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Forget 3G: Telstra 4G WiFi $59 Unleashed

Telstra WiFi users in 4G areas can get typical download speeds from 2Mbps – 40Mbps and upload speeds of 1Mbps – 10Mbps with up to five devices attached to the network on Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The device will give improved web responsiveness, making real-time applications like video conferencing, internet gaming and cloud streaming services work better with less buffering and fewer interruptions.

4G Long Term Evolution technology means five times faster web speeds than 3G, with Optus and Vodafone set to unleash LTE later this year.

This is Australia’s first 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and can be used in capital city CBDs, associated airports and more than 80 regional and metro locations.

However, for those outside the 4G zones you ll have to make do with “super fast 3G speeds” similar to Apple iPad owners hopeful 4G would work on the new tablet in Oz, last week.

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Telstra’s Wi-Fi 4G hotspot for business is out now and BigPond Wi-Fi 4G (for personal use) is unleashed next Tuesday 27 March, which will come in plans including $59.95 per month (plus $49 upfront) with 8GB data on 2 year plan.

Other plans will also be available next week, Telstra said today.

The business plans include $0 upfront on $49.95 plan (over 24 months) with 8GB of data Australia as well as $29, $39, $89 plans or bought outright for $299. 

“Personal users are going to love using the BigPond Mobile Wi-Fi 4G to access high bandwidth content such as video and music on multiple devices simultaneously,” said Anthea Roberts, Director, Telstra Mobile.

“It’s the perfect way to get people and devices connected on family trips or when commuting to work,” she added.

The mobile Wi-Fi 4G sports a large LED display which shows signal strength, number of devices connected and power level (battery level is up to four hours, 100 hours standby).

It also has a handy audio alert that lets owners know when devices connect/ disconnect from the Wi-Fi network, a web-based control portal to adjust network security and Wi-Fi range settings from an internet browser.