We've all wished once before that our wireless modems were faster, and could show off more information than they were capable of with those crappy black and white screens. Rejoice! For the future is here: Telstra has finally switched on its LTE-Advanced coverage, outing the first wireless modem capable of using the improved network.
Hold up, let's first remind ourselves what LTE-Advanced actually is.
LTE-A is a system that lets the telco combine both 1800MHz and 900MHz spectrum to create one network stream. When someone moves deeper into a rural area, they shift from being on the larger spectrum over to the 900MHz spectrum to ensure consistent coverage.
It means you'll have a more consistent coverage handover experience both in built-up and rural/regional areas.
The new modem is bright and colourful, with a 2.4-inch colour screen telling you everything you need to know about your account. It includes info like your data usage, network name and signal strength. Handy!
It pumps out dual-band Wi-Fi on the 2.4GHz and 5Ghz band, and supports 10 hours of battery life.
The new modem will be available on both consumer and business plans. The main consumer and business plan Telstra is offering is a $50 Telstra Mobile Broadband Freedom Plan for 24 months with 8GB of included data and an extra $6 per month for the modem.