Telstra/ZTE T106 Review

Welcome to the Telstra/ZTE T106 mobile phone review. I our opinion this model is essentially a T6 model in a classier case.

The T106 differentiates its self from the other models in the range by a partly metal body.  It’s construction is solid but the design of the case and buttons are not exactly up there with the other manufacturers.  However higher quality materials are used than the T6 and predecessors. Probably one of the better made cheap pre-paid mobile phones you can get at the moment.

The screen is a tad small or rather the same size as the other ZTE model.  Specs say it has a resolution of 176 x 144 but I think it looks better than that – it is definitely 176 X 220, regardless it is perfectly acceptable and readable whatever it really is.

The functionality offered by the phone is no different from the other Telstra or re-branded ZTE 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 T6 the web browser is next to useless on all but the Telstra WAP site.

Being a dedicated 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.  As a bonus it has better transceiver hardware so it can still pull a signal in areas where a normal mobile phone give up.


All up the Telstra/ZTE T106 is another typically good but increasingly basic mobile phone.  It is the older T6 in a new more stylist case.  Yes it does look better than the other models in the ZTE range and low end phones but that is it.  You will be happy with it because it because at the current low pre-paid price there is very little competition.  Great for talk and text, receiving emails and the odd video call.


  • Telstra/ZTE T106
  • Network
    Tri-band 3G HSDPA 3.6 / UMTS 850 / 2100 MHz
    Quad-band GSM 850 / 900/1800 /1900 MHz)
  • Design
    Rugged – Standard
    L107 x W47 x D14 mm
    Weight 108 grams
  • Display/s
    Intenal TFT 176 x 220
  • Camera
    Dual cameras
    2MP auto-focus main camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V1.2 – Supports FTP / HFC / A2DP
  • CPU
    270MHz Processor
  • Memory
    64MB internal memory
    40MB available to user
    Up to 4Gig MicroSD or Trans Flash cards
  • Ring tones
    MP3, MMF, MIDI, Vibration
  • Features
    FM Radio
    MyWords predictive text
    JAVA MIDP 2.0
    Speaker Phone/Hands free
    Customizable backgrounds
    Picture Viewer
    Video calling
    Voice memos
    Calender and organizer
    200Hrs Standby, 3.5 hours Talk Time
  • Package contents
    XP/Vista Compatible PC suite
    Mac OSX Compatible software
    Personal hands free kit
    Travel charger
    USB cable
  • Price history
    Under $60 AUD Late-2010 (Pre-paid)
    Under $90 AUD Mid-2010 (Pre-paid)
    From $99 AUD 2009 (Pre-paid)