Telstra Expands Hotspot Range With Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi

Telstra Expands Hotspot Range With Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi
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Telstra is no stranger to the world of 3G Wi-Fi hotspots. The latest addition to its range, the Ultimate, uses the higher-speed range of its Next G network for (at least in theory) faster performance of up to 20Mbps.

I say “at least in theory” because when I tested the Ultimate network last year it rarely reached those maximum speeds (though it did perform pretty well). Telstra is pitching the system at business users (you can connect up to five devices), so having as much speed as possible would be useful.

Business buyers can purchase the device now; a consumer version will go on sale on July 19, priced at $49 if you buy it on a 24-month contract. I was amused to note the device being left on a couch in the picture above, given its predecessor’s tendency to run at nastily warm speeds inside a shirt pocket.



  • I have the Telstra Ultimate USB device and it’s plugged into the Netcomm travel router. It works well but looks ungainly.

    The travel router’s battery lasts about 3 and a half hours and I ordered a new battery as it uses the Fujifilm NP-120 digital camera battery. You can also get a charger for it but I charge it inside the router with the micro USB cable.

    Some days I’m just using the USB in the laptop so I have some flexibility.

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