Hertz introduces mobile Wi-Fi units in Australia

The Hertz Corporation, a car rental company, has introduced pocket-sized 3G units for rent to enable customers to connect to the internet from anywhere in Australia for a fraction of the cost of mobile roaming or hotel internet charges.

The portable Wi-Fi units can be rented 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 five hours and a generous daily data limit of 150 megabytes, enabling business and leisure travelers, both domestic and international, to stay connected throughout their journey in Australia.

For business travelers, the mobile Wi-Fi units enable email connections and ongoing contact with the office, customers or family at home, as well as enabling simultaneous connection of up to five devices including laptop computers, smart phones and tablets. The Wi-Fi units make it easy for leisure travelers to stay in touch with friends and family, providing the ability to upload photos or videos or to converse via Skype, while also allowing multiple users to connect at the same time, the company said.

Priced at A$12.00 per day plus tax, the new units can reduce global roaming data charges by up to 90%, while cutting by up to half the daily charges which apply for internet access in hotel rooms. Hertz has partnered with technology company IDataRoam International Limited to provide the mobile Wi-Fi service, which is already being used in New Zealand.