Selecting a broadband service is to some extent second nature now as most of the bigger companies bundle Internet access with one or more of their other services and generally, doing the math it just makes sense to go with one provider versus another. Mobile Broadband however is somewhat a different beast as due to the way in which it works, there are some restrictions inherent in your choices that are simply not there with regular broadband service. While Mobile Broadband deals abound, it is essential to ensure that your provider is able to meet your requirements for the service and not the other way around! Only then you can find the best broadband and phone deals.
Some networks unfortunately have a monopoly on access via specific devices. While it is unfortunate from a consumers point of view as choice is somewhat removed, it makes sense from the business’ side, as they are tying people into contracts based on the most popular hardware in the market. As they generally offer some fairly significant deals and discounts on these devices for new customers, it is almost a necessity. The iPhone is the most popular culprit in these cases as while it no longer rules as the only Smartphone, as a single device it still has the largest market share, far surpassing any phones running Android or other operating systems. If you are interested in an iPhone, you are somewhat restricted to the networks that offer this as while you can “jailbreak” it to work on other networks; this is never a good idea and could cause further issues down the line.
Any Mobile Broadband packages is only as good as the network it provides and if you are not able to receive a signal where you need it, then it is pretty useless to you! You need to ensure that the company you have selected for your Mobile Broadband service has good coverage in the areas that you are most likely to be using the service and not just in the urban centres. Most of the providers offer a map that you can use to give you some idea and if you already have an Internet enabled Smartphone on their network; you can use this to test their service also.
3. Pay As You Go or Contract
Mobile Broadband service like Mobile Phone service is available as both Pay as You Go (PAYG) or Contract. Each have different pluses and minuses that you need to consider, and keep in mind, as while PAYG is definitely more flexible – you pay for what you need and are not tied into a contract – the cost of data using this service is significantly higher than if you were to go the contracted route. In addition, any Mobile Broadband deals are generally reserved for new contract customers and these can be fairly substantial.
As mentioned above, depending upon the service you choose (PAYG or a monthly contract) you will be provided with a certain amount of data that you can use while accessing the Internet. It is absolutely essential that you choose a plan – up front – that provides you with enough of a buffer so that you do not exceed this allotment, as the price for more data can be considerable and not something that you want to incur unnecessarily
Price is always a key consideration and rightly so. Ensure that the package you select meets your budget and needs and while at first glance PAYG might seem cheaper, if you do choose a monthly contract you might actually be able to remove your home Internet connection when you get Mobile Broadband and achieve some significant savings in this fashion.
This article is written by Joe Linford. He writes on writes on behalf of consumer advice websites Broadband Genie and Office Genie. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.