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Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Optus

$70 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 12 months
vividwireless

200GB Data Plan

  • Deal: Get your second month access fee free
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70/mth
  • + $199 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $269 for first month
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Jeenee Mobile

$25 Data SIM Plan

  • $25/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
OVO

Medium Prepaid Data Only

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $29.95
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 15GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 15GB Data
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Virgin Mobile

Mobile Broadband 12GB

  • Deal: Includes 3GB Bonus Data, ends 11 Dec 2017
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Vodafone

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Moose Mobile

Moose 10GB Data SIM Plan

  • $32/mth
  • Min. total cost $32 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus Business

$35 Mobile Broadband Business

  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 24 months
Vaya

4G Data Only 15GB - Month to Month

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39/mth
  • Min. total cost $39 for first month
Bendigo Bank Telco

Freedom 15GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 15GB Data
  • $40/mth
  • Min. total cost $40 for first month
Jeenee Mobile

$40 Data SIM Plan

  • $40/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Exetel

4G ExeGo 15GB

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $44.99/mth
  • Min. total cost $44.99
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 25GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 25GB Data
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile BYO Data M Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack, offer ends 25.12.2017
    Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27 March 2018
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile Data Plus M Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack, offer ends 25.12.2017
    Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27 March 2018
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra Business

My Business BYO Mobile Data M Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra Business

My Business Mobile Data Plan (M)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Optus

$70 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 12 months
vividwireless

200GB Data Plan

  • Deal: Get your second month access fee free
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70/mth
  • + $199 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $269 for first month
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Jeenee Mobile

$25 Data SIM Plan

  • $25/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
OVO

Medium Prepaid Data Only

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $29.95
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 15GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 15GB Data
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Virgin Mobile

Mobile Broadband 12GB

  • Deal: Includes 3GB Bonus Data, ends 11 Dec 2017
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Vodafone

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Moose Mobile

Moose 10GB Data SIM Plan

  • $32/mth
  • Min. total cost $32 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus Business

$35 Mobile Broadband Business

  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 24 months
Vaya

4G Data Only 15GB - Month to Month

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39/mth
  • Min. total cost $39 for first month
Bendigo Bank Telco

Freedom 15GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 15GB Data
  • $40/mth
  • Min. total cost $40 for first month
Jeenee Mobile

$40 Data SIM Plan

  • $40/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Exetel

4G ExeGo 15GB

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $44.99/mth
  • Min. total cost $44.99
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 25GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 25GB Data
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile BYO Data M Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack, offer ends 25.12.2017
    Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27 March 2018
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile Data Plus M Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack, offer ends 25.12.2017
    Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27 March 2018
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra Business

My Business BYO Mobile Data M Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra Business

My Business Mobile Data Plan (M)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Optus

$70 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • $70/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 12 months
vividwireless

200GB Data Plan

  • Deal: Get your second month access fee free
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $70/mth
  • + $199 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $269 for first month
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Jeenee Mobile

$25 Data SIM Plan

  • $25/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 15GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 15GB Data
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Virgin Mobile

Mobile Broadband 12GB

  • Deal: Includes 3GB Bonus Data, ends 11 Dec 2017
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Vodafone

10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $30/mth
  • Min. total cost $360 over 12 months
Moose Mobile

Moose 10GB Data SIM Plan

  • $32/mth
  • Min. total cost $32 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus Business

$35 Mobile Broadband Business

  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $420 over 12 months
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $35 for first month
Optus

$35 My Mobile Broadband Plus

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $35/mth
  • Min. total cost $840 over 24 months
Vaya

4G Data Only 15GB - Month to Month

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $39/mth
  • Min. total cost $39 for first month
Bendigo Bank Telco

Freedom 15GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 15GB Data
  • $40/mth
  • Min. total cost $40 for first month
Jeenee Mobile

$40 Data SIM Plan

  • $40/mth
  • + $10 Upfront
  • Min. total cost $50 for first month
Exetel

4G ExeGo 15GB

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $44.99/mth
  • Min. total cost $44.99
Bendigo Bank Telco

Smart 25GB Data SIM

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 25GB Data
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Home Wireless Broadband Plus S BYO Plan

  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile BYO Data M Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack, offer ends 25.12.2017
    Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27 March 2018
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra

Go Mobile Data Plus M Plan

  • Deal: 12 month free subscription to 1 Foxtel Now Starter Pack, offer ends 25.12.2017
    Unlimited Telstra Air Data until 27 March 2018
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Telstra Business

My Business BYO Mobile Data M Plan

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $540 over 12 months
Telstra Business

My Business Mobile Data Plan (M)

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $45/mth
  • Min. total cost $1,080 over 24 months
Yomojo

15GB Data Pack

  • $45.90/mth
  • Min. total cost $45.90
OVO

Medium Prepaid Data Only

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $29.95
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Vodafone

Prepaid Mobile Broadband Recharge $40

  • Deal: 10% Bonus data when recharging online
  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $40
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Yomojo

15GB Data Pack Prepaid

  • $45.90
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
Kogan Mobile

Data M - 30 DAYS PLAN

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • 30GB Data
  • $49.90
  • Per 30 Day Recharge
amaysim

Mobile Broadband Data 50GB Prepaid

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $65
  • Per 28 Day Recharge
amaysim

Mobile Broadband Data 70GB Prepaid

  • Mobile Broadband Connection
  • $80
  • Per 28 Day Recharge

How to choose a great mobile broadband plan?


Mobile broadband, or wireless internet, is great because of how easy it is to setup. Like a mobile phone, you need a SIM card installed in a compatible device to use mobile broadband, but once this is setup the connection should be instantaneous.

Before you jump into a mobile broadband contract, here are a few things to consider:

  • How much data do you need?
  • What kind of modem do you need?
  • Do you need a modem at all?
  • What is coverage like in your area?
  • Should you sign a contract?

How much data do you need?


This is the most important question we ask about internet plans, regardless of whether we’re talking about mobile internet, or fixed-line internet in the home. 

You’ll want to be cautious with mobile broadband, and data is more expensive than it is with ADSL or the NBN. Mobile broadband plans tend to be similar to mobile phone plans, but if you’re using your mobile broadband connection with a laptop, you will be using data a lot faster.

Here is a table to help you gauge how much data you may need.

Our suggested plans are based on using your service of choice for about one hour a day everyday for an entire month. If you're using more than one of these services regularly, consider opting for a larger allowance. Please note, these figures can vary depending on your own personal usage habits, as well as the phone you use.

  Data Per Hour Risk Suggested Plan
Online gaming From 3MB At least 1GB
Podcasts Approx. 60MB At least 2GB
Web Browsing Approx. 60MB At least 2GB
FaceTime Approx. 85MB At least 3GB
Facebook Approx. 80MB At least 3GB
Music Streaming Up to 150MB At least 5GB
Snapchat Approx. 160MB At least 5GB
Facebook Video Approx. 160MB At least 5GB
YouTube Approx. 300MB At least 10GB
Netflix From 250MB At least 10GB
Foxtel Now From 320MB At least 12GB
Stan From 570MB At least 15GB
Lossless Music Streaming (Tidal) Approx. 640MB At least 20GB
Instagram Approx. 720MB At least 20GB

If you want more information, read our guide to mobile data.

What kind of modem do you need for mobile broadband?


The most popular type of mobile broadband modem is what we call a 4G WiFi hotspot. These are small battery-powered devices that connect establish a WiFi network that let’s you share the internet with several devices at once, like a laptop, tablet or smartphone.

If you already own a SIM-enabled tablet, like an iPad, you can forgo buying a 4G WiFi hotspot, and put the SIM card directly into the tablet. Or, if you have an old smartphone in a drawer at home, you might be able to set it up as a WiFi hotspot, just like a modem.

If you want a new hotspot modem, consider a contract plan for mobile broadband. The major telcos like Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile tend to offer the modems for free in return for signing up for a period of time.

What is mobile broadband coverage like in your area?


Mobile broadband services use exactly the same networks as smartphones, so you will find that where you get a signal on your phone, you should get a signal with a mobile broadband modem.

If you are looking to use a new service provider and have no experience with that network, use our coverage map tool to see whether there is service in your area.


iPad/Tablet Data Plans


There has been a huge increase in the popularity of iPads and tablet PCs across Australia. If you want to be able to use your iPad whilst on the move to browse websites, access social networking, or watch online videos, then you'll need a mobile broadband data plan.

Once you connect to a mobile broadband plan your iPad will be able to access mobile data networks in the same way as your smart phone. This means wherever you go you will have the ability to use your iPad for accessing online content.

Mobile Broadband Plans Availability


Mobile broadband plans are currently available from:

What is Mobile Broadband?


Mobile broadband allows high speed mobile internet access via a portable modem that can be used in different locations around Australia. Most internet service providers supply a USB or WiFi modem with the mobile broadband plan which you can use to connect to the internet. Some laptops also now have built-in support for mobile broadband.


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Broadband Deals

Bonus Deals with Telstra Mobile Broadband

Bonus Deals with Telstra Mobile Broadband

Telstra Mobile Broadband plans include a range of deals such as bonus Foxtel Pack subscriptions, unlimited Telstra Air Data & Bonus Data

Unlimited Netflix Streaming

Unlimited Netflix Streaming

Teleron's Basic nbn plan includes unlimited Netflix streaming & data-free iTunes downloads until 31 Oct. New customers only, T&Cs apply

$70 credit with 18 month contracts

$70 credit with 18 month contracts

SpinTel's 18 month nbn™ broabdband plans now include a $70 credit which will appear on your first invoice...

2nd month plan fee is $0

2nd month plan fee is $0

Your 2nd month is FREE with Barefoot or MATE broadband plans until 31.10.2017. Sign up online or call 1300 157 884

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