Buckle Up: Telstra Launches Australia's First 4G Tablet Today


Buckle Up: Telstra Launches Australia's First 4G Tablet Today

Mobile internet speeds available to Australians using tablets and Pre-Paid mobile broadband will jump today with Telstra launching the nation’s first super-fast 4G tablet and the first 4G LTE mobile broadband modem for Pre-Paid customers.

In other words: prepare for everything to get a whole lot faster around here.

"4G connectivity is set to make the mobile tablet an even more powerful way for Australians to browse the web, watch video and social network on the mov," says Warwick Bray, Executive Director at Telstra Mobile.

“Australians are adopting mobile tablets in record numbers and the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G -- the nation’s first 4G mobile tablet -- promises to boost the appeal of this technology even further. The leap in internet speeds available on GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G means customers can stream HD video and music over the internet, load magazines faster and enjoy rich internet content traditionally confined to a PC screen.”

The GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G is both powerful and ultra-portable and features a high definition 8.9 inch touch screen, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor for fast multi-tasking and weighs in at just 470 grams. We've had a play around on one and it's pretty amazing.

You can actually buy one of these beauties right now. Feel free to get a second one for us.

As if that wasn't exciting enough, also launching today is Australia’s first Pre-Paid 4G LTE product – the Telstra Pre-Paid USB 4G. That's the futuristic looking thing pictured below:

The launch of the Telstra Pre-Paid USB 4G and GALAXY Tab 8.9 4G follows last month’s launch of the HTC Velocity 4G (Australia’s first 4G smartphone) and the launch of the Telstra USB 4G (Australia’s first 4G LTE Post-Paid mobile broadband modem) in September 2011.

“Hundreds of thousands of Australians already love the flexibility of Pre-Paid mobile broadband when commuting, logging in from uni or checking Facebook on holidays. With the launch of the Telstra Pre-Paid USB 4G hundreds of thousands of Australians who rely on pay-as-you-go mobile broadband can access some of the fastest mobile internet speeds available.

“In 4G coverage areas Telstra Pre-Paid USB 4G owners can surf the mobile internet on their laptops up to five times faster than previously possible on 3G Pre-Paid modems. That means they can download songs faster, video chat with fewer interruptions, get TV shows in minutes and do more things simultaneously. And importantly Telstra’s Pre-Paid 4G service allows customers to get connected without the need for fixed term contracts or minimum monthly spend commitments,” says Bray.

Telstra is the first mobile service provider in Australia to offer 4G LTE mobile services and superfast 4G coverage is available in Australia’s eight capital city CBDs (meaning within 5km from GPO)* plus more than 80 regional and metropolitan centres (meaning within 3km from regional town centre)*.

Customers using 4G devices within 4G coverage areas will enjoy typical download speeds ranging from 2Mbps to 40Mbps and typical upload speeds from 1Mbps to 10Mbps. It's like sitting through dinner with your in-laws in fast-forward and getting straight to desert .

The GALAXY Tab 8.9 and the Pre-Paid Telstra USB 4G also set new benchmarks for 3G speeds and are among the first mobile devices in Australia to feature 3G dual channel HSPA+ connectivity. This means customers outside 4G coverage areas enjoy super fast 3G speeds previously unavailable on tablets or Pre-Paid modems in Australia. These typical download speeds range from 1.1Mbps-20Mbps and are available in all capital CBDs and much of the associated metropolitan areas and many regional and other locations. Outside of 4G coverage areas the device switches seamlessly onto Telstra’s fast 3G mobile network with reaches 99 per cent of the population.

As well as supporting faster mobile speeds, 4G provides a more responsive internet connection meaning real-time applications like internet gaming and cloud-hosted services work better with fewer interruptions. And if there's one thing we hate, it's interrupt-

Welcome to Planet 4G. We've been waiting for you.

>> Learn more about Telstra tablets and mobile internet solutions
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