To connect a laptop or notebook to Exetels MBB solution requires an external MBB modem usually provided by HuaWei. The modem required for the Optus mobile broadband service needs to be able to operate at both 2100MHz and 900 MHz as Optus deploys towers that use those two frequencies in different areas of its network. The modem plugs in to a USB socket. These devices can either be provided by Exetel or the customer can use the equivalent current, or older, generation devices they may already be using on another mobile broadband service. (Optus, Virgin and most Vodafone devices can be used).
To connect a laptop or notebook that has a 2100/900 MHz MBB chipset integrated into the device’s motherboard only requires an Exetel sim that will be plugged into the sim socket on the laptop/notebook provided for this purpose. Many higher end laptops/notebooks already have, user selectable, multi-frequency, chipsets included as standard together with the sim socket. Throughout 2010 mobile broadband chipsets will become included in virtually every laptop/notebook suitable for business use purposes. To date the capabilities of the inbuilt MBB chipsets are identical to the capabilities of the external modems.
The Exetel wireless mobile service can be used with any mobile handset that has the mobile broadband capabilities built into them which, as at early 2010, includes most higher end models of the major mobile handset manufacturers. All that is needed to connect to the Exetel mobile data service is an Exetel provided sim. You can simultaneously port your current mobile numbers to the Optus/Exetel service and use the highly economical voice rates available to data users or, as described below, you can use the even more economical MoIP rates.
Exetel has developed an easy to use mini-app that can be loaded on to any data capable mobile telephone hand set. This mini-app allows a user to use MoIP to make and receive mobile telephone voice calls at the lowest possible rates 9 cents per CALL (not minute) to land lines anywhere in Australia and 12 cents per minute (no flag fall) to any mobile in Australia. The difference in call quality from most handsets is either minute or nonexistent. Calls to other Exetel handsets or to the nominated customer office land line numbers are at no charge. The savings available using this technology can be very large reducing current bills by up to 90%.