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If The NBN Sucks In Your Suburb, Consider Mobile Broadband

Lifehacker Australia logo Lifehacker Australia 15/05/2019 Chris Jager

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Mobile broadband plans used to come in two flavours - 'bugger all data' or 'expensive as buggery'. They were chiefly used by metro home businesses with plenty of cash to burn. Thankfully, those days are now over.

Mobile broadband is an internet service provided over Australia's mobile networks - typically via a SIM card that you insert into a wireless modem. For the past few months, the price of 4G mobile broadband plans has been steadily declining. At the same time, data allowances are getting more and more generous.

The result is that you can now get 100GB of data from a major telco for as little as $60 per month. While this wont suit every type of user - online gamers, we're looking at you - it should definitely enough for an average family's streaming and downloading demands.

Here are the best plans available right now. To find out more about each plan, click on the 'Go' buttons in our interactive table:

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If you're currently saddled with a crappy fibre-to-the-node connection, the plans in the above table can provide a genuine alternative to the NBN. Of course, this largely depends on your proximity to the ISP's nearest mobile tower. But by and large, speeds are definitely improving.

In terms of customer service, reliability and overall bang-for-buck, it's hard to look past Optus' mobile broadband offerings which start at $65 per month. The plans also come bundled with a free $192 4G Plus WiFi Modem when you sign up to a 24-month contract. Here are the available options:

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Just be aware that excess data is charged at $10 for every ten gigabytes you go over. So you'll definitely want to use an internet usage monitor with these plans. You can find a couple of good free options here.

This story has been updated since its original publication.

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