We're moving up and beyond 3G today, testing the latest mobile broadband hardware on the best 3G and 4G networks that Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have to offer.
Things are getting faster with 4G.
Wireless broadband is ubiquitous for most Australians, with an annoying blackspot now making up the exception rather than the rule. Having data with you wherever you go has changed our lives, so it's good to know your options for staying connected anywhere, anytime.
LTE/4G now represents the best speeds we have to offer in Australia, though the footprint is focused on cities and big regional centres. HSPA/3G networks are still where travellers are likely to spend most of their time — and every 4G modem will shift into 3G mode where 4G is not available.
While considering your options for hotspots and USB modems, don't forget to compare running costs of a standalone modem against adding a larger data pack to your current smartphone plan. You may find that you can get a better deal by running everything through your phone, while others may find it makes real sense to have extra data attached to its own device.
Yes, we now have 4G modems on a 3G list. We felt it important to update this legacy list to show the wider options now on offer.