Telstra has thrown down the gauntlet and entered the emerging world of home wireless broadband. Designed for renters or households without access to a fixed line connection, home wireless broadband delivers internet over 4G rather than over copper, HFC, or NBN.
Telstra is offering two different home wireless plans: a 40GB plan billed at $100 per month, or an 80GB plan billed at $150 per month. Both include unlimited access to Telstra Air hotspots until March 27, 2018. You can nab these plans on either a 24-month or 12-month contract. The 24-month option includes a Nighthawk M1 portable hotspot, while you'll need to provide your own modem or hotspot if you're opting for the 12-month plan.
The Nighthawk M1 is currently the world's fastest portable hotspot, and is theoretically able to achieve speeds of up to 1Gbps over Telstra's 4G network in select areas. If you're not in a major CBD, you can more realistically except speeds between 5Mbps and 300Mbps in 4GX coverage areas.
Both the 24-month and 12-month options are billed at the same monthly price. Extra data is billed at $10 per gigabyte.
Optus is the only other major telco currently selling home wireless plans, and on paper, offers better bang for buck than Telstra. At time of writing, $80 per month gets you 200GB of data. However, Optus limits speeds to 12Mbps per second, whereas Telstra home wireless can achieve the same speeds you can get on Telstra's 4G network.
Coinciding with the launch of the Nighthawk M1, Telstra also has a new range of mobile broadband plans that include the modem. $24 per month gests you 1GB of data, $45 gets you 10GB, and $70 gets you 20GB. All three plans attract a 24-month contract.