Telstra’s new flagship iPhone 5s will go on sale on Wednesday, the first time that a new iPhone model has been available in Australia.
The handset, which is being unveiled at Telstra Australia’s new Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show, is a dual-core handset with a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, a 5.5mm headphone jack and a 5MP front camera.
Telstra Australia CEO Mark Bailey said the new phone was the “next chapter” for Telstra and the company would take a “long view”.
“We’re seeing a lot of innovation across the Telstra family and our focus is to deliver the best in all areas of our business, including our mobile and broadband services,” he said.
“We have always been focused on innovation and we’re going to continue to do so.”
Telstra will launch the new handset with iPhone 5C features including an all-new Face ID sensor, Face Unlock and the ability to lock an iPhone or other device using facial recognition.
The phone is also the first phone in Telstra history to feature a new 3G modem, which means it will support 4G services and LTE.
The new iPhone will be available to purchase from Telstra stores from 11am on Tuesday.
In addition, the new 4G modem is also being offered for sale at retail stores and will be included with the new model.
“I think it’s a real opportunity for us to grow our network and to continue developing the mobile business,” Mr Bailey said.
Telrafters are also taking a long view about the future of Telstra.
“We are excited to see the new 5S for Telrafters, to see our customers enjoy a better connection and we will continue to innovate in the telecommunications industry,” Mr Mitchell said.