4G smartphone makes its Canberra debut

AUSTRALIA’S first 4G smartphone was launched today in Canberra.

The HTC Velocity 4G is the first in a series of advanced 4G smartphones and tablets set to launch this year on Australia’s first 4G LTE network.

4G coverage is currently only available in Australia’s eight capital city CBDs – within 5km from the GPO and about 80 regional and metropolitan centres  – within 3km from the regional town centre.

Telstra Country Wide area general manager for capital south east, Chris Taylor said 4G is only available on a mobile over the Telstra network.

“The HTC Velocity 4G delivers mobile internet speeds unimaginable 10 years ago,” he said.

“The leap to 4G means customers in Telstra 4G coverage areas can load web pages up to five times faster, video chat with fewer interruptions and use more mobile web services simultaneously.

“4G also opens the door to an exciting range of emerging smartphone applications such as cloud-hosted gaming and streaming music and video collections over the internet.”

The HTC Velocity 4G is powered by the Android 2.3 operating software (upgradable to Android 4.0 in the future) and features a massive 4.5 inch touch screen and a 1.5 GHz dual core processor for fast multi-tasking.

Telstra became the first mobile service provider in Australia to launch 4G LTE mobile services last September.

Benefits of 4G in 4G coverage areas:

  • Load web pages at mobile speeds up to five times faster than Australia’s fastest 3G smartphones;
  • Do more things simultaneously;
  • Upload content such as photos and video, and post status updates at mobile speeds up to three times faster than the fastest 3G mobiles;
  • As gaming moves into the cloud, customers will be able to play fast-paced internet-hosted games direct from their smartphone screen, or, as networked home monitoring emerges, dial up live video feeds of their home from the palms of their hands;
  • and Video chat on Google Talk with fewer interruptions and stream internet video with less buffering.

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