Full Spectrum: Telstra's HTC Velocity 4G

Full Spectrum: Telstra's HTC Velocity 4G

Summary: Yesterday, Telstra launched Australia's first long-term evolution (LTE) handset in Australia, the HTC Velocity 4G. So, is it any good?

TOPICS: Telcos, Telstra

Yesterday, Telstra launched Australia's first long-term evolution (LTE) handset in Australia, the HTC Velocity 4G. So, is it any good?

It certainly passes the speed test, getting download speeds in our Sydney CBD office of 34 megabits per second (Mbps), compared to the iPhone 4S operating on Telstra's Next G network at 5Mbps.

But given that Telstra only offers the phone with 2GB per month in data on the $79 plan, is there much point in having all that speed without really being able to use it?

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  • Short answer: No.
    Telcos make a killing on people who go over their cap, so with a faster internet connection people are going to burn through it and Telstra will be laughing all the way to the bank as usual.
  • If you want more, it's available and called called a Data Pack:

    3G and Next G Data Packs - Telstra http://bit.ly/yMOqGq
    • They don't offer extra data for 4G AFAIK.
      Josh Taylor
      • Hi Josh,
        Telstra offer extra data for all Freedom Connect plans starting at $10 per month for 1GB. It's available month by month so it's handy for if you are going to be going away from home and need to tether a laptop.
        Marc - Telstra Employee.
        • Thanks Marc, that's a bit different to the 4G dongle then. Odd.
          Josh Taylor
  • It's not quantity it's quality for me. 2Gb's is plenty. Too much even. I want good coverage and the fastest speeds. NextG is pretty good, but it's not as quick as I'd like.

    I'd like to see some better options for plans given. 24 months is far too long to commit to a phone like this that's already pretty crappy. Given the 700Mhz spectrum will be opening up next year there'll be a heap of new devices coming out to take advantage of that as well in the next 12 to 18 months.

    I'd much rather pay a bit more up front and pay less per month (say $30-$50) and commit to only 12 months. Can Telstra do that then?
  • That ping time is long, and are more like what we get with 3G.

    With the 4G Bigpond USB dongle on a laptop using ICS to share the internet in Parramatta, we typically get ping = 40ms, down = 8 to 10Mbps, up = 10+Mbps.
  • Serious question.

    Why would one want 4G on a handset? Especially since there is a extra battery drain price to pay. Tablets are another thing, just because they are easier to use for hours on end with heavier data rate uses.
    • I would see that it could be useful as a 4G access point for a laptop, but 3G the rest of the time.