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Two Alternatives To Fixed Line Broadband 

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Are you tired of waiting for a fixed line broadband connection or is your current FTTN connection unreliable and letting you down? The good news is there is no need to settle. There are alternatives in the form of mobile broadband and home wireless broadband. Both options are powered by 4G networks but there are some subtle differences and, in both cases, there are plans with quite large data limits. Whilst for some the data limits may not be enough to do away with a fixed line connection, they represent a giant leap from the tiny allowances that used to be available for data-only mobile plans.  

Mobile broadband

As the name suggests, mobile broadband is the same kind of internet connectivity you get with your phone. It is powered by 4G networks and the pricing and data limits are quite similar to what you see with standard mobile plans. The big difference is you get uncapped 4G speeds plus mobile broadband connections tend to be more flexible. The mobile dongles and portable hotspots are typically battery powered so you can travel with them. Another option is a BYOD broadband plans where you can insert the SIM on your own hotspot or spare phone. 

Home wireless broadband 

This type of connections is basically 4G powered internet connections specifically designed to serve as an alternative to traditional fixed line connections. The data limits on these types of connections tend to be reasonably large and their plans are not expensive. When compared to mobile broadband the downside is capped download speeds and less flexibility. Home wireless broadband as its name suggests are meant to be used at home and this means the modems require a source of power. It is easy to plug in the modem at a new location and get back online immediately. There are 24-month plans available or you can pay on a month-to-month basis. The no contract option requires an upfront fee.