Review of Vividwireless broadband plans
Vividwireless is a Perth-based broadband provider with a twist – the company specialises solely in providing wireless broadband services for both your home and mobile devices. Launched in March 2010, Vividwireless was purchased by Optus in 2012 and expanded to the rest of Australia’s mainland capital cities in 2016.
By only providing wireless internet services, Vividwireless provides customers with cheaper monthly plans and a much easier setup process. A traditional wired broadband connection requires a technician to come to your house and install new cables, re-route your service, set up your new modem and much more – a process which takes hours to do and days to schedule.
Vividwireless avoids the hassle by offering 4G LTE wireless internet plans – its wireless modem needs only to be plugged into a power socket, where it can be set up within minutes – no complex cable connections required. Furthermore, there’s no need for phone line rental, which will save you a significant amount every month.
The principle downside of wireless internet is sometimes-patchy coverage, or even a complete lack of service in your area. It’s therefore important to check the quality of 4G coverage at your home before buying a wireless internet plan. The good news is that all of Australia’s major cities have fairly comprehensive 4G coverage on the Optus network, and the area covered is constantly increasing. If you’re considering a wireless broadband plan, read on for our breakdown of the plans offered by Vivid Wireless.
What does Vividwireless offer?
Vividwireless offers three different broadband plans, the most expensive of which offers unlimited data. All three plans are available on month to month or 24 month contracts, the latter of which provides you with a wireless modem for free, whilst the former requires a $199 up-front payment.
Vividwireless offers its data on an anytime basis – there are no peak or off-peak limits. The company also doesn’t charge for excess data. If you exceed your data limit, your connection will be throttled until your next billing period. The details of Vividwireless’s three plans are as follows:
How does Vividwireless compare to other broadband providers?
With a rather unique approach to home broadband, Vividwireless’s main competition consists of mobile broadband plans rather than traditional fixed broadband. The company’s two data capped plans can’t match a traditional broadband service in terms of value. Many other providers offer unlimited ADSL broadband and home phone bundles for less than the $59/month cost of Vivid’s 40GB plan. The top unlimited plan offers much better value, but still can’t compete with the inclusions of ADSL plans.
A much fairer comparison is with other wireless broadband plans of the same ilk, which come with the convenience and portability of a wireless connection. On a level playing field, Vividwireless suddenly looks much better value. The 10GB plan offers better bang for buck than other service providers such as Optus, SpinTel and Virgin, many of which charge significantly more for little or no extra data. The 40GB plan is similarly competitive at $59/month. The plan is cheaper and offers more data than the closest plans from Optus, Yomojo and Vodafone. Check out a sample comparison of the plans below:
Finally, the Vividwireless Unlimited plan is in fact the only unlimited mobile broadband plan in Australia. The closest rival is the 200GB plan from Optus, which provides more than enough data for most households at $80/month – $10 less than Vividwireless. For households who use more than that, however, Vivid’s plan becomes far better value. If you enjoy streaming media, playing video games or browsing the web often, the unlimited wireless data plan represents a very smart investment. This is particularly true if you need internet fast or don’t want to go through the tiresome process of broadband installation.
Vividwireless offers a unique alternative to traditional ADSL or cable broadband. Wireless internet means a quick, easy setup, no line rental fees and the flexibility to take your internet connection with you wherever you go. Whilst the value proposition can’t match that of a fixed broadband plan in the long term, Vividwireless is a very useful option for many Australian households.