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NBN plans with 4G backup

Get a 4G backup modem with your NBN plan to keep connected during an outage.

4G backup is the spare tire of the Internet world. It's not quite as fast as your regular connection, but you'll be glad it's there when there's an NBN outage.

There are currently 5 providers in Australia whose NBN plans include a modem with 4G backup:

  • Telstra, comes with the Telstra Wi-Fi Smart Modem.
  • Optus, comes with the Optus Ultra Wi-Fi Modem.
  • Vodafone, comes with the Vodafone Wi-Fi Hub.
  • iiNet, comes with its High-Speed NBN Modem.
  • Internode, comes with its High-Speed NBN Modem.

iPrimus also offers this option at an additional cost. Otherwise, you'll get its regular modem without the extra 4G feature.

Compare NBN plans with 4G backup

How does 4G backup work?

If your NBN connection goes out (but you still have power), your modem with 4G backup will kick in using its 4G mobile connection to get you online until the NBN outage ends.

  • Keep in mind: While your regular 4G connection on your phone is capable of 100Mbps download speeds, 4G speeds on back-up modems are capped between 12 and 25Mbps.

Depending on how fast your usual NBN plan is, the 4G backup may feel considerably slower.

While the speed won't be anything to write home about, it will mean you won't have to stop working altogether.

Telstra NBN plans

Telstra is Australia's largest telco and has the widest 4G coverage in Australia. While it's not the cheapest provider, its 4G backup could make all the difference for those in regional areas.

Pros

  • Telstra Wi-Fi Smart Modem comes as standard on all NBN plans.
  • 4G modem is free if you stay for 24 months, or if returned when the plan is cancelled.
  • 4G speed is capped at 25Mbps (instead of the usual 12Mbps).
  • Widest 4G coverage in Australia.

Cons

  • Plans are more expensive than others.

Optus NBN plans

Optus may not be the largest telco but it has topped the ACCC's broadband performance charts for having the most reliable speeds. Its Ultra Wi-Fi Modem comes included on most plans, excluding the gaming ones (which come with a gaming modem).

Pros

  • 4G speed capped at 25Mbps download, 2Mbps upload.
  • Modem is free if you stay connected for 36 months.
  • Good 4G coverage.

Cons

  • If you leave earlier than 36 months (which is quite a long time), you need to pay out $7 per remaining month for the modem.

Vodafone NBN plans

Vodafone's NBN plans are a bargain if you're already a Vodafone mobile customer. Otherwise, it's still slightly cheaper than Telstra and Optus, but comes with a slower speed cap and more conditions tied to its usage.

Pros

  • Vodafone mobile customers save $15 per month.
  • Modem is free after 24 months.

Cons

  • 4G speed is capped at 12Mbps download/1Mbps upload.
  • 4G doesn't kick in automatically, you have to call Vodafone to activate it.
  • 4G can't be used for more than 30 consecutive days if you have a difficult fault.
  • If you cancel before 24 months, you need to pay out $7.50 per remaining month for the modem.

iiNet NBN plans

iiNet offers its 4G backup modem for free if you stay for 24 months. If you leave earlier, the modem is actually cheaper than with other providers, coming out to a max cost of $192.

Pros

  • Plans are overall a little cheaper or on par with the bigger providers
  • Modem itself costs less than from other providers

Cons

  • 4G speed limited to 12Mbps download/1Mbps upload

Internode NBN plans

Internode is another carrier that has 4G backup modems as an option when you sign up to any NBN plan. The 4G backup modem is exactly the same free ($192) as iiNet, only the delivery fee is $15 instead of $10.

Pros

  • 4G backup modem is free if you stay for 24 months

Cons

  • Plans aren't the cheapest being on par with Optus prices (and faster modem speeds with Optus too)
  • Delivery fee is slightly higher than iiNet, making its modem more expensive overall
  • 4G speed limited to 12Mbps download/1Mbps upload

iPrimus NBN plans

iPrimus doesn't offer its 4G backup modem for free. Instead, you'll need to fork out an extra $10 a month for this option. Otherwise, you'll get a regular modem without 4G.

Pros

  • Regular plans (without 4G backup modems) are $9 per month cheaper than Optus.

Cons

  • Modem costs an extra $10 a month on top of normal plan pricing (which then makes it $1 more expensive than Optus).
  • 4G speed limited to 12Mbps download/1Mbps upload.

Compare NBN plans with 4G backup

All providers shown in the comparison table offer 4G backup modems. Only iPrimus requires you to pay an extra fee for it, the rest include it with the plan.

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Name Product Data Allowance Typical download speed Price Hid Compare Box!
iiNet NBN100 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: $89.99/mth for the first 12 months, then $99.99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
90Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
90Mbps
nbn™100
$89.99
per month
Min total cost is $89.99 for first month
Price
$89.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $89.99 for first month
Optus Plus Everyday Fast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $89/mth for the first 6 months, normally $99/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
100Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
100Mbps
nbn™100
$89
per month
Min total cost is $395 for first month
Price
$89 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $395 for first month
iPrimus Premium
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 12 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
95Mbps
nbn™100
Speed
95Mbps
nbn™100
$90
per month
Min total cost is $210 for first month
Price
$90 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $210 for first month
iiNet NBN12 Liimitless Data
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
12Mbps
nbn™12
Speed
12Mbps
nbn™12
$64.99
per month
Min total cost is $64.99 for first month
Price
$64.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $64.99 for first month
Optus Plus Everyday Superfast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $99/mth for the first 6 months, normally $119/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
240Mbps
nbn™250
Speed
240Mbps
nbn™250
$99
per month
Min total cost is $405 for first month
Price
$99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $405 for first month
iiNet NBN50 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$79.99
per month
Min total cost is $79.99 for first month
Price
$79.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $79.99 for first month
iPrimus Standard Plus
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • $0 modem if you stay connected for 12 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$80
per month
Min total cost is $200 for first month
Price
$80 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $200 for first month
Optus Plus Everyday nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 included for $0 if you stay connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
50Mbps
nbn™50
Speed
50Mbps
nbn™50
$85
per month
Min total cost is $391 for first month
Price
$85 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $391 for first month
Optus Plus Family Entertainer Superfast nbn®
NBN
Month-to-month
OFFER: Introductory offer: $119/mth for the first 6 months, normally $139/mth. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply.
  • Month-to-month
  • Optus Ultra WiFi Modem Gen 2 and first Optus WiFi Booster Gen 2 included for $0 if you remain connected for 36 mths. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
240Mbps
nbn™250
Speed
240Mbps
nbn™250
$119
per month
Min total cost is $641 for first month
Price
$119 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $641 for first month
iiNet NBN25 Liimitless
NBN
Month-to-month
  • Month-to-month
  • BYO modem or $0 modem if you stay connected for 24 months. T&Cs apply
Unlimited Data
Data
Unlimited Data
25Mbps
nbn™25
Speed
25Mbps
nbn™25
$74.99
per month
Min total cost is $74.99 for first month
Price
$74.99 per month
Min total cost (incl delivery + fees) is $74.99 for first month
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Do you need a modem with 4G backup?

While having a 4G connection option is handy during an NBN outage, you don't have to sign up to a provider just for this feature.

If you like your current modem or provider, then don't despair, there are still plenty of other options if you need a backup.

Alternatives to a 4G backup modem

If you're only experiencing intermittent outages and have a good data cap on your mobile plan, you can always just use your phone as a personal hotspot in emergencies.

Check out the following mobile plans that come with generous data allowances for prices that won't break the bank:

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Name Product Data Price Apply Price
Moose $36.80 SIM
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
Moose $36.80 SIM
Postpaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Optus 4G/3G network
100GB
$36.80
per month
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
100GB
Data
$36.80
per month
Lebara Large 360 Day
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
Lebara Large 360 Day
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G/3G network
425GB
$300
per 360 day recharge
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
425GB
Data
$300
per 360 days expiry
MATE Soul Mates 5G
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
300GB for the first 3 months, then 150GB/mth. Use code DOUBLEDATA. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
MATE Soul Mates 5G
Postpaid
300GB for the first 3 months, then 150GB/mth. Use code DOUBLEDATA. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
300GB
$55
per month
View details
  • 300GB for the first 3 months, then 150GB/mth. Use code DOUBLEDATA. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
300 GB
Data
$55
per month
Telsim 160GB 5G
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
320GB/recharge for the first 3 recharges, then 160GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
Telsim 160GB 5G
Prepaid
320GB/recharge for the first 3 recharges, then 160GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
320GB
$60
per 28 day recharge
View details
  • 320GB/recharge for the first 3 recharges, then 160GB/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
320 GB
Data
$60
per 28 days expiry
Lebara Medium 360 Day
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$199 on the first recharge, then $250/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 8.1.24
Lebara Medium 360 Day
Prepaid
$199 on the first recharge, then $250/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 8.1.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G/3G network
260GB
$199
per 360 day recharge
View details
  • $199 on the first recharge, then $250/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 8.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
260 GB
Data
$199
per 360 days expiry
Telsim 120GB 5G
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
240GB for $35 for the first recharge, then 240GB for $55 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 120GB for $55/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
Telsim 120GB 5G
Prepaid
240GB for $35 for the first recharge, then 240GB for $55 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 120GB for $55/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
240GB
$35
per 28 day recharge
View details
  • 240GB for $35 for the first recharge, then 240GB for $55 for the next 2 recharges. Reverts to 120GB for $55/recharge after. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
240 GB
Data
$35
per 28 days expiry
Lyca Large (12 Renewals)
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
$288 for the first recharge, then $360/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.12.23
Lyca Large (12 Renewals)
Prepaid
$288 for the first recharge, then $360/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.12.23
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 4G/3G network
420GB
$288
per 12 months
View details
  • $288 for the first recharge, then $360/recharge. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.12.23
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
420 GB
Data
$288
per 12 months
Kogan Extra Large 365 Days Flex
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
Kogan Extra Large 365 Days Flex
Prepaid
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Vodafone 4G network
500GB
$300
per 365 day recharge
Go to site
View details
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
500GB
Data
$300
per 365 days expiry
ALDI $59 5G Plan
PrepaidNo lock-in contract
175GB for the first recharge, then 350GB for the next 3 recharges. Reverts to 175GB/recharge after. T&Cs apply. Ends 7.2.24
ALDI $59 5G Plan
Prepaid
175GB for the first recharge, then 350GB for the next 3 recharges. Reverts to 175GB/recharge after. T&Cs apply. Ends 7.2.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
350GB
$59
per 30 day recharge
View details
  • 175GB for the first recharge, then 350GB for the next 3 recharges. Reverts to 175GB/recharge after. T&Cs apply. Ends 7.2.24
  • Unlimited standard national calls & texts
350 GB
Data
$59
per 30 days expiry
numobile 5G 150GB $56
PostpaidNo lock-in contract
300GB for the first 3 months, then 150GB/month. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
numobile 5G 150GB $56
Postpaid
300GB for the first 3 months, then 150GB/month. Eligibility criteria, T&Cs apply. Ends 31.1.24
  • Unlimited national calls & texts
  • Wholesale Telstra 5G/4G network
300GB
$56
per month
View details