Telstra is planning to spread as much speed as cheer this Christmas, with three new 4G long-term evolution (LTE) prepaid devices being made available for outright purchase, including a 10-inch tablet.
The Telstra Frontier 4G and Easy Touch 4G are the new handsets on offer, and are both available for outright purchase. The Frontier 4G comes in cheapest, at AU$299, while the larger Easy Touch 4G slips in for the more awkward figure of AU$456 (we think someone came to this figure by pressing three numbers sequentially on their keyboards).
As we've previously reported, Telstra will also stock a new self-branded 4G tablet, and will be the exclusive carrier for the Nokia Lumia 920.
This is Telstra's trio of self-branded 4G prepaid products for Christmas, all made by Chinese manufacturer ZTE.
Telstra's Easy Touch brand is a hit with the Blue Rinse Brigade, despite not having had a touchscreen in the line-up previously. The new Easy Touch 4G has a 4.3-inch screen, which is hopefully large enough for older eyes.
As you can see, Telstra goes beyond the basics here, with guidance for the core online tools, like the browser and email. The media widget doesn't push users to online services, though; they just open the related apps.
We were a little surprised to hear that the Easy Touch 4G comes with an 8-megapixel camera. This is a higher resolution than any of the cameras in any other Telstra-branded smartphones that we can remember. Not that this is a true measure of photographic quality, but it's a good start.