Telstra Drops Pricing On Mobile Broadband Devices

It is a truth universally acknowledged that prepaid mobile broadband dongles and hotspots get cheaper pretty quickly. Telstra has cut pricing on its prepaid Elite Wi-Fi Hotspot and USB dongles, slicing $30 off the former and $20 off the latter.

The hotspot has dropped in price from $129 to $99, while the dongle version is down from $99 to $79. Whichever model you favour, that's a good saving, though dongles from rival providers remain cheaper (you can usually locate one under $50 and supermarkets regularly sell them for half that price).

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    Other than business users, does anyone actually still use these instead of just wifi/usb tether their phone?

      If you get the Elite version and are in a good area then you get up to 21mbps speeds, more than most mobile phones can offer speed wise, that's if speed matters more than cost like it does to me, I've had the Elite version on the Telstra $150/365 days/10gb pre-paid option for a while now and very impressed!

      I bought a telstra USB model when they were $15. My phone is a voda, so the mhz ranges are different.

      As a uni student living in a rental with no landline, I use them exclusively. I also use them a lot to kill time at work, wifi isn't everywhere you know, and my phone only gets a GB, my telstra dongle gets 7GB a month for $49.

      I get around 8-10 hours of battery life when I hammer my phone, and to be left without a phone is not an option. Enter portable wifi hotspot...

    Have to agree Johann, tethered smartphone is so convenient as it's always in your pocket -- I'm increasingly using that rather than a dongle nowadays. (Plus of course you don't need a separate plan... though you do chew up your smartphone's limited battery life...)

    WiFi modem is good choice if your phone uses different network. I'm with Amaysim, but Optus network performance is not that good as Telstra's on the train. So getting prepaid modem with 10Gb for 12 months at $149 is a reasonable choice if you need reliable connection.

    I can't get ADSL at the moment as I'm in a new estate and i raked up a $700 phone bill tethering to my phone, I swear the stupid lady at the shop told me i'd get an sms when i was near my limit but that didn't happen. Anyway I got a Telstra Ultimate WiFi and it's so good, so quick, much faster than the ADSL I had at my old place and way more convenient without having to piss around with a phone line. Yes it's expensive and I don't get as many downloads as I'd like but I can take it anywhere I want to go

    Now they just need to give a proper IP address and I'd be using their services.

    I am still predicting they will be giving them away at some stage and just increasing the unlock fee.

    I was in a motel in Bright Victoria and the Telstra 3G was marginal and I found that my Telstra Ultimate was better than the iPhone 4 when providing internet to an iPad.

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