Telstra announces first 4G phone – HTC Velocity – to land on Jan 24

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Telstra’s first 4G smartphone from HTC has now got a name and a release date. Called the HTC Velocity 4G, the phone features a 1.5GHz dual core processor, a 4.5-inch touchscreen and an 8 megapixel camera.

The phone also has 16GB of internal storage that is also expandable via an SD card slot, and will run – on the images – Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. It has a front-facing camera, which has a 1.3 megapixel lens. In addition, it has the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, microUSB port and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi support.

Telstra is now accepting orders – but the smallest plan will see you paying an addition $10 on top of the $59 plan for the “handset payment”. The other plans do not have that – but at least you’ll get 2GB of data or more.

The phone will be launched on January 24 at its stores and via its partners, but preorders are being accepted now. Also, do remember that 4G isn’t everywhere – so if you don’t live 10km within the metro areas, then it will fall back onto 3G data.

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