The Hertz Corporation, the world’s biggest general use car hire brand, has launched a portable Wi-Fi service in Australia in a first for the country’s car hire industry. Hertz has released pocket-sized 3G units for rent to allow hirers to connect to the internet from anywhere in Australia for a small fraction of the cost of mobile roaming or hotel internet charges.
The launch builds on the success of the company’s mobile Wi-Fi program in New Zealand, UK, Spain and the Canary Islands.
The portable WiFi units can be hired from Hertz’s airport locations in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Darwin and Cairns. The rechargeable Wi-Fi units offer secure, high speed internet coverage for up to 5 hours and provide a useful daily data limit of 150 megabytes, allowing business and leisure travellers, both domestic and international, to remain connected throughout their journey in Australia. Units come with a USB cable for convenient recharging.
For business travellers, the mobile Wi-Fi units allow email connections and ongoing contact with the office, customers or family at home, as well as permitting synchronous interconnection of up to 5 devices including laptop computers, smart phones and tablets. The Wi-Fi units make it effortless for recreational travellers to keep in touch with friends and family, offering the capability to upload photos or videos or to communicate via Skype, while also allowing for multiple users to connect at the same time.
Priced at just AUD$12.00 per day plus tax, the new units can minimise global roaming data charges by up to 90 per cent, whilst lowering by up to half the daily charges which apply for internet access in hotel rooms. Telephone calling fees can be reduced substantially by using Skype through the mobile Wi-Fi connection, while social media or online news can be used easily without substantial data charges.
Hertz has partnered with technology company IDataRoam International Limited to offer the mobile Wi-Fi service, which is already being used successfully in New Zealand. Hertz customers can simply buy extra data volume online from IDataRoam if required.
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