Telstra enters tablet market

Telstra has launched the T-Touch Tab, a diminutive tablet computer priced at $299.

Weighing 500 grams and bundled with a stylus pen, the T-Touch features a seven inch screen, which Telstra touts as being around three times larger than a typical smart phone screen. The display uses resistive technology and has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels.

The device runs Google’s Android operating system, which currently has over 100,000 apps available in the Android Market. By comparison, Apple’s App Store currently lists over 300,000 apps for devices running iOS, a gap that is expected to shrink as more developers embrace both platforms.

The device is capable of running on Telstra’s 850MHz Next G network, but also technically supports networks utilising the 1900MHz and 2100MHz spectrum. The device can also be used as a mobile phone, and comes bundled with $10 worth of credit for calls and text messages.

In a statement, Telstra Executive Director Consumer, Ms Rebekah O’Flaherty said, “T-Touch Tab will suit Australians’ appetite for quick and affordable access to information, useful apps and digital media wherever they may be.

“Created with Australian families in mind, the T-Touch TabTM can be enjoyed individually or shared together, providing entertainment to all ages. From games that keep the kids amused, reading e-books, checking your email or catching the weather on the move, the possibilities are virtually endless,” she said.

Bundled with 3GB of data, the T-Touch Tab is currently only available on a pre-paid basis, however Telstra has indicated that post-paid plans will be available towards the end of November. For ongoing data usage, Telstra has a range of plans starting from $20 for a miserly 250MB (21 day expiry), through to $150 for 10GB that can be utilised during a 365 day period.

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