Getting the Best from Mobile Broadband

7 January 2011

There’s no doubt that mobile broadband can revolutionize the way you spend your time online. Unlike traditional broadband, the mobile version works by using a dongle device to plug into your laptop or netbook and you’re free to tap into the mobile broadband network pretty much wherever you go.

There are always plenty of broadband deals around which will allow you to pick through what’s on offer, compare deals with each other and also select criteria that are most relevant to you.

So, for example, if you’re a heavy Internet user who plans to download lots of content and spend a long time connected then a package with a decent data allowance and flexible usage terms will be the right thing to look for. If, on the other hand, you’re a reasonably light Internet user, then consider going for a pay-as-you-go package. This means you only pay for the time you’re connected and there’s no contract either.

What’s the benefit?

Mobile broadband is perfect for people who travel round a lot, or for anyone who doesn’t stay in the same place all the time, or who don’t have a fixed residency. So it’s become very popular for students, or professionals who are moving around the country all the time. Many modern smartphones allow you to access the web and email, but it’s a much more enjoyable experience using a laptop or netbook thanks to the larger screen area and a proper keyboard.

Mobile broadband deals are plentiful enough, but let’s not also forget that most modern laptops and netbooks also come with Wi-Fi capability. Allowing you to tap into high-speed Internet via wireless hotspots up and down the country. Some, such as those in bars, restaurants and coffee shops, are often free to use, while places like stations and airports often charge.

What do I need?

Mobile broadband will work with most laptop or netbook devices, and if you want to share your mobile connection with other users that is now also possible thanks to a MI-Fi device. This little gadget taps into the mobile broadband network just like a dongle, but then gives access to other users as well, just as long as you give them access rights. This is a great idea for spreading the cost of mobile broadband if you and some friends or relatives want to use the service in the same household.

Mi-Fi mobile broadband device

Dongles for laptops are plentiful too, and these simply plug into a USB port on your machine. When it comes to mobile broadband speed then you’ll probably see lots of advertisements stating ‘up to’ figures, but these can often be overly generous because the network isn’t always as efficient as you might hope for. This is down to an array of reasons, such as coverage levels, network traffic and so on.

Nevertheless, if you use the services of comparison website Broadband Genie then you’ll quickly be able to get an idea of coverage levels in your geographical area, along with an overview of prices. There are always lots of freebies associated with mobile broadband deals too, meaning that there has never been a better time to get a laptop or netbook and to get yourself connected.

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