Telstra has made available a prepaid pocket WiFi hotspot that operates on its LTE network.
It can connect up to five devices and goes on sale on 17 July for $169 with 5GB of data that must be used within 30 days of activation.
Recharge rates are the same as those for other prepaid data devices including the prepaid LTE dongle that Telstra has offered for some time.They range from 25MB for $20 on 21 day expiry to 12GB for $180 on 365 day expiry. Full details at www.telstra.com/ppmbb.
Telstra is quoting the same performance as for other LTE devices it offers: typical download speeds from 2Mbps – 40Mbps, and typical upload speeds from 1Mbps – 10Mbps within 5km from GPO of capital cities, associated airports and selected regional locations (meaning 3km from regional town centre).
The device is the ninth Telstra has released with LTE capability. According to Telstra, it "sports a sleek white design and a LED display which provides useful information at a glance including Wi-Fi name and password, signal strength, number of devices connected and battery level.
"It supports Wi-Fi standard N connectivity for superior Wi-Fi throughput and range [and] includes a handy a web-based control portal allows for the adjustment of network security and Wi-Fi range settings from an internet browser." Battery life is quoted as four hours usage or 100 hours standby.
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Tracking the telecoms industry since 1989, Stuart has been awarded Journalist Of The Year by the Australian Telecommunications Users Group (twice) and by the Service Providers Action Network. In 2010 he received the 'Kester' lifetime achievement award in the Consensus IT Writers Awards and was made a Lifetime Member of the Telecommunications Society of Australia. He was born in the UK, came to Australia in 1980 and has been here ever since.