Telstra Active Touch T28 Review


Welcome to the 2012 Telstra Active Touch T28 mobile phone review. This Active Touch otherwise known as the T28 is the latest release from Telstra to satisfy the bottom end of the mobile phone market.  At release the Telstra network only Active Touch T28 is available on the cheapest plan of $20 a month which honestly is probably over priced! Read to to find out why we think you should think carefully!

The Active Touch T28 is the replacement for the T3020 which we thought was the ultimate cheap smart phone. However it hasn’t even been a year and over that time we found the T3020 to be a  slow phone even if it was cheap.  We hoped that the new T28 could do better – however the market is now flooded with similarly features cheap phones that are easily better than the Active Touch! Try any number of Samsung or LG models priced under $150 outright!

In terms of construction the Active Touch T28  is solid but very basic.  It looks and feels like a cheaply made model kit – we didn’t like it at all. The only thing going for it was the industrial grade Gorilla glass screen surface which should keep it looking new for a long time and the high resolution for this class. Regardless you won’t be showing this phone off to anyone in a rush.

In terms of operation the T28 works well when not connected to a network but once it does be prepared for a noticeable reduction in performance. Even with the capacitive touch the phone borders on being too sluggish to use much like the bargain basement Android phones.  The network reception ‘blue tick’ is classified as top of the range which means you should be able to get a signal most places, and an external antenna socket at the back should also help if you’ve also got the kit.

Previously a cheap price will forgive most performance and feature issues but when there are other models with the same specification that work better, then this ‘overriding’ factor is negated.  There are honestly plenty of phones available on the ‘free phone on $20 plan’ offer! We suggest to try the others eg. the Telstra Urbane T22 first and only if you are truly desperate to get the Active Touch T28.


  • Telstra Active Touch – T28
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Dual-band 3G 850/2100
    HSDPA 7.2 Mbits data speed (download)
    Not mentioned data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Resistive Touch screen
  • L114.5 x W57.6 x D12 mm  114.5 x 57.6 x 12mm
    Weight 118 grams
  • Display/s
    External 3.5 Inch TFT 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
    Yes – no specifications
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2.1
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 150MB available to user
    2GB MicroSD card included
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, vibration and others
  • Features
    FM Radio
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Li-Po 1200mAh battery
    Up to 200 hours Standby
    Up to 180 minutes Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $xxx AUD 2012 (Plan only)