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Telstra 4G Modem, RRP is $129 now $109.65 with 15% off at Target.
4G sort of ties one down to Telstra doesn't it? I guess the upside is that you wouldn't need to bother paying for unlocking.
Just because it runs 4G doesn't mean it can't use 3G networks….
It will still be locked to Telstra's "NextGen" 3G network.
Pretty sure you can have it unlocked for free.
Is a 4G modem backward compatible with pre-4G networks?
When there's no 4G reception, it'll fall back on Telstra's NextG network.
Which, atm, will be most of the time.
This device should be faster on 3G than a 3G device BTW.
But the speeds on 4g are amazing. I have it and I live in the burbs in Brisbane and achieve 9mbps which although it isn't adsl two speed it is quicker than adsl and no need for a landline.
On Three 3G I was getting 7.2 down on the mornington peninsula, 2 years ago. Not seeing much about those speeds to be excited about.
No need for ADSL, until you realize just how little 3GB is, especially when Telstra is charging you for uploads.
30Mbps at some spot in brisbane city, faster than my ADSL2+.
But that means can empty the 3Gb data in less than 20 minutes
OoOhh 20 minutes@ 30Mbps, where do I get one?!?
(Nah.. j/k, I already got 3Gbytes :D)
Comes with 3GB bonus data, valid for 30 days from activation.
Darn - and I bought this just yesterday at the Telstra Shop for the full RRP.
But I feel it's still worth it - getting speeds of 10-15mbps/3-5mbps at my place (which only has fringe 4G coverage) to 45mbps/10mbps in inner Canberra. Just loving the 4G speeds.
This is like buying a cheap printer. Sure the printer is cheap, but you know you are going to be sexually molested by insane ink prices.
$50 for "up to" 3GB - and this expires in 30 days.
WTF does "up to 3GBs" mean? They can offer me less data than what I paid for?
It's because when you recharge, you have the $x amount of credit applied, and data is then charged at the data rate of the latest recharge.
So say I recharge with $50 and then $20. So I have $70 but data is charged at 8c/MB which is equivalent to 875MB and not 3.25GB.
You can also use the credit towards calls and texts, with rates as per this page.
Why is telstra ripping off so much on mobile broadband.
Go on a Telstra Prepaid Cap Encore deal (mobile)
Pay $50 you get 2GB
Buy a $49 Browsepack (which comes out of the $50 credit you just paid for) gives you an extra 3GB.
So thats 5GB for $50 and you still have all that cap credit which can also be used for more data, or calls and SMS's
The mobile phone and mobile broadband plans use the same APN as far as I know.
Why telstra has priced the MBB like that is beyond me.
Or even better (data-wise): $50 for 3GB on Text & Data then with the $49 3GB data pack = 6GB for $50/30 days with $1 left over, with unlimited texting.
get the $10 for $30 prepaid sim from coles & biw G this week, and registered the ipad plan = 3Gb a month, cheapest for 4G.
4G speed's pretty awesome, went to the local Telstra shop in Cairns and ran the speedtest.net and got 40Mbps…but I'm pretty sure you'll be on 3G once you get out of the city and I don't believe the 4G is mature enough to pay $101 for the modem yet.
Are there any deals on Telstra broadband wireless modem atm beside 4G which is still expensive
Mmmmm 4G, this will go well with my 4000P/Ultra High Definition OLED IPTV in the year 2015. ;)
Only good if you don't want a contract. For a 24-month deal, Telstra is offering 8gb on their 4G modem at $59 (or $49 if you have one of their landlines).
Too far from my exchange to be offered any ADSL/2 so have to rely on wireless only: 3G from Optus was so bad that only ending get EDGE speed (occasional "G" speed…if the planets were aligned)..and still got disconnections. And live within 30km of Melbourne CBD - and within a NBN test site which isn't yet running (oh, the irony!)
Don't have to pay for the modem however on the contract.
So you are negging this because it's pre-paid and therefore more expensive than post-paid?
But the contract you're buying 2 years in to the future, remember. And there is slim chance 8gb will represent much value at all by 2015..; Plus, I'll wager by January such modems will cost about the same as a single 'installment' worth $59 anyway.
yep, avoid 24 month' down payments at all expense and go for the liberating 1 or $2-per gbyte extra on, as posted: Today's "Text & Data" phone deals, you will find the economic alternative.
(thereby, enjoying pre-pay prices slide downward over the months +years ahead).
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