With lives that are busier than ever before, it has never been more important to stay in touch on the go. Payg broadband is the perfect way to remain connected with friends, family or business contacts no matter where you are, but choosing the right payg broadband deal can be tricky.
Take a few moments to read our handy guide to discover which deal is best for you.
It’s a great idea to use a comparison site to compare the best deals available on payg broadband. Broadband on the go uses a broadband dongle, and is great for those who don’t want to commit to a long contract or are looking for a cheap way to access the internet, for example students living in shared accommodation who may not want to take out a home broadband contract.
Pay as you go broadband is offered by most of the major mobile phone networks such as Three, Orange, Vodafone and O2. They generally offer a free USB dongle which plugs into your laptop or PC and provides you with internet no matter where you are. The dongle uses a 3G/4G/5G signal, so it’s important to be in an area where 3G/4G/5G is available.
PAYG broadband can come on different devices - data only sim card which you can plug into your tablet or dongle; dongle - plugs into a USB socket; mobile Wi-Fi hotspot - portable gadget which emits Wi-Fi signals so you can connect your laptop, tablet and other devices to it.
Pay as you go broadband can cost from as little as £10/mth and it’s important to check what this actually includes. Here are some things to look out for when shopping for Pay as you go broadband:
• Cost of the dongle – this varies but the average is around £10. Unlike mobile broadband, there is no contract with pay as you go broadband, so whether you use it for a day, a week or several months does not matter. Bear in mind that it’s usually more expensive for frequent users than mobile broadband, which offers a contract.
• Data allowance – most broadband dongles for pay as you go broadband come with an inclusive amount of data which is valid for a set amount of time. Because the data limits are usually quite low, pay as you go broadband is not ideal for streaming media or downloading films and music.
• Connection speed – the available connection speed varies depending on the network chosen, so always double check that you’re getting the best available speed for your money!
• Expiry - check how long the data purchased is valid for – with some providers and packages it is valid for 12 months, whereas with others it only lasts for one month after purchase.
Pay as you go broadband is a great option for those who need to simply stay connected but don’t need to stream media or download files.
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