Telstra Essential Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Telstra Essential Plus

Telstra Essential Plus
  • Display

    5 inches

    960 x 480

  • Storage


  • Battery size

    2,000 mAh

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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

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.

Telstra Essential Plus specs

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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    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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      JeniJanuary 30, 2019Staff

      Hi Kgg,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      Kindly check if the person’s number is not duplicated. In addition, please check if you saved the number on the sim or on the phone then check the memory/storage you choose on your phone. If you still need technical help, you may visit the nearest Telstra shop or contact their technical support team for further assistance.

      I hope this helps.

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