While many of us had hoped the NBN would solve all our internet problems, it’s not necessarily the best option for a growing segment of the Australian population – renters!
That’s one of the reasons mobile broadband may be a better option for renters! If you’ve been shopping around for an internet plan recently, you probably know that they’re mostly tailored for people who don’t move that often, with all the hassles of connecting and disconnecting.
Take the Internet with you when you move
If you like the flexibility that renting allows and wish your internet plan was just as flexible, then read on, because mobile broadband is all about having complete freedom to take your internet plan with you wherever you go in Australia.
Moving house soon or just going away for a few days of R&R? Pack your modem and the internet comes with you!
Another great feature of mobile broadband is that you are connected as soon as you move into your new place, so no more waiting around with no WIFI for days on end while your phone line gets connected.
Don’t like sharing? No problem.
If you happen to be sharing with friends who use a lot of data, then that’s another great reason to consider a mobile broadband plan. With an NBN or traditional broadband connection, you’re often sharing the account with others in the house. But a mobile plan works a little differently. Sure, you can share it with your housemates to save on costs. But if you want to have your own data allocation, a mobile broadband plan means all you need is a power socket, so you can set up an internet connection just for you.
With or without a modem, it’s your choice
When checking out mobile broadband plans, the first thing you need to think about is whether you want the modem to be included in your plan, or whether you want a SIM-only plan, meaning you need to provide your modem or insert the SIM directly into your tablet or another device.
With a mobile broadband modem, you can connect all of your WIFI devices, including your phone, tablet and Apple TV. You can even let your housemates connect to it.
Contract or no contract?
No one loves lock-in contracts, but when it comes to mobile broadband plans, a contract isn’t always a bad thing. Remember, you can pick up your modem and move house anytime – any contract you have won’t be affected.
A SIM-only plan may provide some greater flexibility around contract length. For example, there are SIM-only plans that have minimum terms of only 1 month. But, a 12 or 24-month plan usually means you can get access to a better price or more generous data allowance.
Whichever plan option you choose, just be sure to compare the full cost over the minimum term of the contract available. Internet service providers are required to provide this information, so comparing costs for the life of the contract should be easy.
So, what’s the best mobile option for renters?
Now that you know the basics of mobile broadband plans, shopping around for the right deal to suit you and your internet usage is hopefully a lot easier. And there are some great comparison tools available online to help you out.
If you’re looking for a plan with a decent data allocation and a modem included, Optus has mobile broadband plans starting at $65 per month with the modem included if you opt for a 24-month contract, or a month-to-month option with the modem charged separately.
Check out the range of Optus Mobile Broadband plans here.