- Several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have a Wi-Fi hotspot service
- You don’t have to be a customer to access Internode’s website and special iPod or iPhone services
- iPrimus has Wi-Fi hotspots in capital cities across Australia
For some users, it’s not enough to have internet access at home; they need to be online while on the go as well. That’s completely understandable, especially these days where working remotely is not just a viable option, but possibly one that’s preferred.
That said, you don’t have to pay extra for a separate mobile broadband plan if you don’t want to. Free and low-cost options are available, especially if you just need to check a map or read your email when out and about. Several Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have a Wi-Fi hotspot service, which will let you connect your wireless device to their Wi-Fi service. Then you’ll have access to a reasonably fast connection.
Here are two ISPs to consider
This ISP offers a free Wi-Fi hotspot service in many public areas across Australia, including Caravan Parks on the Yorke Peninsula, the MCG in Melbourne, and Rundle Mall in Adelaide. Since this is a company based in Adelaide, it makes sense that most of its hotspots are in South Australia. However, it has been expanding the service in other parts of the country like Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, to name a few.
You don’t have to be a customer to access Internode’s website and special iPod or iPhone services like Google Maps, Push Email, Weather, Stocks, and MobileMe. But - as expected - you need to be if you want internet access. Just turn on the Wi-Fi on your device and select Internode’s network when you see it on your screen. Opening your browser will take you to the login page, where you’ll need to enter your Internode log-in details.
If you’re looking for a home phone or VoIP service in addition to internet access both at home and on the go, Internode offers a plan that bundles broadband with either of those two services.
iPrimus has Wi-Fi hotspots in capital cities across Australia, although the service isn’t free. Instead, users are charged by the hour, and there is also a one-off set-up fee of $10. A convenient alternative to mobile broadband - as long as you intend to use it around a Wi-Fi hotspot, that is - it is exclusive to iPrimus customers.
The most basic plan involves a flat rate of $12.50 per hour on top of the set-up fee. If you know you’ll be online often, you’ll want to consider the other plans, though. The first one costs $24 a month, but that’s only good for two free hours, and you’ll be paying $12.25 for each hour after that. Another plan costs $55 per month, and that includes five free hours, though you’ll pay $11.75 per hour after that. The most expensive plan is $100 per month and gets you 10 hours for free; go past that and you’ll be paying $11 per hour.
Whichever plan you choose, iPrimus’s plans are a good option if you need to download big files, since you’re not charged per MB, so this may well be a cheaper and quicker option compared to a mobile broadband.
Like Internode, iPrimus offers a bundle that includes broadband internet with either a home phone service or VoIP.