Vodafone Mobile Broadband Explained

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Mobile broadband is great if you’re looking for an alternative to NBN, or home wireless broadband. It’s great if you’re the on-the-go type who needs to travel a lot, or if you’ve got a big family at home soaking up all the bandwidth. It’s great to have a mobile broadband dongle, SIM card or modem around somewhere just in case there’s no other options, but you might find it useful for your life.

In this article we’ll be doing a deep dive into Vodafone’s mobile broadband offers.

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What is mobile broadband?

Mobile broadband is a type of internet connection that, while not as hard-hitting and download intensive as a Standard Plus 50 NBN Plan or a Premium 100 NBN plan, is still great to have with you if you’re all business and need to stay online no matter what. It’s great if you’re a traveller and need a constant internet connection, or if the home internet goes down and you need to get online right then and there.

Rather than taking advantage of the internet lines to houses and properties, mobile broadband relies on 4G mobile coverage. TelstraOptus and Vodafone all have mobile coverage across Australia, and are also rolling out their respective 5G networks.

This means that mobile broadband operates at similar speeds to mobile phones, typically at speeds higher than the 12Mbps limit found on basic NBN plans, and with a maximum of about 100Mbps, although this will vary. It also means that if home broadband connections are getting choked up by bandwidth constraints, like they are with COVID-19 traffic, this makes a brilliant alternative if your home internet is too slow.

While there are currently no unlimited data mobile broadband plans on the market, there are some big data allowances out there. Mobile broadband can come in a variety of packages – with Vodafone, it takes the form of a data-only SIM card, but with others it could come in the form of a modem or in the form of a dongle.

How much does Vodafone mobile broadband cost?

Vodafone Mobile Broadband plans start at $15 a month for 5GB of data, with the most expensive listed as $60 a month for 100GB data. Vodafone’s plans require you to lock in for up to 12 months, forming the minimum cost.

Vodafone Mobile Broadband Plans

The following table shows a selection of published Vodafone 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
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10GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan
  • Special offer: 10GB bonus data. Terms apply. Offer expires 28/01/21.

min. cost $20 over first month

10GBMax Data**/billing period $20Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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40GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan
  • Special offer: 20GB bonus data. Terms apply. Offer expires 28/01/21.

min. cost $40 over first month

40GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan
  • Special offer: 50GB bonus data. Terms apply. Offer expires 28/01/21.

min. cost $60 over first month

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Across the market, mobile broadband prices range between $15 a month for a small data plan to $110 a month for a huge data plan. There aren’t any unlimited data plans on the market right now, which means the price is largely dependent upon the packaged-in technology and the size of the data plan itself, ranging between 7GB and 250GB. Plans range between being month-to-month and having 12 month plan lock-in periods.

Mobile broadband plans compared

To get a good idea of the prices of mobile broadband prices from different providers, we’ve included this table below for your consideration.

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
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100GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $720 over 12 months

100GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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
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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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

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
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SIM Only 7GB

  • SIM Only

min. cost $15 over 28 day billing period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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Extra Small

  • SIM Only

min. cost $180 over 12 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period Go To Site
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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
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5GB Mobile Broadband Plan

  • SIM Only plan

min. cost $180 over 12 months

5GBMax Data**/billing period $15Advertised Cost^^/billing period
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
View all NBN plans listed on Canstar Blue

Vodafone mobile broadband modems

Vodafone Pocket WiFi® 2 4G
Vodafone Pocket WiFi 2 4G. Credit: Vodafone

Vodafone offers a Vodafone Pocket WiFi 2 4G modem for customers signing up for mobile broadband plans. While this isn’t necessary, it’s still a great piece of kit to have. You’ll need to pay the modem off if you have it added to your plan, with the price starting at $17.50 a month for the minimum data plan.

It’s a great modem for being on the go and it supports up to ten device connections, which makes it great at home too.

How fast is Vodafone mobile broadband?

You should be able to reach download speeds of between 20Mbps and 100Mbps on a good 4G connection. Vodafone is currently rolling out 5G coverage, but no mobile broadband options are yet available; however, 5G mobile broadband could reach speeds of 1Gbps or faster.

Keep in mind that there are speed differences between devices and networks, and performance may also vary by location. We’ve done a great deep-dive article on that here.

Why should I switch to Vodafone mobile broadband?

Mobile broadband is a great option for you for several reasons. It’s a great alternative to the NBN when the network is under a lot of stress, such as within the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s also great for if you’re out and about and need a reliable internet connection.

Having a separate internet connection at home could also be a great idea if you’re looking to stop bandwidth congestion for your family. If your family is watching something on Netflix and you’re trying to do a video call with your workplace, you’ll certainly notice some bandwidth tension, so maybe it’s worth thinking about mobile broadband.

If you don’t have the NBN available in your area, then mobile broadband is something you should certainly consider. Mobile broadband speeds can easily outstrip around the Basic NBN 12 speed, which rivals the max speed of ADSL connections.


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