You regular consumers can now buy the Telstra BigPond 21Mbps USB modem from your local T[life]or Telstra store. Of course, it's going to cost you though.The modem is availble for $399, and is available on all current BigPond wireless broadband plans, which isn't too bad a price to pay for a modem that could bring real world wireless speeds of 8Mbps. It also includes a MicroSD card slot and a 1GB MicroSD card, giving it storage capabilities as well.
One thing worth noting though - if you're a Mac user, you'll need to wait until May for the software to make it work. While waiting sucks, at least they're providing a solution for Apple users.
Pocket-rocket wireless broadband card arrives in store
Everything Australians love about the internet including updating their social network pages, streaming video clips and downloading music is set to get faster on the go with the introduction of the BigPond® 21 USB Mobile Card - available from T[life]stores and Telstra Shops from today.
Telstra Executive Director, Consumer, Ms Glenice Maclellan, said the arrival of the BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card on Australia's largest and fastest wireless broadband network meant customers could power their laptops away from home or the office with a lighting-fast connection to the world.
"Using the BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card on Telstra's Next G™ network, customers will experience typical download speeds between 550Kbps to 8Mbps1 in selected CBD, metro and regional areas. At these speeds customers can download BigPond music or surf the net at mobile broadband speeds up to two times faster than the next fastest 3G device," Ms Maclellan said.
"People who don't want to compromise speed for mobility and who need to access the internet on the go are going to love this device. You can stream internet TV with less buffering and download large files like photos faster, even video conference from your laptop.
"The BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card is further demonstration of Telstra's transformation which is enabling the delivery of world-leading and world-class products and services to our customers," she said.
Telstra Product Management Executive Director, Mr Ross Fielding, said that the BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card was Windows Vista and XP compatible and will be Apple Mac compatible in May.
"The BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card easily slips in a pocket and includes an external antenna, a microSD slot and a 1GB microSD memory card - letting users take their photos and documents everywhere they take their internet connection," Mr Fielding said.
The BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card has a recommended retail price of $399 and is available on all current in-market BigPond wireless broadband plans. Eligible Telstra customers can take advantage of the BigPond Wireless Broadband Offer which includes half the monthly access fees for the first 12 months when signing up to a 36 month plan, and a device rebate*.
The BigPond 21 USB Mobile Card is available through Telstra Shops and dealers, by calling 13POND and online at www.bigpond.com.