The World Wide Web is, increasingly, something we are all growing to rely on. Governments, businesses and individuals all use it for an array of different transactions and it?s increasingly a vital part of everyday life. But what are your options when it comes to choosing a broadband contract? These all have their advantages and disadvantages. We take you through two of the main options ? fixed line broadband and mobile wireless broadband ? exploring the pros and cons so you can make a decision for yourself which you think is best.
The main advantages of mobile wireless broadband include the ability to choose between pay as you go options and fixed tariffs. The installation process is also simple ? you just plug in your modem and it sorts it out for you. You can also check your emails or catch up on work no matter where you are as you can take your internet with you wherever you go. As your internet is effectively portable, you can also save money by not having to pay to install a line.
While the advantages of mobile wireless are many, there are also disadvantages to consider. For example, it tends to have extremely low download limits, even on their best tariffs. You typically also have to pay high charges if you go over your download limit, which is obviously more likely when it?s already so low. Mobile broadband speeds are also much slower than fixed line speeds and very rarely reach their maximum speed. Coverage can also be patchy in rural areas.
Next up are the advantages of fixed line broadband, chief among which is that it?s increasingly cheap as it becomes more common. You can also benefit from more consistent connections than with mobile broadband. You?re also much less likely to be charged for going over download limits as these limits are generally either very generous or non existent. Fixed line broadband is also much faster, so it?s easier and faster to download things, although the speed is affected by where you live.
In terms of the disadvantages of fixed line broadband, one of these is that it can be more complicated to set up than mobile wireless broadband. Also, you?ll probably have to pay for a line connection so it can be installed and, after that, you?ll be fixed to using it in one place, meaning you?ll only be able to use the internet in your home. You?ll also find you may have problems if you want to switch provider partway through a broadband contract and may have to pay charges.
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