• Telstra launches super-fast 4GX mobile broadband hotspot

    So 4G isn’t fast enough for you? Get ready for 4GX, which Telstra touts as the next wave in mobile broadband and capable of shovelling data down the line at a meaty 600Mbps. A supercharged personal hotspot dubbed the Wi-Fi 4GX Advanced III will go on sale on September 29 at around $26...

    POSTED 17 Sep, 2015 1 Comment

  • Vodafone unveils new mobile broadband 4G WiFi Cube

    Here's a new way to get your team connected at conferences, trade shows, temporary on-site offices and anywhere else you need high-speed Internet to share. Vodafone's Huawei 4G WiFi Cube sucks down a fast 4G signal and squirts it out over WiFi to as many as 32 devices with a range up to 200...

    POSTED 22 Jan, 2015 0 Comments

  • Vodafone launches new 4G modem, WiFi hotspot

    Vodafone has caught up to Tesltra and Optus in adding mobile broadband modems to its 4G service, but the telco says they new dongles will deliver "lightning-fast data speeds" around Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. How fast? Up to 150Mbps in theory, which means a lot le...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2014 1 Comment

  • Telstra testing 4G 'small cell networks' for airports

    Telstra is evaluating advanced 'small cell networks' to cope with the boom in smartphones, tablets and laptops at Australia's busiest airports. Known as heterogeneous networks or HetNets, these use a tightly-woven matrix of small 4G mobile phone cells to handle high traffic loads in areas "...

    POSTED 15 May, 2013 0 Comments

  • Vodafone promises Australia

    Vodafone will launch its national 4G network in June, and promises a mobile broadband megaboost for business travellers with speeds greater than those of Telstra and Optus. The  ‘staged roll-out’ will kick off with Sydney and then extend to Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, ...

    POSTED 9 Apr, 2013 6 Comments

  • Vodafone begins 4G network tests ahead of national rollout

    Vodafone has begun the first tests of its 4G network, ahead of a nationwide rollout tipped to start by the middle of this year. The third-tier telco follows Telstra and Optus in moving to 4G, after struggles to overhaul its 3G network and rebuild its reputation. Vodafone's entry into the 4G mar...

    POSTED 19 Feb, 2013 4 Comments

  • Optus launches prepaid 4G from $169

    As Optus continues to roll out its nascent 4G network, the carrier now putting two prepaid deals onto the table in addition to contract-based plans. Cheapest way into the 4G fast lane is a $169 USB Modem, which includes a generous serve of 6GB data valid for 60 days. $199 gets yo...

    POSTED 16 Nov, 2012 0 Comments

  • Traveltech: Telstra's new prepaid 3G USB & WiFi superstick

    Having a tough time choosing between a dedicated USB mobile broadband dongle and the more versatile 3G-to-WiFi personal hotspot? Now you don't need to choose, with Telstra's debut of the 'Pre-Paid 3G USB+Wi-Fi' device. And yes, that's quite a mouthful. This 3G superstick acts as a USB...

    POSTED 13 Nov, 2012 4 Comments

  • Five tips of the business travel pros

    It's never to late to pick up some new tricks to streamline your business travel. Here are five of our favourites. Ditch hotel Internet for 3G mobile broadband Most Australian hotels charge upwards of $20 per day for in-room Internet access. Stay for just three nights per month and you may as w...

    POSTED 8 Nov, 2012 3 Comments

  • Optus expands 4G to Brisbane, Gold Coast

    Optus is boosting the range of its burgeoning 4G network to Brisbane and the Gold Coast, ahead of a more extensive rollout across the December-January period. The telco says it's already flicked the switch on four base stations at Surfers Paradise, centred around Cavill. Next week wil...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2012 0 Comments

  • Optus 4G now battling Telstra for superfast mobile broadband

    Optus is gearing up to woo business travellers with its new 4G mobile broadband network in Sydney and Perth, with Melbourne coming on board from September 15. Officially launched at the end of July but restricted to business customers, the 4G network is now available to anybody with the need for...

    POSTED 4 Sep, 2012 3 Comments

  • Telstra's new 4G 'Mi-Fi' modem: a high-speed personal hotspot

    On the back on building Australia's first 4G network – one which, alas, Apple's new 4G-capable iPad doesn't recognise – Telstra now offers a mobile wi-fi box to turn a super-fast 4G signals into a high-speed personal wireless hotspot. It's a next-gen version of Telstra's Ultimat...

    POSTED 28 Mar, 2012 0 Comments

  • Telstra launches HTC Velocity 4G smartphone, 4G tablet coming...

    Telstra's debut of its first 4G smartphone – the aptly-named HTC Velocity – is set to delivering blistering speeds to business travellers. How fast? As high as 25Mbps-30Mbps in the real world, according to what we've seen in the Sydney CBD. That's quicker than most home broadband co...

    POSTED 24 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • Telstra's 4G mobile network goes live across Australia

    Telstra's new super-fast 4G LTE mobile network is going live today in capital city CBDs and 30 regional and metropolitan centres. The telco has already been giving a limited number of business customers a taste of the new network since August, but is today expanding coverage outside of the small...

    POSTED 27 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Travel routers: how to set up a WiFi hotspot in your hotel room

    Tired of having to use your laptop at your hotel room desk? A small wireless router can help you convert a wired hotel room internet connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can then connect your laptop, iPhone, iPad, and Blackberry to the Wi-Fi, without paying extra hotel charges. Using the interne...

    POSTED 23 Sep, 2011 6 Comments

  • Optus to launch 4G mobile network, better 3G too

    Optus' mobile broadband speeds are set to ratchet up a notch when it launches its next-generation 4G mobile network in April next year. It is also detailing how it has been upgrading its 3G mobile network in response to customer complaints that its performance is too slow for internet use. Tels...

    POSTED 15 Sep, 2011 0 Comments

  • Speed test: Qantas lounge Wi-Fi vs 3G mobile broadband

    Comfortable seating, good coffee and satisfying snacks: they’re three must-haves for any airport lounge. But can you rely on the free Wi-Fi in airport lounges for business-grade internet access? On a recent mid-morning visit to Sydney Airport’s Qantas business lounge, Australian Bus...

    POSTED 13 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

  • Optus to SMS warnings to customers about global roaming bills

    Optus, Australia's most expensive network for data roaming, says it will start proactively warning customers when they start clocking up big bills overseas. Monthly-billed customers will get an SMS alert when they first download any data on an overseas mobile network, warning them of the high co...

    POSTED 9 Sep, 2011 2 Comments

  • Hertz hearts MiFis: rent unlimited UK internet with your car

    Heading to the UK and wondering how to avoid paying through the nose for data roaming on your smartphone and laptop? You could do a lot worse than the offer from rental car company Hertz, which is now offering 3G+Wi-Fi pocket hotspots for rental. These pocket modems (known as "MiFis" in some co...

    POSTED 8 Sep, 2011 1 Comment

  • Telstra launching Australia

    Business travellers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will be the first to get a taste of super high-speed 4G/LTE mobile broadband later this month. Modems for Telstra's new 4G network will go on sale on August 29th. The network itself has been running in testing mode since May, but the public h...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Telstra debuts shared mobile broadband plans for businesses

    In brief: Businesses can now share mobile broadband plans among several staff members who need to be out and about at varying times. Telstra's Mobile Broadband Shared Plan services support several users on the same account, a move the carrier has attributed to increased mobility in the mode...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • Tep Wireless offers affordable data roaming in Europe

    A UK-based data roaming company says it believes renting modems and smartphones will become as commonplace for international travellers as hire cars and flight bookings.   Tep Wireless provides business travellers visiting Europe with a rent-a-modem service so they can avoid huge data roami...

    POSTED 13 Jul, 2011 0 Comments

  • Top 5 tips for buying mobile broadband in Australia

    Are you fed up with shelling out $15-$30 per day for the 'privilege' of  internet access at Australian hotels? You wouldn't pay it for running water or lighting in your room, so why should business travellers pay for internet? In-room internet remains one of today's great business tra...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2011 3 Comments

  • REVIEWED: world's best MiFi - Telstra Ultimate pocket 3G/Wi-Fi hotspot

    "World's best" isn't an accolade to be thrown around lightly, but we believe Telstra's new portable 3G/Wi-Fi hotspot is absolutely deserving of it. The Telstra Ultimate Portable Wi-Fi modem is the best such device for travellers yet, for six key reasons: #1 The fastest possible 3G downloads (in...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2011 1 Comment

  • Travel tech: Top tips for cutting global roaming fees

    Heading overseas? The last thing you want to do is get home to a $10,000 phone bill due to data roaming costs from internet usage on your smartphone. Australian Business Traveller recently investigated which mobile networks charged the most for 'data roaming' and found Optus was by far the worst...

    POSTED 15 Jun, 2011 4 Comments

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