Telstra certifies Galaxy S8 as 4G Blue Tick ready
The Galaxy S8’s impressive reception means it is extra-suitable for bush users.
Telstra’s Blue Tick certification qualifies phones as having the extra reception sensitivity ideal for the more remote areas of Australia where you may be an extreme distance from a reception tower, allowing for superior call clarity in situations where some phones will struggle.
Telstra maintains a list of Blue Tick certified phones (and for its part, Optus has its own Purple Badge scheme that essentially offers the same criteria) and it’s just announced that the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ have not only passed Blue Tick certification, but they’ve become the first phones qualified as 4G Blue Tick Certified.
So what’s the difference between a regular Blue Tick phone and a 4G Blue Tick device? Previous phone tests were undertaken using the phones in a simulated environment to test their suitability for calls on the 3G network only. However as the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ both support 4G VoLTE calling, they’ve both been tested using that technology as well, and both passed.
When we recently toured Telstra’s secret phone testing facility (we could tell you where, but then we’d have to outrun Telstra’s elite Ninja squad for the rest of our lives), the Samsung Galaxy S8 was the phone used to show off the way Telstra tests network speed conditions, but it turns out it’s even more capable than just being faster than anything else on Telstra’s network. Yes, even the mighty Nighthawk M1 router.
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are still available for pre-order through Telstra, with general availability from this Friday. If you're quick, you can score a bonus Gear VR headset with contract orders of either handset. Here's what Telstra's current Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ plans compare: