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Mobile Broadband

What is Mobile Broadband?

Mobile broadband, commonly referred to as a hot spot, is a type of Internet connection that relies on cellular towers to provide high speed internet service. Cellular companies like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint provide their own mobile broadband solutions. However, these companies will also lease wireless spectrum to other companies so they can provide wireless Internet solutions of their own. The equipment used to provide the service ranges from a USB device that plugs into your computer to battery powered wireless routers. With a 3G connection, a user can expect download speeds of up to 1.5 mbps. Newer technology, like 4G LTE, can give users download speeds up to 8 mbps.

Benefits of Mobile Broadband

If you live an active lifestyle or have a career that requires you to be out in the field, mobile broadband gives you the flexibility to take your Internet source with you so you’re always connected. This is also very beneficial to people who are more nomadic and travel often.

Similar to fixed wireless broadband, mobile broadband features low latency. Because of the lower latency a user can enjoy interactive online activities like Skyping with family or playing Call of Duty online with friends through their gaming console.

If you live an active lifestyle or have a career that requires you to be out in the field, mobile broadband gives you the flexibility to take your Internet source with you so you’re always connected. This is also very beneficial to people who are more nomadic and travel often.

Fixed Wireless Internet

Mobile broadband providers usually offer a plethora of plans that can meet data and budgetary needs. With numerous options to choose from you can definitely find a plan that meets your individual needs.

Mobile Broadband Caps

Like satellite providers, mobile broadband plans feature data caps. While certain online activities like streaming videos and fast-twitch gaming work with a 4G LTE connection, this type of usage can be data intensive. If you exceed your data allowance then you will likely incur an overage charge. Overage charges usually range between $10-$15 for each gigabyte of data you use beyond your monthly allowance. While you won’t ever be without service, these overage charges can add up if you’re binge watching the latest Netflix series or consistently playing games online. Most of the time, your wireless broadband provider will send you a notification when you’re getting close to your data allowance.

Also, while mobile broadband doesn’t hinder you from only using service while at home, you’re not guaranteed to have the same access everywhere. As there are many different providers, their coverage zones vary as well. For example, in your area you might have a strong 4G LTE connection. However, if you travel to another city you might be stuck with a 3G connection. If this happens then you would experience slower speeds and data intensive online activities like streaming video would be difficult to use.

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