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Best Mobile Broadband Plans & Providers - 2022

Mobile broadband

Mobile broadband is essentially a data-only SIM package that allows you to add mobile internet to certain devices such as tablets, phones, smart watches, hotspots and more. With mobile broadband, you can connect to the mobile network from anywhere you would normally be able to use a mobile phone. We're going to take a look at the best mobile broadband plans & prices in Australia and find out if mobile broadband is an option for you.


We're going to jump straight into looking at plans – first prepaid plans and then postpaid plans.

Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans

There are a number of mobile providers that offer data-only SIM cards, with different data allowances and expiries depending on your needs.

Below we cover prepaid mobile broadband plans from:

  1. ALDI Mobile
  2. Amaysim
  3. Lebara
  4. Yomojo

1. ALDI Mobile Prepaid Mobile Broadband

ALDI Mobile is our top pick for mobile broadband plans in Australia.

Have a look at their plans in greater detail in the table below, starting from the cheapest:

ALDI-Mobile Mobile Broadband Plans
Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits
Aldi-mobile 30 GB $95 / 365 days

Yearly Data Package
SIM only
Prepaid with auto recharge
Tesltra 3G & 4G network
Monthly data rollover

Aldi-mobile 185 GB $240 / 365 days Yearly Data Package
SIM only
Prepaid with auto recharge
Tesltra 3G & 4G network
Monthly data rollover
Aldi-mobile 365 GB $365 / 365 days Yearly Data Package
SIM only
Prepaid with auto recharge
Tesltra 3G & 4G network
Monthly data rollover

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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ALDI Mobile runs on the Telstra network which is the largest in Australia. Although they don’t have access to Telstra’s 5G network, the speeds and coverage offered are more than enough.

For us, the best thing about ALDI Mobile’s mobile broadband is their plans come in year-long packages. This means you pay a flat fee and get a set amount of data to use over the course of a year. This is great if you don’t plan to use your mobile data the same way each month as it allows flexibility for you to use as much as you need when you need it without having to top up.

All ALDI Mobile data-only plans come with:

  • Data rollover
  • Auto recharge
  • 365-day expiry
  • 3G/4G Telstra Network

ALDI Mobile’s packages start at $95 and go up from there. The only downside is that if you cancel your mobile broadband service before your 365 day period is up or before you have used all of your data, you will not be refunded for your unused data.

Another high note to mention about ALDI Mobile's data only plans is that in Canstarblue’s annual customer survey, ALDI mobile has ranked number 1 in Australia for 3 years in a row with 5 stars in all categories surveyed.

2. Amaysim Prepaid Mobile Broadband

Amaysim is another of our favourite mobile broadband providers as their plans are a great value.

Here is a table with Amaysim's 3 mobile broadband plans ranked from cheapest to most expensive:

Amaysim Mobile Broadband Plans
Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits Site Link
Amaysim 7 GB $15 / 28 days SIM Only
Prepaid with auto recharge
Optus 4G+ Network
28-day expiry*
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Amaysim 50 GB $40 / 28 days SIM Only
Prepaid with auto recharge
Optus 4G+ Network
28-day expiry*
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Amaysim 90 GB $60 / 28 days SIM Only
Prepaid with auto recharge
Optus 4G+ Network
28-day expiry*
Get Offer

*Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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Amaysim uses the Optus network which is the second most extensive network in Australia.

However, if you are looking for 5G mobile broadband plans, then you’ll have to look elsewhere. Amaysim users only have access to the Optus 4G+ network – which still has great speed and coverage. Amaysim is a great option for city dwellers who need their tablet on the go, as the best coverage will always be in more populated areas.

All Amaysim mobile broadband and data-only plans come with:

  • Unlimited data banking
  • Auto recharge
  • 28 day expiry period
  • Optus 4G Plus Network

Another important note to remember is that Amaysim is a SIM only company, meaning you’ll have to use an existing device or buy one elsewhere. All Amaysim mobile broadband plans operate on a 28 day renewal period. You won’t have a contract, but the plan will automatically renew each month as a standard feature. If you don’t want this, you can request this feature to be disabled.

3. Lebara Prepaid Mobile Broadband

Lebara prepaid mobile broadband plans are available on the Vodafone 4G Network and come with flexible expiry periods depending on your needs.

    Lebara Prepaid Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Allowance Cost & Expiry Plan Benefits
    Lebara 25GB $20 / 30 days SIM only
    Data banking
    Vodafone 4G network
    Lebara 50GB $35 / 60 days SIM only
    Data banking
    Vodafone 4G network
    Lebara 75GB $45 / 90 days SIM only
    Data banking
    Vodafone 4G network

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    Lebara is famous for being a budget provider, so it's natural that you will always find a killer deal when looking at Lebara's plans. The case is no different with the mobile broadband plans.

    Lebara's plans come out to be less than $1 per gigabyte. That's a screaming deal. As an added benefit, Lebara offers data banking up to 200GB. Data banking is a feature that saves any unused data from previous months and stores it for use whenever you need it. This is a nice feature because, although Lebara's plans are all prepaid, they do have a 30-day expiry period.

    All Lebara data-only SIM plans include:

    • Up to 200GB of data banking
    • Bonus data available
    • Flexible expiry periods
    • Vodafone 4G Network

    4. Yomojo Prepaid Mobile Broadband

    Yomojo data-only SIM cards come on the Optus 4G Plus Network, with a variety of data allowances, from 2GB up to 100GB.

    Yomojo prepaid mobile broadband plans come with:

    • Auto recharge
    • 30-day expiry
    • Optus 4G Plus Network
    Yomojo Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits Site Link
    Yomojo 2 GB $14.90 / Month SIM Only
    Prepaid auto recharge (30 days)
    Optus 4G+ Network
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    Yomojo 7 GB $19.90 / Month SIM Only
    Prepaid auto recharge (30 days)
    Optus 4G+ Network
    Get Offer
    Yomojo 15 GB $34.90 / Month SIM Only
    Prepaid auto recharge (30 days)
    Optus 4G+ Network
    Get Offer
    Yomojo 50 GB $54.90 / Month SIM Only
    Prepaid auto recharge (30 days)
    Optus 4G+ Network
    Get Offer
    Yomojo 100 GB $79.90 / Month SIM Only
    Prepaid auto recharge (30 days)
    Optus 4G+ Network
    Get Offer

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    Monthly Data-Only SIM Plans

    Monthly data-only SIM cards are available across a number of providers and generally come with more benefits and inclusions than prepaid data-only plans.

    Below we cover prepaid mobile broadband plans from:

    1. Optus
    2. Southern Phone
    3. Telstra
    4. Vodafone
    5. Aussie Broadband

    Without further ado, here's our selection of mobile broadband plans, their inclusions, and their cost per month.

    1. Optus Mobile Broadband Plans

    Optus has four data-only mobile broadband plans on a month-to-month basis with no lock-in contract.

    With Optus mobile broadband, you can get:

    • No excess data charges: If you use up your data allowance you can continue to browse the web at reduced 1.5Mbps speeds
    • Data sharing: Eligible Optus Choice Plus plans on the same account can share data
    • Subscriptions: SubHub, Optus Sport, and OS Fitness included

    You can bring your own compatible device to use with an Optus data-only SIM card, or purchase one and pay it off over 12, 24, or 36 months.

    Below you will find a table summarising data-only plans available through Optus.

    Optus Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits
    Optus 5 GB $15 SIM Only
    Post Pay each month
    4G Optus Network
    Free Optus Sport Subscription
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    Optus 30 GB $25 SIM Only
    Post Pay each month
    4G Optus Network
    Free Optus Sport Subscription
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    Optus 60 GB $45 SIM Only
    Post Pay each month
    5G Optus Network
    Free Optus Sport Subscription
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    Optus 100 GB $60 SIM Only
    Post Pay each month
    5G Optus Network
    Free Optus Sport Subscription
    No data overage charges (nationally)

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    2. Southern Phone Mobile Broadband

    Southern Phone offers contracted mobile broadband plans on the Optus Network.

    Southern Phone mobile broadband plans come with:

    • 12-month contract
    • Optus 3G/4G Network
    • Certified carbon neutral by Climate Active

    Southern Phone mobile broadband SIM cards are compatible with most devices, and you get Australia-based tech support for any help you might need with your service.

    Below, you’ll find a summary of Southern Phone data-only plans available.

    Southern Phone Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits Site Link
    Southern Phone 7 GB $15 / month Yearly Data Package
    SIM Only
    Optus 3G & 4G Network
    Certified carbon neutral by Climate Active
    Get Offer
    Southern Phone 15 GB $25 / month Yearly Data Package
    SIM Only
    Optus 3G & 4G Network
    Certified carbon neutral by Climate Active
    Get Offer
    Southern Phone 50 GB $40 / month

    Yearly Data Package
    SIM Only
    Optus 3G & 4G Network
    Certified carbon neutral by Climate Active

    Get Offer
    Southern Phone 100 GB $65 / month Yearly Data Package
    SIM Only
    Optus 3G & 4G Network
    Certified carbon neutral by Climate Active
    Get Offer

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    3. Telstra Mobile Broadband

    Telstra mobile broadband plans are available on a month-to-month basis with no lock-in contract.

    With a Telstra data-only SIM card, you get:

    • No excess data charges: If you use up your data allowance on a Telstra mobile broadband plan, you can continue to browse the web at reduced 1.5Mbps speeds
    • Data sharing: Share data between up to 10 eligible plans on the same Telstra account
    • Autopay: Set and forget your bill payments by setting up autopay with your chosen bank or credit/debit card
    • International roaming: Select destinations are eligible for an International Roaming Day Pass add-on

    You can choose to bring your own device such as a tablet or dongle, or purchase one with Telstra either outright or repay it over 12, 24, or 36 months.

    Below, you can find a table with Telstra mobile broadband plans.

    Telstra Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits
    Telstra 5 GB $15 SIM only
    Prepay using AutoPay
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    Telstra 3G & 4G network
    Telstra Data Sharing (max 10 people)
    Telstra 30 GB $25 SIM only
    Prepay using AutoPay
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    Telstra 3G & 4G network
    Telstra Data Sharing (max 10 people)
    Telstra 75 GB $55 SIM only
    Prepay using AutoPay
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    5G Telstra Network
    Telstra Data Sharing (max 10 people)
    Telstra 400 GB $85 SIM only
    Prepay using AutoPay
    No data overage charges (nationally)
    5G Telstra Network
    Telstra Data Sharing (max 10 people)

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    4. Vodafone Mobile Broadband

    Vodafone has three mobile broadband plans available starting at $20 per month.

    All Vodafone mobile broadband plans come with no lock-in contract and a 30-day network guarantee. You can choose to bring your own device, or get a mobile broadband modem through Vodafone and pay it off over 12, 24, or 36 months.

    Here you can find a summary of Vodafone data-only mobile broadband plans.

    Vodafone Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits
    Vodafone 10 GB $20 SIM Only
    Must pay $20 for your first month
    Vodafone 40 GB $40 SIM Only
    Must pay $20 for your first month
    Vodafone 100 GB $60 SIM Only
    Must pay $20 for your first month

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    5. Aussie Broadband Mobile Broadband Plans

    Aussie broadband runs on the Optus network and offers 4G coverage to its mobile broadband customers.

    Here's a look at all of Aussie Broadband's mobile broadband plans in greater detail starting with the cheapest:

    Aussie Broadband Mobile Broadband Plans
    Company Data Package Cost Plan Benefits
    Aussie Broadband 5 GB $15 / Month SIM Only
    Post Paid
    Optus 4G network
    Mobile data sharing
    No lock-in contract
    Aussie Broadband 25 GB $25 / Month SIM Only
    Post Paid
    Optus 4G network
    Mobile data sharing
    No lock-in contract
    Aussie Broadband 40 GB $35 / Month SIM Only
    Post Paid
    Optus 4G network
    Mobile data sharing
    No lock-in contract
    Aussie Broadband 60 GB $45 / Month SIM Only
    Post Paid
    Optus 4G network
    Mobile data sharing
    No lock-in contract
    Aussie Broadband 100 GB $65 / Month SIM Only
    Post Paid
    Optus 4G network
    Mobile data sharing
    No lock-in contract

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid May 2022.

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    Aussie Broadband is one of our top picks for mobile broadband plans as it offers good value for the money and friendly customer service.

    One of the major differences that set Aussie Broadband apart from other mobile broadband providers is the ability to share data with up to 10 devices on the same account. This is great for large families whose data use is constantly fluctuating depending on the person. It is essentially a way of helping their customers have more flexibility with their usage and avoid data caps or extra charges.

    Aussie broadband also rewards its existing NBN customers that also purchase a mobile broadband data-only plan. Depending on the level you choose, you could receive up to double the data for the same price as other users.

    All Aussie Broadband data only mobile plans include the following:

    • No lock-in contract contract
    • Optus 3G/4G Network
    • Certified carbon neutral by Climate Active

    5G Mobile Broadband Plans

    While the 5G network is currently being rolled out across the country, and more and more mobile providers are offering 5G mobile phone plans and home wireless broadband plans, there are currently only a couple of 5G mobile broadband plans available.

    Both Telstra and Optus offer 5G data-only plans, with 5G connectivity available for plans with a larger data allowance. It’s important to note that you will need a 5G-enabled device in order to connect to the 5G network and as of yet, 5G is not available everywhere in Australia.

    5G Mobile Broadband Plans
    Provider & Data Allowance Cost & Expiry
    Optus
    60GB
    $45 / month
    Optus
    100GB
    $60 / month
    Telstra
    75GB
    $55 / month
    Telstra
    100GB
    $75 / month firs 12 months
    $85 / month after

    *Figures are for illustrative purposes only and don’t compare all products, providers, plan features, offers, or rates. Products are compared like-for-like and any distinctions between products are clearly marked. Not all offers may be available in all locations. Any offers or estimated costs compared are for example purposes only and may change based on your individual circumstances or habits. Offers and availability are subject to change. Valid April 2022.

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    What is Mobile Broadband?

    Mobile broadband is a way to connect your devices to the internet using the mobile network.

    Gold smartphone with SIM card

    Unlike your typical mobile phone plan, mobile broadband (also known as data-only) does not include the ability to call or send text messages. As the name suggests, these plans are data only.

    Mobile broadband can be used with any device that uses a SIM card and is a great choice for people who want to connect to the internet while on the go as long as you have a mobile network signal. You can insert a data-only SIM card into any device such as a tablet, wifi dongle, or mobile hotspot device, which is a great option for people who work remotely, travel frequently, or have just moved house and don’t yet have a fixed internet connection at their new address.

    Mobile Broadband vs. NBN

    Mobile broadband and the NBN are both ways to connect to the internet, but there are key differences in how they connect, and the hardware required.

    • Mobile broadband is meant for on-the-go internet while NBN is wired and connected to your home.
    • Mobile broadband utilises the 3G, 4G, or even 5G mobile networks, while the NBN uses various fixed technologies.
    • The NBN is generally faster than mobile broadband and can be connected to more devices.
    • Most NBN plans these days come with unlimited data, while mobile broadband usually comes with capped data allowances.
    • Mobile broadband is “plug and play” and can be used to instantly connect to the internet while connecting your home to the NBN usually requires a visit from a technician.

    In general, while you can use mobile broadband as your home’s internet connection, NBN plans are much better suited for your home’s WiFi. On the other hand, for people who want to connect to the internet from anywhere, mobile broadband can be a great alternative.

    Mobile Broadband vs. Home Wireless Broadband

    Both mobile broadband and home wireless broadband utilise the mobile network to connect your devices to the internet but there are some key differences between the two.

    • Mobile broadband is designed for on-the-go internet connection while home wireless broadband is meant to be used in one location like your home or office.
    • Mobile broadband includes a separate SIM card that you can pop into any eligible device while home wireless broadband requires the use of a special modem.
    • Home wireless broadband plans come with higher (or unlimited) data allowance, while mobile broadband often comes with more varied data allowances.

    While mobile broadband and home wireless broadband are similar in their technology, home wireless broadband is better suited for in the home, while mobile broadband is best for on the go.

    Mobile Broadband FAQ

    Is NBN Faster Than Mobile Broadband?

    While mobile broadband can reach speeds up to 100Mbps, and 5G mobile broadband can get even faster, it is less reliable than NBN speeds. 4G speeds can be as slow as 20Mbps to 30Mbps, and depend on your mobile network, coverage, location, and the device you’re using.

    What is Pocket WiFi?

    A pocket WiFi refers to any device, such as a WiFi dongle or portable modem, that connects to the mobile network and shares it with other connected devices.

    • WiFi Dongle: A WiFi dongle is a small USB device with a SIM card that can be directly plugged into a laptop to give your computer access to the internet. WiFi dongles are generally used for one device at a time.
    • Portable Modem: A portable modem is generally a rechargeable, standalone device with a SIM card that enables multiple devices to connect to the internet at the same time while on the go.

    Is Pocket Wifi Better Than a Mobile Hotspot?

    Most mobile devices these days can act as a hotspot, which allows you to connect other devices, such as another phone, computer, or tablet, to your mobile’s network connection. However, mobile hotspots generally offer a slower and less stable connection than a dedicated pocket WiFi device which can capture a network signal at greater strength from further away. While there is something to be said about the convenience of a mobile hotspot, since it’s just the one device, if you’re looking for a consistent, portable, internet connection you’re probably better off with a pocket WiFi device.

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