Articles on the topic : Mobile Broadband For Laptops
Free Netbook Laptops With Built In Mobile Broadband
Free netbook laptops (mini laptops) with built in mobile broadband from the likes of Vodafone and Orange are proving popular packages as the credit crunch bites and recession looms.
Priced at just £25 a month and with no upfront payments required, these packages provide a low cost way to get online and are perfect for mobile use both in and outside of the home.
Vodafone’s package includes the free Dell Inspiron Mini Netbook laptop which weighs less than 1kg and includes access to broadband speeds up to 7.2Mb, coupled with a 1Gb monthly data allowance. The laptop has Windows XP and Microsoft Works installed, plus 1Gb of RAM and an expandable 16Gb hard drive.
The free Asus Eee PC 901 Netbook laptop package from Orange has just launched, offering built in mobile broadband speeds up to 1.8Mb with a 3Gb usage cap. Worth £349, it has a 16Gb hard drive and comes with Windows XP installed, plus a 2 year warranty.
Both netbooks are small, compact and have up to 8 hours of battery life – making them the ideal travelling companion for outdoor activities.
Find out more about these popular packages in our broadband free laptop review here.
Student Mobile Broadband – 3, T-Mobile, Vodafone
If you’re heading to college or University this month then student mobile broadband from the likes of 3, T-Mobile or Vodafone should be top on your shopping list.
Unlike fixed line broadband, you can take mobile broadband with you everywhere, whether its in student digs, at university, on holiday or back at home. Just plug the USB modem dongle into your laptop and you’ll be connected to the mobile internet in seconds.
There’s a range of cheap student mobile broadband deals available with prices starting from just £10 a month for dongle only packages with speeds up to 4.5Mb.
If you haven’t got a laptop there’s plenty of bundled mobile broadband dongle and free laptop packages on offer. Prices start from just £25 a month with the laptop yours to keep forever. These make excellent starter packs when you’re off to Uni.
You can find all the latest student deals in our Student Mobile Broadband comparison here.
Huge Growth In Mobile Broadband Dongle Sales
The UK is experiencing huge growth in mobile broadband sales and usage according to a recent report from Ofcom, the industry regulator.
Sales of mobile broadband dongles (USB modems & sticks) that plug into laptops and connect to the Internet have almost doubled from 69,000 to 133,000 a month between February and June 2008.
Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet and Entertainment at T-Mobile comments:
“The last year has seen mobile broadband take the Internet industry by storm. We’ve seen sales of mobile broadband devices soar 360% in the last 12 months and over 1 in 4 of our new customers are asking for mobile broadband.”
“New technologies like HSUPA as well as HSDPA mean that you can now get fast upload and download speeds on a laptop wherever you go.”
Richard continues, “More and more people have developed a need for being ‘always connected’ to online services which are important to them, whether it is on a laptop or on their phones.”
Mobile broadband packages from the likes of T-Mobile, 3 and Vodafone start from around £10 to £15 a month and include a free USB modem stick dongle and 3G broadband speeds up to 7.2Mbps.
Go to our Mobile Broadband comparison for more information on the packages available.
Brits Want Laptop Mobile Broadband On The Beach
A mobile broadband craze is sweeping the country this summer as internet addicted Brits demand constant access to the high-speed internet using their laptops.
Recent research by T-Mobile Broadband has found that broadband through laptops is now such an important part of everyday life that Brits want to be able to take it with them absolutely everywhere this summer – even to the beach!
Mobile Broadband Is The New Beach Must-Have
Just under half of us (44%) think we should have access to the internet anywhere in the UK, but many are still stuck with the constraints of a fixed line connection. The beach may be an unusual place to want access to the internet, but one fifth of those questioned most want mobile broadband here.
Surf & Sup In Pub Gardens Also In Demand
Brits also stated other prime summer locations such as the pub, park and garden as their most desired places to get online. A fresh-air loving 44% of us want to log on whilst relaxing in the back garden, 32% want to be able to dial-up whilst on holiday and 8% want to surf and sup in pub gardens.
Richard Warmsley, Head of Internet and Entertainment services at T-Mobile said: “Mobile broadband has reached a tipping point and is now hitting the mainstream. Last year our research showed that only 3% of office workers wanted to work from the beach: one year on, the latest figures show that a staggering 44% of us now want to use the internet on the go, and an incredible 21% would like to use it at the beach.”
Huge Shift In Mobile Broadband Consumer Opinion
The research signals a huge shift in consumer opinion around broadband services. Consumers are used to taking their laptops out and about with them and they now expect to be connected to the Internet – whether that’s in the garden, at the office or in the park.
Take a look at our T-Mobile Broadband review for further information on the packages they offer.
Mobile Broadband Dongles From Vodafone, T-Mobile & 3
You can now get free mobile broadband dongles from 3, Vodafone and T-Mobile.
Dongles is a collective term used to describe the USB modems or USB sticks that you place into the USB port on your laptop to enable wireless access to the internet at broadband speeds.
The dongle connects your laptop to the 3G broadband network of the mobile phone operator which means you can have mobile broadband access pretty much anywhere in the UK and Europe.
Therefore, you can use your laptop to surf the web or check your emails from wherever you want as opposed to fixed line home broadband or the various wireless hotspots (wi-fi) available in hotels, cafes and airports.
Mobile broadband prices start from just £10 a month for speeds ranging from 2Mb to 7Mb. Prices can vary depending upon the contract period you choose (12, 18 or 24 months), whilst there’s also pay as you go mobile broadband (known as no contract mobile broadband) available.
Take a look at our comprehensive Mobile Broadband review for further information.
T-Mobile Cuts Laptop Mobile Broadband To £15
Here’s some exciting news from T-Mobile! Their Mobile Broadband for laptop package, T-Mobile web ‘n’ walk Plus, has been reduced in price from £20 to £15 a month. Plus, you’ll receive their USB modem for free.
T-Mobile web ‘n’ walk Plus provides mobile broadband download speeds up to 1.8Mb meaning you can access the web quickly using your laptop from anywhere you have T-Mobile GPRS or 3G phone coverage.
You’ll need to order online to get this deal so read more in our T-Mobile Broadband laptop package review here.