New Guide to 3G iPad SIMs

We’ve added a new guide to the site today, on iPad 3G SIM cards.

We’re big fans of the iPad here at UK Mobile Broadband Deals, it’s a beautiful gadget and does the one thing that Apple does so well, makes us love something we never even knew we wanted. Apart from the lack of Flash support the browsing is second to none on a mobile device and downloading  music, video and apps over the air and playing them instantly still gets us excited.

Generally we still maintain that the best way to access mobile broadband on your iPad is via a mobile WiFi device like 3’s Mifi. It’s cheaper and mobile WiFi means  you can use multiple devices on the same connection and once iPad gets Face Time it’ll also mean you can use it for video conferencing on the move. But for some people the hassle of looking after and remembering a separate mobile WiFi device means the 3G version with it’s built in SIM card slot makes more sense for them.

So we’ve put together a simple guide on what to look for in a 3G iPad SIM deal with links to buy all the pay monthly deals on the market. There are actually some pretty good deals there, you can get basic access on a one month contract for £7.50 a month and 10gb of data on a one month contract for £15 a month. Those one month contracts actually mean the iPad SIM deals are at least as attractive as the best dongle deals available which is pretty good. There aren’t too many deals out there yet but we’re sure more will follow and we wouldn’t be surprised either if some of those offers get a bit more expensive closer to Christmas so now might be a good time to snap one up as once you have the deal you’ll stay on it even if they remove it for new customers.

Either way, if you’re interested in hooking up your 3G iPad, or even thinking about one for the future, why not check out our new 3G iPad SIM Card Deals guide now.

Is MiFi / Mobile WiFi the Future Of Mobile Broadband

We came across an interesting article in Business Week magazine today (you can see it online here). The author is a user of and big fan of mobile wifi (in fact, despite being US based he uses the exact same device available in the UK from Three Mobile Broadband).

Essentially he makes the argument that in today’s world, where many of us have multiple devices (laptops, smartphones, media players, etc) capabale of going online on the move, why should we pay for multiple data or mobile broadband subscriptions to use with each device? Isn’t it better to pay for one subscription or contract and use it for all your devices?

Well mobile wifi lets you do exactly that. The small device works like a mobile broadband dongle and connects to the Internet via the mobile networks but then creates a mobile wifi hotspot that you can conncet to with multiple devices. So no more need to pay a fortune for data charges on your wifi enabled mobile phone, or to have a seperate mobile broadband and mobile phone data contract. You can just share the connection, and the single bill, amongst any wifi enabled gadgets you have.

Although we love the simplicty of just connecting a dongle and being up and running, we do like mobile wifi a lot and it seems we’re not the only ones. Novatel who make the popular MiFi mobile wifi product just reported that year on year sales were up 85% and with the success of the wifi only iPad and likely huge Christmas sales to come for it we only expect those sales to keep rising. So it does beg the question, is mobile wifi the future of mobile broadband? What do you think?

You can check out all top mobile wifi contracts in the UK in our mobile wifi section.

Three Win Best Mobile Broadband Provider in Broadband Expert Awards

Very quick blog post today to update you on the results of some mobile broadband themed awards. Broadband site Broadband Expert announced today the winners of their awards for 2010 with some interesting mobile broadband news.

Three won the main award for best mobile broadband provider, which is based on customer ratings and feedback as well as mobile broadband speed tests.

Three were also successful in awards for best mobile broadband coverage and best free laptop with mobile broadband deals.

Vodafone mobile broadband won the award for fastest mobile broadband, just beating Three into second place with an average speed of 1.78Mbps compared to Three’s 1.76Mbps.

T-Mobile mobile broadband won the awards for best customer satisfaction and fairest pricing.

You can see the press release of these results on Broadband Expert’s site here and compare the best mobile broadband deals here.

UN Backing Mobile Broadband To Assist Millennium Development Goals

Wow, we felt a little bit humbled today when our trawl across the web for all things mobile broadband related came across this report on Computer Weekly.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) recently released a report calling for a much more rapid rollout of mobile broadband globally. So far, so expected you may think, it’s kind of in their interest to make calls like that but the really interesting thing is that the report has been picked up by no lesser a body than the UN who have echoed the call, called for access to broadband to be a universal human right and stated it can be a factor in helping to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (end poverty and hunger, universal education, gender equality, child health, maternal health, combat HIV/Aids, environmental sustainability and global partnership by 2015).

We can be a little narrowly focussed here at UK Mobile Broadband Deals. We love mobile broadband and like talking about it but we’re mostly preoccupied with mobile broadband in the UK, a well developed country with good access to telecommunications amongst other substantial benefits. It’s a little humbling to think how the same technology that we love over here could make a very real difference in helping to achieve such lofty goals elsewhere in the world.

90% of the world’s population will soon be within coverage of wireless networks and numerous economics studies have already shown how access to mobile phones can bring about substantial increases in quality of life in everything from access to medical information to helping to establish an efficient (i.e. none exploitative) market for locally sourced fishing and agriculture. That’s hugely powerful and makes a very real difference to the lives of hundreds of millions, or even billions of people but imagine what development opportunities access to proper mobile broadband could have. Especially when combined with the One Laptop Per Child programme. We wholeheartedly salute the UN on a topic we hadn’t perhaps given enough consideration to in the past and will certainly look to hold dear to our hearts in future.

How Many Mobile Broadband Users Are There Out There?

An interesting, if slightly obscure, bit of mobile broadband news today comes from the Australian Bureau of Statistics which claims that 36% of the active internet subscriptions in Australia are on mobile broadband, up from 31% at the end of December.

We’re, as you might have guessed from our site title, interested in mobile broadband in the UK, not Australia but seeing it in the news (yes we do like to check obscure tech news sites, I doubt it’s been reported on breakfast telly) made us wonder again just how many mobile broadband users there are out there in the UK. We love mobile broadband and will sing its praises to everyone but 36% does sound a very high number.

There was a report from our very own Office of National Statistics back in August that of the 38 million Internet Users in the UK, 45% have used the mobile internet to access the web but as this includes usage over mobile phones we don’t think this really counts. What we’re really interested in is how many people are using mobile broadband via a dongle or built into a laptop or tablet PC to properly access on the move.

We know the UK has one of the most advanced mobile broadband markets in the world. We’re physically a relatively small country with a high population density so generally have good 3G coverage in most places, plus we have the cheapest mobile broadband deals in Europe.

The GSM Association in January predicted that the numbers of mobile broadband users throughout Europe would double to 43 million by the end of next year with the UK continuing to lead the way. With some of the recent news from Ofcom allowing increased 3G signal strength and also an investigation into the 3G speeds being offered by our networks, plus the noises coming out of the EU about reserving more of the radio spectrum for mobile broadband services things certainly look rosy for the future of mobile broadband in the UK.

So whilst we can quite confidently predict some fast growth, the secrecy of the networks about their current sales and subscriber numbers mean that we can’t get an accurate figure of how many mobile broadband users there are out there are out there right now, which is a huge shame as the number of users on a given network will affect the speed they can serve so it would be an interesting data point to have. If any of you have any interesting facts on this please post them in the comments section.

Welcome To The New UK-Mobile-Broadband-Deals

Hello,

Welcome to the new blog on the new UK-Mobile-Broadband-Deals.com.

As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve visited this site before we’ve made some significant changes in relaunching the site. We’ve always strived to be a one stop shop showing you all the mobile broadband deals available in the UK and making it easy for you to find the right deal by presenting them in clear, simple to understand and compare tables.

The site has always worked well with this and has served its purpose over the last year but we want it to be more, so much more than that.

So today sees the launch of the new site, designed to be your one stop shop for everything mobile broadband related and the number one dedicated online resource in the UK for mobile broadband.

Here’s a brief overview of what we’ve added:

Mobile Broadband News: A new section designed to allow you to catch up on all the latest happenings in the world of mobile broadband. We’ll be featuring the latest stories around how the technology is developing and adapting as well as sharing the very latest deals in an ‘offers news’ section so you can quickly and easily see what’s new.

Mobile Broadband Guides: As well as helping you find the right deals we want to make sure we can answer any questions you may have on mobile broadband so we’ve put together a package of guides on everything from how to use a dongle for the first time to what to look for in a free laptop to what deals are compatible with Macs. We’ll be adding to this in the coming weeks and months and aim to build it into the leading mobile broadband information resource available anywhere.

Free Laptop Reviews: Free laptop deals are becoming an increasingly popular part of the mobile broadband world but it can be difficult to judge which laptop is right for you with the basic information often given by the networks. We now review every free laptop we feature and analyse what’s good, what’s bad and what to expect form each laptop to help make it much easier for you to decide which deal is right for you.

Blog: You’ve probably notice this already – if not, wake up you’re sleep reading :-) The blog is going to be our way of interacting with you. We’ll regular post on anything and everything of interest in the mobile broadband world from the latest deals to all the updates from the networks and the news stories we feature. We really want this to be an interactive mobile broadband forum so please comment on the stories and post your opinions.

New deals section: As mobile WiFi has become more popular, especially with the launch of the iPad, we thought it was about time we added a mobile WiFi deal section. There’s only Three and Vodafone selling these products so far but we’re confident it will grow in time. To make room in the tables we’ve also moved the mobile broadband coverage and speed section into the top navigation and added some more content there too. We’re also in the process of conducting our own exhaustive mobile broadband speed test around the country so stay tuned and watch out for a substantial update here as we report back on the fastest average speed we find in locations throughout the UK.

New homepage and navigation: With all this great new content we wanted to make sure it was as simple as possible to get to the information that was most important to you so we’ve completely redesigned our homepage so we can feature links to all the best information in one place and added more comprehensive navigation at the top of every page so you’re never more than a click or two from any part of our site.

More about us: We really value your trust as our users so we want to be as transparent as possible so we’ve added about us, privacy policy and earnings disclosure pages so you know more about us and can trust what we say.

A lot of time, effort and very hard work have gone into the new site and we’re really proud of the result. Please take a look around the sire and feel free to comment below or get in touch and let us know what you think. And look out for more blog posts from us in the very near future.

Enjoy, UKMBBD.