Top rated USB modems

Get online anywhere with a fast mobile broadband USB stick

While smartphones with hotspot functionality are undoubtedly convenient for getting a laptop on the Internet while on the go, sometimes there is a need to just use a USB stick. Here are five of the top rated sticks we've seen this year. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Telstra comes out on top with its fast 4G modem.

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USB 4G modem
4.00

1. Telstra 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 ...
Review Date: 28th Sept., 2011
RRP: $ 299.00
K3765 mobile broadband USB stick
3.25

2. Vodafone K3765 mobile broadband USB stick

Vodafone's K3765 mobile broadband USB stick has plug-and-play operation and supports download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps, but the speeds we experienced were not outstanding.
Review Date: 2nd March, 2011
RRP: $ 49.00
E153 USB modem
3.25

3. Optus E153 USB mobile broadband modem

The Optus E153 USB mobile broadband modem is simple and hassle-free to set up, but isn't capable of very fast downloads.
Review Date: 11th April, 2011
RRP: $ 49.00
E173
3.50

4. Optus E173 USB mobile broadband modem

The Optus E173 USB mobile broadband modem is simple and hassle-free to set up and is capable of faster speeds than the cheaper E153 USB modem. However, the Optus network is still flaky in certain areas, so its best to ...
Review Date: 4th May, 2011
RRP: $ 79.00
Mega Modem
3.50

5. Vodafone Mega Modem

Vodafone's Mega Modem promises faster speeds than regular USB modems, but the full advantages of the 850MHz network won't be felt until it is finished being built.
Review Date: 17th March, 2011
RRP: $ 99.00
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