Posts Tagged ‘mobile broadband’

Dongle

October 18, 2008

Traditionally a dongle – which is a small piece of plug-in computer hardware – has been used as an authentication device which must be used before a full version of a piece of software can be run. This made it useful as an aid to revent software piracy.

Recently it has been increasingly used in relation to mobile broadband – as a small plug in USB device that allows access to mobile broadband via a mobile phone network.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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Mobile Broadband

October 18, 2008

Mobile broadband uses mobile phone networks to access the internet. This means users are not restricted to home or work broadband, or the coverage of their wireless network – they can get online anywhere, as long as they are within the coverage of the relevant mobile phone network.

Mobile broadband is relatively easy to set up – in many cases when you sign up for a mobile broadband package you receive a USB modem or dongle. Simply plug this in and go online.

Broadband speeds tend to be slower than for fixed line broadband (between 1 and 3Mbps) though Vodafone is offering speeds of up to 7.2Mbps on their Turbo network.

USers can sign up to contracts, or some mobile broadband providers allow usage and access to be bought by the day.

Mobile broadband providers in the UK include 02, Virgin Media, Vodafone, Orange, Three and  T-Mobile.

By Sarah at UK Broadband Finder
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