I don’t know what’s more exciting here, that Telstra has turned on their LTE network in CBD’s Australia wide
Earlier today, Telstra launched Australia’s first superfast 4G LTE mobile network in capital city CBDs and more than 30 regional and metropolitan centres.
While LTE is not true 4G it is pretty close with approximately 100 MBits per second down and 50 MBits upload achievable, but of course not insured. Those numbers would be in prime conditions. Compared to current 3G speeds, you are going to at least double your performance. This will make a huge difference to users that can take advantage of the new network, even though Telstra’s Next G speeds were not too shabby. Of course what good’s a 4G network without a 4G phone.
“We know there is a huge appetite for 4G-powered smartphones and tablets and Telstra is working with some of the world’s leading manufacturers to bring some of these devices to customers in the first half of 2012,” Mr Thodey said.”
SO Australia’s first 4G phone will be the HTC 4G.
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Which is a fairly generic name for what should be a pretty amazing android device. For many people this may look like another generic HTC device, but looking carefully at the images it appears to be a version of the HTC Raider, one serious phone. We are looking at a 4.5 inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 16 GB of internal storage, expandable via micro SD to 48 GB. It sports a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, and 1 Gb of Ram. It’s definitely a huge step up in the Smartphones available in Australia at the moment, and will certainly have a lot of gadget junkies salivating. Leading edge tech like this is not for everybody, but in terms the media and industry recognition, it goes a long way to getting you noticed. While the HTC 4G won’t be available on Telstra till early 2012, expect great buzz around this phone when it’s available. Don’t expect this to be the only 4G handset available either, hopefully @Telstra can bring a 4G Windows phone like the Radar to the table as well.
HTC Raider overview video