Looking for a smartphone that Telstra recommends for use in rural areas? Here's the latest option.
Earlier this year we mentioned that the Sony Xperia Z2 had received Telstra's Blue Tick, meaning it is recommended for use in rural and regional areas where phone towers are likely to be further away than they are in urban areas.
Now the new Sony Xperia Z3 Compact has been given the same endorsement.
As you'd expect from the word 'Compact' in the model name, this is a relatively trim handset with a 4.6in screen and measuring just 8.6mm thick.
Other key specifications include a dust-tight and waterproof case (to IP65 for jets of water and IP68 for immersion), a 20.7MP camera (said to be the first smartphone camera with ISO 12800 sensitivity for superior low-light performance), up to 4K video (with image stabilisation when shooting up to HD), digital noise cancellation when used with Sony's MDR-NC31EM headset, and a "two-day" battery.
Telstra offers the Xperia Z3 Compact in black, white or orange.
It costs an extra $2 per month on top of Telstra's $70 per month Mobile Accelerate Plan on a 24-month contract. This plan provides '$700' of calls and MMS messages (calculated at the relatively high rates of 99c per 60 sec, 50c per MMS and 75c per video message), unlimited SMSes, 1.5GB of data, plus a 'bonus' of either an extra 1GB of data or an extra '$1000' of voice and MMS credit. Mobile Accelerate plans also provide the option of sharing the data with other devices (eg, Wi-Fi only tablets) for an extra $10 per month per device.
The Xperia Z3 Compact is also available from other carriers, or for outright purchase from retailers with a recommended price of $699.