Mobile broadband might be the right thing for you if you’re experiencing lots of lag and bandwidth tension at home. These things are caused by putting too much strain on either your home internet or the larger ADSL or NBN network – and with more people working and studying from home, this tension may become even more noticeable during peak periods.
Mobile broadband is a great way of subverting this. It provides a connection that runs on a different network to fixed-line internet, so that you don’t incur the name bandwidth tension that you would on NBN, ADSL or cable. It’s a great idea both as a permanent solution, or as a backup when your NBN or ADSL is experiencing very low speeds.
In this article, we’ll be looking into Southern Phone’s range of mobile broadband plans.
- What is mobile broadband?
- How much does Southern Phone mobile broadband cost?
- How fast is Southern Phone mobile broadband?
- Why should I switch to Southern Phone mobile broadband?
What is mobile broadband?
Mobile broadband is a type of internet connection that is powered and operated through the cellular networks across Australia through 4G and (in some places) 5G networks. The best visualisation of mobile broadband is that it’s very similar to your phone’s internet speed. Imagine that same speed, but applied to your work routine – it might be a fast enough connection for what you do, and powerful enough to do video calls, basic streaming and web browsing, but costly if you run through your data.
Mobile broadband generally isn’t as fast as a high-end NBN plan, and depending on your location, isn’t likely to hit the speeds and consistency of Standard Plus NBN 50 or Premium NBN 100 plans. However, it’s still got a lot of speed to it, most similar to Basic NBN 12 connections. Speeds vary across the networks offered by Telstra, Optus and Vodafone, and all three telcos are currently rolling out 5G connections. However, Southern Phone only operates on the Optus 4G Plus network.
Because mobile broadband operates on a different plain to typical fixed wired connections, you can subvert any lag you might experience during heavy traffic times, making it a great alternative to the NBN if your home internet is slow.
There aren’t any unlimited data plans available right now, which makes the cost of mobile broadband entirely weighed on the data offered, the network used and the technology included. As of right now, Southern Phone doesn’t offer any modems with mobile broadband.
How much does Southern Phone mobile broadband cost?
Southern Phone offers a selection of mobile broadband options, all of which are available on a 12-month contract. Although you are tied to Southern Phone for a year, you can upgrade to a higher value plan at any time, and later go back to your original plan if required. However, you are unable to downgrade to a lower-priced plan without incurring an early termination fee. If you decide to cancel your plan early, a termination fee will also apply.
Southern Phone’s offerings range between $15 for 7GB a month and $110 for 250GB a month, which is a great selection of prices and data plans that cover most usage needs.
For some perspective, if you only need basic browsing or access to emails, Southern Phone’s Extra Small and Small options might be ideal for you, but if you do anything involving big downloads, file sharing or video streaming, consider the Large and Extra Large plans.
Keep in mind that excess data charges do apply if you go over your included monthly gigabytes. This casual data rate is billed at 1.1 cents per megabyte, or around $11.50 per gigabyte.
The following table shows selected published Southern Phone 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. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products with links to a referral partner.
|Brand||Features||Max Data**/billing period||Advertised Cost^^/billing period|
min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period
|7GB||$15||Go To Site|
min. cost $300 over 12 month plan period
|15GB||$25||Go To Site|
min. cost $480 over 12 month plan period
|50GB||$40||Go To Site|
min. cost $780 over 12 month plan period
|100GB||$65||Go To Site|
min. cost $1,320 over 12 month plan period
|250GB||$110||Go To Site|
|View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue||**^^View important information|
Mobile broadband plans compared
You’ll find prices vary from telco provider to provider massively because of data allowance, the network used, special offers and technology offered. We’ve included a bunch of great mobile broadband offers below for you to scope out the current market with. You can read more here.
Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: Over 100GB
The following table shows a selection of published mobile broadband plans with over 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.
Mobile Broadband Plans Compared: 100GB
The following table shows a selection of published 100GB 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: 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.
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.
How fast is Southern Phone mobile broadband?
If you’re lucky, you’ll get speeds anywhere from 20Mbps to 100Mbps, depending on whether or not you have a good 4G connection. You’ll find your average speed typically is most comparable to Basic NBN 12 Speeds. Southern Phone uses the Optus 4G Plus network, which means speeds will be similar to plans on that same network.
Just keep in mind that the overall speed is determined by several factors. The quality of the connection, the limitations of the device you’re using, and the network being used, just to name a few. We’ve done an article outlining this here.
Why should I switch to Southern Phone mobile broadband?
Southern Phone’s mobile broadband plans are great if you’re looking for a no-nonsense, cheap data plan. If you know what you want and want it cheap, and you’re fine with Optus’ 4G Plus network, then Southern Phone should really agree with you and your needs. Besides this, Southern Phone has mobile broadband plans to suit a range of usage types, even if you’re an internet super-user.
For a portable internet connection that you can just slot into your phone, that $110 a month plan for 250GB could be a lot worse, and if you don’t do much calling or texting, it might be great consider a data-only plan just for your phone.
Southern Phone’s 250GB plan is one of the bigger mobile broadband plans out there, and is definitely worth thinking about if you’re big on using the internet and want a portable, flexible broadband option.
Also, if you’re in an area lacking an NBN connection, or if your ADSL is dodgy with a bad line, it might be worth thinking about switching to mobile broadband as your solution.
Having a separate internet connection at home is also a great idea. You can run the hypotheticals of the NBN being down and needing to upload a crucial file all you want, but put simply if your NBN or ADSL internet is lacking because of bandwidth tension, then mobile broadband might be an easy and cheap solution.
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