Need for speed: Telstra's best 4GX phones


WhistleOut
22 August 2016


When it comes to fast 4G networks in Australia, not all are created equal. There have been several important developments in 4G tech since it was first launched, with faster speeds one of the big improvements over time.

Telstra's 4GX network is the fastest of them all. With download speeds up to 450Mbps, this isn't just the fastest mobile network in Australia, it is one of the faster connections to the internet overall.

To use 4GX you need to own a compatible device. We'll go into a bit more detail about why 4GX is a superior network below, but first, let's take a look at the best of the current range of 4GX-ready smartphones.

Our picks for the best 4GX smartphones

Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.1-inch QHD screen
  • Octo-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

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  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.5-inch QHD screen
  • Octo-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.7-inch QHD screen
  • Octo-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 64GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296

LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.1-inch QHD screen
  • Octo-core processor
  • 16-megapixel camera
  • 32/64/128GB storage
  • Plans from $55

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  • 4GX Ready
  • 4.7-inch Retina screen
  • Apple A9 processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 16GB, 64GB or 128GB
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.5-inch Retina screen
  • Apple A9 processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 16GB, 64GB or 128GB
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296

Sony Xperia Z5
Microsoft Lumia 950
Telstra Tough Max
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.2-inch FHD screen
  • Octa-core processor
  • 23-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.2-inch QHD screen
  • Hexa-core processor
  • 20-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296
  • 4GX Phone
  • 4.7-inch scratch-resistant screen
  • IP67 rating
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • Plans from $55

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Huawei P9
HTC 10
Google Nexus 5X
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.2-inch FHD screen
  • Octa-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.2-inch QHD screen
  • Octa-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296
  • 4GX Ready
  • 5.2-inch FHD screen
  • Hexa-core processor
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB storage
  • Plans from $55

or call 
1300 117 296

What's all this about 4GX?

As with all technology, mobile phone networks are developing all the time. The 4G networks used by the telcos in Australia are regularly improved, with the aim to make them more robust and to increase the speed of data transfers.

4GX is the name Telstra has given to its network to indicate that it isn't just a basic 4G network any more. It now supports a number of new protocols and operates across several network frequencies, most notably the 700 and 1800MHz bands.

It also makes use of what is known as carrier aggregation. This allows Telstra to pair separate bands of frequency together so that downloads can be effectively twice as fast.

Each evolution of the 4G technology is classified in categories. The newer devices listed above are category 9 compatible and can achieve speeds up to 450Mbps under optimal test conditions. But Telstra has also released category 11 WiFi modems capable of speeds up to 600Mbps.

In short, if you are looking for a superfast connection to the internet then Telstra's 4GX can't be beat.


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