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.