Telstra’s officially launched its much-anticipated 5G WiFi Pro — a new 5G mobile broadband device. Here, we take a closer look at its price and specifications in case you’re looking for a tech upgrade.
What does Telstra 5G Wifi Pro do?
In short, it offers both super fast 5G and advanced 4GX connectivity.
It’s also Australia’s first mobile broadband device that is mmWave ready. This essentially means when the mmWave tech rolls out within the next year or so, the Telstra 5G Wifi Pro will be ready to use the next iteration of 5G easily. Having said that, it’s important to remember the device isn’t at its full potential just yet.
Telstra’s Product and Service Design Executive Andrew Stormont said the unveiling of Telstra’s first mmWave compatible 5G device was a major movement in the evolution of 5G within Australia.
“MmWave is going to be a big part of our 5G future and with the Telstra 5G Wifi Pro we are offering customers a device that will be able to take advantage of the next iteration of 5G as soon as it arrives,” said Stormont in a press release.
Pricing and availability
From 26 May, you’ll be able to get your hands on the Telstra 5G Wifi Pro device online or at Telstra stores.
It costs $599 if you’re paying the full amount in one go or you can spread your payments over 24 months. This means you’ll be paying $24.95 monthly. Telstra Members can benefit from earning up to 100,000 points from online purchases.
A year ago, Telstra had committed to increasing its 5G coverage across Australia and reach around 35 cities before the closing of June. Currently, that figure sits at 47. Now, 700 plus suburbs across the country have more than 50% of 5G coverage — in fact, some suburbs have 100% coverage.
Specs and capabilities
The Telstra 5G Wifi Pro offers a 2.4 inch colour touch screen and comes with a data meter to track your usage. It can even support up to 30 Wifi-enabled devices (15 each on 2.4 and 5 GHz), and its 4500mAH quick charge battery can last up to 9 hours.
You can find the full list of specs below.
Network 5G band: -mmW n258 – Sub6G n78 – Low band: n5, n7
4G LTE Advanced: 1/3/7/8/28 Category 20 3G: 850MHz Chipset Qualcomm SDX55 Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/n/ax 2.4 GHz and 802.11a/n/ac/ax 5 GHz (Wi-Fi 6), 2×2 MIMO Dual band, up to 30 users (15 users each channel)
Interface: 1*USB3.1 type C(Gen2) 1*RJ45(GE) Dual TS-9 external antenna port
Battery: 4500mAH, quick charging
Display: 2.4” colour touch screen
Operating System: iOS 9 or later, Android 4.1 or Windows® 10,8,7
Available colours: Black
4G and 5G: 5G and 4GX (Cat.20)
Sim Type: Nano (4FF)
Ports: Ethernet/USB Type C 3.1 Gen 2, dual TS-9 antenna ports support 4G/3G only
What’s in the box: Device and removeable battery, USB type C cable AC charger, Quick start guide, manufacturer’s warranty card
Telstra’s sim-only mobile broadband plans
If you’re still on the fence about getting Telstra’s latest offering, its sim-only mobile broadband plans (listed below) might be of some interest.