Telstra unveils six Next G mobile phones

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Coinciding with Telstra's launch of Next G, an HSPDA-enabled 3G network in Australia that operates in the 850MHz space, is the release of the i-mate JASJAM, Motorola RAZR MAXX V6, Samsung A701, Samsung A501, LG TU500 and the self-branded Telstra F850.

update See all of Telstra's Next G phones here.

At the top of the line is the i-mate JASJAM, a Windows Mobile PDA-phone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard, jogdial, 2-megapixel camera, 802.11g Wi-Fi and a 7cm (2.8-inch) screen with 64K colours. It is HSDPA-enabled, supports quadband connectivity, Bluetooth and has infrared. A range of Microsoft mobile applications are pre-installed (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, etc) run by a 400MHz Samsung CPU, 128MB of RAM, 64MB of ROM and a microSD card slot for further expansion.

LG's TU500 sports a 1.3 megapixel swivel camera that you can also use for videos, an MP3 player, a 262K colour display and Bluetooth.

Samsung's A501 is quite similar, with a 1.3-megapixel camera that doubles as a low-res camcorder, MP3 player and Bluetooth connectivity, but unlike the LG it comes in pink or blue models, both with silver accents.

From what we've seen, the Samsung A701 flip phone looks like a souped up Z510. It has a slim 17.3mm profile, supports stereo Bluetooth, has a 2-megapixel camera, MP3 player and 24MB of internal memory.

At this stage we're unsure of who is manufacturing the Telstra F850, but it seems to be a basic flip phone with 1.3-megapixel camera and MP3 player with 64MB of internal memory.

The snazziest of the bunch would have to be the 2-megapixel Motorola RAZR MAXX V6, which we first heard about a couple of months ago. It has the Bluetooth A2DP profile onboard so you can stream music wirelessly to stereo headphones or speakers.

We're expecting the review handsets to start arriving at CNET.com.au next week so stay tuned for loads of HSPDA-fuelled reviews.

Telstra's Next G Web site has more information on recommended handsets for different types of users in the meantime.

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xx posted a comment   

i need softwares and applications for my lg tu500 mobile phone,where to go?,what to do??

 

Sean posted a comment   

I just got the nokia 6720 and there are two versions the telstra version has 850 mhz 1900 mhz and 2100 mhz and the other version that works on optus, vodafone is 900 mhz 1900 mhz 2100 mhz if i was going to be on the 3 network i would use the telstra version and have it unbranded and it is a very good phone and it is a blue tick phone and i took it to tasmania and i used it when it was on one bar and two bars and it worked very well and tasmania isn't a cell phone freindly state and some of the other's in the bus had yesg phones and had no signal at all i'm lucky i switched back to telstra with a better deal then optus with the same number ported to telstra and i have herd from someone who used to work at telstra he said that the cdma 850 mhz network was sold to another country and they did it with the analog 850 mhz network to third world country's and i wouldn't be suprised if they sell the gsm from all australian networks to overseas country's as well

 

mazie mouse posted a comment   

yo WFT wat is with not geting reeption

 

Bush lady posted a comment   

I have pleaded with Telstra Country Wide many times to understand that I lost the great coverage I had out here in the bush when I had CDMA. If only they would stop denying they have gone backwards with this new system.

 

What ever posted a comment   

I am not happy with the level of service from Telstra the only reason i use them is they are the only ones that will work where i live. All other companies you can not get service.
What's going on Telstra you were the best once, now i keep searching for better companies. Sadly not much works in country areas, unless you are in a major country town.

 

Maelgwyn posted a comment   

Suck it up people. CDMA was patchy at best here, and 3G on the 850mhz band is slightly better.

But for those who say go to Optus - they're just as bad as Telstra and their reception is much much worse

 

andy posted a comment   

TELSTRA IS SH*T!!!!! CDMA was the best..and you had to change to next g..only to make money for your business..is wasn't neccessary at all!! I have changed companies now..tried ringing telstra so many times and put on hold so mnay times, i used my phone everyday and they didn't even care when i disconnected my service with them!!!!!!

 

****edoff posted a comment   

Okay, so we had a Nokia CDMA phone. We updated to the LG TU500. It cost us something like $400 for a prepaid setup. We are right on the fringe of where they say we get 3G coverage. We didn't get it so we called them and they sent a guy down. They gave us a prototype aerial so we could pick up just enough signal to send and receive SMSs. Now we don't even get that. We went to the Telstra shop and the best they could do was sell us another phone for $20 off...Telsta are sh*t!

 

hellmet posted a comment   

ring me telsta we will see if u can keep your cool.thank you please come again.o golly gosh.please hold ill transfer u to someone that knows less than me.!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

2dally posted a comment   

Forgot to mention...did anyone know the ACCC brought proceedings against telstra ind Sept 07 for misleading and deceptive conduct on the next G service.
http:/www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/805361/fromItemId/2332?pageDef.


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