Telstra Indy T50 Review

Tue 18 Oct 2011

Filed Under: Mobile Phone Reviews, Telstra 


Welcome to the 2011 Telstra Indy review otherwise known as the Telstra T50. The Indy T50 model was released in October 2011 and is one of the cheapest qwerty keypad mobile phones you can buy. The Telstra Indy or T50 is a low end model but still a decent phone however it isn’t the best value, missing out on some features a number of popular models have, although it does have one or two features not usually found in this price range. All said the Indy T50 has been priced at an introductory price of $69.

In terms of construction the all plastic Indy T50 is relatively good for a cheap mobile phone.  Once again the ‘enhanced’ press pictures do not reflect the the physical device and you must see it first before deciding.

The most obvious feature is the touch screen.  We like the idea and it does works well with this type of phone but the implementation needs more polish (just like the other poorly though out Telstra Glide).  Nokia leads the way in this area. Sure other websites think touch screens on these type of phones are a waste but we actually like using them as it is instinctive.

The Indy T50’s screen quality is class average likewise the size. The buttons lack the feel of more popular brands.

The OS that Telstra/ZTE uses is ancient but it is easy enough to use with no instability or speed issues, apart from being a tad slow with the widgets running. The Indy T50 works well for Facebook, Twitter, emails and so forth thanks purely to the keypad.  The browser needs lots of improvement though if you want to use it for anything else apart from the Telstra WAP site.

We could not write up much ore about the phone because we seen it all before.

Overall The Indy T50 another relatively cheap phone you can seriously consider despite the flaws, however for not much more you can get much better models (specifically from Nokia) and you really need to consider whether you’re happy with meeting your needs now or paying a little more for a phone with significantly more capability the will satisfy for longer.


  • Telstra Indy T50
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 850/900/1800/1900
    Tri-band 3G 850/1900/2100
    HSDPA 3.6 Mbits data speed (download)
    Not mentioned data speed (upload)
  • Design
    Qwerty with Resistive Touch screen
  • L110 x W61 x D12.5 mm
    Weight 106 grams
  • Display/s
    External 2.4 Inch TFT 240 x 320 pixels
  • Camera
    2 MP
  • Video Camera
    Yes – no specs
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V2.1
  • CPU
  • Memory
    Up to 100MB available to user
    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-Ion 1000mAh battery
    Up to 200 hours Standby
    Up to 160 minutes Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $69 AUD 2011 (Pre-paid)


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