The newest first-class mobile from communications top dog Telstra, the Telstra Signature Premium is a no brain purchase for current Telstra customers looking to upgrade their handset, or those who are looking to switch service providers. Released in April, 2016, the phone represents a change in direction for Telstra's mobile devices department.
While Telstra have brought out many Telstra branded cheapie models in the past, this new phone heralds a new initiative from the company which brings premium quality products to its customers all under the Telstra brand name banner.
Telstra haven't manufactured the device themselves - they've simply brought in trusted partners to produce the phones for them. Industry mainstay, and up and comer eyeing off Apple and Samsung's top two listings, HTC, are the production partner that Telstra chose to bring on board with this latest development.
HTC have been bringing out some truly powerful and aesthetically pleasing smart phones for some time now. HTC's One A9 was released in late 2015, and the Telstra Signature Premium appears to be an almost direct rebranding of the One A9 for Telstra customers. This is good news for consumers - the One A9 is a great piece of kit, which also manages to look very similar to the iPhone 6S, but without the massive price point to boot.
While it's not quite the processing powerhouse of some other smartphones (but it's nothing to sneeze at, either!), the looks of the Signature Premium really do put it ahead of the pack.
Pouches / Cases
The Telstra Signature Premium is a midrange smartphone - which means it's a lot cheaper than many of the other companies' flagship models that are getting about. To purchase the phone outright, you'll need an outlay of just $648AUD (RRP). The phone is also available free on Telstra plans starting from just $70 per month, which includes $1000 of talk time, unlimited SMS and MMS, and 2.5GB of data. This Go Mobile Plan is a fixed term contract for 24 months, however there are dearer plans that have more inclusions that you can choose from also. You can also choose to upgrade your mobile after just one year of the contract under their early upgrade option. *
Telstra Signature Premium Features
The phone's got that big screen that we've come to expect from our smartphones, with a 5 inch 1920 x 1080 display that's perfectly suited to watching videos or scrolling through the latest updates on your newsfeed with ease. A 13MP image stabilized camera gives clear, precise pics so that you can choose to ditch the separate camera for good, which is complemented by the front facing Ultrapixel selfie camera. There's brilliant sound for audiophiles, with the 24 bit hi-res Dolby Audio Surround, and a fingerprint scanner to keep prying fingers away from your phone.
On the inside you've got a Qualcomm MSM8952 octo-core processer, running Android Marshmallow, the most recent version of the Android OS, and 32GB of available memory, with a micro SD slot allowing for expansion via SD card of an extra 2TB.
The dimensions of the phone come in at 70.8mm x 145.7mm x 7.26mm, and at 143g it is lighter than the iPhone 6S. Battery size is 2150mAH.
Overall, it's a solid delivery in the midrange smartphone market.
Telstra Signature Premium Accessories
So, if you've decided to purchase, or already have the Telstra Signature Premium in your hot little hands, how do you kit it out? What accessories will you need to get to go along with your phone? First up, you'll want to grab yourself a bunch of chargers for the phone. The battery on this device isn't huge, so you may find yourself needing to recharge more often than you'd anticipated. Battery chargers that you can choose from include a car saver charger, a car charger ultra fast charger, for faster recharge, a car cradle, which is also useful for using your phone as a navigation tool while driving, an AC mains travel charger, an ultra fast AC charger, a portable powerbank, or a keyring powerbank, for charging when you're on the go, and an emergency charger.
If you're a fan of hands free chatting, or you'd like to try, then you may like to pick up a Bluetooth headset, and/or a Bluetooth car kit. Other car accessories you might like to consider include an antenna, for stronger signal strength while driving, a car stereo integrator kit, for listening to your tunes while driving, or a windscreen mount large cradle.
Other handy accessories include a Telstra Signature Premium PU leather pouch, to keep your phone safe from knocks and bumps, a micro SD card or two, so that you can keep all your big files, like video downloads, off the actual memory of your phone, and data cables to transfer data from your phone to your computer.
*Information correct at time of writing