Mobile broadband: best deals for heavy users

Mobile broadband is a great option for customers who can’t access ADSL broadband, and who don’t want an active home phone line. While ADSL is a better option if you need 5GB or more per month, not every property is close enough to a telephone exchange to be able to access ADSL broadband.

A mobile broadband connection is made through the mobile phone towers. You will need a USB stick modem which picks up the signal, and allows you to connect to the internet via the wireless signal. Your upload and download speeds will depend on a number of factors, including your coverage, your modem and how heavy the web traffic is. Read this article for tips on how to improve your mobile broadband speed.
 
Mobile broadband providers are starting to catch on that even mobile broadband customers want more data included in their plans. Below we have provided a comparison of some of the heavier mobile broadband plans on the market, with both prepaid and post-paid options available.

Virgin


Virgin uses the Optus network to provide mobile broadband.

Post-paid $49 10GB 12-month contract (USB modem included)
Post-paid $59 12GB 12-month contract (USB modem included)

(Virgin is currently offering for a limited time only two months free on these two plans for customers who buy online).

Pros: 2 months free, cheap monthly access fees, modem included, speed is limited to 128Kbps for the next 250MB, and then internet is unavailable till the following monthly cycle.

Cons: both uploads and downloads are counted toward the monthly quota, 12-month contract.

Prepaid $100 8GB 180-day expiry (modem not included)
Prepaid $149 12GB 365-day expiry (modem not included)

A standard USB modem is available from Virgin for $79, or a Wi-Fi modem (which will allow multiple devices to connect wirelessly at the same time) is available for $149.

Pros: no contract, long expiry time periods, prepaid (i.e no unexpected charges).

Cons: both uploads and downloads are counted toward the monthly quota, modem not included, not as good value as post-paid.

To sign up or to find out more about Virgin mobile broadband, contact Virgin on 1300 106 571.

Vodafone

Post-paid $39 8GB 1/12/24-month contract (USB modem included for 12/24 months)
Post-paid $49 10GB 1/12/24-month contract (USB modem included for 12/24 months)

Vodafone customers who sign up for at least 12 months will have a choice between a standard USB modem and a Wi-Fi modem which is included in the monthly cost.

Pros: flexible contract lengths, USB Wi-Fi modem included for longer contracts, cheap plans with large amounts of data, only downloads counted toward monthly quota.

Cons: $0.02/MB excess usage charge, Vodafone coverage may not be as good as other providers.

Prepaid $100 6GB 180-day expiry (modem not included)
Prepaid $150 12GB 365-day expiry (modem not included)

A standard USB modem is available from Vodafone for $99 (and includes 6GB of data), or a Wi-Fi modem (which will allow multiple devices to connect wirelessly at the same time) is available for $99 (and includes 3GB of data).

Pros: only downloads are counted toward the monthly quota, no contract, long expiry time periods, prepaid (i.e no unexpected charges).

Cons: modem not included, not as good value as post-paid.

To sign up to a Vodafone mobile broadband plan, or if you wish to find out more, contact us on 1300 106 571.