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Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans

Prepaid mobile broadband is a fast and convenient way to access internet on the go without a lock-in contract.

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Prepaid mobile plans offer Australians the flexibility to access internet on the go without the commitment of a long-term contract. Whether you need mobile internet for occasional use, travel or as a backup, prepaid mobile broadband plans offer the freedom to top up your data as needed.

You can compare a range of competitive internet plans side by side with Savvy. Our online comparison service allows you to effortlessly explore and compare offers from leading Australian providers. Get the wheels in motion with a free, no-obligation quote through us today.

What is prepaid mobile broadband?

Prepaid mobile broadband is a flexible type of internet plan which uses 4G and 5G networks to establish a connection. It allows users to access the internet using a mobile broadband connection without the need for a fixed-term contract. It operates on a prepaid basis, which means you purchase data allowances in advance, typically in the form of online top-ups of your account.

This type of plan is popular for those who want to avoid long-term commitments and have control over their internet usage and spending. In particular, this provides a level of financial security to plan holders in helping avoid unexpectedly expensive bills (which may be present in postpaid plans).

What types of prepaid mobile broadband plan can I choose from?

There are three main types of mobile broadband which you can purchase with prepaid plans, so it’s important to consider which of these is the best fit for your needs. These are:

  • Data-only SIM cards: these plans provide a SIM card with a data allowance. You can insert this SIM card into a compatible device like a tablet or mobile hotspot to access the internet.
  • USB modems/dongles: some plans come with a USB modem or dongle that you can plug into your computer or another compatible device to activate internet access.
  • Pocket Wi-Fi: these plans offer a pocket-sized device that creates a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing multiple devices to connect to the internet simultaneously. These are often the most expensive but come with the benefits of remaining untethered to any devices and offering connectivity for more than one device at once.

How do I compare prepaid mobile broadband plans?

Comparing prepaid mobile broadband plans involves considering several factors, which include the following:

  • Cost: compare the total cost, including the initial purchase of equipment (if any) and data recharge costs. Look for value for money.
  • Data allowance: evaluate the data allowance provided by each plan. Choose one that aligns with your internet usage, whether it's light browsing, working online or heavy data use. The amount of data you can access may range from as little as 5GB or less to upwards of 400GB.
  • Network coverage: check the 4G or 5G network coverage and quality offered by the provider. Ensure it covers the areas where you’re likely to need internet access.
  • Device compatibility: if you already have a mobile device (such as a pocket Wi-Fi modem), ensure it’s compatible with the prepaid plan and network.
  • Expiry period: most plans have specific expiry periods for data usage, which are generally after 28 to 30 days. However, there may be other options with ongoing periods beyond one month, so consider if this is something you’re looking for.
  • Recharge options: assess the ease of recharging your plan when you run out of data. Consider whether it offers convenient online recharge options.
  • Data rollover: check if the plan includes incentives like data rollover into the next period if you don’t use it all up before the end of your recharge cycle.

Considering these factors can help you find the best available prepaid mobile broadband plan best suited to your needs and budget.

The pros and cons of prepaid mobile broadband

PROS

Flexibility and control

Prepaid mobile broadband plans offer flexibility and convenience as you can recharge your data when needed. This control allows you to adjust your plan based on your data usage patterns.

No long-term commitment

Prepaid plans don’t require a long-term contract, making them ideal for short-term or temporary internet needs. You aren’t locked into a lengthy agreement, which provides freedom and convenience.

Budget-friendly

These plans often cater to various budgets, with options for light users to heavy data consumers. You can choose a plan that aligns with your budget and avoid unexpected excess usage charges.

CONS

Limited data allowance

Most prepaid plans come with limited data allowances, which may not be suitable for users with extensive data needs or who download large files. Unlimited mobile broadband plans are extremely rare.

Higher cost per GB

Prepaid mobile broadband plans can be more expensive per GB of data compared to other types of internet plan. If you use a substantial amount of data, the cost may add up quickly.

Data expiry

Prepaid plans often have data expiry periods, typically 30 days, after which any unused data may expire. This can be a disadvantage if you have periods of low data usage.

Common prepaid mobile broadband questions

How do I know if prepaid mobile broadband is right for me?

It’s important to assess your needs as an individual when comparing internet plans to determine which type is suitable for your needs. For example, prepaid mobile broadband is generally appealing to those who want flexibility and control over their data usage without a long-term contract and only need it for occasional or short-term internet uses.

How do I check my prepaid mobile broadband plan's balance?

Most providers offer ways to check your balance, such as through their app, website or by texting a specific code. Contact your provider or check their website if you’re unsure about how to check your outstanding balance.

What's the difference between a prepaid mobile broadband plan and a prepaid phone plan?

While prepaid mobile broadband plans are designed for internet access on tablets, laptops, modems or mobile hotspots, prepaid phone plans are designed specifically for phones. On top of offering a certain amount of data (if you have a smartphone), phone plans also come with talk and text capabilities.

Can I use my prepaid mobile broadband plan overseas?

Using your prepaid mobile broadband plan abroad depends on your provider and the plan. Some providers offer international roaming options, but it's best to check with your provider for specific details and costs.

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Savvy is partnered with Econnex Comparison (CIMET Sales Pty Ltd, ABN 72 620 395 726) to provide readers with a variety of internet plans to compare. We do not compare all retailers in the market, or all plans offered by all retailers. Savvy earns a commission from Econnex each time a customer buys an internet plan via our website. We don’t arrange for products to be purchased directly, as all purchases are conducted via Econnex.

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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