Wireless internet review and compare

There are desktop and roaming plans but is it the high-speed internet alternative for you?
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Wireless internet is broadband internet access that doesn't use a telephone line or cable network. You connect to the internet using radio frequency signals. A wireless service lets you access the internet from home or when you’re out of the office.

It may also be an option if:

  • You live too far from the telephone exchange (but within a wireless network coverage area)
  • The exchange doesn't support ADSL
  • You don't want to pay phone line rental fee
  • You don't have access to a cable network

See our article on broadband basics.

Please note: this information was current as of October 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market. For more recent information, see Wireless broadband 2010.

There are several ways to access the internet wirelessly.

  • Portable and roaming wireless internet. You can access the internet wirelessly at home using a special desktop modem or you may prefer roaming internet through your laptop.
  • Wireless hot spots. Some ISPs offer wireless internet access from public places such as cafes, airports and hotels.
  • Fixed wireless. Several ISPs run limited fixed wireless networks using Wi-Fi technology.


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