Telstra's new 4G hotspot (Credit: Telstra)
The hotspot device, available from today for business customers and next Tuesday, the 27th March for personal accounts, will utilise Telstra's high-speed 4G network offering speeds of between 2Mbps to 40Mbps and provide access to the network for devices such as portable gaming consoles and smartphones through a Wi-Fi connection.
It's a first for the company's newest network, which up until now has only had a USB-based device for connection to the 4G network. A mobile wireless hotspot has long been available for the company's NextG network, but it was unable to utilise the faster 4G network currently available in capital cities across Australia.
'Australians now take a range of Wi-Fi enabled devices with them when they're outside the home and office and for many of our customers the Telstra Mobile Wi-Fi is the 4G product they've been waiting for,' Anthea Roberts, Director of Telstra Mobile said in a statement this morning.
'The introduction of the Telstra Mobile Wi-Fi 4G also means more people can take advantage of the improved web responsiveness available on 4G which makes real-time applications like video conferencing, internet gaming and cloud-hosted streaming services work better with less buffering and fewer interruptions.'
The device is said to last 4 hours on battery, with up to 100 hours standby. It was developed in partnership with Sierra Wireless, weighing a mere 100 grams.
Pricing for the device starts at $0 upfront on the $49.95 Telstra Mobile Broadband Standard Plan over 24 months for business customers, or $59.95 per month for 24 months for personal customers when it becomes available next Tuesday.