Wireless Broadband Guide & Plans

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While ADSL, Cable and NBN internet typically requires tinkering with a router, home wireless plans promise to do away with phone line fiddling. It’s like connecting to the internet on your mobile, and nearly as simple. Home wireless is a home internet connection provided by connecting to the 4G mobile network, and can be good for those who can’t access NBN or ADSL yet need a reliable connection with lots of data.

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What is home wireless broadband?

Wireless Modem

Home wireless broadband is technology that allows a modem to connect to the internet remotely. In this case, the connection we will be looking at is over the mobile phone network; however, wireless broadband can also be delivered through satellite connection. Home wireless differs from mobile broadband in that it comes packaged with a router, and is intended for use as a replacement for a fixed line connection. If you’re only interested in a mobile data SIM, you can see our comparisons here.

Why should I get home wireless broadband?

Home wireless may be especially useful if:

  • You rent your home.
  • You frequently move.
  • You don’t like lock-in contracts.
  • You can’t access NBN or ADSL.

If you are a renter or frequently on the move and aren’t interested in a fixed line connection, home wireless provides you the flexibility to access the internet wherever you have power. For those on short leases, this could be invaluable.

Otherwise, the ease of use is a significant benefit. It’s not an exaggeration to say most devices in your house can support a Wi-Fi connection these days. From your personal tablet to smart fridge, you need a Wi-Fi network to make the most of your electronics. These devices typically don’t use much bandwidth, making them suitable for a mobile connection.

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Home wireless broadband plans

Here is a summary of the best home wireless broadband plans from each provider:

  • Southern Phone – 200GB plan for $50, or 500GB for $70 per month, on a 12-month contract. Both plans include a WiFi modem.
  • Exetel – 250GB plan for $69 per month, with a choice of a 12-month or month-to-month contract.
  • Spintel – 200GB plan from $49.95 monthly, on a 12-month or no lock-in contract.
  • Optus – 200GB data for $65 a month, or 500GB for $85 per month, on 24-month or month-to-month contracts. Modems are included on 24-month contracts, or available from $192 upfront on a month-to-month plan.
  • Yomojo – 250GB for $44.90 per month, with no lock-in contract ($169 upfront modem cost)

Popular wireless provider Vividwireless was part of the Optus family, but stopped offering plans to new customers on 2 December, 2018. Optus itself offers two wireless broadband plans, which were updated after the Vividwireless closure, and Exetel, Yomojo and Spintel sell similar plans with varying modem fees.

Regardless of your choice of provider, plans usually come with a 4G WiFi modem, often manufactured by Huawei. It’s important to note that some telcos are speed-rated to 10 or 12Mbps downloads, and some may also recognise peer-to-peer file sharing and throttle speeds further.

In the home wireless world, unlimited data is fairly hard to come by, with most data caps hovering around the 200GB mark (or up to 500GB with Optus). If you’re a light user, these plans could be a great alternative to the NBN. On the other hand, if you’re a heavy user or in a larger household, 200GB could be eaten up pretty quickly!

Below are some of the home wireless broadband options available in Australia. Tables may contain featured products from our referral partners.

Southern Phone Wireless Broadband Plans

Southern Phone offers two home wireless broadband plans on Optus’ 4G network, both of which are available on 24-month contracts. Plans include 200GB for $50 per month, or 500GB of data for $70 monthly. All plans include an Optus-approved WiFi modem.

Southern Phone Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Southern Phone wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless 50

  • Includes WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,279 over 24 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Home Wireless 70

  • Includes WiFi modem
  • Optus 4G wireless broadband network

min. cost $1,579 over 24 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Yomojo Wireless Broadband Plans

Yomojo’s wireless option also includes 250GB of data each month, for a competitive $44.90. This plan is available contract-free, but you’ll need to pay $169 upfront for the included Huawei 4G router.

Yomojo Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Yomojo wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Plan

  • $169 Huawei 4G B525 Modem upfront cost

min. cost $228.90 for the first month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Plan

  • $169 Huawei 4G B525 Modem upfront cost

min. cost $248.90 for the first month

500GBMax Data**/billing period $79.90Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Spintel Wireless Broadband Plans

Spintel offers up to 500GB of data on casual and 2-month contracts, with prices beginning at $49.95 per month for 200GB at speeds of 12Mbps. The requisite NetComm modem comes with an upfront cost of $145 plus postage, but if you opt for a 12-month plan, you’ll receive a $100 account credit to help offset this charge. Spintel also gives customers the option of adding unlimited home phone to their wireless plan, for an additional $10 per month.

Spintel Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Spintel wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Basic Home Wireless Broadband Plan (12Mbps)

  • $145 upfront for NetComm WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • $100 account credit

min. cost $764.40 over 12 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $49.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband Plan (High Speed 4G)

  • $145 upfront for NetComm WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • $100 account credit

min. cost $884.40 over 12 month plan period

200GBMax Data**/billing period $59.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband (High Speed 4G)

  • $145 upfront for NetComm WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • $100 account credit

min. cost $1,064.40 over 12 month plan period

500GBMax Data**/billing period $74.95Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 4G Wireless Broadband Plans

Optus provides a choice of two 4G home wireless plans, both on two-year contracts or month-to-month. $65 buys you 200GB of data, while the $85 plan features 500GB each month. Two-year plans come with a free 4G modem, but if you decide to go contract-free, you’ll need to pay $216 upfront.

The following table shows selected published Optus 4G wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Wireless Broadband 200GB

  • Includes: B8 18 Modem

min. cost $1,560 over 24 months

200GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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4G Wireless Broadband 500GB

  • Includes: B8 18 Modem

min. cost $2,040 over 24 months

500GBMax Data**/billing period $85Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Home Broadband

If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with Optus 5G coverage, you may also be eligible for the telco’s new $70 unlimited 5G home broadband plan. Plans include unlimited monthly data, as well as an included Nokia 5G modem, and are available on a month-to-month or 24-month contract. Keep in mind that if you do want to go contract-free, you’ll need to pay a $200 setup fee.

The following table shows selected published Optus 5G home broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Home Broadband (24 months)

  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes the Optus supplied Nokia modem
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $1,680 over 24 months

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Optus 5G Home Broadband (month-to-month)

  • 50Mbps satisfaction guarantee
  • Includes the Optus supplied Nokia modem
  • $200 setup fee
  • Special offer: one month free

min. cost $270 over first month

UnlimitedMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Exetel Wireless Broadband Plans

Exetel offers a 250GB home wireless plan, both on a casual basis and on 12-month contracts. Both terms require the purchase of a pre-configured WiFi modem, available for $94.50 on one-year plans ; if you opt for a month-to-month plan, you’ll need to pay $189 upfront.

Exetel Wireless Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Exetel wireless broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband month-to-month plan

  • $189 upfront for WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • Download speeds up to 12Mbps

min. cost $278.00 for the first month

250GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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Home Wireless Broadband 12 month plan

  • $94.50 upfront for WiFi modem ($20 P&H)
  • Download speeds up to 12Mbps

min. cost $942.50 over 12 month plan period

250GBMax Data**/billing period $69Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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What is the best wireless broadband plan for me?

When comparing wireless broadband plans, the first step is to check to see if wireless broadband is available to your address. You may find some providers do not offer these plans to your address and you’ll need to look into an alternative.

If you can access wireless broadband from your home from a range of providers, you’ll need to compare wireless broadband plans. Take into consideration what your budget is and how much data you’ll need on your plan and compare what is on offer from each plan. This should help you find the best wireless broadband plan for your home.

What about mobile broadband?

While both types of broadband rely on cellular networks, rather than a fixed-line connection, mobile broadband is designed for on-the-go use rather than as a total home internet solution. You’ll find mobile broadband plans are typically a little more expensive than home wireless, and may not be ideal for heavy data users or larger households.

Still, if you’re interested in comparing mobile broadband, we’ve listed several plans with around 50GB per month below. The following table shows a selection of comparable published mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: 100GB+

The following table shows a selection of published 100GB and over mobile broadband plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Vodafone Logo

100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $720 over 12 months

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Large

  • SIM Only

min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $65Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Large

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • 5G access included

min. cost $75 over one month

200GBMax Data**/billing period $75Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Over 50GB

The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with 50GB – 100GB of data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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SIM Only 50GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $40 over 28 day billing period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • SIM Only

min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period

50GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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60GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $540 over 12 months

60GBMax Data**/billing period $45Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Medium

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • 5G access included

min. cost $50 over one month

60GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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SIM Only 90GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $60 over 28 day billing period

90GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Under 50GB

The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with less than 50GB of data on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. This is a selection of products with links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Amaysim Logo

SIM Only 7GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Extra Small

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • No 5G access

min. cost $15 over one month

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

5GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $180 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Small

  • SIM only plan
  • No excess data charges in Australia
  • Includes data-free sports and music streaming
  • No 5G access

min. cost $25 over one month

20GBMax Data**/billing period $25Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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25GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $360 over 12 months

25GBMax Data**/billing period $30Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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How do you set up home wireless broadband?

Home wireless plans typically involve two components; a SIM card and a modem. The SIM card is used to access the mobile network and the modem supports either a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. Insert the SIM in the router, power the modem on and your connection is good to go.

This is generally a much more simple process than establishing a new ADSL or NBN connection, as that usually requires professional installation and tech support. With home wireless, you can just ‘plug and play’; in fact, Optus boasts that its home wireless router takes less than 5 minutes to set up.

Does home wireless have any limitations?

Home wireless does have several limitations, with the price per megabyte being a major factor. Limitations include:

  • It’s expensive, with data over wireless far more costly than ADSL or other fixed line connections in a ‘data for dollars’ sense.
  • Coverage can vary just like a mobile phone’s signal. Home wireless won’t vary as much as your typical phone, as your router generally doesn’t leave your house. However, if your mobile reception at home is poor, you may want to think twice before committing to a lock-in home wireless plan.
  • Top speeds can be affected easily, with some providers only promising max speeds slower than that of ADSL – 12Mbps.

Is a home wireless plan right for me?

Which plan you choose comes down to your internet priorities. If you’re a data heavy user, or suffering a Netflix addiction, Optus, Exetel and SpinTel 200GB+ plans are a viable option – you’ll get enough data for streaming at a comparatively cheap price. Optus’ stated speeds are sufficient to stream internet video, and its larger 500GB plan should allow for up to 166 hours of HD Netflix streaming each month.

With home wireless, you are really paying extra for the amount of data because of the convenience factor. If you’re moving around a lot, or just want your very own home broadband connection without sharing with your family or pesky flatmates, home wireless broadband may be for you. Furthermore, if you’re just after a quick-fix solution without bothering with ADSL or NBN plan installation, home wireless is again a fair idea. However, you’ll pay more per gigabyte than with other connections – so you’ll have to weigh up the cost/convenience factor for yourself.

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