Telstra to release $99 prepaid Android smartphone

Telstra Smart-Touch Android phone available from 22 March, along with revamped prepaid plans

Telstra's Smart-Touch Android phone will be available from 22 March and will retail for $99

Telstra's Smart-Touch Android phone will be available from 22 March and will retail for $99

Telstra has unveiled the first Android smartphone to break the $100 price barrier in Australia, the Telstra Smart-Touch.

Check out our roundup of the best budget Android phones, and read our reviews of other top Telstra Next G mobiles on prepaid.

The Telstra Smart-Touch runs the 2.1 version of Google's Android platform, has a 2.8in resistive touchscreen and features GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Smart-Touch also has a 3.2-megapixel camera that doubles as a video recorder, along with an MP3 player and FM radio. The Smart-Touch will be available from March 22 for $99, and is exclusive to Telstra.

"The Smart-Touch is an affordable way for our prepaid customers to access and enjoy features like mobile web-browsing, social networking and email," said Telstra's consumer executive director, Rebekah O'Flaherty. "We think our new pricing and the introduction of the new Telstra Smart-Touch will make owning a smartphone and enjoying Australia's largest and fastest mobile network more affordable than ever."

Along with the launch of the Smart-Touch Android phone, Telstra has also increased the included data and call credit on two of its prepaid mobile plans; the Cap+ and Weekend+ plans.

On the new prepaid rates, a $30 recharge on Telstra's Cap+ plan now includes $220 of credit to use on calls and texts, and 400MB of data &8212; up from $170 of credit and 150MB of data on the previous plan. $40, $60 and $100 recharges also offer increased cap credit and data allowances, with a $100 recharge now including a hefty 4GB of data, up from 1GB.

Telstra's prepaid plans also allow the rollover of any unused credit as long as customers recharge within 30 days. For full details on the new prepaid plans, visit Telstra's Web site.

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