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Telstra has announced a new addition to its portable hotspot range, in the form of the pre-paid 4G My Pocket WiFi Ultimate. Shown above, the My Pocket WiFi Ultimate is the first Australian mobile device compatible with the 700 MHz 4G spectrum that is being rolled out from January 2015. Just as the Next G network did great things for Telstra’s 3G coverage, so too will the 700 MHz network perform for the 4G network; Telstra claims it will bring greater regional coverage and deeper in-building coverage, as well as great speeds and capacity.

The My Pocket WiFi Ultimate also has another nifty feature; it’s integrated with Telstra’s billing system on a low level, meaning that it displays your data usage in relatively recent increments, so you can keep tabs on how much data you’re using, and more importantly, how much you’ve got left.

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The colour LCD display also confirms which network you’re connected to, and at what speed, as well as any system notifications or alerts. Like previous models, the WiFi network name and password are displayed on the device for ease of connectivity. The My Pocket WiFi Ultimate supports up to 10 devices at once, meaning you can easily use it just for yourself, or for a group of friends or workmates as well (provided you’re not afraid of chewing through your data nice and quickly).

The device also features a built in web-portal where users can view, monitor and adjust settings as needed (for example, a new password or hotspot name), as well as offering a guided activation process for those not so technically savvy.

The My Pocket WiFi Ultimate is available now from Telstra retail stores and online for $149, including 5GB of data to get you started.

Companies: Telstra