Telstra launches Next G phone tough enough for the bush

In a further attempt to lure customers away from CDMA and on to Next G

Telstra has launched a Next G phone designed to be tough enough for the Australian outback.

The new Telstra 165 'Country Phone' is one of two new Next G handsets being added to the growing range that Telstra recommends for handheld use in rural areas. The other handset recently approved by the Telco is the Nokia N95, which will be in stores from mid-November.

Both phones could be part of Telstra's attempt to lure customers away from CDMA to its Next G network. The Telco claimed earlier this year that its HSPDA network covered two million square kilometres compared to CDMA's 1.6 million square kilometres.

The phone sports a pull out antenna and a rubber coating to make it dust, shock and liquid proof. The handset design incorporates a large, easy to use keypad for "even the biggest fingers." It also includes a 5.0 Mega pixel camera with a Carl Zeiss optical lens, video capability, GPS map functionality, MP3 player, FM radio, and wireless Bluetooth technology. A dual slide mechanism, enables the user to view the large colour screen in either landscape or portrait mode.

Both new handsets offer access to BigPond TV, 33 channels on Mobile FOXTEL, Sensis search services and an array of free BigPond content such as the latest news and weather reports.

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