Mobile broadband ensures your business stays productive even when you're away from the office. Compare plans and find a plan for your business today.
How can a mobile broadband plan benefit your business?
- Convenience. Provides access to data while travelling, whether you are commuting or running a mobile office.
- Productivity. Allows employees to access the internet away from the office. Mobile broadband also provides multi-device accessibility to connect your other devices and gives co-workers a collective connection to collaborate on.
- Practical. Ensures that you have access to the internet when a fixed line connection isn’t suitable or available.
Compare Mobile Broadband Plans for Business
How to compare mobile broadband plans for business
- Speed. This can be a more complicated consideration with mobile broadband plans. Generally you’ll find devices labelled with something like “Cat 6”, which tells you what speed category it’s in, and what its potential speeds might be. From here, you should consider whether the provider’s network is available in your expected areas of operation, and what kind of network congestion you might expect. When picking a plan based on speed, remember that you’re generally looking at the maximum potential speeds, and that your functional speeds are likely to be lower, especially during peak usage times.
- Cost. Higher quality naturally involves higher costs, and with mobile broadband plans this typically revolves around data quotas and the cost of a wi-fi modem if needed. The right plan will typically be the one that can deliver the right amount of data, and as such you may want to make a decision on these other factors first, and then considering the costs as a way of deciding between equivalent plans.
- Contract length. A lot of lock-in plans might offer a free modem to sweeten the deal with lock-in contracts, but depending on your business needs it might be preferable to stick to month-to-month plans. If you’re expecting changes in the future such as bringing in more team members, are uncertain of your needs such as not knowing how much data you expect to use, or simply have a business whose mobile data needs are constantly changing, then it can be preferable to stay flexible with month-to-month plans. These typically cost more overall than an equivalent lock-in contract, but can also deliver savings in that you can adjust your plan from month to month as needed.
Data pooling is another common feature of business mobile broadband plans, which goes hand in hand with multi-device functionality. With this, you can connect a combination of eligible mobile and broadband business plans together for a range of mobile devices, so all of them can draw data from a collected pool of data, with centralised billing. This means:
- Staff can still use their personal devices and personal data plans, while being able to more easily switch on the business plan when needed.
- A data pool which all can access can mean greater productivity on the whole for all team members.
- You can centrally monitor data use on difference devices and for different team members.
- You can set individual data limits for different employees and different devices, to make sure everyone has the resources they need.
It can also be worth considering the range of devices available. You will have different ways to connect to the internet, so if you know you’ll want any of the following then it can be a good idea to ensure your plan accommodates it.
- USB: An internet connection on a USB stick. Generally only usable by one person at a time, and ideal for laptops or other non tablet devices that cannot accomodate a data SIM
- Wi-Fi modem: A portable wireless hotspot, generally letting up to 10 devices connect at a time, and suitable for multiple users. These are often included for free with plans, or available from providers at extra cost. If you need multiple users to connect with multiple devices, then this might be ideal. It's worth checking the category classification and predicted speeds of the device, because these can vary widely.
- Data sims: An alternative to USB for devices that may not have USB ports, these single-user data sims are ideal for tablets, or laptops with inbuilt SIM ports.
Advantages of mobile broadband for business
- Cheaper than extra data packs for mobile: If you’re using a lot of mobile data for business purposes it’s typically more cost-effective to pick up a plan specifically for this, rather than trying to accommodate it with a standard consumer plan. To help deliver value, many business mobile broadband plans will also offer a call allowance so businesses can get full use out of these plans.
- Connect multiple users and devices on-the-go: The flexibility afforded by this can deliver wide-ranging benefits. Consider a sales team that travels a lot and can set up their own mobile office in restaurants, on trains and wherever else they go, and can simply hand over a tablet for a prospective client to browse product information in a more interactive way.
- Allowing other users to connect and collaborate: Save time and hassle while collaborating with other users. Getting everyone on the same network can make for faster data communication between devices, and you can invite others into the network as needed.
Disadvantages of mobile broadband for business
- Mobile broadband plans aren’t ideal for heavy usage. Compared to fixed line plans, they can suffer from limited speeds, and severe data caps. Generally you might find plans for $60 a month that deliver 30GB of data in that time. In other words, about 1GB per day.
Data pooling can help you manage these limits and connect multiple plans, but it’s still important to be aware of these. If your work involves uploading or downloading large file sizes, you might find yourself hampered by slow speeds and low limits.
Extras to look for in business mobile broadband plans
With equivalent plans often being relatively close in price, the presence of extras can be enough to push one far ahead of the pack, especially if it’s a feature that you would otherwise have to pay more for.
- Bundling discounts. Business mobile broadband plans often include bundling discounts. For example, if you sign up with the same provider you already have a fixed-line business broadband plan with, you might be able to get a discount one one or both plans.
- Free inclusions. One of the more common free inclusions may be wireless modems, but like many mobile data plans, business mobile broadband can also come with a call allowance. If it’s enough for your business needs, and can save you from needing to look for it elsewhere, then this can be well worth considering.
- Global roaming options. Travel for work? Consider your network coverage inside Australia as well as its global roaming options. This is well worth considering if there’s any reason you might need your mobile business broadband overseas. Look at the extra costs involved, as well as the countries where global roaming is available. If you or your team do a lot of overseas business, then cost-effective global roaming might be one of your main considerations.