Once the card is inserted, the Telstra Turbo Connection Manager software automatically launches and will require users to enter a four-digit PIN number. This is a big improvement on the previous authentication process.
Once the PIN is approved, one can immediately connect to the Internet just by choosing the WWAN - Telstra.Internet option.
We have loaded several websites that were heavy on content (with text, photos, flash ads, and even videos) and have found this wireless broadband to load it almost instantly.
We also ran several bandwidth tests to find out the download and upload speeds of the connection. We were able to obtain 6Mbps download speeds with an upload speed of around 1.5Mbps, making this the fastest wireless broadband we've seen to date.
The unit also comes with an external antenna that can easily be hooked up on any notebook, providing additional signal strength in those 'dead spots.'
The Telstra Turbo Connection Manager program also comes with a Tool option that allows a user to adjust connection settings, access the SIM card's phonebook and call history, and even allows a user to send, receive, and read SMS messages with an SMS Express program under the Tool sub-menu.
Telstra business and corporate customers will be able to take advantage of new Telstra price plans. One has the choice of purchasing a device outright or on a partially subsidised plan for 24 months. Full details available on: http://www.telstra.com.au/business/products/internetanddata/mobilebroadbanddataplans/index.htm
Key New Benefits Are:
- The $5 monthly access fee has an increase in the included data allowance from 1MB to 5MB which offers great value for mobile handset and PDA users
- The $89 monthly access fee now with a monthly 1000MB data allowance- double the previous allowance
- A new $119 monthly access fee with a 3000MB data allowance.
As a special promotion to celebrate the launch of the new Telstra Turbo 7 series devices, customers purchasing an eligible Telstra Turbo 7 Series device and connecting to a $59 Telstra Mobile Broadband plan or above for 24 months will receive double the monthly data allowance for the first three months.
Telstra BigPond card is $349 with any plan 12 months or longer. BigPond will offer the new 7.2 Mobile Card and 7.2 USB Mobile Card to customers on BigPond's existing mobile card pricing. Plans start from just $17.47 per month for the first 6 months on a 36-month plan (for customers with a Telstra full service home phone) with a range of plans to suit all needs.