Undoubtedly Telstra have the best mobile coverage of any carrier in rural and regional areas but that coverage is useless if the phone is not up to scratch with it’s reception. To combat this Telstra thoroughly test all of their phones before deciding which receive the Blue Tick. The latest phones to receive the Blue Tick are unsurprisingly the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.

The Galaxy S9 phones join 20 other current handsets that have earned the Blue Tick. To earn the Blue Tick devices are tested under laboratory controlled conditions and also out in the field in rural locations to ensure the best call quality possible for Telstra customers.

We are happy to report that the new Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ both came through our extensive field and lab tests with flying colours and are duly awarded our Blue Tick certificationKevin Teoh, Telstra’s Head of Mobiles

It is not a great surprise that Samsung achieved this award for their new flagships given that the Galaxy S7, S8, S8+ and Note 8 (among others) have also received it.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ can be pre-ordered with Telstra right now and those who pre-order (on eligible plans) will receive the usual Samsung Wireless Charger Convertible as well as a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) tablet. The pre-order finished at 11:59pm AEDT, March 15th, 2018. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will then be available to purchase the next day (March 16th) from 08:00am AEDT.

For those who want a phone that has passed all of Telstra rigorous tests (and will thus most likely pass all other carriers’ testing) and can be relied upon to give the best possible mobile reception this could be the flagship for you.

Is the Blue Tick something you look for when purchasing a phone?

Source: Telstra.
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out of curiousity just did some googling and found that the iphone 6s and iphone 8 are the only iphones to ever meet blue tick standard. all others fail, including the latest iphone 9 and X.


There is no iPhone 9.

Martin Olminkhof

Never had a Samsung device before and was considering this one but I think I’ll wait to see what the next Pixel is like.
I have to ask though, why does Samsung put the back button on the wrong side?


this took a week to get used for me as well when i first changed to a samsung phone. however, as the navbar buttons are now onscreen buttons for the s9, you can actually swap the ordering of the buttons if you wish.
Source: me with my new s9 that arrived this morning


I was going to ask the same question about other phones ?.
On a serious note , hold the phone in left hand and use the back button on the right side seems to make perfect sense to me .