Telstra 3G mobile service goes live

Telstra 3G mobile service goes live

Summary: updateTelstra today launched its third-generation (3G) mobile phone service, with a choice of four new handsets and two capped plans.The service will attempt to capitalise on the telco's AU$450 million network sharing deal with competitor Hutchison, which already has a substantial customer base, and represents the second such service to be launched down under.

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updateTelstra today launched its third-generation (3G) mobile phone service, with a choice of four new handsets and two capped plans.

The service will attempt to capitalise on the telco's AU$450 million network sharing deal with competitor Hutchison, which already has a substantial customer base, and represents the second such service to be launched down under.

One of the service's key selling points will be the availability of richer content over the higher bandwidth it offers.

"These new high speed mobile services ... offer Telstra customers new video features, including video calling, video messagebank and video ring tones," said Telstra marketing executive Mike Robey in a statement.

"The launch of Telstra's new mobile service represents a major shift in the way our customers can communicate and access information on their mobile phone".

While Telstra customers are able to make video calls to Hutchison's '3' branded subscribers, whether the two will interoperate with impending video calling services from Optus and Vodafone is unclear.

Telstra has noted such interoperability will be technically possible when Optus and Vodafone launch their joint network later this year, but network interconnect agreements will be necessary to make it a reality.

Customers will have two options for accessing Telstra's 3G service. Its new 'Active' channel will deliver video content sites, video calling and video messagebank, while customers can also opt for the i-mode channel which has, since last November, provided online access to interactive multimedia applications like the WhereIs mapping service.

Telstra's service will operate between 200kbps and 300 kbps in capital cities (except Darwin and Hobart) in addition to the Gold Coast. 3G services outside these areas will be delivered on the company's existing -- but slower -- GSM network, which does not support video-based services.

Customers will be offered two capped plans (with the purchase of a 3G handset) at AU$49 and AU$79 a month. Telstra says the plans offer up AU$250 and AU$550 worth of standard voice calls, respectively. Both include a two-month free video call bonus.

Topics: Telcos, Mobility, Optus, Telstra

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  • inaccurate article

    First of all its fall back network on 3G isnt CDMA its GSM.

    Telstra isnt only not offering 3G in darwin but also not in hobart.
    anonymous
  • Try Reading before Posting

    Did you even read the article?

    "Telstra's service will operate between 200kbps and 300 kbps in capital cities (except Darwin and Hobart) in addition to the Gold Coast. 3G services outside these areas will be delivered on the company's existing -- but slower -- GSM network, which does not support video-based services. "

    No where does it say anything about CDMA, and it includes Hobart in the list of unsupported cities...
    jason41
  • re: inaccurate article

    Cdma is getting phased out and will be replaced by the 3G network this tranisition is called city to country and they are looking at this being complete around mid 2008. Therefore both Darwin and Hobart will have 3G coverage.
    anonymous
  • service

    i currently have a 3g dont care i cant use video talking. yet i am annoyed that i hardly get much service in the country now i have had to go to cdma which i did not want to do as it will be phased out in just over 12 mths so what will be availble when this happens no one seems to know any answers?
    anonymous
  • Why not in Darwin

    ummmm....... i was wondering why 3G wasn't gonna be launched in Darwin cause i no alot of peple who want it why cant telstra put 3G in Darwin?
    anonymous
  • This is over 2 years old

    This story is over 2 years old and involved a joint venture with "3", since then Telstra has build an entire network called Next G covering close to 2 million square kilometers and includes Darwin, Alice Springs and most of the populated parts of the NT. It is interesting how even after 28 months people will trawl the internet to bag Telstra although you will most likely fine the other unnamed mobile networks are finding it hard to move out of the major cities in Australia.
    anonymous