Home Mobility Telstra rural, regional tick of approval for Samsung S9, S9+

Telstra has awarded its Blue Tick certification to Samsung’s new Galaxy S9 and S9+,smartphones which the telco says will facilitate the best possible coverage in rural and regional areas.

Telstra’s Blue Tick certification signifies that a mobile device has been thoroughly tested and delivers superior voice coverage in rural and regional areas. It was established by Telstra 11 years ago to help regional customers choose the phone that would provide them with the best coverage.

Devices are tested for receiver sensitivity in a laboratory under controlled conditions and in rural areas on the Telstra Mobile Network.

Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s head of Mobiles, says the certification means the new Samsung smartphones join those handsets that Telstra recommends for use by regional customers to provide them with the best coverage.

“The Telstra Mobile Network is Australia’s largest, fastest and the most reliable, but user experience is not just about the network it is also about the handset. For this reason Telstra established Blue Tick certification to recommend products which have passed specific testing and which will, as a result, deliver superior voice coverage performance for our customers in regional and rural areas,” Teoh said.

“We are happy to report that the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ both came through our extensive field and lab tests with flying colours and are duly awarded our Blue Tick certification”. (Fastest network based on national average combined 3G/4G mobile speeds).

Current Blue Tick handsets

Alcatel Pixi Vibe

Alcatel Quatro 4.5

iPhone 6s

iPhone 8

HTC Desire 510

HTC Desire 530

Huawei Y5

Telstra Signature 2®

Samsung Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

Samsung Galaxy J1 & J1 Mini

Samsung Galaxy J3

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8+

Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Telstra Tough Max 2™

Telstra Flip 2



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