5 Tips for Choosing the Right Wireless Provider

With the increasing popularity of mobile broadband we have access to a handful of advanced mobile broadband devices such as wireless and USB modems, Pocket WiFi, Smartphones and touch screen tablets. In order for you to have internet access these devices need to be connected to a fast, reliable 3g or 4g network.

Before you commit to a lengthy wireless broadband contract, make sure you spend some time investigating certain elements that could affect your internet browsing experience. Below are 5 tips that will help you choose the right wireless broadband supplier:

Network Coverage

Not all telecommunication providers offer extensive network coverage. Some areas  (especially those that are rural) offer limited or no coverage meaning you will have no service or  a poor signal., resulting is very slow download and upload speeds. Visit the websites of major network providers to explore maps of their coverage areas. Match these locations to your home and place of work and if you have limited coverage in your area investigate an alternative network provider.

Data Costs

The good news is that the cost of data has dropped considerably in recent times, however certain suppliers are still charging astronomical fees for data usage. You are looking for a plan with value for money.  Take some time to do a price comparison table as spending double on data costs is not a necessity. Access your peak and off peak usage and compare this to charges provided.

Unmetered services

Some providers offer unlimited use of sites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, FourSquare & LinkedIn. If you are a social networking fanatic then it will be very beneficial to investigate what free usage is available on each network.

Set-up costs

Always read the fine print to ensure that there are no hidden set up costs. Some providers will charge you a call out fee to install hardware at your home or workplace.

Network speed

As with coverage, network speed varies between providers and also between broadband solutions. (such as prepaid mobile broadband, GPRS, devices that support 3G broadband etc). Compare advertised speeds between providers to ensure you aren’t left at snail’s pace.

After careful research and planning you will be able to match your requirements to a suitable network and in no time you’ll have access to internet on the go.


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  1. I can’t agree more, that network coverage is the first, and foremost consideration regarding getting a prepaid phone. Take the MVNO Tracfone for example; you can choose which network type you belong to, by choosing a specific phone. If you choose the wrong one, then you will probably have a bad experience. I stay pretty rural as the author would say, and I found the CDMA network to work best for me.

  2. Firstly; prepaid is seriously the only realistsic modern day option. Well…if you were at all interested in not wasting money, and feathering the pockets of greedy post paid companies. And I’m glad to see prepaid bastions like tracfone developing, and also entering the ‘more serious’ phone market with their straight talk devision. I’m still waiting for them to offer more smart phones, then I too might be convenced they are the first option.

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