Telstra gives One XL 'Blue Tick' rating

The HTC One XL is the first 4G handset to receive Telstra's 'Blue Tick' rating

Telstra's latest 4G smartphone, the HTC One XL has received a 'Blue Tick' rating for superior coverage in regional areas.

The company says a Blue Tick rating means the handset is recommended for coverage in regional and rural areas. According to Telstra, Blue Tick phones are designed in such a way that they will outperform other phones when it comes to reception coverage and will hold onto a signal further than other phones when on the edge of rural or regional areas.

The One XL is the first 4G handset to receive the 'Blue Tick' rating. It's the fourth phone released by Telstra that works on the 4G network, joining the HTC Velocity 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and the HTC Titan 4G.

"With more than 80 regional centres now Telstra 4G LTE enabled there's a strong appetite among customers to trade up to the next generation in mobile phone technology," said Andrew Volard, Director, Telstra. "The arrival of the HTC One XL will allow more of these customers to move to a smartphone that delivers some of the fastest mobile internet speeds on the planet when in 4G coverage areas."

The HTC One XL is available now for $6 per month on Telstra's $59 Freedom Connect Plan over 24 months (a total of $65 per month). The plan includes $550 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages and voicemail and 1.5GB of data per month.

Alternatively, the HTC One XL is $0 per month on Telstra's $79 Freedom Connect Plan over 24 months (a total of $79 per month). This plan includes $800 worth of calls and MMS messages, unlimited SMS messages and voicemail, and 2GB of data per month.

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