If you’re after a phone on the Telstra network to use in Australia’s more remote territories, what you need is a Blue Tick certified device.
Telstra’s Blue Tick signifies that the telco has tested a given device thoroughly for service in remote, rural areas. This is performed as both a lab test under controlled conditions and in actual rural areas on the Telstra network to ensure that what happens in the lab also happens in the real world. The practical upshot of this is a selection of phones that should be able to provide you with phone service even on the very fringes of the phone network itself.
All below phones on a plan are Telstra Blue Tick certified
Best Blue Tick phone breakdown
At Finder we review all the biggest phones launched in Australia to compare their features and capabilities. We think the best Blue Tick phone you can buy on the market right now is the Samsung Galaxy 10+, based on our comprehensive reviewing process.
Samsung's 2019 flagships continue to represent the cream of the Android smartphone crop. The S10+ in particular delivers top-notch photos with its triple-lens camera, and its powerful Exynos 9820 processor ensures a snappy and responsive experience in apps, games and anything else you can throw at it.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony might not be the first name that comes to mind when comparing top-of-the-line smartphones, but with the Xperia XZ Premium it proved itself capable of standing alongside the likes of Samsung and Google. With its 4K screen, super slow-motion camera and snappy performance, the Xperia XZ Premium remains a capable smartphone well worth considering.
Apple iPhone 6s
If you’re an iPhone fan of old, just because you’re in a regional area doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Apple’s iPhone 6s has passed Blue Tick certification. The iPhone 6s is a slender and stylish phone running Apple’s iOS operating system, including compatibility with the contactless Apple Pay system.
Telstra Tough Max 2
It shouldn’t be a surprise that a Telstra-branded phone would pass Blue Tick certification, and the Tough Max 2 certainly does. As the name suggests, the core selling point of this phone is that it’s a rugged device built with IP67 resistance for dust and water ingress. That doesn’t mean that tough is all it does, as it also offers a decent camera and wireless charging to boot.
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Telstra Blue Tick phones
What is the Telstra Blue Tick certification process?
If you’re curious about how Telstra checks phones to see if they’re Blue Tick suitable, you can watch this video which runs through the scientific testing process:
If you’re an old school phone user you might think that a Blue Tick phone would have to be one with an ugly, stubby antennae or similar, but the reality is that a lot of current mobile phones, including an increasing number of high-end premium phones, are available with Blue Tick certification. That means you’ve got a choice of styles, prices and features to consider when choosing a Blue Tick certified phone.
It's worth noting that phones that don't have a Blue Tick certification may still work in remote locations, so devices like the iPhone 7 or the Google Pixel XL might still be worth considering. However, if you want peace of mind with your purchase, Telstra's certification is designed to ensure best-in-class connectivity.
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