finder’s 5 best mobile broadband plans for January 2019


You won't find a one-size-fits-all best mobile broadband plan, but here are our picks for different types of users.

    • Mobile broadband is becoming cheaper and more competitive.
    • We've crunched the numbers and collected our top picks from a number of categories, weighing up data inclusions, contract requirements and prices to highlight what we believe to be the best mobile broadband plans available.
    • You'll need: a SIM-compatible device like a tablet or a portable wireless hotspot to take advantage of these mobile broadband plans – most broadband providers will sell you a Wi-Fi dongle if you need one.
    • Watch out for excess data charges before you sign up to any prospective mobile broadband plan. Some providers charge a hefty premium if you use more than your monthly allotment of data.

Best low-price plan

If cheap mobile broadband is what you're after, there are plenty of plans to choose from these days. You don't even need to settle for tiny data caps or long contracts, either, as many providers now offer plans with more than 10GB of monthly data for less than $30 a month, no lock-in required. Spintel's smallest 4G data-only plan takes the cake in our books, getting you 5GB of data for a very reasonable $14.95 a month.

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Also consider: OVO also offers a similar plan, with its small For Tablets plan getting you 5GB of data to use over 30 days plus data-free streaming of select sports through OVOPlay.

Best big data plan (25GB+)

With 4G speeds now capable of handling streaming services like Netflix and Stan, watching your favourite shows on-the-go is totally viable. To ensure you don't get slugged with excess data charges, though, you'll want to pick a plan with a sufficiently large monthly data cap. At the same time, you don't want to be forking out hundreds of dollars a month, which is why our top pick goes to OVO's Extra Large 50GB plan, which comes with a hefty 50GB of monthly data for just $49.95 a month. To top it off, all OVO's mobile broadband plans come with unlimited data-free streaming of a variety of sports through OVOPlay.

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Also consider: If you're happy to commit to a 12-month contract, Dodo offers even more value with its 50GB mobile broadband plan. At just $40 a month, it's currently far and away the best bang for your buck in the mobile broadband space.

Best mobile broadband plan on the Telstra network

Telstra's 4G network offers impressive speeds and coverage across Australia, both for traditional calls and texts as well as mobile data. Traditionally, Telstra has charged a premium for this coverage, but it has recently restructured its plans to better compete with its increasingly-popular rivals.

This has led Telstra's $29 Mobile Broadband S plan to emerge as one of the best options currently available. You do have to commit to a 12-month contract, but the low price and high data cap make it well worth considering.

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Also consider: ALDImobile also offers a range of solid mobile broadband plans that operate on the Telstra network. These benefit from a no-lock-in, month-to-month contract and feature data rollover, which allows you to carry unused data over from one month to the next.

Best mobile broadband plan on the Optus network

Even more so than Telstra, Optus rents out access to its 4G Plus network to smaller MVNOs, and they take full advantage of this to offer plenty of low-priced mobile broadband plans that pack the same network speeds and coverage of Optus' own plans. For all the options available, though, our pick goes to Dodo's 12-month 25GB Data-only plan, since it's a cool $10 cheaper per month than many competing plans with similar data caps.

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Also consider: If you're a heavy data-user, OVO's 50GB Tablet plan benefits from data rollover plus data-free streaming of select sports through OVOPlay.

Best mobile broadband plan on the Vodafone network

Vodafone's network has grown considerably over recent years, establishing itself as a legitimate contender against Telstra and Optus. At the same time, fewer MVNOs leverage the network for their own plans, meaning there's less choice for those who favour Vodafone's network coverage. Still, Kogan Mobile's offerings are solid, with its 30GB Mobile Broadband M plan delivering good value for $49 a month.

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Also consider: Vodafone's own plans aren't too shabby, either, especially if you're happy signing up for 12 months or more. For $30 a month, the 10GB plan on a 12-month contract is better value than either Telstra or Optus offer.

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Matt Sayer

Matt is a writer covering the latest tech, telco and video game news at In his downtime from helping Aussies make informed decisions on their broadband, mobile phone, and streaming video plans, he likes exploring rich video game worlds and kicking back with a good book.

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