Telstra goes large on 4G broadband

By on
Telstra goes large on 4G broadband

Telstra has quietly brought to market a new BigPond 4G mobile broadband plan offing 25GB of data per month for those who find its previous plans too restricting.

Telstra has quietly brought to market a new BigPond 4G mobile broadband plan offing 25GB of data per month for those who find its previous plans too restricting.

But you won't find it on Telstra's  BigPond Mobile Broadband product page. At this stage it appears to be available only to existing customers who are prepared to start a new contract, but we're waiting for confirmation from Telstra on that point.

According to a document hidden away on Telstra's site, the plan costs $160 per month on a 24-month contract or $165 on a 12-month contract (we're waiting for confirmation from Telstra).

There's also an upfront payment of $48, but you do get a 'BigPond Mobile Wi-Fi 4G' hotspot, which is more flexible than a USB dongle though it is not compatible with the Surface or other Windows RT devices.

Beware of using the device overseas: you'll be charged a whopping $15.36 per megabyte. To add insult to injury, there's also a 50c connection fee.

To put that in context, opening the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald transfers well over a megabyte of data, so you can run up a big bill very quickly.

Telstra does offer a 'Business Member Plan' that offers 25GB per month for $150. Suitable wireless devices can be purchased outright or taken on a plan. Like the other plans in that range, excess data is charged per kilobyte at the rate of 10c per megabyte.

That's an important difference between the business and (nominally) consumer BigPond plans: the latter throttle the download speed to 64kbps until the end of the month once the limit is reached.

One approach eliminates the risk of an unexpected bill, while the other means full speed is always available. So think about what's more important to your business before making a decision.

Copyright © BIT (Business IT). All rights reserved.
Tags:

Most Read Articles

You must be a registered member of Business IT to post a comment.
| Register

Poll

What would you like to see more of on BiT?
News
Reviews
Features
How To's
Lollies
Photo Galleries
Videos
Opinion
View poll archive

Log In

Username / Email:
Password:
  |  Forgot your password?