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Welcome to the Telstra T2 ”EasyTouch’ mobile phone review. The Telsta T2 is based on the same operating system as the other Telstra/ZTE models so expect the same experience.  However it has been designed to target people who are upgrading from older mobiles non-3G mobiles or those who this is the first mobile phone.

The operating system has been given a new ‘theme’ without flashy graphics.  It reminds me of the Nokia’s of the late 90’s.  The simplified menu system has been redesigned with large and easily recognized icons for the various features.  Although it does look simple all the basic features of a standard mobile phone is available.  The simplicity is only surface deep because there are quite a number of other menus that aren’t all that simple to use after the in initial one.

Based on a clam-shell or flip phone the construction is best described as sturdy.  The rubberised  rear of the case feels good but doesn’t wear well.  Overall it is not flashy to look at but is quite sturdy.  It is much better than the older T7 though. Based on our other Telstra phones it will probably be reliable though.  The keys are big so that it is easy for the less dexterous to use.  The screen is a standard 2.4 inches although they would like us to think this is large for a phone – it isn’t.  Strangely it has a smaller battery than the other models.

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.

If you’ve ever used a hearing aid you’ll also know the squeaking feedback whenever you use a phone – apparently they have solved it and it is hearing aid compatible.  I suggest you try one first with your hearing aid to make sure its does work. Just activate T-Mode in tools menu for the function to work.

Furthermore if Telstra where serious in catering for the older folk then they should have included an AM radio – at least for Australia to cater for country residents and a radio that does not need to have the headset connected to get a radio to work.

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.  So you should be able to use the phone anywhere in the world.

Conclusion

All up the Telstra T2 is a perfect mobile phone for people new to or who haven’t upgraded in years.  It is not flashy to use or look at but it does work.  Nice big buttons and sturdy construction phone.  This is the better choice than the F858 despite lacking the front music buttons.  Good phone.

Specifications

  • Telstra/ZTE T2
  • Network
    Tri-band UMTS 850 / 1900 / 2100 / MHz 3G HSDPA 3.6
    Quad-band GSM 850 / 900/1800 /1900 MHz
  • Design
    Rugged – Standard
    L101 x W51 x D17.6 mm
    Weight 110 grams
  • Display/s
    Internal TFT 176 x 220
    Mono-exterior display
  • Camera
    Dual cameras
    2MP auto-focus main camera
  • Connectivity
    USB
    Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
  • Memory
    64MB internal memory
    40MB available to user
    Up to 8Gig MicroSD or Trans Flash cards
  • Ring tones
    MP3, MMF, MIDI, Vibration
  • Features
    FM Radio
    SMS, MMS, WAP, EMAIL
    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
    900ha
  • 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

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