What is Mobile Broadband?
Mobile broadband works by connecting to a mobile network, and sending data through 3G or 4G (or 5G) services, using precisely the same method that is used for receiving internet on your smartphone. Normal broadband on a fixed line is delivered through the medium of cables.
The types of mobile broadband are:
- A personal Wi-Fi device
- In-Car Wi-Fi
- Data Only SIM cards
A little thumb-sized gadget that plugs into the USB port of your computer and connects it to the internet.
Also known as a portable hotspot, this is a tiny device that acts as a mini router. Turn it on, and it'll connect to 4G, and broadcast Wi-Fi so you can hook up your computer, tablet, or phone whilst you are out and about.
A unique Wi-Fi device intended to plug into a car. Perfect for streaming music on your phone on a long journey.
Working in the same way as SIM cards for your mobile phone, with the exception of a data allowance with no calls or texts. Put one in the SIM card slot of certain iPads and tablets, and it'll get it online.
Advantages of mobile broadband
The most important advantage of mobile broadband is that it is portable. As long as you have your Wi-Fi device, or dongle, you can pop it in your bag, and as long as you have 4G signal, you are good to go and browse the internet as you usually would. Just be aware that you will in all likelihood experience stricter limits on downloads, and slower speeds than fixed broadband.