- Find large data plans on Mobile Wireless broadband
- Plans ranging from $39.99 a month
- Consider coverage before choosing a provider
Mobile Wireless broadband plans offer a lot less data than their ADSL counterparts, but if you travel a lot, or cannot get ADSL broadband in your area, there are plans on the market that do offer relatively large data limits. Here is a list of some of the biggest Mobile Wireless broadband plans currently on the Australian market:
Optus (1300 137 897) has a plan with 8GB for $39.95 a month, on either 12-month or 24-month contracts. These plans include a Wi-Fi modem on the 12-month contract, or a Samsung Galaxy Tablet computer on the 24-month contract, but you do have to pay a $9.95 delivery fee on both devices. There are no excess usage charges, as Optus allows users to purchase extra Data Blocks once you reach your monthly quota.
This plan can also be purchased on a month-to-month contract if you buy your USB modem, Wi-Fi modem, or tablet computer outright. Modems cost $69 for a USB dongle, $129 for a Wi-Fi modem, and $749 for the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Optus also has plans with 10GB for $59.95 a month, or a massive 16GB for $79.95 a month.
Virgin Mobile (1300 106 571) uses the Optus network to deliver its services, so make sure you have good Optus Mobile Wireless coverage in the areas you need reception. For just $39 a month Virgin Mobile will give you 10GB. This can be done on a month-to-month contract (BYO modem), or a 12-month contract with the USB modem or Mobile Wireless Wi-Fi modem included. There are no excess usage charges, as your speed is shaped to 128kbps when you reach your limit. Virgin Mobile also has plans with 12GB for $49 per month, or 14GB for $59 per month.
Vodafone uses its own network, which is separate to the Optus and Telstra mobile phone towers, except in some metropolitan locations where it uses the Optus network. Call us on 1300 106 571 to see if you have good Vodafone Mobile Wireless coverage in your location.
Vodafone offers 8GB for $39 a month, which can be purchased in one of three different ways. You can get it on a 12-month contract with the USB modem included, or on a month-to-month contract (BYO modem, or paying $49 for the USB dongle). Vodafone also has plans with 10GB for $49 per month. Vodafone charges 2 cents per MB for excess usage on its post-paid plans.
If you want a Vodafone Prepaid plan with a large amount of data, you can get 6GB for $100 a month.
Telstra BigPond’s NextG network offers the best coverage and fastest Mobile Wireless broadband speeds in Australia. However, this means it is more expensive than the competition. BigPond will give you 7GB for $59.95 a month, or 12GB for $89.95 a month, with both plans on 12-month contracts.
You have to buy Telstra’s modem upfront for $299.99. Ouch! However, if Telstra is the only Mobile Wireless provider in your location, this is a necessary purchase. When you reach your monthly limit your speed is slowed to a dial-up 64kbps rate.
3 Mobile has a plan with 6GB for $29 a month on a 12-month contract. This plan comes with a USB modem included. You can use your data anytime you like. Once you reach your monthly quota, excess usage is charged at 2 cents per MB in 3 Mobile broadband coverage areas, or 50 cents per MB in national roaming zones. 3 Mobile uses a mixture of its own mobile phone towers, with some Vodafone and Telstra towers used outside of major metropolitan locations.
For $39 a month, 3 Mobile can give you 10GB on a month-to-month plan, but you have to BYO modem, or 12GB on a 12-month plan with the modem included. For $49 a month you can get 12GB on a month-to-month plan (BYO modem), or 14GB on a 12-month plan with the modem included.
iPrimus (1300 137 794) has a good Mobile Wireless plan with 6GB for $39.95 a month. This can be purchased on a 12-month contract where you pay $49 for a USB modem, or a 24-month contract with USB modem included. iPrimus uses the Optus towers to deliver its service. Excess usage charges are 3 cents per MB, capped at $60 for 2GB. After this 2GB mark is reached your speed is shaped to a 128kbps speed. iPrimus has its customer service and technical support based on-shore in Australia, which can be very beneficial if any issues suddenly arise.
If you need a lot of data on a Mobile Wireless connection, these plans will give you a good idea of what is available, as well as help you to find the most suitable service for your needs.