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The lock mechanism is easy to use too, even easier than the systems provided on many smartphones. Simply slide the side lock switch down into the “locked” position and every button on the phone stops working until the handset is either unlocked or someone rings you. If the latter happens, you can pick up or reject the call with either the green or red buttons (respectively). After you’re finished, the phone stays locked until you unlock it.

As for the extra features, the LED torch at the top operates when the phone is on or off, and the FM radio can be listened to either through headphones using the 3.5mm port or through the EasyCall’s speaker.

There’s also a nifty feature Telstra calls “the switch” consisting of an orange switch. To use, one simply programs up to four phone numbers, a message and the volume of an alarm to be used in case of an emergency. When the switch is pushed into the “up” position, the phone emits an alarm, sends the message to the preset numbers and calls those numbers. It’s a useful feature – especially for medical emergencies – but the switch so invites curiosity that we can see many alerts being sent falsely.

Unusually for a modern handset, there’s no Bluetooth on offer here. With handsfree limited to just the stereo headset, the EasyCall2 isn’t the ideal phone to use for in-car communications.

A prepaid phone that comes with $10 of starter credit, the EasyCall 2 is locked to the Telstra network.

Conclusion

The Telstra EasyCall 2 isn’t for everyone. In fact, the person who’d get the most use out of it probably doesn’t want a touchscreen, keyboard, or internet access on the phone; this person probably doesn’t want any computer-like features at all. And if this person is your dad, mum, grandpa, grandmum, or even a kid, the lack of features makes it perfectly suitable for them, as does the price tag.

 

Telstra EasyCall 2
Price (RRP): $99 Manufacturer: Telstra / ZTE
Speaks numbers as you press them (unless on silent); Charges on the microUSB standard; Can be used as a loudspeaker FM radio; Built-in LED torch works even when the phone is off; Useful emergency alarm; Bluetick certification makes it a good choice for use in rural areas;
No Bluetooth; Back cover not secured as firmly as we'd like;
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