Back to school: Best mobile broadband modems

The best mobile broadband modems for students to stay connected.

The ability to work anywhere, anytime is essential for any student. Thanks to mobile broadband modems it's easy to access the Internet whether you're at home, school or university.

All three major carriers in Australia -- Telstra, Optus and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) -- offer a range of mobile broadband modems on pre-paid and long-term contracts. We've rounded up the best mobile broadband modems on offer in Australia to suit any school, college or university student.

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Telstra Corporation USB 4G modem

Telstra's USB 4G Modem is the first mobile broadband device in Australia to run on the company's new "4G" LTE network. While the validity of Telstra's claim to offer true "4G" can be debated, there's no doubt the USB 4G modem offers significant speed benefits compared to its regular Next G network. However, you'll only experience this faster speed if you're in a 4G coverage area, which right now is limited to capital cities and selected metropolitan and regional areas.

  • Review Date:
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  • 28th Sept., 2011
  • Ross Catanzariti
  • Telstra Corporation
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  • Pros:
  • Excellent speeds in 4G coverage areas
  • Quick and easy to install
  • No price premium over Next G products
  • Cons:
  • 4G speeds limited to capital cities and major regions
  • Telstra remains more expensive than competitors
  • Not available on pre-paid plans
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