Telstra T100 Review


Welcome to the 2010 Telstra/ZTE T100 mobile phone review. After a brief demo it was clear that it is essentially T6 model with even more cut down features.  We will be keeping our F156 in operation for a little while longer.

Arguably better looking but even cheaper feeling case that doesn’t hide what is a basic 3G or NextG mobile phone. The whole keypad and navigation keys slide around as you touch it! (Ultra cheap feel) It has less frequencies than the T6 or its predecessors and omitting the 2100Mhz as a result it is not recommended as a global roaming phone.  However with less frequencies comes with focused 850MHz 3G with better transceiver.  It even has an external antenna connector for better reception – a rare sight these days.  The only redeeming aside from reception and single best feature of the T100 phone is the lovely screen, although small it at least looks good.

The functionality offered by the phone is even more cut down than other Telstra or re-branded ZTE models so you get all the basics for voice calls, texts, music, pictures, contacts, calendar and basic internet. It has a traditional phone menu system (updated form other models) but works fast and lag free except when looking for emails. You have to purchase other JAVA based apps to get more interesting stuff.

Bear in mind that the camera is minimal and next to useless. I consider this phone suitable for the sub-teen child since it looks and feels like a toy but like most toys your child will not be happy for long.


All up the Telstra/ZTE T100 is another typically basic mobile phone. It has less features than any other mobile we know off that is ‘3G’ capable.  However you will be happy with the T100 if a basic mobile phone for talking is all you are after and at the current low pre-paid price there is very little competition in the ‘NextG’ end of the market.  However in this price range also consider the T106 which is more conservative in design but has a more sturdy, upmarket feel plus more features and can be used in many more overseas countries as a 3G phone.


  • Telstra/ZTE T100
  • Network
    Tri-band 3G HSDPA 3.6 UMTS 850 MHz
    Quad-band GSM 850 / 900/1800 /1900 MHz)
  • Design
    Rugged – Standard
    107mm x 47mm x 14mm
    Weight 108 grams
  • Display/s
    External QCIF
  • Camera
    0.3MP main camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
  • CPU
  • Memory
    64MB internal memory
    40MB available to user
    Up to 4Gig MicroSD or Trans Flash cards
  • Ring tones
    MP3, MMF, MIDI, Vibration
  • Features
    MyWords predictive text
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Customizable backgrounds
    Picture Viewer
    Voice memos
    Calender and organizer
    250Hrs Standby, 150Mins Talk Time
    1000mAh Li-ion battery
  • Package contents
    XP/Vista Compatible PC suite
    Mac OSX Compatible software
    Personal hands free kit
    Travel charger
    USB cable
  • Price history
    Less than $79 AUS 2009 (Pre-paid pack)