be controlled by a smartphone from the comfort of your couch.

And we all know someone who already has everything – all the tech, all the toys, all the latest gadgets. For those tricky picks, how about the gift of entertainment? We’re just kicking off a summer of sport, so it’s a fantastic present for the sporting tragics in your household too – whether it’s Foxtel from Telstra starting at $20/month with all the trimmings, or the game-changing Kayo starting at $25/month with over 50 sports already on offer. And best of all, it all arrives on the one bill, so you can see exactly what you’re getting this Christmas and into the New Year.

If your friends or loved ones are thinking of upgrading to a new phone, we also have a tempting offer coming up to Christmas: get a Samsung Galaxy S9 for $69 per month with 30GB of data and no excess data charges, as well as a bonus Google Home Mini.