Telstra Essential Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Telstra Essential Plus
Telstra Essential Plus

Quick Verdict

As a rebadged Alcatel handset, the Telstra Essential Plus isn't fancy, but it's also cheaper than many of the carrier's plans. If all you need is simple smartphone operation, it's an easy recommendation.

The good

  • It's very cheap
  • 4G capable
  • Android Oreo Go
  • Blue Tick certified

The bad

  • It would only go fast if you dropped it off a cliff
  • Battery life isn't great
  • Generic design

Telstra Essential Plus at a glance
When was the Telstra Essential Plus released? September 2018.
What’s new about the Telstra Essential Plus? 4G connectivity, Blue Tick certification, Android Oreo Go.
How much does the Telstra Essential Plus cost? $99.

The Telstra Essentials Plus covers the essentials and not much more, but at its asking price it's undeniably good value.

The latest rebranded Alcatel phone to arrive with a quick coat of Telstra paint is the Telstra Essential Plus. It's a slightly reworked Alcatel 1, which means it joins the very small family of phones running Android Oreo Go here in Australia. It's also only $99 outright, which means it's extremely affordable.


  • Small in the hand.
  • Feels cheap (because it is).
  • Headphone socket included!


  • A camera is present. That's about it.
  • Slow to start, slow to focus.


  • Slow application performance.
  • Android Oreo Go apps work a little better than you might think.
  • Display washes out a lot when flat on a desk.

Battery life

  • Woeful battery life.


  • Hard to argue against the value of a $99 4G smartphone.
  • A good choice for low needs phone users.

Pricing and availability

Telstra Essential Plus

Just the essentials

The Telstra Essential Plus provides fundamental smartphone functionality at a supremely affordable price.

  • You can purchase the Telstra Essential Plus outright for $99 directly from Telstra as well as stores like Big W and Kmart.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5
Display resolution (pixels) 960 x 480
Pixels per inch (PPI) 214.66
Processor MT6739
Height (mm) 138
Width (mm) 65.7
Depth (mm) 9.8
Weight (g) 134
Battery size (mAh) 2,000
Wireless charging No
Internal storage 8GB
MicroSD expansion 32GB
Fingerprint scanner No
Water resistance N/A
Rear camera (1) resolution 5
Rear camera (1) aperture
Rear camera (2) resolution
Rear camera (2) aperture
Rear camera (3) resolution
Rear camera (3) aperture
Front camera (1) resolution 2
Front camera (1) aperture
Front camera (2) resolution
Front camera (2) aperture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
NFC support No
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Updated February 18th, 2019
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Telstra Essential Plus
Telstra Essential Plus
960 x 480
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2160 x 1080
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1280 x 720
1280 x 720
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Alex Kidman

Alex Kidman is a multi-award-winning consumer technology journalist and the Tech & Telco Editor at He's been writing about consumer technology topics for more than two decades, and enjoys breaking down complex topics into their component parts. He has written for just about every major Australian technology publication, and is a former editor of Gizmodo Australia, PC Mag Australia, and

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    KggJanuary 29, 2019

    When I am contacted by someone on contact list, number shows on screen but not name of person. How do I fix the issue?

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