Mobile broadband allows you to get onto the internet through your laptop, PC, tablet or phone without the need for a fixed landline (and the rental cost that comes with it) – plus you have the added benefit of being able to use it on the move. This is done through a Wi-Fi hotspot or a dongle.
You can get mobile broadband through a pay-as-you-go deal, a rolling one-month contract, or longer plans and packages; they all vary as to their gigabyte (GB) allowance.
To give you a rough idea of what this means, 3GB should allow you to send 3,000 basic emails, surf the web for 30 hours or download 15 four-minute videos or 96 four-minute music tracks.
4G offers a more genuine alternative to the landline, with speeds rivalling those you can get at home. However, the 4G range is still extremely limited, so most of us will be unable to get it. It is also very expensive, as there are only a handful of suppliers on the market at the moment, so there is limited competition to drive prices down.
Each mobile broadband company has masts located all over the UK, so it's important that whichever company you choose, you know that it is going to offer you a good reception in the areas where you would want to use it. Make sure to run a postcode check at your chosen provider's website to check the coverage where you live, where you go out and socialise and even on your daily commute into work.
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