Telstra Essential Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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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.

5 inches

Display size

8GB

Internal storage

5 MP

Rear camera

2,000 mAh

Battery size

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Details

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 214.66
Rear camera megapixels 5MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 2MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 138mm x 65.7mm x 9.8mm
Weight 134g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor MT6739
RAM 1GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

8GB

External storage support Up to 32GB
Battery capacity 2,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No
Launch price (RRP)$99
Launch date2018-08
Telstra Essential Plus

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 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.

Design

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

Camera

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

Performance

  • 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.

Verdict

  • 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.

Promoted

  • You can purchase the Telstra Essential Plus outright for $99 directly from Telstra as well as stores like Big W and Kmart.
  • The Telstra Essential Plus is locked to the Telstra network. As such, you'll need a SIM card from a provider that offers Telstra network coverage.

Telstra Essential Plus specs

Display

Camera

Physical dimensions

Connectivity

Power, storage and battery

Device features

Display size 5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI) 214.66
Rear camera megapixels 5MP
Rear camera aperture size N/A
Video recording 1080p
Front camera megapixels 2MP
Front camera aperture size N/A
Dimensions 138mm x 65.7mm x 9.8mm
Weight 134g
NFC No
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed N/A
Processor MT6739
RAM 1GB
Operating system Android 8
Internal storage

8GB

External storage support Up to 32GB
Battery capacity 2,000mAh
Headphone jack Yes
Fingerprint sensor No
Water resistance N/A
Wireless charging No

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2 Comments

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    Kgg
    January 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?

    • AvatarStaff
      Jeni
      January 30, 2019

      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.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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