What is Mobile Broadband?
Mobile Broadband or Wireless Broadband is a way to connect to high speed Internet using your mobile device. It needs a 3G or 4G capable device like an iPad or USB modem, a SIM card with a Mobile Broadband Plan and 3G/4G coverage. You can get pretty decent speeds depending on your connection - between 300 kbps and 3 Mbps over 3G, and between 2 Mbps and 40 Mbps over 4G.
In Australia a connection speeds greater than 256kbps qualify as mobile broadband however actual speed depends on many factors including your modem, signal strength and network traffic. Different carriers operate different mobile networks based on different technologies – when you encounter terms like 3G, 3.5G and more recently 4G or LTE, they describe the speed and ‘newness’ of technology.
There are a number of mobile broadband service providers in Australia that offer contract and prepaid mobile broadband plans. However it is most important to get a plan that matches your own usage as going over can lead to very high excess charges. You can compare all mobile broadband plans to find the one that is best for your needs.
How to connect?
To get started with Mobile Broadband you need
- A SIM with Mobile Broadband Plan
- A computer or tablet
- A modem
How you connect depends on the device. In case of a computer or laptop you will need an external modem that takes the SIM card and can be connected to the computer via USB or WiFi. Tablets usually have a built in modem that takes the SIM, or as in case of iPads, a micro SIM. Once a SIM is inserted, an application on the device will enable you to switch the connection on and off as needed.
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