Welcome to the future my friends and we are all going mobile. Yes after years of complaining that the internet is keeping us all in doors and that our kids are failing to recognize that there were clouds before cloud, we are now all grabbing our smart phones and tablets and heading for the hills. The great outdoors is beckoning us and we are powerless to avoid its pull. Mobile broadband has arrived and we can now get our online fix wherever and whenever we please.
- Not all mobile broadband suppliers are the same, some are better than others and you want to be connected to the best ones. Look for customer surveys and awards before you sign on the dotted line because contract lengths are long and you really don’t want to be left out in the cold with a supplier that isn’t performing.
- Check coverage and whether you are going to get a signal where you want to. Just like with mobile telephones there are a lot of dead areas that will not allow you to connect to mobile broadband (the Danish term is mobilt bredbånd). So think about where you are most likely to be using the service and check to see if your favored supplier can get you online when you are in this area. Again different suppliers are better in different areas so you might be a little stuck on choice if you are in one of the not so hot spots.
- This is still a relatively new technology and it is getting better all the time. There are still, however, some teething problems and things go wrong from time to time. Therefore, you want a supplier that has a good customer service reputation, because you might need them more often than you think. If you are paying for a service then you want it to work so the better the service department the more likely you are to get problems ironed out and be back online.
- Think about how much time and work you do online and decide how much data and bandwidth you need. Tariffs generally grow in price when you are asking for more speed and greater amounts of data download. So if you are a light user then start with a cheaper package. It is always better to start small and grow rather than start at the top and try and lower your bill, as for some reason suppliers tend to be happier selling you a bigger package than taking the time to reduce your bill.
- Think about how long you are going to be using the deal you have as it is a general rule that the longer you sign up for, the cheaper the monthly bill will be. However, bear in mind that this is still a relatively new thing and like everything prices tend to fall as things become more common and competition increases. So whilst it might seem like a good idea to sign up for years in advance and save some cash, you might find that after 12 months you are left holding a red herring.