Telstra has launched its Turbo Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband modem with a slim profile and neat rotating USB connection point.
The model, which slips easily into the pocket is aimed at giving users a more affordable way to connect with friends and family, without committing to a contract.
"The popularity of mobile broadband in Australia is booming," Telstra's Executive Director of Mobility Products, Ross Fielding, said. "Our customers tell us that they love the reliability and speeds of Telstra Next G mobile broadband and the freedom of being able to jump onto Facebook, access email or work flexibly when they're out and about. But many have said they want a more affordable way to get their family or friends connected without committing to a contract.
The new modem delivers the same speed and coverage benefits of Telstra's outgoing model, at the lower upfront cost of $89. With typical download speed of 550kbps to 3Mbps and upload speeds of 300kbps to 3Mbps in capital cities, associated metropolitan and selected regional areas, people can access email, upload photos to Facebook, stream media and browse the net at high speed.
The new modem also supports an optional external antenna. The modem is Windows and Mac compatible and its USB interface means it can be easily plugged into a laptop, netbook or PC
It also includes 2GB of data (up from 1GB of data) to get customers started. It is also easy to set up and recharge with auto installation and a new easy-to-use connection manager. The connection manager provides direct access to data and credit use details and online recharging options. Data is charged in kilobyte increments so customers only pay for what they use within the recharge period. There is a range of Telstra Pre-Paid Mobile Broadband recharge allowances that start from $20 per recharge.