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.