news Australia’s second-largest telecommunications company, Optus, has announced a new 50GB 4G wireless broadband plan it says is perfect for renters or students who need to quickly set up a reliable Internet connection or those living in areas with no access to cable broadband.
Powered by Optus’ 4G Plus network, Home Wireless Broadband is an out-of-the-box modem that the firm says can be set up “quickly and easily”.
Vicki Brady, Optus’ Managing Director of Marketing and Product said: “For a big group of customers, getting a timely and decent Internet connection is a real challenge. Aussie renters, who move home frequently, find it particularly frustrating to disconnect and reconnect each time, often waiting several days or weeks before they can access the Internet.”
“Optus’ Home Wireless Broadband offers a simple plug-and-play solution so customers wait minutes, not weeks, to log onto the World Wide Web once a SIM is activated. Coupled with our biggest wireless data inclusion ever offered on our 4G Plus network, customers can get connected quickly with 50GB of data and get on with their lives.”
Unlike a broadband connection, which may require a technician and often takes days to get connected, setting up to Home Wireless Broadband is extremely straightforward. Once the SIM has been activated, customers simply need to insert it into the Optus modem and they should be able to connect immediately. In effect, it’s rather like using a 4G USB modem on your laptop, except it is a standalone model.
People using the service can move home and, as long as they remain in an area with Home Wireless Broadband coverage, can take their modem with them and connect immediately from their new residence.
“Customers don’t need additional hassles when moving home or simply because they want a better broadband experience. Optus’ Home Wireless Broadband makes it easy and brings to life the possibility of a more flexible and convenient Internet solution,” said Brady.
Home Wireless Broadband is available on short- and long-term plans, and comes with a 50GB data limit. While users who regularly download large files, such as movies, might find this a little restricting, 50GB should be adequate for most general users.
Should users go over the 50GB limit, they will receive an automatic 10GB top-up for an additional $10. Do note, though, that speed is slowed to 256 kbps after 60GB of usage until the next bill cycle.
Home Wireless Broadband customers will need to fork out $70 a month for a 24-month contract – paying a minimum total cost over the full period of $1680. Twelve-month and month-to-month contracts are also available, but will require customers to pay for the modem either in instalments or upfront.