Telstra's HTC Velocity 4G out next week

Telstra's HTC Velocity 4G out next week

Summary: This Tuesday, Telstra will launch the first long-term evolution (LTE), or "4G" handset in Australia, the HTC Velocity.

TOPICS: Telcos, Telstra

This Tuesday, Telstra will launch the first long-term evolution (LTE), or "4G" handset in Australia, the HTC Velocity.

The HTC Velocity
(Credit: Telstra)

After weeks of speculation, Telstra has announced that the first "4G" handset will be made available online and through Telstra stores from 24 January.

The Velocity features a 4.5-inch touchscreen, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera, and is powered by Android. The phone runs on 4G in Telstra's 1800MHz spectrum, but has the ability to switch to 3G and GSM or EDGE. Talk time is estimated to be 310 minutes on 3G, and 248 hours on standby for 3G.

Telstra advises customers that typical 4G download speeds for the HTC Velocity will be between 2 megabits per second (Mbps) and 40Mbps, while upload speeds will be between 1Mbps and 10Mbps.

Telstra's 4G network was launched in September last year, and is now deployed within a five-kilometre radius of all major capital cities, as well as within three kilometres of 80 regional locations.

The phone is available to consumers for $0 on Telstra's 24-month $79 Freedom Connect plan, which includes $800 worth of calls and MMS, unlimited SMS and 2GB of data each month.

For business customers, the smartphone is available on Telstra's $90 Business Mobile Advantage plan with $90 worth of standard national calls, unlimited SMS and 2GB of data on a 24-month contract.

Topics: Telcos, Telstra


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  • Please can someone tell me why LTE on a phone is such a big advantage, considering that significantly higher battery usage is the price?

    We have a 4G LTE USB modem in a laptop at home that shares the internet to our network via ICS. We have a quiet 140mm fan keeping the laptop and LTE device running cool.

    Pings are usually about ~40ms verses ~120ms for 3G, downloads 8-10Mbps real vs 5-8, and uploads 10Mbps vs 0.5 to 1Mbps.

    That makes LTE extremely worthwhile for a network with several computers and tablets connected, and even for a single business laptop with lots of email attachments. However, I am just not seeing the real need for it on a phone.

    I could see a scenario for using an LTE phone as a access point for a laptop, but what are the types of phone apps that really benefit from LTE?

    I am not being facetious here. I want to know.
  • Don't resist progress my friend, don't stand in it's way, you'll get flattened and forgotten. 3G seemed a bit useless when it first came on the scene when you weighed data/video speed against the cost to battery life, but in 2012 would you use a 2G phone to get a few more hours of talk and standby time? Let the hardware/infrastructure evolve, and then watch how quickly the software and battery technology follows, and you'll soon forget we ever had a 3G network.
  • Much like we'll forget we ever had copper/ADSL when ('if"... the 1950's conservatives don't gain power) we have the NBN, mright?