Telstra shows off new mobile interface

Telstra shows off new mobile interface

Telco giant lauches a control scheme similar to iPhone interface

Telstra has unveiled a new mobile interface aimed at user adaptability. The TelstraOne Experience allows users to customise their mobile interface to suit individual preferences.

They can also set one-click access to popular applications including Facebook and Mobile Foxtel, as well as calendars and contacts.

TelstraOne is initially available on two phones: The Motorola Motosurf A3100 will run the Windows Mobile-based interface, while the Sony Ericsson W705 was designed on an alternate control scheme. The telco plans to release the offering on more phones in coming months and for multiple form factors including touchscreen handsets. It is also looking at other mobile platforms.

Speaking at the product launch in Sydney, Telstra product executive director, Ross Fielding, admitted the design of the interface was influenced by the popularity of the iPhone, but denied replicating it.

“We did certainly learn from it but we did not steal it,” he said.

The TelstraOne Windows Mobile interface was developed in Australia by Victoria-based company, Pointui. The interface featured on the Sony Ericsson W705, meanwhile, was built by local technology company, SurfKitchen, in conjunction with the vendor.

The Motosurf A3100 will retail at $829 or on a $60 Telstra plan from May 11. The Sony Ericsson, due out May 19, has an outright purchase price of $619 and is available on a Telstra $40 plan.

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