Many of us have toyed with the idea of getting a mobile broadband solution instead of our home broadband solution. However, it’s not a fact that you have to choose between a fixed line ADSL and fibre optic broadband connection and mobile broadband. You could go for both. “Why would you want to?” I hear you say. The main reason is that you have increased flexibility. The phone contracts that we have on our smartphones offer a certain amount of data, but often we find that we use it up or we have excessive data costs.
Reason No. 1 – Flexibility
The flexibility of mobile broadband is excellent. We can choose a pay-as-you-go contract, a rolling one-month contract, or even a long-term 12-month, 18, or 24-month contract. Each of the options provides different benefits and is suited for different types of user.
Reason No. 2 – Portability
When we have a Vodafone Dongle we can plug it in to our device and move around our home, we can jump on a train, and can even go abroad and use the same connection. The portability of mobile broadband sets it way ahead of fixed line broadband for many consumers and it makes it a must for those consumers who travel a lot.
Reason No. 3 – For the Speed of Connectivity
4G connectivity is rolling around the UK with Everything Everywhere already hitting 50% of the UK population. 3G has hit 99% of the population and we should expect 4G to do likewise. 4G connections are ten times as fast as 3G connections and enable people to do things much faster than ever before on mobile broadband.
Reason No. 4 – A Choice: Vodafone Dongle or MiFi Device
We now have more selection in terms of hardware used to connect through Vodafone or any other broadband provider. We can choose a dongle and use it as a modem for one device or we can choose a Wi-Fi hotspot or MiFi device in order to connect up to five devices simultaneously. In the future no doubt we’ll see the ability to connect as many devices as we want to our mobile broadband connection.
Reason No. 5 – Coverage
As we’ve seen the coverage available on mobile broadband is excellent at around 99% of the population which is comparable to ADSL. Fibre optic broadband only covers around 60% of the UK and therefore consumers are more limited in their choice of fibre optic broadband than they are with other solutions such as ADSL and mobile broadband.
Reason No. 6 – Increasing Data Allowances
We have seen an increase in the amount of data that consumers can use on mobile broadband packages. It used to be the case that 250MB was a lot in terms of mobile broadband but nowadays some providers will give you 250MB for free. Indeed, you can now get connections that have up to 20GB of data allowance and you don’t have to pay the earth for it to. On our smartphones on Everything Everywhere, you can get 20GB of data for £71 per month. This is expensive but you have got to consider that you’re also paying for the smartphone, talk time and text messages too. With these terms, the data costs have come down and the allowances have gone up.
Reason No. 7 – Overseas Flexibility
We now have selection packages that enable us to travel overseas and use our mobile broadband connections. We obviously can’t take our fixed broadband connection overseas but with a Vodafone dongle or Orange device, we can connect in Spain, in France, and even in Greece. We have to be wary of the data costs and ensure that we are signed up for the relevant package but this can be a real benefit if you want to check your e-mail and do a little bit of surfing when we are abroad.
Reason No. 8 – A Developing Infrastructure
We are going to see mobile broadband develop fast over the coming year as there is an investment ethos in the industry. We’re going to see more and more of the top providers offering 4G connectivity with Vodafone, O2, and Three Mobile currently investing heavily in their networks. These companies spent upwards of £4 Billion in the Ofcom auction for the 4G spectrum and this ethos of investment really is going to drive speeds faster.
Reason No. 9 – A Great Backup
With the flexibility of mobile broadband it’s possible to use it as backup to our home broadband connections or for when we are out on the go. You no longer need to use your smartphone contract, you can use a device and just credit when you need to with the amount of data that you need. If you go travelling to hotels a lot on business, a pay-as-you-go contract may suffice for all of your out of home needs and of course you can jump on Wi-Fi hotspots as well and so you may not need a massive amount of data.
Reason No. 10 – The Customer Service
The customer service on mobile broadband providers tends to be much better than on fixed line broadband connections. People are often distraught with the service they’ve received from companies such as Tesco, Cable and Wireless and AOL whereas the service levels from companies such as Vodafone, O2, Three, and Everything Everywhere tend to be much better as seen in the reviews and forums. If you value speaking to UK staff, having a good online interface and gaining quick responses to your queries, then mobile broadband may be a better solution than fixed line broadband.
So there you have it, a look at 10 top reasons why you should choose mobile broadband. It’s not necessarily the best solution as your primary connection at the moment, but it’s certainly a good solution as a secondary and backup solution. Over the next couple of years, we’re going to see the speeds and integrity of the networks get better and better. We’ve already seen mobile broadband develop a spectrum that’s specifically for indoors to tackle the problem of indoor connectivity.
The future is bright for mobile broadband and fixed line broadband had better watch out.
Sam Jones sister asked him why he chose the Vodafone dongle. He was able to show her why by pointing out the comparisons on sites like uSwitch.