3 Wireless Internet:
3 Wireless Internet won Money Magazines’ Best Mobile Broadband Plan Award in 2009 and is currently one of the oldest and most popular Australian internet providers. They have a wide range of services and packages available.
Since some people need large caps for massive downloads, others only want to update their Facebook status once a day. We all have vastly different needs and 3 definitely caters for them. 3 Wireless Internet offers prepaid, month-by-month, 12-month and 24-month plans.
For their ‘starter kit’ prepaid offering you pay $49 and you get an included internet key modem with a 30-day expiry window. For $9.95 you get 200MB with a 30-day window, but no modem. For $119 you can have a 1GB cap with a 30-day expiry window. The difference with this plan is that it comes with a ‘Pocket Wifi’ stick included. The others do not.
3’s month-by-month plans are smart and flexible. They allow you to have a predictable monthly cost and data allowance each month but they also allow you to top up with prepaid if you run out.
$15 a month buys you 1.5GB of data each month but has an upfront cost of $49 for an internet key if you are a new customer. If you are an existing customer you obviously have nothing to pay. This is the same for all of their month-to month plans.
$29 a month gets you 4GB and half off the price of a Pocket Wifi. 10GB can be had for $39 a month and also gets you the half-price Pocket Wifi deal. Finally their high-end option is 12GB a month for $49 and includes the same half-off offer.
If you can commit to a 12-month plan, this will give you a big data allowance for a decent price. For $15 you get a 1.5GB allowance and an internet key at only $4 a month. $29 a month buys you 6GB with a free Internet Key and a Pocket Wifi for only $5 a month. $39 gets you 12GB and $49 provides 14GB. These both include a free Internet Key and Pocket Wifi for only $5 per month.
The cost structure here is $29, $39 and $49 for 6GB, 12GB and 14GB respectively. All of these have no additional monthly costs for the modems at all.
When you find you’ve spent way too much time on Facebook and need more data, it’s as simple as recharging with 1 of 4 different options. The cheapest recharge is $15 and provides you with 500MB more data, plus a 30-day window extension. If that’s not enough, the 2GB recharge costs $29 and the 4GB, $49. If you’re particularly hardcore about data then you will need the big boy 12GB recharge. It costs $149 but it also extends your window by 365 days so it might help to buy it once in a while.
The Internet Key and E122 is perfect for people on the go and has a micro SD slot. The Pocket Wi-Fi is capable of handling up to 5 computers and it has a really nice, functional LED display.
Overall, going with 3 Wireless Internet would be a decent choice.