Mobile wireless broadband modems compared

When mobile wireless broadband first gained popularity most providers offered only one type of USB modem to go with their wireless plans. Now, each carrier offers a range of modems to choose from which vary in functionality, speed and price.

Below is a rundown of the mobile wireless broadband modems which are on offer from some of Australia’s major providers. The prices are based on prepaid offers when you purchase a modem outright.

Virgin Mobile USB modem

Price: $49 (and get 4GB of data).

Expandable memory support (up to 8GB microSD™), locked to the Optus network until you recharge a minimum of $80.

Virgin Mobile WiFi modem

Price: $99 (and get 4GB of data).

Connects up to 3 WiFi™ enabled devices to the internet at once (when they are within 15 metres of the modem), locked to the Optus network until you recharge a minimum of $80.

Optus E173 USB Modem

Price: $79 (and get up to 4GB of data).

Up to 7.2Mbps, locked to the Optus network until you recharge a minimum of $80.

Optus E153 USB Modem

Price: $49 (and get up to 1GB of data).

Up to 3.6Mbps, locked to the Optus network until you recharge a minimum of $80.

Optus Mini WiFi USB Modem

Price: $129 (and get up to 8GB of data).

Up to 3.6Mbps, locked to the Optus network until you recharge a minimum of $80.

3 Internet Key E122

Price:  $49 (or $129 with 12GB of data).

Up to 7.2Mbps, external antenna support, Micro SD Card slot (up to 32GB – card sold separately), unlocking fee applies.

3 Pocket WiFi Modem

Price: $99

Provides a WiFi signal for up to 5 devices at once, 200MB of included data, Micro SD Card slot (up to 32GB – card sold separately), unlocking fee applies.