It used to be the case that mobile broadband was hardly operational in the suburbs of major cities no matter rural areas.  You would buy your dongle and end-up disappointed by the level of service received.  Nowadays, the picture seems to be changing. 

Powerful Mobile Broadband

The mobile broadband available to consumers has really becomet powerful.  We thought it was impressive when 3G internet connectivity provided over 1MBps connections, but now with 4G arriving, we have connections up to 14.4MBps.  The reality is that connections don’t reach this speed because of loss of signal over distance and interference, but you can still gain pretty impressive speeds routinely around 2MBps.

With LTE and other technologies we can get potential 100MBps and even 1GBps connection downloads—these higher levels of the future, as 4G has just started rolling out, but certainly there are ambitious plans for the development of the mobile networks.

What can you do now on mobile networks?

Mobile phones in the old days were just for talking and texting. Then you were able to browse and receive e-mail.  Now, with the fourth generation of mobile broadband, we’re able to stream movies, video chat, and do multi-player gaming.  We’re able to complete just about any task that we would be able to do on our tablets and laptops through fixed broadband.

A Look at Some Providers

The mobile broadband market is filled with options.  You have Orange Mobile Broadband, Three Mobile Broadband, Vodafone Mobile Broadband, and many more companies. 

How do you check reception?

You can check the reception you’ll be able to get in different locations by going on to any of the operators and doing a postcode checker.  These will be anonymous and all you’ll need to do is type in your postcode, click start, and you’ll receive the kinds of connections you will get through the mobile network operator.  Often these are presented through heat maps of the strength of service, demonstrating whether you are likely to get 2G, 3G, or 4G connectivity in the area you have pinpointed.

The Dongles

Normally, mobile broadband is through a dongle that plugs in to your mobile device.  It will connect via your USB port much like the memory flash devices of the past.  With tablets, you can often connect by putting in a sim card if it is compatible.  With smartphones, you get online simply by booting up your phone and enabling connectivity.

The Future

The future of mobile broadband looks bright.  With increasing speeds, more and more people are going to choose mobile broadband over fixed broadband options, or to complement what they do in their homes with their fixed broadband.

Getting online and being powerfully connected on the move is becoming increasingly important in business and increasingly possible in our leisure time.