If you’ve rolled the unlucky dice when it comes to internet availability, you’re almost out of luck. Then there’s others happily streaming Netflix in HD, as you sit at home waiting days for files to download, or you’re using up your mobile data just to get stuff done.
Is Vividwireless’ broadband service right for you? Photo: Compare TV.
Times change, though, and Vividwireless – now owned by Optus – has moved on to 4G technology. Using the 2300 MHz band of the extensive Optus network, Vividwireless delivers wireless home internet to the masses.
As far as 4G-based plans go, Vivid (we’ll call them that for short!) has some great value ones on offer. There’s even, remarkably, one with unlimited data (something unheard of in the wider 4G wireless data market).
You’ve got a choice of two plans for your new Vivid service. Both of them run at the same 12 Mbps maximum speed, differentiated by the download limit on each. At the base level there’s a $70/month plan with a 200GB allowance – that’s not a lot of data, especially for home use. But if you only visit the occasional website, pay bills and send emails, this is the plan for you.
One other important thing to note – unlike data plans through mobile providers, there’s no extra charge if you reach your monthly download limit. Instead, your speed is drastically slowed down for the rest of the month (to 64 Kbps – dial-up modem speed). At least you won’t get any nasty surprises on your bill.
If you’re thinking of streaming video, game downloads and all the other data-hungry things the internet can throw at you, you’ll be far better off with the unlimited plan. This is $90/month and lets you download as much as you need. Within, of course, the limits of the company’s acceptable-use policy.
The not-too-punishing catch – in this otherwise too-good-to-be-true offering – is the speed. Vivid limits its download speed to 12 Mbps and upload speed to 1 Mbps. That’s by no means awful – it’s faster than vanilla ADSL and the same speed as the bottom speed tier of the NBN. And if you’re looking at Vivid because you can’t get broadband (or get it at speeds of 5 Mbps or worse) then it’ll still seem like a godsend.
Don’t expect to leverage the sort of speeds you can download with your smartphone data plan – it’s simply not feasible to operate a fixed wireless broadband network on 4G where everyone can max out the limits (up to 300 Mbps with the right hardware). If you want to stream Stan and Netflix in HD, Vivid will be perfect for you. If you want to download gigabytes of movies and games, you’ll need a lot of patience.
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