Compare SkyMesh mobile broadband plans

SkyMesh offers competitively-priced, month-to-month mobile broadband plans powered by the Telstra 3G and 4G network.

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Known best for its satellite NBN services, SkyMesh has expanded its offerings to include mobile broadband services delivered over parts of the Telstra 3G and 4G network. These services operate on a post-paid basis with no-lock-in contracts and can be used either with an existing SIM-compatible device or with an optional 4G USB dongle available for purchase in conjunction with SkyMesh's plans.

SkyMesh mobile broadband plans

SkyMesh offers six mobile broadband plans sporting a wide range of data inclusions. These plans are data-only and as such don't include any call or text inclusions, but they do come with a free SIM card SkyMesh will ship to you at no extra charge.

You won't have to worry about excess data charges with SkyMesh's mobile broadband plans. Use up all your monthly data, and SkyMesh will simply suspend your Internet access for the rest of your current billing period. If you can't wait that long, you can purchase up to a maximum of five 1GB data blocks for $10 each to keep you going until your next bill.

Alongside its plans, SkyMesh also offers a 4G USB dongle for sharing your Internet connection across multiple Wi-Fi devices. The current model on offer is the Huawei E8372h-608 dongle, which supports up to 10 devices using the Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) standard. SkyMesh will bundle this in with any of its plans for a one-off price of $109.99.

How does SkyMesh compare?

SkyMesh positions itself as a broadband provider for folks living in rural and regional areas of Australia. Its decision to use the Telstra 3G and 4G network as opposed to the more common Optus 4G network supports this. Telstra's network enjoys greater coverage outside of metropolitan regions, and only a handful of telcos offer data-only mobile broadband plans that make use of it. This gives SkyMesh an edge if your top concern is reception in the more remote regions of our country.

The lack of competition in this space also helps SkyMesh stand out. Its sub-$50 plans, for instance, rank among the best-value Telstra-powered mobile broadband plans on the market, even edging out Telstra itself.

The same goes for SkyMesh's larger plans. Against other providers like Southern Phone and Kiss Mobile, it delivers quite a bit more data for your dollar. Only Telstra presents a truly compelling alternative, and that comes with a catch. While Telstra's plans work out cheaper on a month-by-month basis, they require you to lock in for either a 12-month or 24-month contract. SkyMesh, on the other hand, allows you to sign up on a commitment-free, month-to-month basis.

Why should you consider SkyMesh?

The core appeal of SkyMesh's mobile broadband plans lies in their use of parts of the Telstra 3G and 4G network. Telstra's network boasts the broadest coverage across Australia, providing stronger Internet access in the bush and the more remote regions of the country. This complements the rural focus SkyMesh prides itself on, and makes it a compelling choice for folks living or travelling outside Australia's main metropolitan hubs.

SkyMesh also warrants consideration thanks to its competitive pricing. All its mobile broadband plans rank among the cheapest Telstra-powered options currently available, plus they benefit from no-lock-in, month-to-month contracts – something that Telstra itself does not offer.

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