BigPond Next G Wireless Broadband USB Desktop Modem

This funky looking USB desktop modem looks to muscle in on the wireless broadband market.


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Telstra has released a new desktop modem for its BigPond Next G wireless broadband network. It is priced at AU$249 and has been launched in conjunction with a new AU$299 USB Mobile Card with the form factor of a USB key. These new connectivity options complement the AU$299 PCMCIA Mobile Card released at the Next G network's launch.

Upside
This modem is pitched at desktop users who don't have access to, or don't wish to be tied down to, ADSL or cable Internet. Sporting a chrome plinth and shiny blue face plate, it certainly vies for the title of Australia's funkiest broadband modem. On both its sides it sports two adjustable antennas which will hopefully overcome some of the shortcomings users have experienced with wireless broadband networks.

In addition to being cheaper up-front than the either mobile option, desktop modem users have access to cheaper plans. The cheapest plan for the modem is 256kbps 200MB at AU$39.95 per month with the most expensive being 550kbps-1.5mbps 3GB at AU$149.95. The same plans for mobile users cost AU$49.95 and AU$199.95, respectively.

Downside
The usual caveats about wireless broadband apply, namely be wary about coverage black spots, dropouts and the network's susceptibility to weather conditions. Hopefully, the adjustable antennas will go some way to mitigating these issues.

Even though the usage plans for modems compare more than favourably to the mobile cards, they're still expensive in comparison to plans available on ADSL or cable.

Outlook
Telstra has stepped up the push for its wireless broadband network with the launch of two new products. It remains to be seen whether the promise of greater speed, and a cool modem, will be enough entice desktop users away from the either established wireless broadband providers or fixed connection broadband options.



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kazz posted a comment   

Telsta done a up grade in my area during this time i couldn't connect at all after the upgrade i lost everything on my computer and had to take it to tecnician who was great but the tech people at testra didn't even understand what moden i even had..

 

Kaye posted a comment   

I keep loosing signal every 3 minutes it is driving me nuts. Does anyone know how to fix this problem........please

 

Ell posted a comment   

The Good:ALL BAD

The Bad:EXPENSIVE, DOESN'T WORK ON PS3

can any one tell me how to use on the playstation

Sno
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Sno posted a review   

The Good:It does something

The Bad:But its not good enough at what it does

Bad for speed.
Site doesn't even display the spec's.
Stay with whoever you are with if its not too late.

WAKE UP TELSTRA

JZ Madness
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JZ Madness posted a review   

The Good:DONT GET SUCKED IN BY TELSTRA

The Bad:SLOW, SLOW, SLOW

Used to be good but as more and more people use telstra 3g network it gets slower. A telstra technician told me they havent upgraded the towers with more users ie not enough bandwidth. Its a bit like when trying to send a text msg on new years eve and it takes 2-3 hours to get through because the system is choked! Don't sign up unless you have no other options!

maxy54321
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maxy54321 posted a review   

The Good:can't think of any

The Bad:i can't connect to the internet from my laptop via wifi

is there a router i can buy so i can connect with my laptop

figleaf
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figleaf posted a review   

The Good:looks nice, avarage speeds and coverage

The Bad:yes

is not compatiable with any known router, only one usb port and nothing else wtf. another great money scam by telstra boooooo!

 

parky posted a comment   

it takes forever to DL wow patches aswell and is to slow once it goes over the limit. i just started playing and i have to go to friends places to play it. ={

 

parky posted a comment   

your much better with adsl trust me. if your with a adsl liberty package it doesnt cost you anything over same with this one. except witht he blue one on the $90 dollar liberty you get 5 gig download and like 80-100 kb/s. with the ADSL you get 25 gig and like 200kb/s with the same price you did well. i want adsl but its not happening so far


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User Reviews / Comments  BigPond Next G Wireless Broadband USB Desktop Modem

  • kazz

    kazz

    "Telsta done a up grade in my area during this time i couldn't connect at all after the upgrade i lost everything on my computer and had to take it to tecnician who was great but the tech people at ..."

  • Kaye

    Kaye

    "I keep loosing signal every 3 minutes it is driving me nuts. Does anyone know how to fix this problem........please"

  • Ell

    Ell

    "can any one tell me how to use on the playstation"

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