Vodafone is one of three network providers in Australia. Although network coverage is not wide-ranging as Optus or Telstra, Vodafone 3G services are available to 94% of Australians. Vodafone offers mobile broadband and iPad plans, with both prepaid and post-paid options available. Vodafone plans are priced competitively and several different contract lengths are offered.Vodafone Australia, originally a subsidiary of Vodafone Group, was the third provider to be awarded a network license in 1992. In 2009, Vodafone merged with 3 and is now owned by Vodafone Hutchison Australia, which is itself owned jointly by Hutchison Australia and Vodafone Group. As of June 2011, Vodafone Australia had 7.2 million customers. Pros• iPad can be bundled with a 24-month plan• Expanding its network to provide faster download speeds • Free USB modem on 12-month contractsCons• Coverage is not as comprehensive as Telstra or OptusPopular plansVodafone 2.5GB Mobile broadband for $24 per month. Includes 2.5GB broadband and Pocket WiFi modem for 24 months.Minimum total cost for 24 months $576.00.
AvailabilityVodafone offers 3G coverage across Australia in cities and some of the larger regional towns. Many other areas are covered by 2G services. 3G services are available to 94% of the population.
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