Using Your Mobile Broadband Overseas

If you’re wondering whether your mobile broadband will work abroad, you should understand that some mobile internet tariffs have a block on them, so that you can only use them within the United Kingdom.

In particular, this is often the case with pay as you go arrangements. But if this block doesn’t apply with your deal, you can go online wherever you happen to be in the world, as long as your mobile broadband provider has an agreement with the country you are visiting. This use of going online on your laptop outside Britain is generally known as ‘roaming’.

The good news is that prices have come down in recent years, particularly in EU countries, where they are cheaper than elsewhere. There are new laws in place to cap how much your bill can be – once you’ve spent around 50 Euros you will be cut off, unless you have another arrangement in place in advance.

And you should be able to use your dongle or card abroad. But be aware of what you will be charged before you travel, as rates are not always cheap.

If you’re looking for mobile broadband deals, for use at home or overseas, check out what we have to offer at UK Mobile Broadband Deals, whether you want to pay as you go or pay monthly mobile broadband bills. We also let you know which providers are offering free laptops!

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A Checklist for Comparing Mobile Broadband Deals

If you want to work out which mobile broadband deals are worth your while and which aren’t, there are a handful of important factors to consider. Before you decide on a package make sure it suits you in all these areas:

-    Bandwidth. This is your download limit. If you’re going to be watching streaming video and downloading games and movies, aim for at least 5GB per month. VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services like Skype can eat up a lot of bandwidth too. Check what happens if you accidentally exceed the limit.

-    Coverage. Different providers cover different areas. For example, Orange mobile broadband covers 94% of the UK population at home. 3’s broadband-capable network covers about 98% but some other providers cover as little as 80%. That may or may not be important depending on where you spend your time and how much you travel outside major cities.

-   Devices. Does the package come with a free laptop, an iPad, or at least a dongle? This is only really a concern if you don’t already have a mobile broadband device but there are some very tasty free laptops, tablets and netbooks available with certain mobile broadband deals.

-    Budget. Consider what you can afford and how long a contract you’re willing to sign. It’s also worth weighing up the pros and cons of monthly billing against pay as you go.

There are all kinds of mobile broadband deals available to suit all kinds of people. No matter what your needs are, you’ll be able to find the perfect one right here.