Telstra Frontier 4G Android phone

The Telstra Frontier 4G is the first 4G smartphone in Australia to be sold on prepaid

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  • Expert Rating

    3.00 / 5
  • User Rating

    4.00 / 5 (of 12 Reviews)
  • Price

    $ 299.00 (AUD)

User Reviews:

lake

3.5

1

Pros
large screen
Cons
no user manual in set up box
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first smart phone ever for me. yes I have had a few probs, but like everthing else a bit of time and effort and am getting there. Like previous sayed it would be good if there was a user manual readily available on line, I could then sit and study it while practising on the phone. I also got my case etc on e-bay

Margie

4.5

2

Pros
Good phone
Cons
Time keeping
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Is anyone having trouble with the time on this phone? it's always 10-20mins behind when i look at it in the morning? have done everything to try and fix it

june

2.5

3

Pros
touch screen
Cons
cant connect to car
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All things for this phone can be purchased at this web site, screen covers, phone covers chargers ect.
www.mobileacc.com.au/index.php?route=product/category&path=25_133

Someone

5.0

4

Pros
Everything
Cons
Nothing
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The best ever made

Terry Kennedy

3.5

5

Pros
Finally an android phone able to connect to a computer easily
Cons
Samsung Kies
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I have trouble reading the pdf manual on the handset. Surely it would be easy to put it on-line to be downloaded. Then it can be read on a device with a larger screen. Cheers.

slarti

5.0

6

Pros
two year warrantee. $200 at telstra. hardly any bloatware.
Cons
i keep pressing side button adjusting ring volume. looks funny square top round bottom. back cover gotta be ripped off instead of a nice latch.
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I buy this so I have a phone while another is going for warrantee repair. I'm thinking this plasticky is fine capable for running important apps. Brilliant reception. Certainly no hairy warts anywhere in its operation. With anyphone or thing for the matter, one has to spend a whole day getting accustomed in its operations. If you just get up and expect somebody to wipe bums at a swipe of a thumb or flick of switch then perhaps YOU should forget the whole thing. I spent weeks researching before buying my last phone and hours before getting this one. Hummus is moving too fast so I gamble getting this instead of new old stock top shelf. Can't complain. Ice cream sandwich too good for me don need jelly beans eyethinks...

Mike B

5.0

7

Pros
All good
Cons
Its all great
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Responding to a few issues here, I have found the following could be useful.
1. The user manual is inside the device. Go to Apps > Help.
2. Transferring files to and from the phone is a breeze. Select USB Transfer to copy files from the SD card, or MTP for Media Transfer, the device shows up as an external drive on your computer. First installation, you should choose Install Drivers, this will open up an embedded drive in the phone which has an installer to get your PC talking to the handset.

Harrison

4.5

8

Pros
(This is an addition to my previous post below)
Cons
(This is an addition to my previous post below)
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I failed to mention before, but the "expert review" also rates this as being "sluggish with basic tasks".
I also disagree strongly here, with basic tasks the phone runs extremely smoothly. I haven't tested any heavy duty applications as of yet, but it performs well with every task that is needed with a phone.

Another point I failed to address was the cameras. The camera on the back of the phone is excellent. You really can't complain here. Obviously it's not super high quality that you'd expect from thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment, but it's perfect for the price of the phone.
However the front facing camera is very poor, and almost unusable. Realistically that camera is only for taking pictures of yourself, so for most people that won't be an issue, and if it is, I find that it is quite easy to use the other camera anyway. It just takes a bit more technique.

I think I have covered all the relevant points in my two posts... hopefully.

Harrison

4.5

9

Pros
You can't complain for $300
Cons
The screen is reflective in direct sunlight... and that's about it.
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I've read a lot of negative reviews for this phone, but I really have to disagree. You get what you pay for. Sure it's not as good as the top of the line smart phones, but it's also a quarter of the price!
Most of the issues seem to come from technology illiterate people, who can't fix things themselves, so then they go online and post their negative opinion. Most of the people who are happy with it don't bother posting, so be wary of the user reviews.
Basically I have been using it for a few months now, and it does everything I need it to. As I previously said, the Telstra Frontier 4G doesn't compete with the likes of an iPhone for example, but they can still do all the things that are needed.
All it takes is understanding the android operating system, which even for those who aren't technological isn't too hard a task.

In regards to other complaints:

-Yes, the screen is quite reflective, but easily manageable.
-You can easily copy files directly from a USB... so I'm not sure what was going on with the other person
-Accessories are hard to come by. That is an unfortunate fact, but there are some decent cases and screen protectors on Ebay if you require them

All in all, it's a good phone, with no major draw backs!
Don't trust the poor rating from other users!

Una Turner

1.5

10

Pros
Nothing! I just cannot work the thing. All I get is a reflection of myself - which I don't need! when i want to take a photo.
Cons
There is no Manual to tell me what to do - I battled all morning to get it to work on my car on the bluetooth. As the shop assistant took the thingy out of the old phone and inserted it in the new one, surely it should work the same as it had done for my old phone. I have phoned from my home number several times and it doesn't even ring. After a few rings it tells me I have a missed call! I will be taking it back to Albury on Wednesday when we go into town again.
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I have made all the comments above.

Steven Ecimovic

1.5

11

Pros
Speed, price, Lack of Bloatware
Cons
CANNOT MOUNT USB to copy files to or from a PC!!!!!
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If I wanted a retarded "Sync Only" phone, I would have bought another iPhone! WTF is the matter with Telstra, do they have a special division that dreams up ways of making their customer's lives more difficult? If you want to copy that PowerPoint presentation you've been working on all weekend, you first have to send it to the other end of the world (DropBox, LiveDrive,etc) then download it to your SD card in the phone! According to a pimply-faced, pony-tailed commission clown at the local Telstra Shop, this is supposed to "Enhance the customer's experience"! Apparently being able to simply copy a file from my PC to the phone at the other end of the USB cable is somehow going to worsen my "experience"...Are you people on drugs?????

Chris

5.0

12

Pros
All you get for only $300
Cons
Battery life with heavy use
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I have to disagree with the review here, I don't find the phone sluggish with basic tasks at all and I've no problems with the rear camera it takes clear photos for me, although the VGA front facing camera isn't much to be desired it still works fine for its purpose but don't think you'll be taking super slick sharp seflies as it can produce a lot of noise especially in the low light. I had a nokia lumia 800 windows phone before this one another mid range smart phone but it was very limited by the Windows software 7.5 mango and android ICS is by far more superior and a breath of fresh air for me, ICS is fine for this device and the jellybean update is coming to this phone anyway for $300 bucks I think the telstra frontier 4g which I've measured downloads speeds up to 35mps! is a steal and I can't think of a phone that could compete with it around the same price.

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