Let’s imagine an action flick scenario: someone is chasing you, your car has just broken down and on top of that you are pretty lost. You call the police and they say that they are on their way. Great. But instead of running off to the woods, you can just use an online map which would tell you where you are and where can you go.
How, you ask? Simple – with a little help from mobile broadband.
Using internet on the go has become widely popular, you probably see people stuck to their smartphone or tablet screens the whole time, reading the news and downloading apps. That’s because they all have access to the web via their handsets.
Pretty cool, huh?
All major operators in the UK such as EE, O2 and Three (3) can sort you out with smashing mobile broadband deals
. This can be either included in your contract through your monthly payment or a data allowance given to you when you top up. Easy as pie.
Also there is another option – suppliers such as Three offer a mobile broadband dongle, which you can pop into your laptop for web access. This type of device is called Mi-Fi as it’s somewhat of a hybrid between a Wi-Fi hotspot and mobile broadband. It can be a life-saver for businesspeople who constantly travel and need to be connected 24/7. Yes, even when they sleep.
Why do I need mobile internet?
Let’s go back to our imaginary action flick scenario. Once you’ve located where you are, you can use an array of web-based apps, Skype in this case, and call a friend who happens to live nearby. In a nutshell, mobile broadband
is like sitting in front of a computer – but you don’t have to be glued to a chair in order to use it. These days it’s just handy to have portable access to the web, and it doesn’t matter if your daily routine looks like a movie script or not.
What’s this I hear about 3G and 4G?
We’re glad you asked. These numbers stand for third generation and fourth generation – these are merely mobile broadband
types. 4G is faster and more reliable, so it's worth an upgrade if you have a compatible smartphone.
Keen mobile broadband users will tell you that the standard 3G connection can be relatively slow when compared to fixed line internet (the one you’ve got at home) and at times the speeds can be so measly that the service may become unusable. This especially applies if you reside in a rural or remote location.
If you have a question about portable internet or want to know more about dongles, or even go crazy and purchase one, why not give us a buzz or have a look through our website?
If you want to keep your laptop or Wi-Fi iPad connected on the move, then we've got the best mobile broadband
deal for you. There are a range of cost-effective options available and there's no need to have "yet another contract to think about" if you take a mobile broadband pay-as-you-go deal
All of the UKs mobile networks offer mobile broadband connections so there's plenty to choose from; taking a deal from EE or O2 also entitles you to a discounted home broadband service (at their best price if you live in their network reach), so you can get even better value. If you're not sure which option to go for, then give our friendly experts a call. Their advice is free, impartial and available 7 days a week.