Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ have been awarded the Telstra Blue Tick for the best rural and regional coverage.

Kevin Teoh, Telstra’s Head of Mobiles, said, “The Telstra Mobile Network is Australia’s largest, fastest and the most reliable, but the user experience is not just about the network it is also about the handset.”

“For this reason, Telstra established Blue Tick certification to recommend products which have passed specific testing and which will, as a result, deliver superior voice coverage performance for our customers in regional and rural areas. 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 certification”.

Telstra Blue Tick certification

  • Telstra’s Blue Tick signifies that a mobile device has been thoroughly tested and delivers superior voice coverage in rural and regional areas
  • It was established by Telstra 11 years ago to help regional customers choose the phone that would provide them with the best coverage experience
  • Devices are tested for receiver sensitivity in a laboratory under controlled conditions in rural areas on the Telstra Mobile Network, ensuring optimal call quality for customers

Very few phones meet Blue Tick standards. Of the 20 so far approved, Samsung has 11 with its Galaxy A5, Core Prime, J1/Mini, J3, Note 8, S7, S8/S8+ and now S9/S9+.