Popularity of hand-held mobile devices has surged in Australia, including the use of smart cell phones, tablets, PDAs and notebooks. Many users are unleashing their full capabilities by subscribing to plans allowing them to hook up to the Internet. These mobile broadband plans are now being offered by some of the largest mobile phone service providers in the country, and the list is growing.
Mobile broadband service provides portable, wireless Internet access with the benefits of a regular Internet connection but with the freedom to connect while on the go. There are two main types of service sold, including postpaid and prepaid wireless broadband plans. Prepaid Internet service offers the most freedom, as it is a pay-as-you-go system that doesn't require extended contracts and allows you the flexibility to reload whenever needed.
Prepaid wireless broadband is a good choice for those who only need occasional Internet access, such as when they're traveling. Another common use of the system is as a back up to conventional office or home Internet plans if those systems happen to go down or are otherwise unavailable. A cheap prepaid broadband plan is also a great alternative to users who may not qualify for a postpaid plan for one reason or another.
Prepaid mobile broadband plans in Australia are currently available on a choice of three networks, although this number may increase in the future. These networks are used by a variety of service providers, and it's worth doing some research to determine which of the available plans best suits your specific needs. Plans are sold at different price points, and each will offer a specific allowance for the amount of data transmitted, both up-line and down-line. Different plans may also have different limits on using your purchased load before it expires.
When first signing on for a prepaid mobile Internet plan you may be required to purchase a USB dongle or something called a "Wi-Fi hotspot." You will also be required to obtain a SIM card to connect to the service. Dongles are less expensive, but will typically require special software installation. They are also only capable of working with one wireless device at a time. Hotspots, on the other hand, are able to provide Internet access to several devices simultaneously. The accompanying prepaid mobile broadband compare chart found below will let you choose a service plan most appropriate to your needs.