Want mobile broadband, but ain’t sure which provider would be the best one for you to go with or only need it for a short time? Then a one-month contract deal could be for you - read on to find out which providers do them.
Well-known mobile networks O2, Orange and Three offer one-month mobile broadband contracts. If you want to try out each network before committing to a long contract, only need mobile broadband temporarily or simply don't want to commit to a long contract, a one-month mobile broadband contract could be just the job for you.
Which networks offer one-month mobile broadband deals?
O2 offers a one-month broadband contract with a 1GB data allowance. Bear in mind you'll have to pay a one-off fee for the dongle, although it'll only set you back £10.21, but take this into account when comparing the cost of O2's one-month deal compared with those offered by other networks.
Orange offers three different 30-day mobile broadband contracts, which offer download allowances of 500MB, 2GB or 5GB. With the 500GB and 2GB deals there's a one-off payment for the dongle - £10 with the former and £5 with the latter, so take include that when comparing the cost of one-month mobile broadband deals.
Three offers rolling one-month mobile broadband plans in a variety of flavours - in the form of a standard mobile broadband dongle, with a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and on a sim-only basis. It also offers a range of data allowances - 1GB, 5GB and 10GB.
Which mobile broadband contract is right for you?
While one-month mobile broadband gives you flexibility, a long-term mobile broadband plan is likely to cost you less in the long run.
However, although committing to an 18 or even 24-month contract might seem like a good deal right now, in a year it will be a waste of money if you're not using it as much. There's also a good chance you'll be able to get cheaper plans with bigger data allowances long before you're out of contract too.
So, if you're not sure how long you'll need mobile broadband, but think that you could get better value from a longer contract, or want to be able to switch to a better deal when you see one, a 12-month mobile broadband contract is a good compromise.
Basically, the length of contract you go for depends on why you want mobile broadband for. If you're only going to need it temporarily or simply don't want to tie yourself down to a long contract, you should consider both one-month and pay-as-you-go mobile broadband.
What mobile broadband data allowance should you get?
If you choose a one-month mobile broadband contract you should be aware that, as with any mobile broadband plan, it will have a data allowance. With one-month mobile broadband, the data allowance will expire either when you've used it or when the contract runs out - whichever comes first.
Mobile networks will generally let you know when you're getting close to using up your data allowance. Depending on the plan you have, when you've run out data and try to go online you will either be asked to pay to add more data to your plan or you'll automatically be charged a set amount for each megabyte you use.
So, think about what you're doing online to make sure you don't use up your month's data allowance in a couple of days and end up having to pay extra - most networks let you see how much data you've used online.