Best Mobile Broadband Guide
What makes the best mobile broadband deal? This is usually down to a number of factors and those factors may also differ in importance depending on the customer. There are many deals currently available, but with a bit of research, you should be able to find a package that suits you.
Here at Broadband Expert we have brought together some of the best deals on the market for you to compare. However, before you start looking, we’ve put together a list of factors to consider while adding up the pro’s and con’s of each package.
Download Limits: Pick a download limit that is in line with your browsing habits. Light users who check email, download the odd music track and use social networks, will find a monthly download limit of around 2Gb to be enough. However, heavier users will need a higher download limit. The current highest broadband limit offered by a provider is 15Gb by Three. If your monthly usage exceeds even that, then you may be better off with an unlimited mobile broadband deal.
Coverage: Figures from Ofcom show that there is currently 99.7% coverage from mobile networks in the UK. However for people in rural areas, it maybe patchy. Use our coverage checker to see how strong the signal is in your area. If you want super fast 4G connection, bear in mind that the service is currently restricted to cities and large towns.
Introductory rates: Several packages offered by the main providers have special introductory rates incorporated into them. Currently one of the most popular deals gives you half price monthly fees for three months. However, one should be aware of how much your package will cost you after this introductory period expires.
Signing-on costs: When you sign-on for a mobile broadband deal, you may find that there are some upfront costs attached. This can be anything from purchasing a wireless card or dongle, to equipment delivery costs or set-up fee. Therefore, always check for these extra costs before signing up for anything.
Free items: You may find that some companies offer ‘sweeteners’ to encourage you to sign up to their packages. These often take the form of supplying free dongles, wifi hotspot access, monthly payment discounts or free equipment delivery.
Contracts: Just take a quick look at some of the latest deals on Broadband Expert and you’ll find several lengths of contract. Companies offer 12, 18 and 24 month contracts for mobile broadband. You will also notice that the longer contract you sign up for, the more perks you’ll receive, such as free broadband dongles.