in brief Telstra today said it had started selling a laptop mobile broadband card in the ExpressCard form factor suitable for the latest Mac and PC machines.
The telco had previously only offered USB and PCMCIA card solutions, but many newer laptops only make use of the ExpressCard standard, which is a version of PCI Express.
The card allows downlink speeds averaging 550kbps to 1.5Mbps on Telstra's nationwide Next G network, with peak speeds up to 3.6Mbps. A Telstra statement said pricing for the ExpressCard would match existing prices on the older style mobile cards, with an upfront cost of AU$299 for the card and a choice of plans based on time, speed or downloads.
The statement said all of Telstra's wireless broadband devices were suitable for use with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows Vista.