Telstra just launched a new flip phone

Alex Kidman 7 April 2017

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Time to party like it's 2004.

Once upon a time, the cutting edge in mobile phone technology was the flip phone. We’re choosing our words carefully because the most hyped and popular phone circa 2004 was Motorola’s iconic RAZR.

If you’ve looked at a calendar recently, you might realise that 2004 was quite some time ago, and for the most part, the era of the flip phone has come and gone.

telstra_flip2OpenThey’re not quite gone yet if you’re keen, however, with Telstra recently including the Telstra Flip 2 into its contract mobile phone range. Unlike many of Telstra’s other self-branded phones, you can’t opt to buy the Flip 2 outright from its web site, but it is available with no additional handset repayments on any of Telstra’s 24 month contract plans. You’d have to be especially keen to match it up with anything but Telstra’s S-level $55 plan given the capabilities of phones you could get at the higher tiers, but it’s feasible if it tempts you.

The Telstra Flip 2’s specifications do look rather as though they’ve dropped out of 2004 as well, although that could suit you if you don’t like the added complexity of smartphones. You get an inbuilt camera, albeit only a 2.0MP rear and 0.3MP selfie option, and 1GB of the available 4GB of memory to store your photos on.

The Flip 2 runs on a 1.1GHz Quad Core, Qualcomm MSM8909 running a custom OS. Critically for rural users, it’s Blue Tick enabled for superior regional and rural coverage. In battery terms, you do get an exceptional 200 hours of standby time, meaning you can return to the days when you only had to charge your phone once a week with this particular handset.

TelstraFlip 2
OSCustomised OS
Screen size2.4 in
Resolution240 x 320
Display density166
Storage4GB
Weight110g
Processor1.1GHz Quad Core, Qualcomm MSM8909
Rear camera2MP
Front camera0.3MP
Battery1000mAh

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