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HTC Desire Comparison: Telstra Vs HTC

HTC Desire

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HTC Specifications page.

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So, you're contemplating the purchase of a Desire, but heard stories about the flavor that Telstra sells. Well yes, there ARE two versions of the HTC Desire available.

Firstly, to give you a feel for the device and what we at TTR think of the Desire, the Tech Talk Radio panelists are divided. Justin, Leena and Adam all have Apple's iPhone, where Dr Ron, Graeme and Andrew all have the HTC Desire, and all have them running on Telstra Next G. Andrew has both the Telstra flavored Desire as well as the generic HTC devise and there ARE differences in performance on Telstra's network.

How to see which model you have:
Select Settings -> About Phone -> Phone identity
The Model Number is displayed at the top of the screen
Non Telstra HTC device: A8181
Telstra HTC device: A8183

Next G   Telstra
Above: A8183 (Telstra Handset)
With 850MHz coverage
  Above: A8181 (HTC Handset)
No 850MHz coverage
GSM 850/900/180/1900,
3G 850 (NextG/US3G) / 3G 2100MHz.

GSM 850/900/1800/1900,
WCDMA 900/2100MHz.

Note: Both phones are on different cells. Telstra handset (A8183) is GPRS connected.

The biggest difference between the two devices is that only the Telstra device (A8183) supports Next G on the 850Mhz band. Despite the A8181 saying in software that it can select the 850Mhz band, it doesn't have the hardware to do it. The phone will still work on HSDPA, but only on the 2100MHz band, which is OK in the city, but typically non existent in regional Australia.

In side by side tests, on the same bench and on Telstra, in every test, the Telstra Desire was twice as fast in downloads using the speed test app and nearly three times faster in uploads.

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- full Telstra release here.

Telstra currently operates two 3G networks – our Next GTM network, Australia’s largest and fastest national mobile network, and an earlier, limited 3G service operating at 2100MHz in major metropolitan centres.

Telstra’s earlier 3G (2100MHz) network is currently shared with Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA). From a date no earlier than 1 January 2012, Telstra and VHA will end this partnership. We will notify you of the exact date closer to the time.

If you are using a mobile phone or wireless data device that only operates on this limited 3G (2100MHz) network and not on our Next G™ network, and:

  • you’re located in a metropolitan area
  • you have a 3G SIM card (not a 2G SIM card) and
  • you use your mobile service to access 3G services - such as video calling or high speed data services -

then you will be impacted by this change. 3G services on your phone, such as video calling and Mobile FOXTEL™ from Telstra, will no longer be available. If you use your mobile phone for internet browsing, you’ll also notice a reduction in your browsing speed from this date.

If you only use your mobile phone for voice calls and SMS you won’t be impacted. If your mobile phone or wireless data device has the Next G™ logo on it, then you will not be impacted.

Telstra is making this change because the earlier 3G (2100MHz) network has been superseded by the Next G network. Closing services on the earlier 3G (2100MHz) network will allow Telstra to focus its ongoing investment into the Next G™ network to better serve you, our customers.


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