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Telstra Mobile
Mobile Broadband - 5GB
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
5GB Data
$15/mth Price
Min Cost - $15
  • 5G network access free trial. Offer ends 30 June 2020
  • No Contract
  • No excess data charges
  • Data-free sports streaming
  • Data-free music streaming of Apple Music
  • Free Telstra Air® Wi-Fi
Telstra Mobile
Mobile Broadband - 10GB
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
10GB Data
$25/mth Price
Min Cost - $25
  • 5G network access free trial. Offer ends 30 June 2020
  • No Contract
  • No excess data charges
  • Data-free sports streaming
  • Data-free music streaming of Apple Music
  • Free Telstra Air® Wi-Fi
Southern Phone Mobile
Small Mobile Broadband
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
15GB Data
$25/mth Price
Min Cost - $300 over 12 months $0.0017 Cost of 1MB of Broadband Data
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Optus 4G network
  • BYO Handset
  • Great for light data users
Southern Phone Mobile
Medium Mobile Broadband
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
50GB Data
$40/mth Price
Min Cost - $480 over 12 months $0.0008 Cost of 1MB of Broadband Data
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Optus 4G network
  • BYO Handset
  • Great for heavy data users
Ovo Mobile
OVOBOOM - SMALL
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
50GB Data
$49.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $49.95/month
  • No Contract
  • Optus 4G Plus network
  • The option to BYO modem or buy one when you sign up
  • Unlimited data-free radio and sport streaming on OVOPlay
  • Reliable mobile broadband for streaming of TV, radio and movies
Telstra Mobile
Mobile Broadband - 50GB
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
50GB Data
$50/mth Price
Min Cost - $50
  • 5G network access included
  • No Contract
  • No excess data charges
  • Data-free sports streaming
  • Data-free music streaming of Apple Music
  • Free Telstra Air® Wi-Fi
Ovo Mobile
OVOBOOM - LARGE
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$64.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $64.95/month
  • No Contract
  • Optus 4G Plus network
  • The option to BYO modem or buy one when you sign up
  • Unlimited data-free radio and sport streaming on OVOPlay
  • Reliable mobile broadband for streaming of TV, radio and movies
Southern Phone Mobile
Large Mobile Broadband
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$65/mth Price
Min Cost - $780 Min. Cost Over 12 months $0.0007 Cost of 1MB of Broadband Data
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Optus 4G network
  • BYO Handset
  • Great for heavy data users
Telstra Mobile
Mobile Broadband - 100GB
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
100GB Data
$75/mth Price
Min Cost - $75
  • 5G network access included
  • No Contract
  • No excess data charges
  • Data-free sports streaming
  • Data-free music streaming of Apple Music
  • Free Telstra Air® Wi-Fi
Ovo Mobile
OVOBOOM - XL
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
250GB Data
$79.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $79.95/month
  • No Contract
  • Optus 4G Plus network
  • The option to BYO modem or buy one when you sign up
  • Unlimited data-free radio and sport streaming on OVOPlay
  • Reliable mobile broadband for streaming of TV, radio and movies
Ovo Mobile
OVOBOOM - XXL
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
500GB Data
$109.95/mth Price
Min Cost - $109.95/month
  • No Contract
  • Optus 4G Plus network
  • The option to BYO modem or buy one when you sign up
  • Unlimited data-free radio and sport streaming on OVOPlay
  • Reliable mobile broadband for streaming of TV, radio and movies
Southern Phone Mobile
Extra Large Mobile Broadband
Mobile Speed 4G Speeds Vary
250GB Data
$110/mth Price
Min Cost - $1,320 Min. Cost Over 12 months $0.0004 Cost of 1MB of Broadband Data
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Optus 4G network
  • BYO Handset
  • Great for heavy data users

Mobile Broadband Plans

Wireless and Mobile Broadband in Australia – The Ultimate Guide

For the huge number of Australians who cannot connect to NBN or ADSL services, wireless broadband and mobile broadband have long been their only options. In recent years, improvements in wireless technology have seen it become a real and viable option for millions of Australians – even those who can connect to traditional cable broadband.

What is Mobile Broadband and Wireless Broadband

Even to those who know their way around a computer, the phrases ‘wireless broadband’ and ‘mobile broadband’ can be a confusing bit of terminology – not least because it sounds like a contradiction in terms. In the early days, broadband meant getting a line (i.e. a wire!) connected to your house. These days, however, wireless broadband simply means a device, which connects without wires to a broadband provider and acts as a wireless router, connecting your devices to the web.

While some providers will use the terms wireless broadband and mobile broadband interchangeably, there are some important differences. First and foremost, devices sold as being connected to the mobile broadband network are often just data-only sims which you can connect to your devices or to a modem. Once placed in your modem, it will act as a traditional Wi-Fi router to connect all your devices.

While you certainly can use your mobile device, i.e. smartphone, as a point through which to connect to wireless broadband, this isn’t the wireless broadband that we are talking about. Instead, mobile broadband refers to a standalone connection which is not connected to your smartphone. This is a more convenient set up. The plans and connection are usually better, plus you’re saved on the inconvenience if you need to actually use your phone as a phone.

Then there’s wireless broadband. This is much the same in many ways, but different in the way it connects to the web. Wireless broadband uses radio waves to connect your house to the internet. There aren’t a lot of differences – unless you want to get technical – but it usually means that wireless broadband packs a better punch in terms of download limits and capacity than mobile broadband. That will of course depend on the provider, so the most important decision to make is whether or not you want to (or need to) go wireless.

Why go wireless?

The reasons for going wireless are many and varied – and will totally depend on you. It used to be the case that wireless was a ‘last resort’, i.e. an option for those who were somehow unable to connect to the NBN or ADSL networks. These days, such is the improved convenience and lower cost of wireless broadband, there’s a fair case for using it not out of necessity.

The most obvious benefit of going wireless – particularly if you’re not yet connected at your current address – is speed. There’s no need to wait for physical wires to be connected, connectors and sockets to be installed or for a bloke to come around your house and hammer around for a while. Wireless broadband and mobile wireless are ready to go – from the moment you receive your modem, you’re ready to go. It might not sound like such an advantage – but tell that to someone who has been waiting around for their Wi-Fi to be connected.

Wireless is perfect for people on the go. Need to connect on building sites or when you’re away for work and don’t want to rely on dodgy hotel Wi-Fi connections and their hidden download limits? Got a big property to attend to? Relying on your main Wi-Fi router can be difficult, so why not take your router – and your great quality internet – with you wherever you go. Like to travel and work from different sites (again without having to shuffle up to the counter and ask for the Wi-Fi password once you’ve already ordered your coffee)? Then wireless broadband is the solution for you.

Then there’s those who simply cannot connect to the regular broadband (ADSL or NBN) networks. Australia is a wide, brown land. We’re the size of Europe with a population just over half that of Poland. This means there’s a lot of us everywhere and connecting us through traditional phone lines can be hard. This is where wireless comes in. Wireless broadband is a great, fast and cost-effective way for those who simply can’t access good quality broadband to do so – so good in fact that plenty who can access the internet still use it.

Downsides to wireless broadband and mobile broadband

As with every technology, there are pros and cons. With wireless broadband, what you gain in flexibility you often lose in capacity. For instance, while wireless broadband is super-fast – so fast in many cases you won’t notice the difference – it cannot offer the same speeds in many cases as a regular broadband connection. The technology is simply not that good at this stage.

Also, mobile broadband operates on the 4G network – the same as your mobile phone. This means there’s a serious chance of congestion at busy times. And while it’s evolving and improving, so is wire-based technology – as is the way we use the internet. So while modern wireless broadband may have been great for the way we used the internet ten years ago, ten years ago Netflix was a company that sent DVDs to subscribers through the post (no, really, look it up!) One major advantage of wireless broadband is that it doesn’t use the same 4G network, so congestion issues aren’t likely to be as significant.

Then there’s download limits. These days most wire-based broadband providers are likely to have a variety of unlimited data options. As it stands, this is not an option for mobile broadband – although given how fast things move it will certainly pay to watch this space! But with modern internet habits, the low download limits can be frustrating and are certainly the most prominent downside of using wireless.

Wireless broadband plans

Despite the ever-expanding list of competitors on the market these days, not all offer wireless broadband. In fact, wireless broadband is (comparatively) rare. There is, however, a number of big and small providers who has a great selection of wireless broadband plans, many of which you can bundle in with your other telecommunications needs.

Mobile wireless plans

Is wireless broadband for you?

Perhaps the most important thing to remember with wireless broadband – as with all new technology – is that it is evolving rapidly. The advances made in the past ten years have been as sudden as they have been surprising, so there’s nothing stopping the same happening to wireless broadband technology. It will continue to improve in the coming years while the costs are likely to decrease at the same time.

The main thing of course is for you to assess your circumstances (can you connect to the NBN or ADSL?) and your internet usage. If you value convenience or if your work or lifestyle moves you around, then wireless broadband might be the best choice for you. If your house can’t connect to a good quality cable, then the decision may have been taken out of your hands.

If you need a connection that serves a heavy internet usage – or if you’re a big household or a family – then sticking with a cable is likely to be your best option. Few look back fondly on the days of watching their megabytes like pennies until payday. If you need both, then consider rolling in an unlimited home plan with a high download limit for your smartphone.

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on the Unlimited Premium 12 Months plan with Unlimited Data and a modem included.
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$80 Free Mobile Credit
on the NBN Standard Plus Month to Month plan with Unlimited Data
$70/mth
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$5/mth discount for first 12 months. Ends 09.10.2019
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$89.95/mth
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$80 Free Mobile Credit
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$65/mth
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$99/mth
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$38/mth
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