Telstra has just announced exclusive 5G smartphone partnerships for the first half of this year. Telstra CEO Andrew Penn informed Australian media of the partnership in a briefing at CES earlier this afternoon, and while I'd love to report on who these deals are with, nobody would tell us.
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Much like "civil online debate", "cheap Telstra plans" is a phrase seldom spoke. Big T is often referred to as Australian's best mobile network, but that privilege comes at a price.
However, Telstra's reputation as a premium provider doesn't mean there aren't more affordable ways to sidle onto an otherwise expensive network. Telstra has been running some killer deals in the lead up to Christmas.
But more importantly, there are now plenty of MVNOs powered by the Telstra network, all of which get you the coverage you crave without making your bank account cry.
Here’s some of our favourite Telstra-powered SIM-only plans.
Phones are hard.
It feels like there is never really a right time to buy a new one. Every week you wait means that your coveted model is closer to being replaced. Gotta love that relentless yearly upgrade cycle.
Even if you're buying close to the release date, there's always questions around whether you're buying too soon. Should you hold off on upgrading for another year? What if the device question goes on sale?
But don't worry, there are still good times to invest in certain models - and times where you should absolutely wait.
So, in light of all the Christmas deals going around, we're taking a look at whether now's a good time to buy a new smartphone.
Last week ACMA revealed the results of its 5G auction - or 3.6GHz spectrum, to put it more formally. According to the Authority, the spectrum is a key band for 5G services, with the licenses being valid from March 2020 to December 2030.
Out of the 350 "spectrum lots" on offer, Telstra bought up 143 for a casual $386,008,400.
ACMA stated at the time that it would consider releasing lots earlier than the rollout date if a lack of negative impact could be guaranteed. As it turns out, they've already given it the go-ahead.
Telstra announced earlier today that it is already using the spectrum across the country - including in Melbourne and Sydney.
Telstra has just announced that it has been developing drone swarms that can help during disaster situations using 4G.
Dubbed 'cell on wings', the drones are mounted with a small cell thaat can temporarily boost local mobile coverage, enabling them to re-establish communication during these situations via the Telstra network.