Telstra to drop prices for LTE launch

Telstra to drop prices for LTE launch

Summary: Telstra's commercial launch of long-term evolution (LTE) devices later this year will coincide with a drop in price of the telco's existing mobile broadband offerings, according to a source.

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Telstra's commercial launch of long-term evolution (LTE) devices later this year will coincide with a drop in price of the telco's existing mobile broadband offerings, according to a source.

4G dongle

An LTE dongle
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The telco plans an overhaul of its Liberty mobile broadband plans as it launches LTE services for consumers later this year, ZDNet Australia understands. Instead of the 400MB, 1GB, 3GB, 7GB and 12 GB plans in place today, Telstra will offer 1GB, 4GB, 8GB and 15GB plans, at the same price points. This means that 1GB would be $29.95 per month on a standalone contract, while the 15GB plan would be $89.95 per month.

On Monday, Telstra began offering LTE services to business and enterprise customers for use within 5km of the CBDs of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. The telco is offering around 1500 Sierra-Wireless broadband dongle devices to customers on the brand new network to start with.

Although Telstra has not yet revealed real-world speeds for the device, ZDNet Australia understands that Telstra is advising that users will achieve download speeds of between 2 megabits per second (Mbps) and 40Mbps, with an average of over 30Mbps in LTE areas because there will only be 1500 users on the service. When in areas outside of the CBD LTE network radius, the devices will fall back to Telstra's existing Next G network.

Telstra wouldn't officially confirm any of the details provided to ZDNet Australia, instead indicating only that the telco would reveal real-world LTE speeds closer to the launch.

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  • That is barely an upgrade. 3G/HSPA+/LTE....they are all dirt, why pay that money for that rubbish amount of data? Bring on NBN, please. Stop this nonsense.
    evilsync
  • When will Telsta ever hear the message, while 15GB is better than 12GB those unable to get a wired connection require more than this, 12GB, 15GB or even 20GB is simply not sufficient for today's Internet usage for a family. They need to look at setting up a second tier of plans for 'Fixed' wireless users with larger than 20GB plans... seriously when will they hear us?
    gwmbox
  • They exist - I'm sure you are just not willing to pay the premium for such a service.

    You need to remember that you can't compare the cost per GB for a fixed/wireless service. The costing to get the data over wireless is more then fixed access. If you're willing to pay there are 50GB, 75GB and 120GB for $360, $480 and $600 per month
    andrewgs
    • andrewgs says
      If you're willing to pay there are 50GB, 75GB and 120GB for $360, $480 and $600 per month.
      please give us a link to where these magic wireless data plans are offered?
      mark114
      • Telstra Business Plans: http://www.telstrabusiness.com/business/portal/online/site/productsservices/standardplans.44017
        bwad-82dd6
  • Thank you bwad, I wonder how many others, other than needy business customers could afford such luxury? I would imagine this is way beyond the average family, I guess that if I were in that imposition, I would walk and act with my feet.
    mark114
  • Thank you bwad, I wonder how many others, other than needy business customers could afford such luxury? I would imagine this is way beyond the average family, I guess that if I were in that imposition, I would walk and act with my feet.
    mark114
  • http://www.telstrabusiness.com/business/portal/online/site/productsservices/standardplans.44017

    I love how they call 120GB "extreme" usage

    Lololol

    but yeah ok their precious cell network backhaul and cell tower cant manage it, fair enough :sssssss
    kuykee
  • some good news is that there will be more coverage than just CBD areas, I'm currently installing LTE equipment in regional SA and know of other crews rolling out LTE in other regional areas.
    As for the price, typical Telstra bullshit prices.
    zachflem
    • Sorry mate, but you can't have it both ways. Here Telstra are rolling out this new equipment (the only operator to do so) and essentially paying your salary, however you then complain about Telstra prices.
      This equipment and investment costs money, and hence Telstra charge a premium. If you want cheap, go to Vodafone.
      Nimos-92373
      • Yet mate every other company in the world has to pay for the equipment as well, but you don't see them over charging , how do you explain that Mr.Nimos?

        That's an excuse saying the equipment costs , of course it costs , but it shouldn't effect the price tag so dramatically, just do your research on the net , we offically have one of the most expensive plans in the world. European countries are selling double the speed double the download limit for almost as cheap as $20-$40, so why are we paying for good speed at the price of $80+ a month or more. Please explain..
        z31k
  • I wonder when they'll start implementing the change. I nearly signed up to the 400MB plan last week!
    wutang01