Telstra/ZTE F852 Review

Welcome to the Telstra/ZTE F852  mobile phone review.   This model is essentially a replacement for the F256 but in a higher quality clam shell and better screen.

We only had this phone a a little while before choosing the other models because the OS is virtually the same as the F256 with graphical improvements.  We wanted something different.

Speaking of which the main internal screen is much better due to the upgrade to 240 x 320 pixel or QVGA resolution although the external display remains the same.

The main feature missing is a FM radio which is an important selling point these days since the iPod still doesn’t have one.

The main feature is that it has access to the NextG or 3G network and web based functionality that entails.  However you will need a decent web access plan to make use of it.


All up the Telstra/ZTE F852 is another typically good mobile phone. It’s easy to use and looks reasonably good. Targeted in the mid range sales category it works really well just like it’s predecessors if you can live without a FM radio.


  • Telstra/ZTE F852
  • Network
    Dual-band 3G HSDPA 3.6 / 850 / 2100 MHz
    Quad-band GSM 850 / 900/1800 /1900 MHz)
  • Design
    Clam Shell
    L98.5 x W50 x D19 mm
    Weight 110 grams
  • Display/s
    Intenal TFT 240 x 320
  • Camera
    2MP auto-focus main camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
  • CPU
    225 or 146MHz Processor
  • Memory
    64MB internal memory
    45MB available to user
    Up to 2Gig 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
    Video calling
    Voice memos
    Calender and organizer
    140Hrs Standby, 150 minutes Talk Time
  • Package contents
    XP/Vista Compatible PC suite
    Personal hands free kit
    Travel charger
    USB cable
  • Price history
    Between $499 AUS 2009