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The Pros And Cons Of Mobile Internet Connections

Jesse Schwarz July 21, 2014
Mobile Internet Connections

Mobile Internet Connections

If you are considering the idea of using a mobile broadband connection to access the Internet, or you would just like to know more about the pros and cons of mobile Internet connections, this article has been written specifically for you.  There are some major differences when you compare other, more common forms of broadband (such as DSL and cable) to mobile broadband.  Let’s talk about some of these differences and take a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages you will discover.

Mobile Broadband is Cost-Efficient

Believe it or not, mobile connections may be cost efficient.  Since those using a mobile connection don’t have to pay typical land line charges, a mobile connection may in some instances cost you less than DSL or cable.  For instance, a typical cable connection is somewhere around $50.00 a month — that is money you can put back in your pocket.  Many companies are now charging flat fees for unlimited use.  If this type of program is available to you, compare prices to determine which is more cost effective.

Mobile Broadband is Convenient

Another pro is that you will be able to get online from just about any location — literally anywhere you can use a cell phone. This makes using the Internet easy even when you are moving around.  It doesn’t matter if you are in the car, taking a walk, at work or in a cafe — you can use your mobile connection to access the world-wide-web to check your emails, read your Tweets, or look up an address.

Still another plus of using a mobile connection is there is literally no set up involved.  Today’s cell phones are usually designed with built-in Internet capacity.  You may have to take your phone into your neighborhood phone store to get activated or you may be able to get this done either on line or on the phone.  Once your phone is authorized you will be able to get online.  Another advantage is that you can connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable and then gain Internet accessibility on your laptop or desktop.   Be careful with this, however, if your mobile plan has usage caps.

Mobile Broadband Isn’t Necessarily Beneficial as Your Only Connection Solution

Remember we said that mobile connections may save you money?  Well, if you spend a lot of time online, mobile broadband may turn out to be more expense than a standard broadband connection. It is very important to review the packages that are available to you.  Mobile companies charge for usage, so if you spend a lot of time online your bill may be much higher than it would be for traditional service.

Try searching several mobile companies and look for those offering unlimited use packages.  However, keep in mind that if you use your unlimited connection for extremely bandwidth-hungry activities like streaming, and you are using up the available spectrum, your internet provider may throttle your connection.

Another con is that many mobile connections are slower than cable or DSL — although this is changing as 4G technology becomes more prevalent.  Mobile connections are great for browsing the Internet, reading and sending emails, checking social sites and other day-to-day routines.  When your mobile connection has a slower data transfer rate, downloading large files will take much longer than you are probably used to.  If you work with very large amounts of data, or you upload or download video and/or audio files, you may be disappointed with a mobile connection. Check out available speeds with different mobile providers because connection speeds are increasing rapidly.

The bottom line is that there are both pros and cons of mobile Internet connections.  Certainly mobile Internet appears to be the wave of the future. A mobile connection is tremendous for getting online from practically anywhere at any time.  The cost of a mobile connection is coming down and connection speeds are going up. Take a look at your individual situation and do your homework.  It may be that a mobile Internet connection is perfect for you!

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Guest author Jesse Schwarz enjoys keeping up with technology and helping consumers understand their options.  He recommends www.highspeed-internet-providers.com as a helpful educational resource.

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