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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
Tri-band UMTS 850 / 2100 / MHz 3G HSDPA 3.6
Quad-band GSM 850 / 900/1800 /1900 MHz
Rugged – Standard
L98.5 x W50 x D18 mm
Weight 105 grams
Intenal TFT 176 x 220
2MP auto-focus main camera
Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
64MB internal memory
40MB available to user
Up to 2Gig MicroSD or Trans Flash cards
- Ring tones
MP3, MMF, MIDI, Vibration
SMS, MMS, WAP, EMAIL
MyWords predictive text
JAVA MIDP 2.0
Speaker Phone/Hands free
Calender and organizer
180Hrs Standby, 180 minutes Talk Time
- Package contents
XP/Vista Compatible PC suite
Mac OSX Compatible software
Personal hands free kit
- Price history