Telstra's third-generation NBN modem with 4G fallback has arrived.
Telstra upgrades NBN options with new Smart Modem 3
Telstra is shoring up their home internet hardware roster with the new Telstra Smart Modem 3.
Replacing the previous Telstra Smart Modem 2, the third-generation modem will come included for no extra cost for new NBN customers who stick with Telstra for 24-months from today.
Like its predecessor, which was phased in from 2018, the Telstra Smart Modem 3 boasts an internal SIM slot that allows it to offer 4G backup internet should your NBN connection be interrupted for any reason.
Telstra Group Executive for Consumer & Small Business Michael Ackland claimed that Telstra sees 50,000 customers saved from Wi-Fi woes as a result of this feature every day.
Unlike the previous model, the new Telstra Smart Modem 3 comes with support for faster speeds via Wi-Fi 6.
The new modem-router will also play nice with Telstra’s existing line of Smart Wi-Fi Boosters, and comes armed with a single USB 2.0 port, a single Gigabit WAN port and a quartet of Gigabit LAN ports.
“Our new modem delivers the fastest Wi-Fi, on more devices, in more parts – especially the furthest corners – of your house,” Mr Ackland said.
Another difference between the latest and earlier Telstra Smart Modems is the material used to make them.
Telstra says that the new Telstra Smart Modem 3 itself is made from up to 80 per cent recycled materials, while the packaging is 100 per cent made from recycled materials.
The new Telstra Smart Modem 3 is available to new NBN signups from today.
Existing Telstra customers who are keen to upgrade from the Smart Modem 2 to the new model will be able to do so for $9/month over a 24-month period.
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