"It's time to say goodbye, old friend." Telstra has made clear its intention to phase out its 2G network by the end of 2016, freeing up that portion of spectrum for extra 4G bandwidth.
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Optus and Vodafone have both been wholesaling their 3G networks for years, but Telstra has held off, keeping its beloved NextG network free from third party data hoggers. But all that's about to change - a little bit - with Telstra confirming it will begin wholesaling part of its 3G network, but restricting the offered bandwidth.
Telstra first started trialling LTE back in May. Then business customers got their hands on the telco's first LTE USB modems in August. Now, finally, the LTE love is open to all with the availabilty of Telstra's dual-3G/LTE USB Modem, and they're dubbing it a '4G' device. Gizmodo got our hands on one just a little early, and here's what we think so far.
If you're looking to get on a Telstra Pre-Paid mobile broadband plan and need a dongle, you might want to check out Aldi. The discount supermarket is offering the basic NextG dongle for $79 from Thursday, which is $20 less than Telstra charges themselves. It includes 5GB of data, but it's sure to sell out quickly, so make sure you get in early.
Well this is a good indication that delayed rollouts of Android operating system updates could become a thing of the past. Telstra has announced via its Exchange blog that the Motorola Xoom Honeycomb tablet will be getting the upgrade to version 3.1 from July.
The Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the most anticipated handsets of the year, if our competition to give three away is any indication. We know that it's going to be available on both Optus and Telstra at least, but when you consider which carrier you want to go with, there is one feature set that may have you leaning towards NextG as your operator of choice.
Telstra last night announced its release details for the Desire S and Wildfire S smartphones from HTC. Both Gingerbread-based handsets are going to be available exclusively through Telstra, with an exceptionally attractive outright purchase price.
Remember that $29 connection fee Telstra was planning on introducing to bundle contracts we told you about last month? Our tipster inside Telstra has just informed us that it was scrapped yesterday, the same day it was meant to be implemented. Win!
According to sources at CES, Telstra has been pursuing handset manufacturers to deliver higher speed HSPA devices. With the industry starting to release LTE devices, Telstra has made it clear they want much faster NextG devices before any LTE trials take place. And we should see 14.4 from at least one maker in 2011.
As expected, Telstra announced its new data plans today. 1GB for $10, 2Gb for $20 and up to 12GB for $69. Remembering that you can partner any data pack with your voice plan on contract with Telstra, this now means you can get 5GB of data on a $49 cap plan for under $80. Win. Click through for the full data plan table.