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Telstra Essential Plus review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

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Telstra Essential Plus
3.0
★★★★★
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  • Battery Score 2
  • Camera Score 3
  • Design Score 2
  • Performance Score 3

Summary

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.

  • It's very cheap
  • 4G capable
  • Android Oreo Go
  • Blue Tick certified
  • It would only go fast if you dropped it off a cliff
  • Battery life isn't great
  • Generic design

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Details

Pricing & Availability

Launch price (RRP) $99
Launch date 2018-08
Telstra Essential Plus

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

Compare SIM-only plans for the Telstra Essential Plus

Name Product Data Price Apply Price
Telstra $12 SIM Kit
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
Telstra $12 SIM Kit
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Telstra 5G/4G network
3GB
$12
per 7 day recharge
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  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
3GB
Data
$12
per 7 days expiry
Telstra $35 SIM Kit
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
35GB for $17 for the first recharge, then 35GB for $35 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 15GB/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24
Telstra $35 SIM Kit
Prepaid
35GB for $17 for the first recharge, then 35GB for $35 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 15GB/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Telstra 5G/4G network
35GB
$35
per 28 day recharge
View details
  • 35GB for $17 for the first recharge, then 35GB for $35 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 15GB/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 3.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
35 GB
Data
$35
per 28 days expiry
Telstra $45 SIM Kit
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
50GB for $17 for the first recharge, then 50GB for $45 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 25GB/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 17.6.24
Telstra $45 SIM Kit
Prepaid
50GB for $17 for the first recharge, then 50GB for $45 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 25GB/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 17.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Telstra 5G/4G network
50GB
$45
per 28 day recharge
View details
  • 50GB for $17 for the first recharge, then 50GB for $45 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 25GB/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 17.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
50 GB
Data
$45
per 28 days expiry
Telstra $160 SIM Kit
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
110GB for the first recharge, then 70GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply
Telstra $160 SIM Kit
Prepaid
110GB for the first recharge, then 70GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Telstra 5G/4G network
110GB
$160
per 6 months
View details
  • 110GB for the first recharge, then 70GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
110 GB
Data
$160
per 6 months
Telstra $320 SIM Kit
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
230GB for $280 for the first recharge, then 165GB for $320/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 17.6.24
Telstra $320 SIM Kit
Prepaid
230GB for $280 for the first recharge, then 165GB for $320/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 17.6.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Telstra 5G/4G network
230GB
$280
per 12 months
View details
  • 230GB for $280 for the first recharge, then 165GB for $320/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 17.6.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
230 GB
Data
$280
per 12 months
Telstra $35 Casual SIM Kit
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
Telstra $35 Casual SIM Kit
Prepaid
  • 95 standard national minutes + 120 std. nat. texts
  • Telstra 5G/4G network
0.35GB
$35
per 6 months
View details
  • 95 standard national minutes + 120 std. nat. texts
0.35GB
Data
$35
per 6 months
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Specifications

Display

Display Size
5 inches
Pixels per inch (PPI)
214.66 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
5MP
Video recording
1080p
Front camera megapixels
2MP

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
138mm x 65.7mm x 9.8mm
Weight
134g

Connectivity

NFC
No
Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
MT6739
RAM
1GB
Operating system
Android 8
Internal storage
8GB
External storage support
Up to 32GB
Battery capacity
2,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
No
Water resistance rating
N/A
Wireless charging
No

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