Telstra launches Ultimate 3G hotspot modem

By William Maher on Jun 21, 2011 4:24 PM
Filed under Mobility

Combines wi-fi and 3G for the world's fastest wireless hotspot, says Telstra.

Telstra has caught up with competing carriers to offer a pocket wi-fi modem, which allows users to share a 3G wireless connection between multiple phones, laptops or tablets.

Telstra claims its Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi modem is the fastest of its type in the world. It connects via dual channel HSPA+. In theory, that should offer much faster speeds than 3G modems from other carriers.

As is usual with wireless devices, those speeds are likely to vary. Telstra claims the modem can run at up to 20 Mbps in Ultimate coverage areas (capital city CBDs, airports, certain regional centres), dropping to up to 8 Mbps elsewhere in capital cities and other metro and regional areas, and 3 Mbps in other areas.

The Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi: Telstra claims up to 3.5 hours battery life

PC Authority's testing of Telstra's older (non dual-channel) 3G Wi-Fi modem, the Elite Mobile Wi-Fi, showed that speed does drop noticeably depending on your coverage area. The review team managed an average 7.9 Mbps in the Sydney CBD, and 4.5 Mbps in the suburbs. Once the team connected a couple of iPads, MacBook and iPhone, speeds dropped to around 2 Mbps per device.

As  noted previously, browsing the Internet is much more expensive using these 3G Wi-Fi modems, but users pay for the convenience of one SIM for multiple devices and mobility.

The Telstra Ultimate Mobile Wi-Fi is on sale for businesses today and for BigPond customers from July 19.

 
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