Mobile Broadband – Avoiding Unexpected Charges

For people who are constantly on the go, mobile broadband is becoming an increasingly popular way to access the Internet.  The mobile broadband market, however, is still relatively new, and it can be difficult to wade through the wealth of charges and price plans that are out there.  Uneducated users can end up with excessive charges way above and beyond what they thought they were paying for.  In spite of this, there are various measures you can take to ensure you’re not lumbered with unexpected mobile broadband charges.

If you opt for a pay monthly mobile broadband contract, then you will have a limit to the amount of data you can use each month.  While some network providers merely slow your connection speed down if you exceed your usage allowance, others will have a fixed charge per MB you go over.  With some networks, this can be as much as £15.  If you have a pay monthly contract, always use the application on your computer to keep track of how much data you’re using to avoid unexpected charges.

It’s much simpler to keep track of how much you’re spending with a pay as you go mobile broadband contract, simply ‘topping up’ your data whenever you need it.  You can spend as much ‘topping up’ as you can afford.  Bear in mind though that, if you opt for this type of contract, you will have to pay for your 3G dongle, which could be as much as £60, and the data you purchase usually expires within 30 days.

Improving the Speed of Your Mobile Broadband

Mobile broadband gives us the opportunity to access the Internet wherever we are. With the simple addition of a 3G dongle to our laptops we can access website, send emails and download music tracks and videos at any time and any place.  While, generally, mobile broadband offers very high speeds, there are some factors which can cause it to slow down.  Here are some tips to improve the speed of your mobile broadband.

The speed of your mobile broadband is determined by the capacity of your network.  If you are struggling with speeds, then you could consider changing your network.  In the UK, Vodafone offers the best mobile broadband speeds, followed by 3, with O2, Orange and T-Mobile supporting the lowest speeds.  But no matter how fast a speed your network can support, it means nothing if your 3G dongle is not capable of supporting those speeds.  Upgrading to a high speed dongle can improve your mobile broadband speeds.

One of the major factors affecting mobile broadband speed is the strength of the signal you receive from your network.  You signal strength will be indicated on your computer.  The lower your signal, the slower your speed will be.  Also, to get the highest mobile broadband speeds, you need to be in a 3G area.  In some cases, you can improve your signal strength by sitting closer to a window or by using a USB extension cable to attach your 3G dongle to your laptop.