Telstra lures 4G users with a pre-paid hotspot

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Telstra lures 4G users with a pre-paid hotspot

If you like the idea of having 4G Internet for your laptop or tablet, but don't want to pay every month, Telstra's new Pre-Paid Wi-Fi 4G hotspot is just for you.

Telstra has been upping the ante with mobile Internet performance since introducing their 4G network, the fastest mobile data network in the country. From tomorrow, they're adding a pre-paid 4G hotspot that will deliver Internet connectivity over 4G to up to five WiFi-only devices.

Telstra already offers a Mobile Wi-Fi 4G hotspot (read our review), but the new white version is pre-paid, meaning you can avoid monthly charges so you only pay for the service when you need it.

The new Telstra Pre-Paid Wi-Fi 4G weighs 105 grams and has up to up to four hours of battery life. It will works with any Wi-Fi enabled device so you can use it to connect your tablet and laptop. If you have a small work group, you can all share the one device rather than pay for several separate services for each device.

The Telstra Pre-Paid Wi-Fi 4G will be available from Tuesday 17 July for $169 and includes 5GB of data to use in Australia within the first 30 days. You can recharge the service as required.

Recharge denominations vary with the cheapest being $20 which gives 250MB of data that need to be used within 21 days. $180 gives 12GB of data with a 365 day expiry. A list of current rates can be found at Telstra's website.

 

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Summary:
 
What is it? A hotspot is a device that uses the cellular network Internet connection delivered by your carrier and shares it over Wi-Fi, so Wi-Fi devices like laptops, phone and tablets can also use the connection.
 
Who's it for? Individuals and small teams that need Internet connectivity when out of the office
 
How much? $169 up front plus recharges when you need more data
 
When can I Telstra's new Pre-Paid Wi-Fi 4G? From 17 July 2012
 
 
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