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4G Home Internet Plans

4G home internet plans offer Australians an alternative to the NBN without a fixed line connection.

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4G home internet plans serve as an alternative option to rival the National Broadband Network (NBN), utilising connections through mobile towers around Australia to provide internet to Australian homes and businesses. However, before signing up for the first 4G plan you find, it’s important to consider all the options available where you live.

At Savvy, our online comparison service simplifies the process of considering different internet plans, allowing you to effortlessly explore and compare internet plans available through leading Australian providers. You can get started with us today with a free, no-obligation quote and compare broadband options in your area!

What is 4G home internet and how does it work?

4G home internet is a type of wireless broadband service that delivers internet access to homes and businesses using the 4G mobile network. It operates similarly to this network on mobile devices but is optimised for home use.

Here's how it works:

  • Network infrastructure: telecommunications companies maintain a network of 4G towers and base stations across regions. These towers transmit wireless signals.
  • Modem or router: to access 4G home internet, you need a specialised 4G modem or router. This device connects to the nearest 4G tower to establish an internet connection.
  • Indoor distribution: the modem or router is placed indoors, often near a window or in a location with a strong signal. It communicates with the nearest tower wirelessly.
  • Wi-Fi: the modem or router then distributes the internet connection to devices within your home using a Wi-Fi connection. This allows multiple devices like computers, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs to access the internet simultaneously.
  • Data plans: like mobile plans, 4G home internet plans can come with different data allowances, speeds and pricing options. You choose a plan that suits your internet usage needs.

How fast is 4G home internet?

The speed of 4G home internet can vary based on several factors, including your proximity to the nearest tower, network congestion and the specific 4G plan and provider you choose. However, 4G home wireless internet plans generally come with capped speeds of 20Mbps to 25Mbps, making them roughly equivalent to an NBN 25 plan in terms of their download capabilities.

However, it's essential to note that real-world speeds may be lower than these maximums, especially during peak usage times. To get a precise idea of the speeds you can expect, it's worth checking with your home internet provider to gain a greater insight into the performance of your potential plan.

How do I compare 4G home internet plans?

Comparing internet plans of this type involves considering several key factors to find the best fit for your needs:

  • Network coverage: ensure the provider you’re looking at offers strong 4G coverage in your area. Coverage can vary by location, so verify that you'll receive a stable signal at your home.
  • Cost: compare the total cost, including monthly charges and costs for any upfront equipment. It’s important to look for a plan that not only fits your needs but also your budget.
  • Speed: check the advertised download and upload speeds for each plan, as well as its average evening (peak) speeds. Consider your household's demands for online activities like gaming, streaming and video conferencing.
  • Data allowance: evaluate the data allowance provided by each plan. Choose one that aligns with your internet usage, whether it's light browsing, streaming, or heavy data use. Most plans these days come with unlimited data, so this may not be the most crucial comparison point.
  • Contract terms: review the contract length and terms. Many plans are month-to-month, while others may have fixed-term contracts. Choose one that suits your flexibility preferences and budget.
  • Extras and inclusions: some plans may include extras like entertainment packages or streaming subscriptions. Evaluate these inclusions to determine their value to you.

By considering these factors, you can give yourself a great chance of finding the 4G home internet plan best suited to your needs and budget.

How are 4G and 5G home internet plans different?

It’s important to understand the key differences between 4G and 5G home internet before you purchase your plan. These include:

4G home internet 5G home internet

Network technology

4G home internet uses the fourth generation of mobile network technology. It was a significant improvement over previous 3G technology, offering faster download and upload speeds.
5G home internet uses the fifth generation of mobile network technology, which is designed to be even faster and more efficient than 4G.

Speed

4G home internet speeds don’t generally exceed 25Mbps, with plans potentially struggling to handle the demands of multiple devices streaming high-definition content simultaneously.
5G is significantly faster, with theoretical download speeds exceeding 1Gbps. This high-speed capability makes it more suited for bandwidth-intensive applications like 4K streaming, online gaming and virtual reality.

Latency

4G networks have relatively low latency, making them suitable for most online activities. However, latency can vary based on network congestion and distance from mobile towers.
5G is designed for ultra-low latency, often in the millisecond range. This is crucial for applications like real-time online gaming and remote surgery.

Coverage and availability

4G networks have widespread coverage, making them accessible in urban, suburban and some rural areas. However, the speed and quality of the connection may vary depending on location.
5G is still expanding its coverage, with a primary focus on urban areas initially. While 5G is expected to reach rural and remote areas eventually, it may take time to achieve widespread coverage.

Price

As the less powerful of the two, 4G home internet plans tend to be cheaper.
These plans tend to be more expensive due to their new technology and improved performance.

Common questions about 4G home internet

How is 4G home internet different from the NBN?

4G home internet uses mobile networks to provide internet access, offering portability but potentially lower speeds and data caps. NBN plans, on the other hand, typically use fixed line connections, meaning it can often provide faster speeds and a more reliable connection in the process.

How do I find out if I have 4G coverage at my home?

If you’re unsure about 4G network coverage in your area, it’s important to check with your service provider for coverage maps or use their online tools to confirm whether 4G home internet is a suitable option for you.

How do I switch to a 4G home internet plan?

To switch internet plans, compare your options and choose a provider and plan that suits your needs. Contact the chosen provider to sign up and arrange the delivery of the necessary equipment, such as a modem or router. Follow their instructions for installation and activation. Once everything is set up and your connection is active, cancel your previous connection.

Will I have to pay an installation fee when taking out a 4G home internet plan?

There isn’t typically an installation charge when it comes to 4G home wireless internet, as you can often set the required modem or router up yourself. However, you may have to pay for this modem in some cases, while if you’re using your own, some companies may charge activation fees to connect it to their network.

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