Telstra starts selling 4G wireless hotspot

Telstra starts selling 4G wireless hotspot

Summary: Telstra has today launched its first 4G long-term evolution (LTE) Wi-Fi hotspot to business customers in collaboration with Sierra Wireless.

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Telstra has today launched its first 4G long-term evolution (LTE) Wi-Fi hotspot to business customers in collaboration with Sierra Wireless.

The new 4G hotspot
(Credit: Telstra)

It weighs less than 100 grams, and has up to four hours of battery life, or 100 hours on standby. Up to five devices can connect to the hotspot simultaneously.

Business customers can buy the hotspot for $99 upfront on a 24-month mobile-broadband contract priced at $29.95 per month (including 1GB) or $39.95 per month (4GB). Or they can pay $0 on a 24-month mobile-broadband contract priced at $49.95 (8GB) or $89.95 (15GB).

The device will launch for consumers next Tuesday, 27 March. Customers can purchase the hotspot next week on a range of plans, including for $49 upfront on a 24-month contract priced at $39.95 per month, with 1GB of data; $49.95 per month, with 4GB of data; or $59.95 per month, with 8GB of data.

Typical speeds for the LTE service range from 2Mbps to 40Mbps, according to Telstra. After the allowance has been used up, connection speeds will slow to 64Kbps.

Telstra has rolled the service out to capital city central business districts (defined as being a 5km radius around the general post office), as well as some airports and regional locations.

When outside of these areas, the hotspot will switch onto dual-channel HSPA+.

Topics: Broadband, Telcos, Telstra, NBN

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  • Pity they don't provide an Ethernet port to connect a router or switch to, so that it can share across wired networks as well.

    Currently, we use a 4G USB dongle plugged into a laptop running ICS to share internet across our network. It runs into a wireless Gigabit router to provide an AP. The benefit is that there is no five device limit.
    Patanjali
    • @Patanjali. Just go an buy a netgear wifi extender. I use that in office. No need for ics and it provides 4 Ethernet ports which then one can be utilized for your router.
      Saalec
      • Good thinking batman!

        However, these devices usually come out quite a bit later than the USB dongles, if at all.
        Patanjali
    • I dont think this product is for that kind of use.
      It's a wifi hotspot device.
      You can buy 3G routers from well known tech stores like JB Hifi and Harvey Norman.
      cootified
      • 3G does NOT provide 4G performance, especially for uploads, which is significant for businesses.
        Patanjali
      • No, it is not for wired use, but it could so easily be made to be.
        Patanjali
  • Seems that prices are still silly..
    story_teller
  • Apart from just needing an ABN for the business plan, is there any other differences but costs?
    rob82aus
    • Yes, it will only work in 4G areas, not everywhere.
      cootified