- Making a mobile broadband connection is pretty straightforward and the best option
- When you buy a modem, it will have an antenna and SIM card built in, like a mobile phone would
- If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate in calling us on 1300 106 571
If you do not want to lock into a contract with your internet because you move around a lot or because you’re staying somewhere only for a holiday, there are a few different ways you can make your connection – Mobile Broadband, ADSL2+ or NBN.
Which option is the best will depend on where you’re staying, your data requirement and your budget.
Making a mobile broadband connection is pretty straightforward and the best option if you are going away on a short holiday or business conference.
When you buy a modem, it will have an antenna and SIM card built in, like a mobile phone would, and you connect the modem to the computer for a connection.
The modem itself can come in a few different shapes and sizes. Most commonly, it will be a small USB stick (often called a dongle) for a single connection to one computer/laptop. It can also be a full-sized modem requiring AC power, which can share the connection via Wi-Fi with several computers and devices in a short range. The key factor here being the modem itself still gets the internet signal from a mobile communications tower. Alternatively, it can be a small battery powered modem that acts as a 'mobile Wi-Fi hotspot’, but essentially, they're all the same thing.
This best part of this type of connection is cheap and convenient to set up, portable and easy to put in a drawer until you need to use it next.
The problem with mobile broadband is that it is potentially unreliable. If you are traveling to a more rural or remote area, you might find yourself in a mobile blackspot, or your connection could easily be disrupted by trees, bad weather and other people connecting at the same time.
One alternative, if you’re going to be somewhere for at least a month, is a fixed line connection through your landline telephone socket, or ADSL2+. This sometimes requires paying a separate line rental fee, even if you don't use the phone.
The main benefit with ADSL2+ is that it's far more reliable than mobile broadband, and generally much faster as well. With Wi-Fi, a short-range wireless standard, your computer can wirelessly connect to the modem that is plugged in at the telephone socket, so you still have the freedom to move about your home.
On the flip side, ADSL2+ connections usually require a contract to connect. Although there are no contract/0 month contract options, they are typically more expensive.
If you’re more of a gamer or serious binge-watcher, Mate’s unlimited no contract plan for $69 a month might be more suitable.
Whilst NBN provides similar benefits to ADSL2+ over mobile broadband, we recommend you to choose an NBN connection over an ADSL2+ option if it is available in your area. For similar prices to an ADSL2+ equivalent, you are laying down infrastructure that can provide you with the flexibility to upgrade to even faster speeds and more data allowances in the future.
Not to mention, even though the costs are similar, you can get over the mental barrier of having to pay a line rental fee when you don’t use the telephone. This is because NBN broadband does not require the telephone line and instead is connected to an improved system of fibre optic cables.
You can get 100GB on Belong at speeds up to 12/1mbps paying month to month for $50/month with no set up fee.
If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate in calling us on 1300 106 571