About mobile broadband
Mobile broadband is the technology used to connect your laptop or tablet to the internet using the mobile phone networks rather than using Wi-Fi or wireless broadband. The connection is usually made with a USB device called a dongle which plugs into your laptop and connects you to the mobile network. The mobile networks use 3G or 4G technology to deliver mobile broadband speeds typically ranging from 2Mbs to 6Mbs for 3G connections and 6Mbs to 20Mbs for 4G connections.
Using Broadband Expert to compare deals
Broadband Expert compares mobile broadband deals from the major providers including Vodafone, EE, 3 and T-Mobile. Have a look through our comparison table and check coverage in your area before deciding which option is right for you. If you don’t need to download lots of data like movies and games or only need occasional access then consider 3G packages for a cheap mobile broadband deal or a pay as you go deal. If you do intend to use this as your main internet connection or to download lots of data then a faster 4G connection may be a better option but is more expensive.
Our mobile broadband guides
With so many different options and confusing terminology it can be difficult to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of different providers, packages and technologies. Do you need unlimited data and 4G or will 3G be sufficient? What about providers offering free laptops with mobile broadband? What are the pros and cons of using your mobile broadband connection when you are abroad? Our guides and our FAQs take you through all you need to know before making a purchase.