There is an increasing need for us to be connected to the internet 24/7, such is the pace of modern life and the need to communicate with others across the world, and to get up to the minute information. Thus mobile broadband, distributed by mobile phone networks, has really taken off and become increasingly popular. With a mobile broadband connection you don't have to content yourself with the Times crossword in the morning on the train. Alternatively you can actually get on with your work before you even arrive at the office if you have suitable access systems set up. On the way home from work you can catch up with friends on Facebook as you wind down for the evening.
There are different ways to get a mobile broadband set-up and various deals on offer so itís worth looking around and comparing before settling on a mobile broadband provider.
One thing to bear in mind is that not all of the UK is adequately covered as yet by mobile networks and there are some places where you would get no signal. In addition there are variations in the strength of signal from place to place so itís a good idea to check on the network coverage for your area first. In general the cities and towns are not a problem but if youíre out in the country it may be more difficult to get a decent signal.
Another point is that mobile broadband is much more restrictive on download allowances than fixed landline connections so this might prove a problem for a heavy user. You might get between 1-15GB per month allowance, as opposed to 40Gb or even unlimited use with a home connection. In addition speeds are lower with mobile broadband than with a fixed line. You would probably not see more than 1Mb per second with mobile as compared with 2-3 Mb per second over a fixed line connection.
There are six main mobile broadband providers in the UK which are Three Mobile, Orange, Vodafone, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, and O2, and each has transmitting masts in different locations across the country, so itís best to do a postcode check at the websites to see what their coverage is. Itís also best to get a money back guarantee included with a deal, just in case the service proves to be less than satisfactory for you.
If you already have a fixed line broadband connection at home you may be able to get a reduced rate from the same company for an add-on mobile package. Otherwise you can compare packages and prices on the internet, but a typical start-up package might be a SIM only deal that is available with Three, for example, with a download limit of 1GB at a cost of £7-50 per month, and you can change at any time after the first month. Vodafone offer up to 500Gb on a monthly basis for £7-50 which seems like a good deal. Even better for the regular broadband user though, might be T-mobileís offer of unlimited use provided you sign up to a 24 month contract at £10 per month. There are so many different deals on offer that it is probably necessary to check each one carefully to see which best meets your needs and your pocket.