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Mobile broadband is the common term used to describe ‘wireless’ internet access via a portable modem or mobile phone. Because it’s flexible and can be used almost anywhere, mobile broadband might be an attractive option for people who find themselves travelling a lot, or who live in areas where fixed-line internet connections (such as ADSL or Cable Internet) are not available.
You can access the mobile broadband network by inserting a small device (sometimes referred to as a dongle or modem) into the USB port of your computer.
Some wireless devices and tablets now come with mobile broadband devices pre-installed, so you may not even need the modem. You can usually purchase a SIM card from your internet provider (like the one inside your mobile phone), plug it into your wireless device and bingo – you’re connected!
What is the difference between 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks?
The 2G network was used to deliver high quality phone services across most of Australia. In conjunction with other technologies, such as GPRS, a user can connect their device to the internet. 2G technology has been superseded by the faster 3G network. 3G uses high bandwidth to deliver information to your mobile broadband device, and allows you to access content at higher speeds.
4G networks are currently rolling out across Australia and offer higher speeds than the 3G network. Some States are even rolling out the latest 5G network, which offers even higher speeds.
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