finder’s 5 best mobile broadband plans for May 2018

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

The freedom of wireless broadband used to come at a steep cost, both in terms of price and the many concessions involved when compared to a traditional wired broadband connection. These days, though, mobile networks have improved to the point where it's entirely possible to stream HD video on-the-go, and increased competition has driven prices to the lowest they've ever been.

The downside to this is that it can be tough to compare all the options out there to find the best mobile broadband plan for you. Everyone's needs are different, and there is no one-size fits all plan that can be hailed as the best plan on the market.

But to help make choosing the best mobile broadband plan for your needs easier, we've crunched the numbers and collected our top picks from a number of simple categories, weighing up the data inclusions, the contract requirements and, of course, the price to highlight what we believe to be the best mobile broadband plans available.

A couple of things to remember: one, 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. And two: make sure to research 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. Vaya's smallest 4G data-only plan takes the cake in our books, getting you 5GB of data for a very reasonably $19 a month.

finder's pick

PlanIncluded dataContract durationMonthly costPurchase
vaya mobile logoVaya 4G Data-only 5GB5GB1 month$19Go to site

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 Vaya's 4G Data Only 50GB plan, which comes with a hefty 50GB of monthly data for just $54 a month for the first 12 months, reverting to $59 a month for the months beyond.

finder's pick

PlanIncluded dataContract durationMonthly costPurchase
vaya mobile logoVaya 4G Data Only 50GB50GB1 month$54 for the first 12 months, then $59Go to site

Also consider: If 50GB of monthly data isn't enough, OVO has a 100GB mobile broadband plan for $69.95 a month that represents fantastic value for money.

Best mobile broadband plan on the Telstra network

Telstra's 4G network offers impressive speeds and coverage across Australia, so it's no surprise that many other MVNOs use it for their plans, too, instead of building their own network from scratch. Because these vendors get access to Telstra's network at a cheaper price than regular consumers, they can offer their plans at a discount, making them a valuable alternative to plans from Telstra itself.

Surprisingly, it's newcomer ALDImobile that offers the best value on the Telstra network, with its 5GB data-only plan coming with the handy data-rollover feature that gives you a second month to use up any leftover data from your monthly data cap.

finder's pick

PlanIncluded dataContract durationMonthly costPurchase
aldimobile-logoALDImobile 5GB Data-Only plan5GB30 days$30More info

Also consider: Telstra's own mobile broadband plans come with the added bonus of 4GX speeds in compatible areas and with compatible 4GX devices. The 12-month Tablet M plan is particularly worth looking into, with 10GB of data for $49 a month.

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 Vaya's 15GB Data-only plan, especially since it's currently discounted to $34 a month for the first 12 months.

finder's pick

PlanIncluded dataContract durationMonthly costPurchase
vaya mobile logoVaya 4G Data-only 15GB15GB30 days$34 for the first 12 months, $39 afterGo to site

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.

finder's pick

PlanIncluded dataContract durationMonthly costPurchase
kogan mobile logoKogan Mobile Broadband M Plan30GB30 days$49Go to site

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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