Telstra Launches 4G USB + Wi-Fi Device

Telstra has released a new 4G mobile broadband device that combines a 4G USB dongle with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot which it is billing as the first of its kind in Australia. The device can be purchased on a pre-paid plan for $119.

As its name implies, the Telstra 4G USB + Wi-Fi allows customers to access high-speed mobile broadband either via a USB connection or a Wi-Fi hotspot (when used in 4G supported areas). The device can be plugged into a laptop and used as a conventional USB modem or act as a Wi-Fi hot spot for up to five Wi-Fi devices.

It also comes with its own AC adapter which is handy if you want to power multiple devices without leeching your phone's battery.

“This product is a great solution for people who work out of the office and have multiple devices that need internet access such as phones, tablets and laptops," said Telstra Mobile executive Graeme McLindin. “The launch of this device on pre-paid also allows customers flexibility in meeting their data needs."

    The 4G USB + Wi-Fi device's key features are as follows:

  • Connect up to 5 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously including a compatible smartphone, tablet or laptop
  • Create an instant hotspot with the included AC adaptor or compatible USB power source
  • Can provide mobile broadband via USB to a compatible host PC or Mac, while also providing mobile broadband to multiple users via Wi-Fi
  • Compact and lightweight design, with rotating USB
  • Compatible with PC (x32/x64 Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3) and Mac (Mac 10.8.x, 10.7.x) and works with Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • CAT4 technology
  • LTE 1800/2600/900 MHz
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    The Telstra 4G USB + Wi-Fi will retail for $119, which includes 5GB of data for use in Australia over 30 days. Head to Telstra's website for more information.


Comments

    Doesn't the Sierra Wireless 760S already do this?

    "First of it's kind" is hiding the real problem with this device - it's the first pocket wifi router that doesn't have a battery so is useless without an AC adapter, laptop or similar power source! If you want to use it portably with a tablet or similar, you'll need to buy a battery with USB output.

    The Sierra pocket Wifi routers that Telstra have offered in the past might not support USB connectivity (apart from to charge the device) .. but pretty much everyone elses' do!

      The second part of your comment is incorrect. I have the current model Sierra "Telstra Mobile Wifi 4G" and I have connectivity from my laptop via USB

    No mention of whether it's usb 2 or 3?
    Or is the usb just to power it?

      USB 2 from the promo specs we got at work. Could be wrong though, that specs they send us always change from the actual product.

      Last edited 24/05/13 7:06 pm

    Any mention of 3G support?

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