Thursday, 05 October 2017 06:42

Telstra launching Pixel 2 and 2 XL from 20 October, free Google Home Mini as gift

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Althought you can now "join the waitlist" at Google's Australian online store for the new Pixel 2, Google's official telco partner is Telstra.

Telstra has advised that Australians "will soon be able to get their hands on the new Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL when Google launches the smartphones in an exclusive telco partnership with Telstra that will see both phones available to pre-order on 20 October." 

 iTWire covered this morning's Pixel 2 launch event here, which also included impressive new earbuds that offer live voice translation as if from Star Trek in conjunction with your Pixel 2 smartphone, new Pixelbook tablet/notebook that isn't launching in Australia yet, new life camera, new DayDream VR headset and plenty more!

You can find out more about Pixel 2 at Telstra here and you can register here at Telstra for more information, which presumably means being reminded of when pre-orders start. 

Naturally, Pixel 2 and 2 XL are the next evolution of Google’s popular smartphone line, and boast "an even more impressive camera for effortless and stunning photography, with unlimited online storage for photos taken on your Pixel 2 in Google Photos".

Telstra advises the devices "will also be Telstra Wi-Fi Calling compatible (extending basic voice call coverage over supported Wi-Fi networks to places in a home or apartment when leaving 4G coverage)".

Nick Broomfield, general manager of Telstra Mobile Devices, said, “Telstra is excited to be launching the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as Google’s exclusive telco partner in Australia.

"Following the success and popularity of last year’s Pixel smartphones, we think customers are going to love the superior camera, fast charging and long-lasting battery, water-resistant design (up to one metre for 30 minutes) and all-round personalised smartphone experience on Australia’s best mobile network.”

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL "will launch on Telstra’s new Go Mobile Swap and Go Mobile Plus plans and customers who take up a $99 and above plan before 25 December can benefit from Telstra’s most generous data inclusions yet and get a 12-month subscription for up to three Foxtel Now Starter Packs (valued at up to $420), choosing from Pop, Drama, Docos, Kids, and Lifestyle options (minimum cost $2376 for 24 months)".

The special gift of a Google Home Mini is also being rolled out in Australia, with Telstra's customers to receive the new intelligent speaker as a "gift with purchase".

As you'd expect, we're told the plans "will include all the great extras exclusively available to Telstra mobile customers like unlimited Wi-Fi at over one million Telstra Air hotspots around Australia and 20 million Fon hotspots worldwide".

In a section entitled 'Things you need to know', Telstra advises:

"Google photos: Unlimited original quality online storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel 2 until Jan 15 2021, and high quality storage for photos taken with Pixel 2 afterwards. Requires Google account and internet connection. Data charges apply for upload and download.

"4G coverage: The Telstra Mobile Network offers 4G in all capital CBDs and associated airports, most surrounding suburban areas and in over 600 regional towns. You’ll automatically switch to our fastest available 3G in other coverage areas around Australia. Check coverage here."


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