Compare Southern Phone Mobile Broadband Plans

If the wired life has got you down, Southern Phone has a few mobile broadband plans to pick you back up.

What you need to know about Southern Phone mobile broadband plans

Regional Aussies don't have it easy when it comes to getting online. Network coverage outside the five capital cities is limited, thanks largely due to the harshness of the Australian landscape. Laying down the cabling for fixed broadband is a slow, expensive process, and this is reflected in the high costs of many regional broadband plans.

This is where Southern Phone comes in. Leveraging the extensive coverage of the Optus 3G network, the community-focused telco offers a range of mobile broadband plans aimed squarely at Aussies dissatisfied with the fixed-line services available to them. Whether you live on the shores of Broome or in the bush around Woomera, Southern Phone has a plan to get you online.

What are the different Southern Phone mobile broadband plans?

Along with mobile voice services, Southern Phone also offers data-only mobile broadband services with a choice of using Telstra's or Optus's 3G/4G mobile network. These plans are labelled Orange and Green respectively.

As you'd expect, the Optus deals offer better value for money but Telstra tends to provide wider coverage, so it pays to do your homework before signing up, especially if you live outside the major cities or in a known metro black spot.

The deals from Optus range from $22 per month for 8GB to per month for 90GB. Meanwhile, deals from Telstra range from $30 per month for 5GB to $85 per month for 30GB. All plans are on 12-month contracts, but the fine print varies depending on the network provider.

With Optus, if you exceed your monthly data allowance, you'll be automatically charged $10 for each additional 1GB, up to a maximum of 3GB over your cap in one month. After that you're charged 15 cents per MB, which works out as a hefty $150 per GB. There is also a $10 per month early termination fee.

With Telstra, there are no $10 data boosts. Instead, if you exceed your monthly data allowance, you're immediately slugged 15 cents per MB of usage. On the upside, there's no early termination fee if you break your contract.

With either telco, you can purchase a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot outright for $99 or else just take a SIM card and bring your own hotspot.

It's worth noting that data-only mobile broadband services aren't included in the "triple bundle" service, only mobile voice/data services.

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