Vodafone is one of Australia’s leading telcos, but is it competitive when it comes to mobile internet?
Vodafone’s network covers 96% of the population and customers can choose from a flexible range of plans with, or without, a device.
Vodafone is one of the largest telco providers in Australia: third after Telstra and Optus. It’s mobile network reaches 96% of the Australian population.
The company provides a range of telephone and mobile broadband services, including 4G. You can get connected on a 12 or 24 month plan. On both, you can either stay flexible and recharge when you like with a prepaid plan, or you can bring your own device and simply order a SIM card.
What mobile broadband plans and bundles does Vodafone offer?
Vodafone does not offer unmetered data on any of its mobile broadband plans. The do offer the below:
Mobile Broadband plans
- 12 Month. $20 for 2.5GB , $30/ 4GB, $45/8GB, $65/ 12GB, $90/ 25GB, plus the cost of the modem if applicable (some plans come with a free modem.
- 24 Month. $20 for 2.5GB , $30/ 4GB, $45/8GB, $65/ 12GB, $90/ 25GB, plus the cost of the modem if applicable (some plans come with a free modem).
Prepaid Mobile Broadband
- With Modem. Upfront cost of a range of modems ($39– $109) including of 3GB of data (30 days expiry).
- BYO Modem. $29/ 3GB (30 Days expiry).
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BYO device plans
- Month to Month. $20/ 2.5GB, $30/4GB, $45/8GB, $65/12GB, $90/25GB. Bring your tablet or phone and enjoy no lock-in contracts and the flexibility to change your plan every month.
Streaming with Vodafone
Streaming is getting a lot of press lately (not least from us here at finder.com.au). With international and local video-on-demand services vying for the top spot in the market, Australian viewers are spoiled for choice.
To stream content, in your home or on-the-go, you need to have a fast and stable enough internet connection to supply a continuous stream of data, a subscription to a video-on-demand service, and an internet enabled device (such as a computer, tablet, phone, or internet-enabled TV). If you want to watch a lot of content (series marathon, anyone?) make sure you have a large enough monthly data allowance. If you go over your allowance, you may end up paying more than expected, or suffering through painfully slow download speeds until your billing month rolls over.
To give you an idea: one episode of Game of Thrones streamed in standard definition will use around 700MB. If you stream it in HD, you will use around 2GB. That’s a big chunk if you only have 5GB per month.
When it comes to the service, you have options – even with a mobile connection. Netflix, Presto, Quickflix and Stan are all supported by most newer mobile devices. Double check before you sign up to make sure that your phone or tablet is supported.
It might also be a good idea to have a look at other users’ experiences with a particular steaming service, particularly if you have problems getting a strong connection in your area. Many users report technical issues such as buffering – but that could be caused by the quality of the data stream being received or by the streaming service itself.
One of the best things about mobile internet is that you can take your WiFi connection in your pocket.
If you don’t have your own device, or you would like to upgrade with a portable modem, Vodafone has a range of possibilities:
Frequently asked questions
What’s so great about 4G?
It basically comes down to speed. 4G is the 4th generation of mobile network technology and delivers superior download speeds of 2–40mbps.
Can I connect to the 4G network?
With a 4G device and an active plan, Vodafone customers in select areas of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, Geelong and Darwin will be able to connect to the 4G network.
What is the Vodafone network guarantee?
New customers can pick up a phone, tablet or modem with any Vodafone mobile prepaid or postpaid plan with a network guarantee. If you’re not happy with the service after 30 days, you can bring it back, and only pay for what you used.
All prices and plans quoted in this article are current as of April 2015.