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Pros and Cons of Mobile Broadband Technology

mobile broadbandIt was not so many years ago, that the only way in which you could gain access to the World Wide Web was to sit at a desktop computer which had to be connected via wires. A lot has changed in the intervening years, and there seems to be technological advances taking place on a monthly basis at the moment. Thanks to the advancement in smart phones, it has never been easier to access the internet whilst out and about, and this freedom to use the internet on the move is all down to mobile broadband.

For the uninitiated, mobile broadband is the kind of internet connection that is utilized by net books, mobile phones and tablet computers. Not all of these devices come with this is connection already incorporated and they will require the use of what is known as a “dongle”, which is a device that plugs into a USB port and allows the user to connect to the internet via the signal from the cell phone providers.

Let’s Talk About The Pros

One of the main advantages of this kind of technology is for people who are always on the move, and if you are one of those people who need to stay connected no matter where you are, then this is the system for you. With mobile broadband, you can take your devices and connect to the internet anywhere there is a good cell phone network signal.

With smart phones seemingly getting bigger in response to the advent of the tablet, more and more people are using their phones to access the internet. However, these “phablets” as they have become known, are not always conducive to accessing all websites, as they do not have Flash connectivity. This means that you will not be able to access content on a website that requires you to view video and other content via Adobe Flash Player. That is why, it is better all round if you use a laptop in order to complete your work as you can make use of the mobile broadband rather than relying on there being a decent Wi-Fi signal.

Now Compare The Cons

As good and convenient that this technology is, there are always going to be problems and disadvantages of using this kind of technology.

One of the main disadvantages of mobile broadband is that you are at the mercy of the strength of the signal, which means that you are going to have a frustrating time trying to access the internet, if you are in an area with a bad signal.

One other downside is the speed of your internet connection, and a lot of mobile broadband companies will try and lure customers with promises of speeds up to 7Mb, however, as good as this sounds, you need to understand that you are not going to get speeds like these all of the time. Another thing you need to understand, is that the majority of mobile broadband providers set data limits to their service, and this means you could end up paying extra should you exceed your data limit.

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+Andy Heaps is an expert in the telecoms industry. He is currently the chief technical advisor and editor at He enjoys sharing his insight on various tech focused blogs. Visit his website and get the latest broadband comparison by



  1. Aisha

    July 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I like your informative post.To provide access to the internet, mobile broadband makes use of similar technology as the one found in mobile phones.Just plug your USB modem or dongle into your laptop, and the software you need to connect to the internet is installed automatically. There’s no need to go through any tedious installation process while talking to a technical support representative on the phone.

  2. David

    July 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I found this an interesting article and while there are pros and cons regarding mobile broadband, the benefits of having such connectivity on mobile devices are very big and make it easy to overcome the cons.
    Even though there is no Flash support, this is starting to not be a big problem since there are fewer websites that still use Flash content and some websites are starting to use HTML5 instead of/besides Flash (see YouTube).
    Regarding connectivity, this is still a big problem in some areas, but mobile providers are always advancing and provide more and more cellular coverage so this is not going to be a problem for long (i hope).

  3. raj

    July 27, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Mobile internet sucks in India due to poor speed of the 2G network. 3G network coverage is not as good as 2G so one need to rely on 2G network only.

  4. Luke

    August 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Using mobile broadband is still safer than using a public wifi. Then again, if your country offers unli data plan whether 3G or 4G, I would opt for this than buying a mobile broadband.
    But here in out country, mobile internet sucks. There are only locations where you can fully maximize the speed. Most of the time the network is saturate. A stable land-line based DSL is a better choice.

  5. alan

    September 18, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Nice article, I like to work on regular broadband rather than mobile broadband as there is no better mobile broadband service provider at my place.

  6. kevin

    September 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    The mobility aspect of mobile broadband make the cost of accessing internet cheaper than the option of laying fibre or setting up vsat. Essentially the speed of mobile broadband can be increased but this obviously depends on the number of users as it is not dedicated.

  7. Gurwinder Singh

    June 11, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Great Post Andy!

    Good and high-speed broadband technology is always recommended for smooth work.

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