Telstra T106 mobile phone

Telstra's prepaid T106 is one of the cheapest mobile phones available on the Next G network

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Pros

  • Price, access to Next G network and services, BlueTick rated

Cons

  • Poorly designed controls, mediocre screen

Bottom Line

Telstra's T106 is far from a great mobile phone -– it looks average at best, the controls aren't well designed and it has a poor display. At $129, though, it represents decent value when combined with Telstra's excellent Next G network.

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Retailing for just $129, Telstra's T106 mobile phone is one of the cheapest handsets available on the Next G network. Though it's not a great mobile phone, the T106 represents good value when combined with Telstra's Next G prepaid service.

Telstra aren't well renowned for value, so a mobile phone with this relatively low asking price isn't going to excite. Manufactured by ZTE, the Telstra T106 looks aesthetically pleasing from the front thanks to a gloss black bezel surrounding the display and chrome edging. Turn it over though and you're greeted by a plain silver back — it looks dreadfully bland and unstylish. The plastic has a rubber-like feel and doesn't attract any unwanted fingerprints.

The Telstra T106 mobile phone has a predictably small screen with a low resolution and poor viewing angles. Its glossy surface reflects light, making it hard to see in direct sunlight. The screen is reasonable for general use, but struggles when watching video content, such as Telstra's Mobile Foxtel service.

The keypad and controls of the Telstra T106 mobile phone are a sour point. Though they're large and well spaced, tactility is poor and the buttons feel sticky and emit an annoying loud clicking sound each time they're pressed. The shape of the keys also means they're uncomfortable to use.

The Telstra T106 has a basic and straightforward menu system. The phone uses a standard 3x3 grid layout for the main menu and a simple list format for submenus. The phone is relatively zippy and there was no sign of any slowdown while browsing the menus. There was also no keystroke lag when messaging, though the sticky keys do slowdown messaging.

The handset has access to the full range of Telstra BigPond services, including Trading Post, Yellow Pages, White Pages, Whereis mobile and the afore-mentioned Foxtel Mobile. The phone also includes a basic 2-megapixel camera, an MP3 player and an FM radio, but it lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack.

A basic suite of PIM applications include an alarm, calendar, calculator, world time and a stopwatch. The Telstra T106 has a microSD card slot underneath the battery. There is no card included in the sales package, but the slot supports microSD cards of up to 8GB in size. Bluetooth is included, but there is no A2DP profile to stream music wirelessly.

The Telstra T106 is a BlueTick-rated mobile phone meaning it's has been recommended by the telco for use in rural and regional areas of Australia. Call quality is fair and the hands-free speakerphone is quite loud.

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Transfer T106 video files to PC

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I can't transfer the .3gp video files made by the T106 to my PC, using the usual copy and paste command from the relevant folder, when I have the phone connected to the pc using the usb cable. The files are there all right, in the join me software display window, but they aren't moveable. What is the trick there? Any help appreciated. Please don't respond unless you know.

Mike

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Whilst Connected to the t106 console , you should click on the Media Button across the top first , then go down to the Dir where your 3gp VDO's are held on the Phone or The SD TCard, click on the Directory, Then when your Vdo Files are displayed on the right hand windowed area , click on the top one of the List, so that it's highlighted, Then Hold Down The Shift Key & Press End , This will highlight the entire list of Vdo files, Right Click on the highlighted files area, Drop down menu appears , Select COPY, Then Paste it into the Directly Above ..Which should be a Pre Opened clean directory you just made In Windows Explorer Prior........DO NOT Try To Paste It Into The Directory Listing of Your C: or D; Drive On The Upper Left, Because you can only do that in Windows Explorer. I hope this helps !

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