Good news if you fancy 4G connection speeds but don't need travel broadband often enough to justify a Wi-Fi hotspot on a contract": Telstra is selling a prepaid version for $169 from tomorrow.
The prepaid bundle includes 5GB of data, with a 30-day expiry date. Like its previous contract sibling, it supports connecting up to five devices at a time. If there's no 4G signal available, it falls back onto the existing Telstra Next G 3G network, and there's no premium charged for access.
As ever, the rates aren't the cheapest around, but if you want a reliable, no-think backup connection, $180 for 365 days may be worth considering. These are the recharge options:
Telstra followed a similar pattern with its 4G dongle, launching a contract version in 2012 followed by a prepaid model in February this year. Lifehacker testing consistently shows that 4G connections perform well (though not, it's worth noting, as well as the NBN).