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4G and 5G Home Wireless Broadband Plans in Australia

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Home wireless broadband is the simple alternative to the National Broadband Network, simply plug in the wireless broadband modem and connect your home and devices to the mobile network. Unlike NBN plans, home wireless broadband doesn't need technicians or installation, which is great for renters and people who frequently move. If you’re interested in connecting your home to the mobile network with 4G or 5G home wireless internet, you can compare broadband plans and internet providers below.


Compare 4G home internet plans

There aren’t that many providers offering 4G home wireless broadband, and there isn’t that much difference between them. Most home wireless broadband plans run between $50 and $70 per month, depending on how much data you want, and you just need to decide:

  • Contract or no-contract: Most no-contract wireless broadband plans make you pay for a modem upfront while choosing a contract plan usually includes a modem at no extra cost.
  • Data allowance: Home wireless broadband plans usually come with 200GB of data or 500GB of data though some providers offer slightly different allowances.
  • Modem: Your modem is usually included if you choose a wireless broadband plan on a contract, while you’ll often need to pay for your modem upfront if you choose a no-contract service.

Exetel 4G home wireless broadband

Exetel only offers one home wireless broadband plan, with 250GB of data every month. Simply choose whether you want a month-to-month service, and pay full price for your home wireless broadband modem, or a 12-month contract which means your modem comes at half-price.

Exetel 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
12-month contract
250GB of data
$69 / month +$94.50 modem upfront
No contract
250GB of data
$69 / month +$189 modem upfront

Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

Optus 4G home wireless broadband

Optus offers four flexible home wireless broadband plans, with either 200GB or 500GB of data every month. Choose between a 24-month contract, and get your home wireless modem included with your plan, or opt for flexibility with a month-to-month contract, and pay for your modem outright.

Optus 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
24-month
200GB of data
$59 / month Modem included
24-month
500GB of data
$69 / month Modem included
No contract
200GB of data
$59 / month +$216 modem upfront
No contract
500GB of data
$69 / month +$216 modem upfront

Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

Southern Phone 4G home wireless broadband

Southern Phone has two home wireless broadband plans available, both on 24-month contracts. Unlike no-contract wireless broadband plans, you get your modem included with your service and all you need to do is choose between 200GB or 500GB of data per month.

Southern Phone 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
24-month contract
200GB of data
$50 / month Modem included
24-month contract $70/ month Modem included

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Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

SpinTel 4G home wireless broadband

SpinTel has two no-contract home wireless broadband plans on the Optus network and is also the only MVNO to currently offer 5G home wireless broadband as well. For their 4G home wireless broadband plans, choose between either 200GB or 500GB of data, and you can either choose to rent one of their available home wireless broadband modems or purchase it outright.

SpinTel 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
No contract
200GB
$49.95 / month Huawei modem: $14/month or $260 upfront
Netgear modem: $16/month or $290 upfront
No contract
500GB
$59.95 / month Huawei modem: $14/month or $260 upfront
Netgear modem: $16/month or $290 upfront

Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

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Tangerine 4G home wireless broadband

Tangerine is one of the only home wireless broadband providers to let you bring your own modem, which is great if you already have one from another provider and don’t feel like shelling out the required $150+ upfront for a new one. Both Tangerine home wireless plans are no-contract, and as stated you can either bring your own home wireless-compatible modem or purchase one through Tangerine.

Tangerine 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
No contract
200GB of data
$59 / month BYO modem
Huawei modem: +$259.90 upfront
Netgear modem: $329.90 upfront
No contract
500GB of data
$69 / month BYO modem
Huawei modem: +$259.90 upfront
Netgear modem: $329.90 upfront

Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

Vodafone 4G home wireless broadband

Vodafone is one of the few home wireless broadband providers offering unlimited data home wireless broadband. With Vodafone, you’ll get a set amount of data available at maximum speeds, but if you use that up you can continue to use your home wireless broadband service at a reduced 1.5Mbps. In addition, your home wireless broadband modem is provided to you for free, from Vodafone. The only catch? While their home wireless broadband plans are technically no-contract, if you leave before 36 months you need to pay off the rest of the modem. In addition, if you already have a mobile phone plan through Vodafone, you can score a $5/month discount off your home wireless internet plan.

Vodafone 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
No contract
200GB of data
$55 / month Modem included if you stay for 36 months
No contract
500GB of data
$65/ month Modem included if you stay for 36 months

Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

Yomojo 4G home wireless broadband

Yomojo focuses exclusively on offering mobile broadband and phone plans, and currently only offers 4G home wireless broadband plans (though says 5G is coming soon!). Both Yomoho home wireless internet deals come with no contract, just choose between either 200GB of data or 500GB of data per month, though you do need to pay an additional $179 upfront for their chosen compatible home wireless modem.

Yomojo 4G home internet plans
  Cost / month Additional fees
No contract
200GB of data
$59.90 / month +$179 modem upfront
No contract
500GB of data
$69.90 / month +$179 modem upfront

Source: Providers individual websites. Actual offers may vary. Actual speeds may vary. Comparison does not include all providers, products, or plan features. Valid August 2021.

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Compare 5G home internet plans

The 5G mobile network is being rolled out across Australia, bringing with it faster-than-ever mobile broadband speeds. If you’re lucky enough to live in one of the major cities that already have 5G coverage, you might be able to access one of the few 5G home wireless broadband plans currently available.

While all three mobile network operators are rolling out their own 5G networks, Optus, as well as SpinTel and most recently Yomojo on the Optus network, are the only providers currently offering residential 5G wireless internet. Unlike 4G home wireless broadband plans, which come with slower speeds and capped data, 5G home wireless broadband plans come with unlimited data, and average evening speeds of up to 240Mbps making it faster than all but the fastest NBN speed tiers.

Below you can find the few 5G home internet plans currently available in Australia, and as the 5G network rollout continues across the country you can expect to see even more 5G home wireless broadband plans available in the near future.

5G home wireless broadband
Provider & plan details Cost / month Additional fees Typical evening speed
Optus
5G Internet Everyday
$75 / month +$200 setup with month-to-month contract
$0 setup with 12-month contract
100Mbps max speed
Optus
5G Internet Entertainer
$90 / month +$200 setup with month-to-month contract
$0 setup with 12-month contract
225Mbps
SpinTel
5G home wireless
$75 / month first 6 months
$90 / month after
Modem rental included 239Mbps
Yomojo
5G Home Max
$89.99 / month +$820 modem upfront 225Mbps
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What is home wireless broadband?

Home wireless broadband is a way to connect your home, and all its internet-enabled devices, to the internet by way of the mobile network. Unlike the NBN, or older technologies like ADSL, which rely on fibre optic and copper cables to connect your home to the broadband network, home wireless broadband is, as the name suggests, wireless. All you need to do is plug in the home wireless modem (no installation or technician necessary), and you’re connected.

Home wireless broadband speeds

Home wireless broadband is seen as the alternative to the NBN, but how do its speeds compare? While the technology and provider you choose will affect your internet speed, typically, 4G home wireless broadband can get you around 12Mbps download speeds. This makes home wireless broadband comparable to the old ADSL connections, and the NBN12 speed tier and is adequate for basic browsing and light video streaming in standard quality. However for better quality streaming, gaming, and more intense internet usage, 4G home wireless broadband might not be enough.

Capped download speeds Some home wireless broadband providers (particularly MVNOs) only offer capped download speeds, so check to make sure you have access to the full mobile network with whatever provider you choose.

If you’re one of the lucky ones to live in a city that has Optus 5G network coverage and can sign up for one of the available 5G home wireless broadband plans, you’ll see broadband speeds comparable to the fastest NBN speeds - upwards of 250Mbps download speeds. This means you can use the mobile broadband network to game online, stream in Ultra 4K and HD, video conference without lag, and more across multiple devices.

Should I switch to home wireless internet?

While home wireless is seen as an alternative to the NBN, it isn’t without limitations.

  • Speed: Unless you’re lucky to have access to 5G home wireless broadband plans, 4G home wireless isn’t as fast as most NBN services.
  • Data: 4G home wireless plans often come with data caps, which might not be enough for heavier internet users.
  • Cost: For the speeds and data you get, home wireless broadband is generally more expensive than fixed-line broadband connections.
  • Coverage: Home wireless depends on the mobile broadband network, and if you don't get good mobile coverage in your home you probably won’t get decent home wireless coverage.
This isn’t to say home wireless broadband is a bad choice for home internet. Home wireless speeds are usually adequate for the average internet user, you might not get HD quality video when watching Netflix and you might not be able to do heavy online gaming, but for standard quality streaming and browsing, it’s usually just fine. If you’re a frequent mover, live in a large household and need your own broadband connection without sharing, or don’t yet have an NBN connection or don’t want one, home wireless broadband can be a great way to connect to the internet quickly and easily.

Home Wireless Broadband FAQ

How much does home wireless broadband cost?

Home wireless broadband generally costs about the same as NBN. 4G home wireless broadband can set you back anywhere between $50 and $70 per month (don’t forget to factor in upfront modem costs) while 5G home wireless broadband can cost anywhere from $75 to $90 per month.

If you’re looking for more budget-friendly broadband options, check out our guides to the cheapest internet plans, cheapest NBN plans, and internet deals.

How fast is home wireless broadband?

4G home wireless broadband, depending on your network, can get you to download speeds anywhere from 12Mbps up to 100Mbps while 5G home wireless broadband can reach speeds comparable to the fastest NBN speed tiers.

Learn more about the NBN speed tiers here:

NBN Speed Tiers Explained
NBN Speed Tier
Download/Upload Speeds
Household Size What Are These Speeds Good For?
NBN 12
12Mbps/1Mbps
1-2 People
  • Low internet users
  • One connected device
  • Browsing the web or social media
NBN 25
25Mbps/5Mbps
1-3 People
  • Low-to-medium internet users
  • Connecting a couple of devices
  • Streaming in standard definition
NBN 50
50Mbps/20Mbps
2-4 People
  • Moderate internet users
  • Streaming, casual gaming
  • Uploading larger files
NBN 100
100Mbps/40Mbps
4+ People
  • Heavy internet users
  • Streaming and gaming in HD
  • Video conferencing
  • Uploading large files
NBN Superfast
250Mbps/25Mbps
Large Households
  • Heavy internet users and professional gamers
  • Working and studying from home
  • Downloading large files
NBN Ultrafast
1000Mbps/40Mbps
Large Households
  • Professional gamers and in-home small businesses
  • Reliable internet connection 24/7
  • The fastest NBN speed available

Does home wireless broadband come with unlimited data?

4G home wireless broadband often includes between 200GB and 500GB of data per month. If you’re looking for a home broadband plan with unlimited data, consider an NBN plan with unlimited data, or a 5G home wireless broadband plan.

Can I need a phone line with home wireless broadband?

Most home wireless broadband plans aren’t compatible with a home phone line. With the NBN rollout, phone lines are no longer necessary with most types of broadband connections. You can find VoIP plans and NBN bundles with a phone line if you want to keep your number or look into other broadband options without a phone line.

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