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    Media Release,  22 May 2019

The 5G smartphone future begins in Telstra stores

A new smartphone era begins tomorrow with Telstra customers the first in Australia who can purchase the inaugural 5G-enabled smartphone – the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.

Under a landmark partnership with Samsung, the Galaxy S10 5G will be available through Telstra before any other Australian mobile operator.

Telstra Consumer Executive Kevin Teoh said the first 5G-enabled smartphone was a major step toward bringing the revolutionary mobile technology to life.

“This is a game-changing moment for our customers. We are putting the future into their hands,” Mr Teoh said.

“5G promises our customers even better connectivity. Its ultrafast speeds, ultra-low latency and greater bandwidth will transform the way we live and work by enabling all sorts of future applications and technologies.

“Connecting to Australia’s first 5G network, customers who purchase the Galaxy S10 5G are at the forefront of this revolutionary technology. It combines Telstra’s 5G and 4GX to provide customers the best possible mobile speeds wherever 5G is available and Australia’s fastest average 4G speeds in 4GX coverage areas.

"As well as the superior network connectivity, customers will also enjoy the Galaxy S10 5G’s larger 6.7” cinematic display, 3D depth camera technology, a powerful fast charging battery and other exciting features.”

Samsung Vice President, Mobile Division, Garry McGregor said: “Today is an historic moment in smartphone technology. Australians will be amongst the first in the world to experience the power of 5G as this is the third country globally where Samsung has launched the Galaxy S10 5G.

“We are delivering on a longstanding commitment to ensure that Samsung continues to set new milestones with its smartphones through meaningful innovation in design, engineering and network collaboration.

“There has been many years of research and development to get to this point and today represents the next chapter for what mobile technology can offer to Australians.”

Mr Teoh said Telstra’s 5G coverage was continuing to expand.

“The rollout of 5G coverage is ongoing and aims to bring the technology to areas where it matters most to customers. Its current footprint focusses on CBD locations and selected regional centres where more than 4 million people live, work or pass through every day,” he said.

“We have started rolling out 5G in 10 cities around Australia. Over the next 12 months or so we expect our 5G coverage to increase in area almost five-fold and reach into at least 35 Australian cities.”

Hero Plan:

At launch the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G 256GB on the XL consumer and business lease plans for $144 a month (for 24 months, min cost $3,456) and will come with 160GB of data* plus Peace of Mind Data (no excess data charges in Australia)** or shareable data*** as well as Telstra’s sports, music and Wi-Fi data inclusions.

*Includes 100GB of bonus data for consumer and 120GB of bonus data for small business.

** Consumer plans only

***Small Business plans only

As part of the Telstra and Samsung partnership, customers who purchased a Samsung Galaxy S10+ through Telstra during the eligibility period earlier this year can now take advantage of the special upgrade offer, which allows them to trade in their S10+ for the new S10 5G at no extra cost. These customers will have 21 days from 28 May to redeem the offer.

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Media contact: Steve Carey, General Manager Media 

M: +61 413 988 640

E: media@team.telstra.com

Reference number: 055/2019

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MORE INFORMATION

Telstra currently offers 5G in select areas and is progressively rolling it out to other areas. In non-5G coverage areas, you’ll enjoy Australia’s fastest average 4G speeds on our extensive 4GX coverage footprint and automatically switch to 3G in areas beyond. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage.