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Best Mobile Broadband Plans

The best mobile broadband plan for your needs is one which meets your data and speed requirements while fitting your budget.

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, updated on February 13th, 2024       

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Whether you're a traveller, student, remote worker or simply in need of reliable internet wherever you are, finding the best mobile broadband plan for your needs can help you access internet on the go for the right price.

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How do I find the best mobile broadband plan for my needs?

Finding the best mobile broadband plan for your needs involves considering several factors to help you secure the most suitable and cost-effective option. The variables to think about when searching for the right plan include:

  • Determine your usage: begin by assessing your data usage requirements. Are you a heavy user who often relies on a mobile connection to download large files or a light user who primarily checks emails and social media? Knowing your data needs will help you choose the right plan.
  • Network coverage: check the coverage of mobile broadband providers in the areas you’re likely to need your connection. The fastest and most reliable plan won't be of much use if the network coverage is poor where you’re travelling. Because of this, it’s important to look for providers with good coverage in your region.
  • Speed requirements: consider your speed requirements. If you need fast internet for activities like streaming or online gaming, you may look for a plan with higher download and upload speeds (such as 5G). Most providers offer 4G and 5G options, although 5G isn’t as widely available across Australia.
  • Data allowance: based on your usage, select a plan with an appropriate data allowance. Unlimited data plans are very rare, with most coming with caps of between 5GB or less and up to 400GB.
  • Prepaid or postpaid: it’s important to think about whether to go for a prepaid or postpaid plan. Prepaid plans generally come with more flexibility and without the risk of accruing an unexpectedly high bill, but postpaid plans tend to be less expensive.
  • Additional features: consider additional features like free hardware, international roaming capabilities and bundled services like entertainment packages, as these may add value to your plan.
  • Price comparison: compare the total cost of plans, including monthly fees, modem costs and any additional charges. Don't forget to factor in any promotions or discounts that might apply, as well as consider any price changes once an introductory period ends.

By carefully evaluating these factors and comparing mobile broadband plans, you can find the best available option which aligns with your specific needs and budget.

What’s the best type of mobile broadband connection?

There are three main types of mobile broadband connection you can choose from. These are:

Data-only SIM cards

Data-only SIM cards

How they work: data-only SIM cards are small, rectangular cards that you insert into compatible devices in much the same way as a phone SIM. They provide mobile broadband connectivity by connecting to a cellular network.

Device compatibility: SIM cards are designed primarily for devices with SIM card slots, such as tablets and certain laptops. However, you may also wish to use one in a smartphone as a hotspot, while they can also be inserted into existing dongles or pocket Wi-Fi modems.

Best for: data-only SIM cards are best suited for users who want mobile broadband on their tablets or laptops when they're on the go. They're ideal for travellers, remote workers or students who need internet access outside of Wi-Fi zones.

USB modems/dongles

USB modems/dongles

How they work: USB modems or dongles are small devices that connect to compatible devices via a USB port. They function in the same way as data-only SIM cards but offer a dedicated hardware connection.

Device compatibility: USB modems are compatible with most laptops, desktop computers and other devices which have USB ports. They often come with their software for easy installation.

Best for: USB modems are suitable for users who require a dedicated and more stable internet connection on their laptops while travelling or in areas with limited broadband options. They can be a good choice for business professionals or individuals needing secure, direct access.

Pocket Wi-Fi

Pocket Wi-Fi

How they work: pocket Wi-Fi devices, also known as mobile hotspots, are portable gadgets which create a Wi-Fi network using a mobile broadband connection. Multiple devices can connect to this network, sharing the internet connection.

Device compatibility: pocket Wi-Fi devices are the most versatile type of mobile broadband thanks to their lack of physical connection, meaning any device can connect to a hotspot network wirelessly.

Best for: this connection is popular among users who need to connect multiple devices simultaneously or share internet access with others, such as families, small groups or professionals working on the go, as it provides flexibility and convenience.

Frequently asked questions about the best mobile broadband plans

What’s the best mobile broadband plan for light or regular users?

The best mobile broadband plan will ultimately depend on you and factors such as your budget and usage. Light or regular users who primarily use the internet for tasks like web browsing, social media and occasional video streaming may benefit from more budget-friendly plans with moderate data allowances. You might look for plans with data caps ranging from 10GB to 50GB, but it’s important to assess how much data you use each month before buying your plan.

What’s the best mobile broadband plan for heavy users?

Heavy users who engage in data-intensive activities such as frequent streaming or large file downloads are more likely to need a high-data mobile broadband plan with higher potential speeds. Plans with data allowances of 100GB or more may be a good fit for heavy users, but it’s important to consider the amount of data you’re likely to use.

Is mobile broadband or home wireless broadband better for me?

The choice between mobile broadband and home wireless broadband depends on your specific requirements. Mobile broadband is highly portable and suitable for users who need internet access on the go, whether for travel, work or remote locations. Home wireless broadband, on the other hand, provides a more stationary internet connection for residential or small office use.

If mobility is a priority, mobile broadband is the better option. However, if stability and consistent speeds are essential, especially for multiple users or devices, home wireless broadband may be the preferred choice. Assess your usage patterns and location to determine which option aligns best with your needs.

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Any advice presented above is general in nature and doesn’t consider your personal or business objectives, needs or finances. It’s always important to consider whether advice is suitable for you before purchasing an internet plan. For further information on the variety of internet plans compared by Econnex, or how their business works, you can visit their website.

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