3 has partnered with Vodafone to provide customers with the best of both worlds. The carriers provide a range of mobile plans, mobile broadband and wireless home phone services at inexpensive prices.

If you sign up with 3, they’ll deliver your broadband or mobile service via the 3 Broadband Zone, which covers 96% of the country. 3 and Vodafone are continuously upgrading their networks to keep up with high demand. If you wander outside of 3’s network coverage, they’ll switch you over to the Telstra Next G network, however this is at an added cost and may reduce your upload and download speeds.

There are a number of mobile broadband plans to suit your data needs. Plans go up to 12GB per month, and customers have a choice between prepaid (no contract) or post-paid (month-by-month, 12-month or 24-month plans). There are two modems to choose from, and customers can also opt for a Micro SIM card to use with an Apple iPad tablet. Prepaid data recharges have an expiry of 30 or 365 days.

Time to activate:
Delivery takes 3-5 working days. Your service will be active once you have installed any necessary software and plugged your modem into your computer.

Peak times:

There are no peak or off peak time restrictions.

Cost of initial set-up:
There are no delivery fees. Post-paid plans have no set-up fee, prepaid is $9.95 if you BYO modem. Prepaid packages are available with a modem from $49. 3 also offers iPad prepaid packages – a Micro SIM card is available with a 50c postage and handling fee.

Contract lengths:
Prepaid, month-by-month, 12-months and 24 months

Internet Key E122: connects one PC or laptop at a time. Micro SD Card slot (up to 32GB – card sold separately) From $49 on prepaid
Pocket Wi-Fi modem: connects up to three devices at once. From $99 on prepaid

Payment can be made by direct debit, credit card, BPay, at an Australia Post outlet or by posting your cheque together with the payment slip on your bill to 3.

Cancellation fees:

Customers will need to pay out the cost of their contract, plus any additional modem repayment fees.