Telstra announces Gigabit LTE mobile broadband plans

Alex Kidman 15 February 2017

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Telstra's fastest ever LTE hotspot comes with 80GB data plans.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Telstra announced its Nighthawk M1 router and the Gigabit LTE network capability to run it. As a brief refresher, Telstra is the first mobile operator in the world to offer a 4G LTE network with gigabit LTE capability, although that’s more of a theoretical top speed than a real-world expecation. Telstra’s own suggested performance range for the network sits at between 5Mbps to 300Mbps, and at launch it’s only available in a radius of around 1km from the CBD of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

When the Nighthawk M1 was announced, we wondered whether Telstra would rejig its mobile data plan pricing, because at those kinds of speeds you could rack up some truly terrifying bill numbers.

Telstra has overnight announced revisions to its Go Mobile Plus data plans, as well as its Home Wireless Broadband plans that incorporate the Nighthawk M1 hotspot. Telstra will continue to offer its 4GX USB Modem as an option for Go Mobile Plus plans, although unless you only want a 1GB plan there’s not much reason to choose it, as on the higher-priced plans the Nighthawk M1 is included anyway. Here’s how the new mobile pricing for Go Mobile Plus plans compares.

Telstra Nighthawk M1 Go Mobile Plus Plans

Plan NameMonthly ChargeIncluded DataMinimum 24-month cost
Go Mobile Plus S$241GB$576
Go Mobile Plus M$4510GB$1,080
Go Mobile Plus L$7020GB$1,680

20GB isn’t a huge ceiling for broadband usage, with Telstra applying the industry standard $10/GB for any excess usage.

If the prospect of Gigabit LTE excites you and you need more data, Telstra is also offering the Nighthawk M1 on its Home Wireless Broadband scheme. Those plans are offered over a 12-month BYO term, in which case you’d have to pay the $360 upfront cost of the hotspot, or over 24 months with no hotspot hardware repayment.

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In either case, the two tiers of those plans offer a somewhat more comfortable 40GB or 80GB total data inclusion, although it’s noted as being available for a "limited time only". The CIS for those plans offers no detail as to when those plan prices might rise. Here’s how the Home Wireless Broadband plans compare:

Plan NameMonthly ChargeIncluded DataMinimum cost
Home Wireless Broadband M 12 month$10040GB$1,200
Home Wireless Broadband L 12 month$15080GB$1,800
Home Wireless Broadband M 24 months$10040GB$2,400
Home Wireless Broadband L 24 months$15080GB$3,600

Telstra has been busy on the hardware front this week, also releasing the Telstra Frontier Gateway home modem-router with 4G fallback, although that's a product that uses Telstra's 4G network when needed at a much more sedate 6Mbps download rate.

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