Telstra has announced it will begin offering the Android-powered LG Optimus on its Next G network from July 1 exclusively for the device’s first weeks on sale in Australia.
The new Optimus is the third Android smartphone to join Telstra’s stable in as many months and is available for $0 upfront on Telstra’s $49 Cap, which includes 200MB of data and $400 worth of calls per month. The retail price of the phone is $504.
Designed for “first-time smartphone owners”, Telstra executive director for mobility products, Ross Fielding said Google Android-powered smartphones are “growing in popularity” and the LG Optimus provides customers with “an ultra-affordable way to get in on the action”.
“It’s the perfect phone to access Google services like Google Calendar, YouTube and Gmail from,” Fielding said. “Customers will also be able to personalise their LG Optimus by selecting from thousands of apps from the Android Market.”
This device ships with Android 1.6, but is upgradeable to Android 2.1.
Telstra is developing its own applications for the Android mobile operating system and is making them available to consumers through the Android Market app store.
The Optimus has its own social networking app that integrates Facebook, Twitter and Bebo accounts for real-time status updates on the home screen.
Telstra is also pushing its Tribe mobile portal that brings together Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.
The Optimus features a 3-inch touch screen (320x480 pixels); a 3 megapixel camera with face detection, geo-tagging, video recording and editing; an FM radio; A-GPS; a 3.5mm audio jack; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1. The phone weighs 116 grams.
A 2GB microSD memory card is included, but the Optimus supports up to 32GB of expandable microSD memory.