VHA cuts prepaid broadband pack price

Summary:Mobile telco Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has cut the price of its prepaid mobile broadband starter pack from AU$79 to AU$49, which includes 1GB of data.

Mobile telco Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) has cut the price of its prepaid mobile broadband starter pack from AU$79 to AU$49, which includes 1GB of data.

The pack comes with a USB modem compatible with both Windows and Mac OS X and 1GB of included data, which must be used within a month of the purchase date. However, VHA did not disclose the real-world or theoretical speeds the device can reach.

A spokesperson for VHA has not yet responded to an emailed request for comment on the speeds available through the modem.

The starter pack will be available from VHA's Vodafone and 3 stores. Customers are also able to sign up for month-by-month mobile broadband plans with VHA. The telco currently appears to have a special rate for the plans until 30 September — with AU$15 per month getting you 1.5GB of data, AU$29 gets you 4GB, AU$39 being enough for 8GB and AU$49 bringing you 10GB.

VHA also launched a 3G Wi-Fi modem that uses wireless access to share a 3G mobile broadband connection between up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The device has been dubbed "Pocket WiFi".

Manufactured by Chinese company Huawei, the device is available outright through a starter pack for AU$119, which includes a prepaid VHA SIM with 1GB of data through Vodafone or 200MB of data through 3 — with both quotas expiring within 30 days. Alternatively, customers can pick up the device for $0 on selected 24-month plans.

The Pocket WiFi has a battery life of five hours and can be charged though mains power or USB.

Topics: Broadband, NBN, Networking, Telcos

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