If you've heard of mobile broadband but aren't quite sure what it is, this beginner's guide will help you understand and perhaps help you decide whether mobile broadband is right for you.
Mobile broadband is simply a way of getting on the internet through your laptop, computer or tablet - on the move. This could be via a Wi-Fi hotspot or dongle.
With mobile broadband you can stay connected on the move, sending emails, web surfing and - depending on your package - even watching TV programmes online through services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer.
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With mobile broadband you can connect to the internet without being at home.
So, mobile broadband performs a very similar role to your normal fixed-line broadband connection at home.
However, mobile broadband has one massive advantage - you can connect to the internet anywhere that has a 3G mobile phone signal, allowing you to get online on the go.
How does mobile broadband work?
Mobile broadband uses the mobile phone network to connect you to the internet.
While mobile phones once seemed strange and new compared to home phone landlines, we soon got used to using them to make calls, even send text messages and now surf the net.
The situation is the same with mobile broadband - it may seem strange to connect to the internet without cables, but ultimately we use it in exactly the same way.
Advantages of mobile broadband
It's perfect for technophobes - you just plug in the mobile broadband dongle and you're online in a couple clicks.
It's suitable for everyday use - mobile broadband is ideal for anyone who uses the internet for browsing, emailing and a little downloading.
Unlimited mobile broadband
Some mobile networks offer 'unlimited' broadband deals, meaning you won't have a set download limit restricting how much you can surf, stream and download each month.
However, just as with fixed-line home broadband products, an unlimited service doesn't necessarily mean you can use as much data as you like.
Most providers still have a fair usage policy in place. This means if you're a heavy downloader and repeatedly breach the fair usage guidelines by consuming massive amounts of data, you may be penalised with extra charges or even disconnected by your provider.