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A First Timers Guide to Mobile Broadband

If you aren’t particularly tech savvy, the term “mobile broadband” may not mean much to you. However, it is likely that you have had at least some experience with it. When you purchase a computer or modern smartphone, there is usually a Wi-Fi card built into the unit. This allows you to surf the Internet wirelessly from the device and is in fact, how most people use the Internet these days. However, another method of accessing the Internet is via the aforementioned mobile broadband, which is simply a marketing term created by wireless carriers because they didn’t want to use the simple words “Internet Access.” Mobile broadband was first launched in 2002, with a standard for all GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) put in place in 2008.

You may notice that you can access the Internet on your smartphone without even having the Wi-Fi enabled on the device. This is because your phone has a broadband plan that allows you to surf the Internet. All mobile carriers have their own broadband plan. You can find out the specific coverage areas by contacting your local carriers.

As for computers, the principal is the same. You may have noticed that if you don’t have a wireless router set up in your home, accessing the Internet can be a hassle. Maybe you cruise from cafe to cafe, searching for a location that offers that attractive “free Wi-Fi” advertisement. It’s also likely you spend time searching wireless accounts around your home neighbourhood, hoping to find one that isn’t password protected. The good news is that mobile broadband isn’t just for phones. You can purchase a mobile broadband card from a specific carrier which plugs directly into the USB or modem port on your computer. Once plugged in, there is no hassling with a router or encryptions: you are ready to surf the net.

Convenience and quick access to the Internet are major selling points to mobile broadband. However, like any service, there are drawbacks as well. Because there are so many mobile broadband carriers, the quality can vary from company to company. Some carriers may have more limited service areas than others, and some might have hardly any viable service areas at all. You’re obviously going to want a broadband plan that offers extensive coverage. The price for broadband plans and cards will also vary from carrier to carrier, so it’s important to find out as much information as possible before you sign up or buy that card. Mobile carriers offer various broadband plans. Whether you are extremely budget conscious, or you have the means to splurge on an extended plan, your mobile carrier should have a plan that fits your needs and budget.

All in all, mobile broadband is an ideal choice over the standard wireless because it eliminates a lot of the hassle, such as a router and user account setup. As this service is so quick and user-friendly, this helps makes it ideal for the less technologically inclined out there. All you need to do is purchase a card or plan and you will be surfing the Internet in no time.

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