Telstra Roamer Review


Welcome to the 2012 Telstra Roamer (T116a) review. The Roamer is the latest revision to the candy bar style mobile phone for the masses. It has the essential functions you need for basic  communications and not much more. It’s only capable of voice – TXT – MMS – (very limited) email. The Roamer is available as a pre-paid package for under $30!

The Telstra Roamer is a great phone for basic use – no more no less. We looked at it for less than a minute and can say it works fine. There are no features which the T116a can boast to be a convincing purchase.

However it is relatively over priced because  Nokia,Samsung and other Telstra models have got brilliant phones with more stuff for the same price many with dual SIM and international coverage thanks to additional frequencies for a few dollars more! Eg. Sony-Ericsson Cedar (easily the better phone) can now be purchased for $39 or even $29 dependent on how the physical stores are desperate to clear them.

Our conclusion is: avoid the Telstra Roamer T116a unless truly desperate or you want a freebie for a Telstra SIM.


  • Telstra Roamer (T116a)
  • Network
    Quad-band GSM 900/1800
    Quad-band 3G 850
    HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
    HSUPA 2 Mbps
  • Design
  • L110 x W47.5 x D11.8 mm
    Weight 70 grams
  • Display/s
    2.0 inch TFT 176 x 220
  • Camera
  • Video Camera
  • Connectivity
  • Bluetooth
  • Micro-USB
  • CPU
    N/A Mhz
  • Memory
    Up to 20MB available to user
    MicroSD up to 32Gig
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    JAVA Apps
    Music and Media player
    SMS, MMS, IM, Email
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    3.5mm AV/headset
    ZTE 820mAh
    Up to 10 days Standby
    Up to 3 hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Under $30 AUD October 2012 (Pre-paid only)