Mobile broadband plans

Mobile broadband is your wireless solution for fast, affordable and portable internet.

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What you need to know

  • Mobile broadband options include data-only SIMs, USB modems, pocket Wi-Fi and home wireless broadband.
  • Mobile broadband might be right for you if you are a frequent traveller, like to work remotely or if you want a backup internet connection.
  • It works anywhere your mobile phone gets signal and offers average speeds up to 95.53Mbps (depending on your network).

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Finder's top pick for the best mobile broadband plan:

Belong Mobile Broadband 100GB

Belong's 100GB mobile broadband plan stood out to us thanks to its low cost per GB ($0.35 per 1GB) on the Telstra 3G/4G wholesale network. It also comes with no lock-in contract and no excess usage fees so you won't be charged if you use more than 100GB a month.

Keep in mind that this plan comes as a data SIM so you'll need to have a device on hand to use it.

  • 100GB data
  • $35 per month
    Min. total cost of $35
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What are the different types of mobile broadband?

You can get different types of mobile broadband plans in Australia depending on what kind of device you're after.

While they're all portable, home wireless broadband is the bulkiest of the options and best suited for home use.

Data using Sim only
Data-only SIM
  • Connects 1 device
  • Works with tablets, phones or laptops with SIM card slots
  • Portable
Using USB modem
USB modems
  • Connects 1 device
  • Plugs into your tablet or computer for power
  • Portable
Using Pocket Wi-Fi
Pocket Wi-Fi
  • Connects multiple devices
  • Battery powered, connects via Wi-Fi
  • Portable
Using Home wireless broadband
Home wireless broadband
  • Connects multiple devices with unlimited data options
  • Plugs into a power outlet
  • Portable where you can connect to power

How do I find the best mobile broadband plan?

If our top pick for the best mobile broadband plan isn't right for you, consider:

1. The network your plan is on

Just like your mobile phone plan, your mobile broadband plan is going to utilise one of the existing phone networks to get you connected. Telstra has the largest network covering 99.8% of Australians. This makes it great for those who may require an internet connection in some of the more remote parts of the country.

2. How much data you need

Each provider offers different amounts of data at various price points. You can use our data usage calculator to get an estimate of how much data you might need. Data comes in amounts as low as 7GB and as high as 500GB, with one provider offering unlimited data.

  • Good to know: The average cost per GB for a mobile broadband plan on Finder is $2.26. Generally, the value of your mobile broadband plan should get better the higher the data you need.

The best mobile broadband plan will be the one that suits your connectivity needs.

See our picks for the best broadband plans.

Can I get an unlimited mobile broadband plan?

Yes. Currently, SpinTel is the only provider on Finder that offers an unlimited mobile broadband plan. It costs $54.95/month for unlimited data on the Optus 3G/4G network.

Alternatively, if you're looking for another option, you could take a look at Vodafone's unlimited data mobile plan.

Vodafone's plan includes 30GB on top of your unlimited data plan to be used for hotspotting to a personal device.

Keep in mind that it is not intended to replace home internet.

Home wireless broadband is also good to consider for unlimited data. While the modem isn't as portable as other types of mobile broadband, there are a lot more providers offering unlimited data.

Is mobile broadband right for me?

Mobile broadband is a great way to connect to the internet while you're out and about, though it does cost more than other types of broadband connections.

We've broken down the pros and cons of mobile broadband below.


  • Portability. Mobile broadband modems can easily fit in your bag and can be used anywhere you get phone signal.
  • Speed. A strong 4G or 5G connection can match or exceed speeds available on an NBN connection.
  • Multiple connections. A single modem can provide a connection for multiple people. Great for a small group of people to work offsite together or for families.


  • Reliability. Similar to a phone, poor weather conditions or poor reception can affect how reliable your connection is.
  • Price. Depending on how much data you need, a mobile broadband plan could be a more expensive option. If you intend for more than a few people to use it, it may be better to look at alternatives as your main internet connection.

How fast is mobile broadband?

Most mobile broadband providers offer plans with 3G/4G capability, although a few including Belong, Optus and Telstra offer 4G/5G capability too.

You can see what the median download speed for each mobile network is below.

NetworkMedian download speed (Mbps)Average time to download a 50MB podcast episodeAverage time to download a 1GB file
Telstra95.834 seconds83 seconds
Optus86.925 seconds92 seconds
Vodafone66.406 seconds120 seconds

Based on median speeds in Australia recorded by Speedtest in November 2022.

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  • NBN vs wireless broadband

    Mobile broadband has the potential to reach faster speeds than the NBN, but can be less reliable.

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    SteffApril 18, 2018

    Still end of the day its way to high..the day we get 500gs at 60 a month then we might actually be interested

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      MayApril 18, 2018Staff

      Hi Steff,

      Thank you for getting in touch.

      Prices indeed vary depending on the plan you get and the provider. If you’re looking at your options for SIM-only data mobile plan, you might like to check out our comparison table and use our search filters to help narrow down your search.

      Best to contact the provider directly to discuss your options. When you are ready, you may then click on the “Go to site” button and you will be redirected to the provider’s website where you can proceed with the application.

      I hope this can help.


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    damianJuly 23, 2017

    how to get amaysim mobile internet

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      DanielleJuly 24, 2017

      Hi Damian,

      Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      Please check Amaysim mobile internet to find the right plan for you. You may review and compare the offers available on the table. Once you have selected one, you may proceed by selecting the “Go to Site” button.

      I hope this helps.


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