Everything you need to know about mobile broadband

February 22nd, 2019 - Get new posts sent straight to your inbox, click here.

For people that want an alternative to a fixed line broadband service delivered to their home, or a second internet service as a backup in case something goes wrong with their fixed line service, mobile broadband is a great option to choose.

What is mobile broadband?

Mobile broadband, in simple terms, is an internet connection that’s delivered over a mobile network. Basically it uses a reception tower like your mobile phone does to access the internet.

If you use your mobile phone as a hotspot, then it’s doing the same thing as a mobile broadband device. The difference is that mobile broadband devices are designed specifically for internet, they can’t make phone calls or run apps like a smartphone can.

However, the technology powering mobile broadband devices is powerful and provides a generally high quality standard of connection. Due to this more people are finding value in having a mobile broadband connection in addition to their phone and home internet service.

What are the different options for mobile broadband?

There are various types of mobile broadband you can choose from. Each has its own benefits, and the right one for you will depend on what you plan on using it for. The most common forms of mobile broadband are:

  1. A dongle – This is a small device that you connect to your computer or laptop, just as you would a USB stick. It has its own internet connection, so plugging it into your computer will allow the computer to connect to the internet. It’s the most simple and straightforward example of a mobile broadband device.
  2. A personal Wi-Fi device – These are small boxes that provide a roaming “hot spot” you can connect as many devices as you like to. The personal device runs off 4G technology, meaning that the connection is fast, and may operate effectively with phones, game devices, laptops and tablets.
  3. In-car Wi-Fi – Plug one of these into your car’s 12V adapter and you’ll be able to provide everyone inside the car with fast broadband, assuming the car is travelling on a road where a signal is available. Parents that want to give the kids a movie to watch on a long trip may find a device like this invaluable.
  4. Data-only SIM cards – These small cards operate just like a mobile phone SIM card, but you plug it into a compatible tablet device so that device can then access the internet over a 4G connection.

The benefits of mobile broadband

The most obvious benefit of mobile broadband is that it’s mobile. In many places in Australia, a mobile broadband device connecting to a 4G network will offer between 20mbps to 100mbps speeds, and that’s more than enough to stream movies, music, surf the web and do work while on the go. Having a mobile broadband device will provide you with much greater security than relying on public Wi-Fi hotspots and the like.

For this reason, many people who simply can’t afford to go without the internet (those who work from home, for example, or those who have a security system that relies on the internet, or people who just love Netflix that much), will have a mobile broadband option as a backup in the event that something happens to their main connection to cause an outage. The mobile broadband data costs tend to be more expensive, but can be relatively effective as a short-term backup so you don’t have to miss out on anything that the internet affords you.

Finally, mobile broadband is incredibly easy to set up and use. Devices can be set up in just a few minutes, and once you’re connected you’ll be able to disconnect and reconnect with the simple press of a few buttons.

How much does it cost, and how much do I need?

One of the great things about mobile broadband is that it’s typically offered without lock-in contracts, so there’s no need to worry about investing in a service over 12 or 24 months if you’re not sure what your use would be like.

At Aussie Broadband, our mobile broadband plans start from as little as $10/month for a 4G SIM Card and 1GB of data. 1GB is enough for the mobile broadband device to operate as an emergency backup for email and web applications, though you won’t be able to use it for video streaming or conferencing. For those that do want to have access to a large amount of data, the 40GB plan for $75/month offers enough for a couple of evenings of Netflix if there’s a serious outage. Additional data is also cheaper on the higher end plans. Where an additional 1GB of data costs $10 on a 1GB plan, on the 40GB plan, an additional 1GB of data only costs $1.87.

Get connected

Australia’s customer service-driven nbn™ provider, Aussie Broadband, have mobile broadband options for every budget, with plans ranging from 1GB to 40GB! Speak to the team today to find out how you can get connected.