Since ASUS came out with their original Eee PC I've always travelled with a netbook computer.
I've travelled to many countries, rich and poor recently and everywhere there is free Wi-Fi at least in hostels if not in public places.
But in Australia this is not the case!
I know there are "USB dongles" which can plug into the USB port of a computer and provide internet access with various telephone / internet providers. But I know very little about them - in fact I don't even know if this is the correct or most common name for these devices.
I would like to know if there is one such "dongle" which clearly offers the best value for money in Australia. I know this could be subjective if all are pretty similar or if the pros and cons make it not clear at all. That's why I've asked as a yes/no question. If one is easily the best to choose that's a great answer - if it's not easy to choose for whichever reason then "no" with some explanation is also a great answer. Another great answer would be a reference which compares the dongles and plans from various providers that would choose one.
Two locked wireless broadband dongles I have but can't use. One by ZTE and one by Huawei.
By "best" I'm only asking about value for money. Assume use in major cities and not in the outback - so coverage is not a concern.
(It's true I'm no longer travelling but this question seems as travel-related as the many data-plan questions we have for phones and tablets. Also I work in a hostel and I would like to share the findings with travellers staying there who have the same question.)