Mobile Broadband Unlimited
As more people are enjoying the benefits of mobile broadband the amount they are using it is also increasing, particularly with more and more of us downloading films, music and using services such as VoIP. The data allowance limits that were once fine for the occasional use required by most people are now no longer enough for the many of us. As a result there’s a growing trend of consumers for unlimited mobile broadband access similar to that of the unlimited services available through fixed line broadband connections. Although unlimited mobile broadband deals are still quite new the option of accessing the internet using either the mobile providers’ 3G networks or the more popular Wi-Fi connection is becoming increasingly available.
What are the options for unlimited mobile broadband deals?
There are two ways currently available to access unlimited mobile broadband the first of which is through the 3G network of the mobile phone provider, although this facility is currently extremely limited and only available through certain providers. The other method of unlimited mobile broadband access is through using Wi-Fi services either through home or office-based routers with this capability or using Wi-Fi hotspots that can be found throughout the country. The advantage of using the 3G network method for mobile broadband unlimited access is that access to the internet is available throughout the country although as very few providers offer this service it may be hard to find. The Wi-Fi alternative is currently available through far more providers for unlimited mobile broadband, although it is only available in locations where there is a capable router or hotspots and this may be a limiting factor.
Who are unlimited plans suitable for?
Most of the mobile broadband packages come with download limits of anything up to 15GB, which is fine for most users of the service. As the heavy users begin to make more use of this kind of service, however, and technology advances to accommodate it the unlimited download mobile broadband service will become an increasingly necessary option. The users most likely to take advantage of unlimited mobile broadband are business users and residential users who want a viable alternative to a fixed line connection that can also be used when they are out and about. Business users can use unlimited mobile broadband deals to allow them access to the internet from a variety of locations but will also allow them to download large amounts of data and stream media or video conference when necessary. Residential users, on the other hand can use their unlimited mobile broadband service to access the internet in locations where there is limited or no fixed-line broadband access and will have the same advantage of unlimited internet access that regular fixed-line broadband users currently enjoy, although the connection speeds will be slower accessing this service.
Although unlimited mobile broadband access is not widely available at the moment due to the limits of each providers network this will soon change as the mobile network providers upgrade their network and gain greater bandwidth allowing them to handle the huge amounts of data that providing unlimited mobile broadband will create.
Fair usage policies in the UK and word of caution
Sadly not all UK unlimited mobile broadband plans are truly unlimited. Many providers will advertise a plan as having no download limits but the small print applies a fair usage policy or in other words a download limit! This is something that applies to both fixed and mobile plans. You can read more about this in our blog post on fair usage policies and what to look out for. If you are looking for the best deal to suit your needs check the small print and use our comparison tables and reviews to help make sure you don’t get hit by any nasty surprises!