Telstra has introduced its 3G hotspot, the Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi,
which enables users to share mobile broadband connectivity with up to
five Wi-Fi enabled devices. The battery-powered mobile hotspot supports
download speeds ranging from 1.1 Mbps to 20 Mbps in Ultimate coverage
areas, including Australia’s capital city CBDs and associated airports,
selected metropolitan hubs and over 100 regional centres. The device,
which supports the Wi-Fi standard N connectivity for fast Wi-Fi
throughput, is available from 19 July for AU$49 on a range of mobile
broadband price plans.
Australians now have access to the world’s fastest 3G hotspot with
the launch today of the Telstra Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi – a
battery-powered device that shares Next G® mobile broadband
connectivity with up to five devices simultaneously.
The Telstra Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi provides blistering download
speeds ranging from 1.1Mbps to 20Mbps in Ultimate coverage areas which
include Australia’s capital city CBDs and associated airports, selected
metropolitan hubs and more than 100 regional centres*. Business
customers will be able to purchase the super-fast device from today
while a BigPond version will go on sale for consumers on 19 July.
Warwick Bray, Executive Director, Telstra Mobile Products said a
surge in laptop, tablet and smartphone ownership meant Australians were
increasingly turning to fast mobile broadband connectivity to get the
most out of their devices on the go.
“Australians are now taking a growing range of Wi-Fi enabled devices
with them when they’re outside the home and office. However managing
separate mobile broadband accounts for each gadget can be a hassle. The
Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi device makes it easy for customers to connect
up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices simultaneously at speeds up to four
times faster than currently achievable using similar competitor 3G
Wi-Fi hotspot products in capital CBDs and selected regional areas.
“Equipped with an Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi device, businesses can connect
teams or multiple Wi-Fi enabled devices wherever there is Next G
network coverage. This means businesses can now take their own fast
network with them on customer visits, to trade and community events, or
to temporary work locations. It gives businesses the flexibility to
keep people productive when they’re out on the road by connecting to
email and work files at fast internet speeds.
“Consumer customers will be able to use the BigPond Ultimate® Mobile
Wi-Fi device in Ultimate coverage areas to serve up high bandwidth
content such as video and music to multiple devices simultaneously. For
instance, on family holidays, parents can keep kids entertained on
their games consoles and tablets by setting up a fast mobile hotspot in
the car or holiday home. With a BigPond Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi
students can stream lectures and get online via their laptop at uni,
while parents will be able to access the mobile web on their tablet and
smartphone during their commute to work,” Mr Bray said.
The Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi device sports a sleek black design and a
large LED display which provides information such as signal strength,
number of devices connected and battery level at a glance. It is the
first 3G hotspot in Australia to support Wi-Fi standard N connectivity
for fast Wi-Fi throughput. It includes a handy audio alert that lets
owners know when devices connect and disconnect from the Wi-Fi network,
while a web-based control portal allows for the adjustment of network
security and Wi-Fi range settings from an internet browser.
The Telstra Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi device is the world’s first
commercial battery-powered 3G hotspot to use advanced dual channel
HSPA+ technology which is available exclusively in Australia on the
Telstra Next G® network – Australia’s fastest mobile broadband network.
The Telstra Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi is available from 21 June and
business customers can purchase the device on a range of Telstra Mobile
Broadband plans including for $0 upfront on $49 plan that includes 7GB
of data each month over 24 months (minimum total cost $1,176), For more
information visit: www.telstra.com/business/mobilebroadband
Pricing and availability
The BigPond Ultimate® Mobile Wi-Fi is available from 19 July for $49
(after device rebate) on a range of 24 month BigPond Mobile Broadband
plans - including on a $39.95 per month plan with 1GB of data each
month over 24 months (min cost $1,007.80). For more information visit: http://go.bigpond.com/wireless/
* Capital CBDs means within 5km from the GPO in each capital city.
Actual speeds vary due to factors such as distance from the base
station, local conditions, user numbers, hardware and software
configuration. If multiple users access the device, typical speed range
per user may be lower. Visit www.telstra.com.au/mobile/networks/coverage/broadband.html for details of coverage areas.