All Telstra's Christmas mobile products announced today were prepaid. And Telstra's Richard Fink said that, in the run up to Christmas, prepaid offerings outsold postpaid 60:40 percent.
Telstra unveiled its first pocket WiFi hotspot for Next G, sourced from ZTE. It can support up to five users, communicates using HSPA at a maximum of 7.2Mbps and will sell prepaid for $149 with 5GB of data on 90 day expiry, starting 26 October. Fink admitted that Telstra had been late into this market, but said it had been focussed on launching the 43Mbps DCHSPA+ service.
Telstra also unveiled its first prepaid USB dongle to operate on 21Mbps HSPA+, also from ZTE. It goes on sale on 26 October at $129 with 3GB on 30 day expiry.
Telstra also announced five new prepaid handsets: the touch screen Samsung Galaxy 5 for $199, The clamshell Samsung S5510T for $129, The candy bar Nokia C5 for $199; The slide out qwerty Nokia C6 for $299, and the touchscreen LG Craze with slide out qwerty keyboard, for $149.
The LG Craze could be a real winner: although billed as a 'featurephone' not a smartphone (it runs a proprietary LG operating system. It has a 3Mpixel camera, can take a 16GB MicroSD card and, through Telstra Tribe, offers free Facebook, Twitter and MySpace access when customers recharge $20 per month.
Finally Telstra is gearing up for a white (T-Hub) Christmas adding a white version to the black one presently on offer.