Telstra F858 Review


Welcome to the Telstra F858 T2 ”EasyTouch’ mobile phone review. The Telsta F8458  is based on the same operating system as the other Telstra/ZTE models so expect the same experience.  However it would appear that it is a relatively more stylish phone than the older F256 and the ugly T7.  Although branded an ‘EasyTouch’ the keys are much smaller than the newer T2 model.

Based on a clam-shell or flip phone the construction is best described as OK.  It is not flasher to look than the other models but still a bit toy like. The screen size is smaller than the newest models which also counts against it.  As usual  based on our other Telstra phones it will probably be reliable though.  This model was released in late 2008 but we didn’t get around to writing up anything about it till now!

The functionality offered by the phone is no different from the other related models so you get all the basics for voice and video calls, texts, music, pictures, contacts, calendar, FM radio and internet.  You have to purchase other apps to get more interesting stuff.  Like the other phones in the Telstra/ZTE product range the web browser is next to useless on all but the Telstra WAP site.

There are some enhancements to the OS interface by the inclusion of a ‘Active’ menu bar on the the home screen but that about it.  It is not as fast as the new models like the T2.

All the latest Telstra branded mobile phones are now Windows and MacOS compatible.  However you must install the new ‘JoinME’ application on your PC or Mac before it you can Sync or backup data.  The ‘JoinME’ software is included with the phone and is relatively simple to use.  With the software installed you can also use the phone as a wireless broadband modem but you’d better have a decent data plan for that.

Despite being a 3G or NextG phone it also has all the GSM and UTMS frequencies, including the more popular 2100mhz.  So you should be able to use the phone anywhere in the world for voice and data.


All up the Telstra F858 is OK if you want something different to look at compared to other Telstra branded phones but the new models are probably better looking then this one.  Even a T90 ot T106 would cause a stir style wise than the F858.


  • Telstra/ZTE F858
  • Network
    Tri-band UMTS 850 / 2100 / MHz 3G HSDPA 3.6
    Quad-band GSM 850 / 900/1800 /1900 MHz
  • Design
    Rugged – Standard
    L98.5 x W50 x D18 mm
    Weight 105 grams
  • Display/s
    Intenal TFT 176 x 220
  • Camera
    Dual cameras
    2MP auto-focus main camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
  • Memory
    64MB internal memory
    40MB available to user
    Up to 2Gig MicroSD or Trans Flash cards
  • Ring tones
    MP3, MMF, MIDI, Vibration
  • Features
    FM Radio
    MyWords predictive text
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Customizable backgrounds
    Picture Viewer
    Video calling
    Voice memos
    Calender and organizer
    180Hrs Standby, 180 minutes Talk Time
  • Package contents
    XP/Vista Compatible PC suite
    Mac OSX Compatible software
    Personal hands free kit
    Travel charger
    USB cable
    User manual
  • Price history
    Approx $xxx