Telstra EasyTouch Discovery 3 mobile phone

Telstra EasyTouch Discovery 3 review: A 3G mobile phone specifically targeted at seniors and older Australians

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Telstra Corporation EasyTouch Discovery 3
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  • Telstra Corporation EasyTouch Discovery 3
  • Telstra Corporation EasyTouch Discovery 3

Pros

  • Large buttons
  • Easy to use
  • Good call quality

Cons

  • Overpriced
  • Glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet

Bottom Line

Telstra's EasyTouch Discovery 3 is a sensible option for those who just want basic mobile phone functions without confusing bells and whistles. However, we think it's a little too expensive given its limited capabilities.

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A flip phone with large buttons may look like a design from yesteryear but Telstra's EasyTouch Discovery 3 is in fact brand new. It's a 3G mobile phone specifically marketed at seniors and older Australians. Although we feel it's a little expensive, the EasyTouch Discovery 3 is a good option for those who just want basic functions.

Telstra catering for seniors with EasyTouch Discovery 3 phone
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Telstra claims it worked on the design of the EasyTouch Discovery 3 for over six months, with the main focus being a simple menu for ease of use. It also put plenty of work into the physical design — the end result is a simple yet attractive case, highlighted by a gloss black finish on the front and a soft, rubber style finish on the back. The glossy finish does attract plenty of fingerprints, so you'll be constantly wiping it to keep it clean.

The Telstra EasyTouch Discovery 3 feels like a pretty well constructed phone despite being made of plastic. The flip mechanism is solid and doesn't rattle or wobble and there are no creaks in the plastic when pressure is applied. On the left you'll find external volume controls, while a camera button and a standard micro-USB charging port (concealed by a plastic flap) are on the right.

Flipping open the phone reveals a bright, 2.4in colour screen and extra large buttons below it. The buttons are easy to press, provide good tactility and sound audible feedback (a voice reads the numbers out loud when the keys are pressed) to aid hearing impaired users. The screen displays large fonts, has surprisingly good viewing angles and is easy to see in sunlight, making the EasyTouch Discovery 3 very pleasing to use.

The menu of the Telstra EasyTouch Discovery 3 is a simple list that is accessed by pressing the large OK button. A colourful icon and and large text describing each menu function aids the user experience and these descriptions are found in all sub menus. We particularly appreciated the ability to view missed calls and new messages by flipping opening the phone — there is no need to browse through the menu.

The Telstra EasyTouch Discovery 3 has excellent voice quality during phone calls. The speaker is clear and of a good quality, and the volume is louder than most other mobile phones we've reviewed. Telstra has given the phone a Blue Tick rating, which means it should deliver enhanced reception and coverage in regional and rural areas of Australia, and it is also compatible with most T-Coil hearing aids.

The Telstra EasyCall 2 is a relatively basic mobile phone but it still has a few extra features. Bluetooth connectivity means you can pair the phone with a portable speaker or wireless headset, and there's also a basic 3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, hands-free speakerphone capability and a microSD card slot for extra storage. The EasyTouch Discovery 3 will send and receive MMS messages, has predictive text input for typing messages and comes with an FM radio, an alarm, calendar, stopwatch, calculator, world clock and a unit converter.

The Telstra Easy Touch Discovery 3 is available now for $240 outright, or $0 upfront on a $20 Telstra plan.

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N Chamberlain

1

We bought a Telstra Easytouch Discovery 3 3 months ago and it worked well for the first couple of months. Being older travellers we wanted to be able to view the news and weather. The news is now not able to load properly, takes over a minute to load one news item however the weather still loads quickly. Have had no joy with answers to the problem with Telstra either by phone or in store. They say it's a network problem but the problem still exists. One store tested another phone and it behaved in the same way. Very unsatisfactory. Also the print for the news is so small that I can't read it without glasses and certainly can't read it while in the car as a passenger. Older people need larger print!

george hill

2

considering this phone was intended to be used by the older generation,it is practically useless,the silent mode (vibration) is not strong enough,and the normal volume is very poor,the text caps etc. can not be locked,and considering that I only use it as a phone,the battery life is abissmal.It is very exspensive for what it does.I would not recomend this phone to anyone.

Ron

3

I cannot get a Capital letter 'B' when writing eg Mrs bloggins unless I insert a full stop after the 's'.
The calendar is poor and that is an essential feature for us oldies.

Anne Long

4

being an older person I wanted a phone with larger keypad...but I was ripped off...as I felt they saw me coming. I went to New Zealand a couple of weeks ago..no one could ring me!!!! couldnt recharge!!! and can't down load my photos of my grandson on the computer!!! AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED A WASTE OF MONEY!!!!!!!

Anne McMillan

5

how to transfer photos from telstra easytouch discovery 3

Arnold

6

Have Telstra T 95 3G Mobile. Cannot pair phone with bluetooth with 2010 mitsubishi outlander.Any help Please?.

Janos

7

I am having the same problem on an Outlander. It will pair but will not connect. Phone unavailable is the message.

Trevor

8

How to post photos into computer from Telstra easytouch discovery3??

Chrystal

9

Does any know if you can alter tha screen display? I would like the time to be at the bottom of the screen?

angela

10

Does anyone know where i can buy a leather case for the easytouch discovery 3 ???

Gary Clifford

11

How do I trasfer photos from this phone onto my computer???

Robyn

12

I bought the Telstra Easytouch discovery 3 about 6 months ago and have actually been very happy with it. The menu is easy to see and easy to navagate. My only complaint is that sometimes I don't hear it ring

martin whitehead

13

telstra t3 wont connect hearing aid. people ring and they cant hear me i ring and cant hear them telstra said nothing wrong with the phone

Bill T.

14

Where is the manual for Telstra T95 3G ? I only want to up the volume ! Going aroud in circles.

monica frazer

15

Hi guys, i'm working the kinks out with this phone, finally paired with the laptop -my prob as not a technical wiz like my son haha now im not sure how to upload pictures from the laptop to the mobile??? help

John

16

How do i download contacts from mac - actually they are already on the sim card as it was transferred from an old iPhone. cannot find any advice anywhere.

sam

17

I have tfd photos from phone to pc ok, but when attempting to tfr videos, the files lose the audio. Please advise how to rectify this?

marc

18

to get photos and videos off your phone, email them to yourself. that's the only way i have found.

make yourself a contact, put your email address in and then send them to yourself - the little booklet that comes with the phone is helpful for this.

Brian Lethbridge Fremantle WA

19

I have had a Discovery 2 for 2 years and am looking at the Discovery 3 or the Telstra Easy Touch.
The Discovery 3 does not have a external aerial plug at the back of the phone, but there is a patch available. It seems to connect like a wi-fi.
The reviews for the Easy Touch are very concerning and not good. I don't use the internet on my Discovery, as I have a laptop for this process.
I had a data pack, but used it to log into my laptop. Very expensive. All I need the phone for is calls, sms and a rural phone that can hook into the aerial on my Prado bullbar. I get another 2 bars on WA country roads, so, it has worked well. Think I'll stay with the Discovery.

EJBULLDOG

20

Sadly the patch lead connector is hidden under the cover - its a simple question why?
Earlier models had a small slide cover to access the patch lead connector.
Now its gone missing.
And yes you could drill a hole in the back cover.
The demo (and therefore dummy) models seen in shops have the slide but when it went into production is went missing

Bob Mears Albany WA

21

had 2 t3 phones both will not connect to Bluetooth in a 2012 Toyota landcruiser other phones work fine it seems there there is a problem with this model

Patricia Alliston

22

can someone help me with the password to pair my laptop with the phone? I can't find the information anywhere

Anne

23

I have eventually !! (my husband actually) downloaded photos from my Discovery 3 but the date on the photos indicate they were taken 3 months earlier than actually taken. How do I rectify this please?
The Join Me had to be downloaded from the internet and the manual does not seem to be very clear, nor the staff at one Telstra shop very helpful "come back tomorrow to speak to the technician" (3 different occasions).

Thelma Bower

24

Have a Telstra discoveriy 3 but for almost 24hours have no network coverage. Have I accidentally turned it off and if so how do I restore it.

Thelma Bower

25

Why does my Telstra easy discovery 3 for the last 24hours show no network coverage

Gary Hodson

26

I bought a Telstra unlocked discovery 3 about 18 months ago, first one speaker crashed, replaced under warranty, second phone did not work at all, replaced under warranty, third phone speaker crashed, am about to take it back again, I guess they will give me another one and we will do it all again.
Has anyone else had this problem?

Brian Lethbridge Samson WA

27

I upgraded from a Discovery 2 to a Discovery 3. I don't use internet, only calls and SMS. I find that the incoming call volume is only 50% volume as the T2. It is very frustrating when I don't hear the ring or vibrate when phone is in a case on my belt.
Does anyone know how to increase the volume other than the normal volume settings

Jenny Robinson

28

How do I transferr photos to my computer ? Have tried Bluetooth and Join up.

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wyn barratt

2.5

1

Pros
easy use
Cons
battery only lasts two days though I hardly use the phone only to receive calls
• • •

the battery life is hopeless I am tied to the house to keep charging it up.

Jerry Packer

4.0

2

Pros
reliable
Cons
hearing
• • •

It a good phone but it could be better. Yes a little over priced but still best I could find on the market for the older generation. To transfer photos and data from the phone you need to do this using the external memory card SD, then download the picture to the SD card then to your computer and visa versa, computer to phone same way. I found that without an SD card you cannot transfer. I do hope that phone companies continue to brings out mobile with big buttons, easy to read and the audio because of the aging population in Australia need mobiles more than any other generation. Vibration and sound is great particularly for older generation who may be hearing impaired.

Liz Day

0.0

3

Pros
not the T3
Cons
Easy Touch T3
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Is definitely not a blue tick! Had mobiles in our rural area since they first came out, all worked fairly well, the old Samsung A412 outstanding! This drops out, no signal bars, fails to work very well on car bluetooth, battery life about 6 hours as roams all the time, talk about 35 to 45 minutes!!! worst ever...does not even work well in city either...always roaming and uses all Battery v quickly. Texting is useless, have to go in and change menu to get a capital...grade 1 could have come up with a better texting system

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