Telstra's Ultimate USB 3G modem has finally been made available for general buyers, having been on sale for business customers since September. Telstra has also adjusted its higher-priced next G mobile broadband packages to offer more data.
The DC-HSPA+ enabled Ultimate modem is being offered on a range of BigPond Mobile Liberty plans (no sign of a pre-paid option yet, so you'll need to sign up for a 24 month contract). The $59.95 a month plan now offers 7GB a month, and the top-priced 12GB plan is now $89.95. As ever with Telstra, the pricing can be confusing as there's discounts offered for customers who bundle other products.
National coverage for Next G is pretty impressive, but claims regarding speed from Telstra do need to be taken with a pinch of salt. My own cross-country testing of the Ultimate USB suggested that it often has trouble meeting the claimed speeds, and I can't imagine that situation improving with wider availability.