If you don't want to burn through your bandwidth on Origin, we've got a local download now for the Battlefield 3 beta client; our download page also includes links to local ISPs that have it mirrored (just Internode and GameArena for now) that we'll update as more of them come online.
The beta is only open for eligible pre-order customers at present, but if you want to get a head start for when it goes open for all (reportedly tomorrow night at 10pm AEST), grab it now. Check it all out over on our Battlefield 3 beta client download page
. We've also got a 7zip-compressed version which is heaps smaller
The beta looks like it is kicking off strong and there's a bunch of local servers to play on. I'm sure everyone without a beta key is holding on tight until it opens up completely, so stay cool!
Please also note that this download is an unsupported package of the Beta Installer files that are intended to be obtained via the EA Origin client so a bit of manual fiddling is required to get them playing nice with your local Origin install.