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Home Wireless Broadband Plans: Compare Wireless Internet and Find the Best Wireless Broadband Options

Wireless broadband

Wireless broadband is a great alternative to the NBN or ADSL when it comes to delivering internet into your home. With it’s easy and simple installation, you can get wireless internet anywhere your phone can connect to the 4G network. Find out more about wireless broadband, and compare the wireless broadband plans available in Australia, by continuing to read below or discover all broadband providers available with Selectra’s broadband comparison guide.


What is wireless broadband? Why should I choose wireless broadband?

Wireless home broadband uses the same mobile network as your phone to deliver the internet to your home or business. Unlike the NBN or ADSL, wireless broadband doesn’t require any special setup or a technician to install anything into your home; you can simply plug in your wireless modem and get connected.

Wireless broadband is great for households or businesses where the NBN isn’t yet available, and ADSL isn’t a practical choice. Since it delivers the internet through the mobile network, you don’t need to worry about the distance from your house to the exchange like you do with ADSL, and you don’t need to worry about peak busy hours like with the NBN.

Wireless broadband is also a great option for people who rent or move frequently, since the modem doesn’t require any special wiring or installation. You can just unplug, pack up, and plug it back in wherever you are. As long as there is a 4G connection, you’ll be able to get online.

Best wireless broadband plans

Not every ISP and mobile phone provider offers wireless broadband, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get a choice when it comes to wireless internet. There are plenty of wireless internet plans available, at a number of different data allowances and contract options to choose from, depending on your lifestyle.

Wireless broadband plans with Southern Phone

Southern Phone has two home wireless broadband plans available to customers in Australia. Each plan comes with an Optus approved Netcomm L1901ACV modem at a one-off cost of $79 (valued at $229) and runs on the Optus 3G / 4G network.

Southern Phone home wireless broadband plans*
  Home Wireless 50 Home Wireless 70
Data allowance 200GB / month 500GB / month
Price / month $50 / month $70 / month
Modem cost $79 upfront $79 upfront
Contract length 24 months 24 months
Cost / MB $0.0033 / MB $0.0017 / MB
Total minimum cost $1,279 over 24 months $1,759 over 24 months

*Source: Southern Phone Home Wireless Broadband - information valid as of 16 April 2020

Wireless broadband plans with Exetel

Independent teleco, Exetel, offers one home wireless broadband plan to customers, available on either a 12-month contract or no lock-in contract. Both plans come with 250GB per month, at the same price of $69 per month. While either contract comes with a Netcomm L1901ACV modem, choosing the 12-month contract will cut the price of the modem in half (from $189 to $94.50).

Home wireless broadband plans with Exetel*
  12-month contract No lock-in contract
Data allowance 250GB / month 250GB / month
Price / month $69 / month $69 / month
Modem cost $94.50 upfront + $20 delivery $189 upfront + $20 delivery
Contract length 12 months No lock-in contract
Cost / MB $0.00028 / MB $0.00028 / MB
Total minimum cost $942.50 over 12 months $278.00 for the first month

*Source: Exetel Home Wireless plans - information valid as of 16 April 2020

Wireless broadband plans with Spintel

Award-winning teleco, Spintel, offers customizable and flexible wireless broadband plans for customers in Australia. Plans are available on either a 12-month contract or month-to-month contract, both of which come with no set-up fee, but choosing a 12-month contract will give you a $100 credit on your bill. With Spintel’s wireless broadband, you can also select your internet speed. If you choose basic speeds of up to 12Mbps, you’ll get 200GB of capped data, but if you choose 4G high speed broadband, you can opt for either 200GB or 500GB of data per month. All plans also require an upfront cost of $145 for a Huawei B525 modem in order to connect to the Optus 4G network.

Spintel wireless broadband plans*
  Basic Speed High Speed High Speed
Data allowance 200GB / month 200GB / month 500GB / month
Price / month $49.95 / month 59.95 / month $69.95 / month
Modem cost $145.00 upfront + $20 delivery and postage $145.00 upfront + $20 delivery and postage $145.00 upfront + $20 delivery and postage
Contract length Month to month OR 12-month contract Month to month OR 12-month contract Month to month OR 12-month contract
Cost / MB $0.000249 / MB $0.000299 / MB $0.000149 / MB

*Source: Spintel Wireless Broadband - information valid as of 16 April 2020

Wireless broadband plans with Optus

One of the three mobile network providers, Optus, offers four wireless broadband plans on its 4G network. Customers have the choice between a 24-month contract or month-to-month contract, both of which come with either 200GB or 500GB per month. Customers who choose a month-to-month contract will need to pay an upfront cost of $216 for the required B818 4G WiFi Modem, however on the 24-month contract that cost is waived.

Wireless broadband plans with Optus*
Data allowance 200GB / month 500GB / month 200GB / month 500GB / month
Price / month $65 / month $68 / month $65 / month $68 / month
Modem cost $0 $0 $216 upfront $216 upfront
Contract length 24 months 24 months month-to-month month-to-month
Cost / MB $0.0003 / MB $0.0002 / MB $0.0003 / MB $0.0002 / MB
Total minimum cost $1,560 over 24 months $1,632 over 24 months $281 for the first month $284 for the first month

*Source: Optus Wireless Broadband plans - information valid as of 16 April 2020

Wireless broadband plans with Yomojo

MVNO mobile teleco, Yomojo, offers no-contract wireless broadband with either 200GB or 500GB data allowance. Both plans have a $169 upfront cost for the required Huawei 4G Router B525 in order to connect to the Optus network.

No-contract wireless broadband with Yomojo*
  200GB plan 500GB plan
Data allowance 200GB / month 500GB / month
Price / month $59.90 / month $79.90 / month
Modem cost $169 upfront $169 upfront
Contract length No lock-in contract No lock-in contract
Cost / MB $0.00029 / MB $0.00029 / MB
Total minimum cost $228.90 for the first month $248.90 for the first month

*Source: Yomojo Wireless - information valid as of 16 April 2020

Unlimited wireless broadband

Most 4G wireless broadband options come with capped data, generally 200GB or 500GB per month. However, as mobile network speeds increase with the advent of the 5G network, unlimited home wireless broadband should become more common. Optus offers not only unlimited wireless broadband to customers on the 5G network, but is one of the first broadband providers to offer 5G to Australians in select locations. With the Optus 5G network, customers are guaranteed speeds of at least 50Mbps, and will get the first month free.

Optus 5G home wireless broadband
  24-month contract Month-to-month contract
Price / month $70 / month $70 / month
Setup / activation $0 $200
Modem included? Nokia 5G modem included Nokia 5G modem included
Data Unlimited Unlimited
Additional features Optus Sport for an additional $14.99 / month
Fetch Mini for an additional $10 / month or Fetch Mighty for $15 / month
Optus Sport for an additional $14.99 / month
Fetch Mini for an additional $10 / month or Fetch Mighty for $15 / month

Wireless broadband or mobile broadband: What’s the difference? Wireless broadband and mobile broadband both deliver internet to your broadband devices using the mobile network however, there are some key differences between the two. While mobile broadband (also known as data-only mobile plans) can be used with any personal device that can hold a SIM card, allowing it to be used on the road as well as in your home or business, wireless broadband usually requires a specific wireless broadband modem which needs to be plugged into an electricity supply.

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