Broadband providers with Wi-Fi hotspots

If you want free or low-cost access to broadband while out and about in the city as well as at home, you should look into signing up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with a Wi-Fi hotspot service. Several ISPs will allow you to connect your wireless device to their Wi-Fi service, which means you will have access to a fast connection without having to pay extra for mobile broadband.

iiNet

iiNet
has partnered with Wi-Fi hotspot provider Tomizone. Customers get up to 100MB per month free data allocation from Tomizone, which can be topped up once you have run out. While 100MB won't go far if you are using it every day, it's still plenty if you need to check a map or your email while out and about.

Tomizone has a Wi-Fi hotspot locator, which shows Wi-Fi locations across Australia and even overseas, including New Zealand and the US.

iiNet customers can connect to a Tomizone Wi-Fi hotspot by turning on Wi-Fi on their wireless-enabled device and selecting the Tomizone network when it appears on the screen. The Tomizone welcome screen will automatically pop up and iiNet customers can use their login details to access the internet.

iiNet has a range of internet plans available on ADSL1, ADSL2+, Naked DSL and mobile broadband. Customers can also bundle a home phone service and a VoIP service with their broadband plan. Call iiNet on 1300 106 571 or take a look at our website for more details.

Internode

Internode runs a free Wi-Fi hotspot service across Australia in many public areas, including the MCG in Melbourne, Rundle Mall in Adelaide and Caravan Parks on the Yorke Peninsula. As Internode is an Adelaide-based company, most of the hotspots are in South Australia, but Internode is expanding its service to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and other parts of the country.

Anyone can access Internode's website and special iPod or iPhone services, such as Google Maps, Weather, Push Email, Stocks and MobileMe. However, Internode customers can enter their login details and receive access to the internet as well.

To access Internode's Wi-Fi network, you'll need to turn on your Wi-Fi and select the network named 'Internode'. When you open your browser, you will be taken straight to the login page, where you can enter your Internode login details.

Internode offers a range of ADSL1, ADSL2+, Naked DSL, mobile broadband and fibre optic plans. Internode customers can also bundle a broadband plan with a home phone service and VoIP. Call us on 1300 106 571 to sign up to an Internode plan or check our website for more details.

iPrimus

iPrimus has Wi-Fi hotspots in capital cities across Australia. The service is not free, however and is charged by the hour. There is also a $10 one-off set up fee. The service is exclusive to iPrimus customers and is a convenient alternative to mobile broadband (providing you only intend to use it in areas near a Wi-Fi hotspot).

There are several options for this service. You can pay $12.50 an hour or pay a monthly fee of $24 which includes two hours and $12.25 thereafter, $55 for five hours and $11.75 thereafter, or $100 for ten hours and $11 thereafter.

This is a good option if you need to download big files, as you are charged by the hour instead of by the MB. If you are an iPrimus customer in a Wi-Fi hotspot, this could be a much cheaper and quicker way of downloading data than using mobile broadband.

iPrimus customers can connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot by switching on their wireless device and choosing iPrimus as their network. Once you have opened your internet browser, you will be taken to a pre-login page. Select Primus from the list of Service Providers and you will then be taken to the Primus Broadband Wireless Login Screen. Enter your username and password and click on the Login button. You will then be connected to the internet.

iPrimus offers a range of broadband plans, including on ADSL1, ADSL2+, Naked DSL and mobile broadband. You can also bundle an iPrimus broadband plan with a home phone service or VoIP. Call iPrimus on 1300 137 794 or check our website for more details.