Lycamobile mobile broadband plans compared

If you're looking for a basic mobile broadband service powered by Telstra's 4G network, Lycamobile is worth checking out.

Lycamobile's focus has long been in providing mobile services designed for those with friends and family overseas, but that's not all the international telco offers. Alongside its standard prepaid mobile plans, Lycamobile has a selection of data-only mobile broadband plans for those who prefer to stay connected online.

Lycamobile mobile broadband plans

Like its regular mobile plans, Lycamobile's data-only mobile broadband plans operate on parts of Telstra's 3G and 4G network. The data included with each plan expires after 28 days, and there are just three recharge options available:

  • Data S plan: 250MB of data for $5
  • Data M plan: 1.5GB of data for $10
  • Data L plan: 3GB of data for $25

All Lycamobile's mobile broadband plans also include free delivery of a Lycamobile SIM card, should you need one.

How does Lycamobile compare?

As one of the only mobile broadband providers operating on Telstra's 3G and 4G network, Lycamobile is well-suited to Australians living in areas of the country where the Optus and Vodafone networks are weak or non-existent. Greater coverage doesn't come free, though, and Lycamobile's plans tend to cost more than competing options from other providers on the Optus or Vodafone networks.

The exception to this is Lycamobile's 250MB Data S plan, which has no real competition in the mobile broadband space. If your data needs are light enough to be met with just 250MB, Lycamobile is pretty much your only option.

For something a little more substantial, Lycamobile's 1.5GB Data M plan isn't too shabby. While it's no cheaper than similar offerings from the likes of Exetel or Jeenee Mobile, both those providers use the Optus 4G network instead of Telstra's which could be a sticking point if maximum coverage is what you're after.

Lycamobile's 3GB Data L plan is a harder sell. Not only can you score more data from Optus network providers for significantly less, fellow Telstra-based telco CMobile also offers a better deal with its 4GB plan.

Why should you consider Lycamobile?

Where Lycamobile's regular mobile plans distinguish themselves on their international inclusions, its mobile broadband plans rely on the strength of Telstra's 3G and 4G networks to stand out from the crowd. Should you spend a lot of time in areas of the country where Vodafone and Optus coverage is poor, the premium Lycamobile charges for its data plans might be worth it. Otherwise, you'll probably be better off with a cheaper and more data-packed alternative from a competing provider on the Optus or Vodafone networks.

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