Tuesday, 14 April 2009 09:44

Fast talkin' Telstra talks up 21Mbps Next G - again

Yet another Telstra announcement on 21Mbps Next G wireless has arrived, this time toutin’ the fast talkin’, world record holdin’ Fran Capo on her Australian tour, to show off her Guinness World Record motor mouth and speedily segue into a spiel on the sizzlin’ speeds and in-store availability of Telstra’s 21Mbps wireless modems.

It seems like there’s been one 21Mbps Next G announcement after another from Telstra over the past few weeks since the 21Mbps upgrade was formally launched, and today is no exception.

This latest promotion is taking a talking tack as Telstra feels the need to advertise its need for customers wanting speed - through a rather unique mouthpiece, so to speak.

That mouthpiece is Fran Capo, the current Guinness World Record holder as the “world’s fastest talking woman” – with three Guinness records under her belt.

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a voice synthesizer on steroids and able to launch into long sentences with a single larynx movement, Capo is a strange visitor from another planet (New York) who came to Australia with vocal powers and abilities far beyond those of other men and women.

Capo – who can change the course of mighty conversation, bend talking points with her bare chords, and who, disguised as a fast talking and probably not very mild mannered Telstra representative, is promoting the never ending battle for Speed, Throughput and the Next G Way. Clearly, Capo is a super woman!

Capo “holds a record for being the world’s fastest talking female after she clocked an amazing 603.32 words in 54.2 seconds”, which is 11 words a second, qualifying her in Telstra’s mind as an ideal candidate “to communicate the need for speed and how Australians can benefit from the BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card”.
Capo (quickly?) exclaimed: “I am so excited to come to Australia to celebrate the launch of BigPond’s 21 USB Mobile Card – as you can imagine I’m right behind anything that’s fast and can keep up with me, especially when we’re both Guinness World Record holders! It’s pretty cool that Australians can now access mobile content faster than ever right in their own backyard, thanks to the new world-first technology.”
Presumably at a much slower pace, Telstra’s Executive Director of its Consumer Division,
Ms Glenice Maclellan, said that “Telstra BigPond customers will be the winners as they will be able to experience super fast mobile broadband.

“The new 21 USB Mobile Card gives customers access to news, movies, music and sport in real-time, for example they can download a YouTube video of Fran Capo two times faster than the next fastest 3G device on the market!” concluded Maclellan.
So, where can you see Fran Capo in action? Details of her in-store T-Life appearances are on page 2, please read on!

Fran Capo is a “household name in the US” thanks to appearances on “major TV shows such as Jay Leno, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Late Show, Larry King Live, Entertainment Tonight, not to mention various commercials and movies during her colourful career as a stand up comedian and the world’s fastest talker”.

Telstra have decided to pit Capo’s super speedy talking talents against 21Mbps Next G download speeds to see who’s the fastest, and this will be happening at Sydney and Melbourne T-Life stores for those wishing to see Capo’s conversational capers in action.

Telstra says “these promise to be highly entertaining events including a Fran vs 21 tech speed challenge, pop quiz, stand up comedy and with prizes to be won. Fran will be in Sydney from the 13-15 April, and in Melbourne from the 15-20 April.”

More information can be found at Bigpond.com or the T-Life website.
As always, despite the network being called a 21Mbps network, real life speeds are up to” 8Mbps – which is still at least twice as fast as Telstra’s previous Next G offering.

Why not let Telstra do the talking on why this is the case? Here’s what they have to say:

“As with any wireless service, speeds are affected by many factors, such as location and customer equipment. 

“In this case, actual customer speeds are less than 21Mbps, but customers in many CBD and metropolitan areas with the new 21 USB Mobile Card can enjoy typical speeds of 550kbps to 8Mbps. 

“In other areas speeds experienced will typically be 550kbps to 3Mbps.”

So, if you want some fast talkin’ from Telstra that you might actually enjoy, check out Fran Capo on her T-Life Australian tour and see if you can get a word in edgewise!

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