Best prepaid mobile broadband modems

We round up the best prepaid mobile broadband modems.

Mobile broadband is a great option for staying connected when away from home or the office. Whether it's working remotely, or simply as a fall-back option should your fixed broadband connection fail you, lower prices and faster speeds continue to ensure the growth of mobile broadband services in Australia.

If you already receive a monthly bill for a mobile phone contract, a landline telephone, a fixed line broadband connection and possibly even a pay television subscription, who wants yet another monthly bill? Consider a prepaid mobile broadband modem — it's easier to manage your spending and you only pay for what you use. We've rounded up the best prepaid mobile broadband modems from all the main carriers.

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Optus E1762 USB Modem

Though Optus' 3G network is plagued by reliability and speed issues, we found the E1762 USB modem to be reasonably fast. It provides a better connection than other Optus mobile broadband devices we have reviewed.

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  • 29th May, 2009
  • James Hutchinson
  • Optus
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  • Pros:
  • Reasonably fast, more reliable than other Optus modems we've tested, automatic software installation, SMS support
  • Cons:
  • A little too wide, recessed external antenna port, Optus' 3G network can be unreliable
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