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Telstra To Launch 3G UMTS in Australia on 5 September
Posted on 18-Aug-2005 17:17. | Tags Filed under: News.

Telstra today unveiled its latest high-speed mobile service offering which will give customers a range of new video features and entertainment features.

The Australian operator will start operating its 3G network on 5 September, with the introduction of a new series of mobile phones, including the Motorola V975, Samsung Z500, Sony Ericsson K600i and the i-mode NEC N600i.

Telstra Consumer and Marketing, Group Managing Director, Mr David Moffatt said: "If you were a sports fan wanting to re-live the final goal or on the train wanting to watch the latest news, locate a restaurant or buy art over e-bay then these Telstra services made it easier and faster."

Telstra's new offering will provide video services including video calling and video MessageBank, which enables callers to leave a video message after seeing a pre-recorded video greeting.

"Also, depending on which handset a customer buys, you can use video ringtones and choose from 50 Telstra Active or more than 200 specifically designed i-mode content sites including the NRL, AFL, V8 Supercars, Australian Idol and 3D games from the latest game developers."

Telstra customers can view video news reports from National Nine News, CNN and Sky News. They can also use Telstra's location based services such as Whereis, which delivers information such as restaurant locations, based on the proximity of the caller. Another service to be available will be mobile email from sites including Yahoo! and Hotmail.

Two new capped plans are being planned, both with a two-month introductory free video call offer. Customers, who take up the AU$49 and AU$79 caps, get up to AU$250 and AU$550 worth of standard voice calls, MessageBank, and text messages.

Telstra customers can access video services in Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra. Telstra's services will be available through selected Telstra Shops and dealers from 5 September 2005.

Vodafone Australia will start its own 3G service from October, according to other reports.

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