Telstra Elite Mobile Broadband Card

A mobile broadband ExpressCard that offers quad-band 3G support

Telstra Corporation Elite Mobile Broadband Card
  • Telstra Corporation Elite Mobile Broadband Card
  • Telstra Corporation Elite Mobile Broadband Card
  • Telstra Corporation Elite Mobile Broadband Card
  • Expert Rating

    3.75 / 5

Pros

  • Quad band 3G support, 2-in-1 ExpressCard/PC Card design, works on Windows and Mac OS, reliable network and speeds

Cons

  • Excess usage charges, expensive

Bottom Line

Telstra's Elite Mobile Broadband Card is a good choice for business users, provided you're willing to pay its asking price. Telstra's Next G network is fast and reliable, but we aren't fond of the excess usage fees.

Would you buy this?

Telstra's Elite Mobile Broadband card is an ExpressCard that doubles as a regular PC Card. Though USB modems have largely replaced ExpressCards in the consumer market, Telstra claims there is still demand for ExpressCards in the business market and the Elite is one of the first to offer quad-band 3G support.

The Telstra Elite Mobile Broadband Card is a two-in-one device that consists of a PC Card frame and an ExpressCard that slides into it. This means it can be used with ExpressCard slots and the larger PC Card slots often found in older notebooks. Using an ExpressCard keeps a USB port on your notebook free for use with other devices, such as printers or USB flash drives.

The Elite Mobile Broadband Card has a small flip-up antenna and also includes a connection for an external antenna should you wish to boost reception further. The card will work with both Windows and Mac OS X, and the software required to use the card is installed on the device itself.

The Telstra Turbo Connection Manager software has an easy and straightforward interface and comes with two extra pieces of software — My Place has quick links to a range of Telstra services and content including Whereis maps, Yellow Pages and Weather information, while there is also an option to install a BigPond news application. This is a news ticker that scrolls RSS feeds across the screen. We found both of these extras rather uninspiring though some users may see them as a worthwhile addition.

The Elite is one of the first ExpressCards to support quad-band 3G networks, meaning it will work with almost any 3G network in the world. In addition to Telstra's own 850MHz Next G network, the Elite Mobile Broadband Card will operate on 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz 3G networks, making it an ideal companion for road warriors.

The Telstra Elite Mobile Broadband Card has a theoretical maximum download speed of 21 megabits per second, but Telstra claims speeds are likely to cap at around 8Mbps. "Typical" upload speeds are between 300kbps (kilobits per second) and 3Mbps in capital cities and selected regional areas. Like all mobile broadband devices, the connection speed and reliability will depend on a number of factors including your location and the quality of the network.

We performed the majority of our testing with the device at our North Sydney offices using a Windows notebook. The Telstra Elite Mobile Broadband Card maintained a full HSPA+ connection and performed reliably. Using PC World's Broadband Speed test we achieved average download speeds of 7Mbps and upload speeds of around 2Mbps, which was almost in line with Telstra's quoted figures. The Telstra Elite Mobile Broadband Card took 3min 23sec to download an 85.8MB iTunes installation package, which was also an impressive result.

Telstra charges $399 outright for the Elite Mobile Broadband Card, but offers it for $0 upfront on a $69 or more expensive data plan over 24 months. The $69 plan includes 6GB of data per month, but Telstra charges 10c per megabyte if you exceed the data quota. Other plans range from the entry-level $29 plan (1GB with 25c excess usage fee), right up to the top-end $600 plan ($120GB with 5c excess usage fee).

Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters

Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Read more on these topics: Telstra, mobile broadband
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?