Mobile Broadband: Wireless Internet Through a Dongle or Hotspot

Mobile broadband has become an increasingly popular alternative to fixed line broadband. Find out how it works and all the different ways you’re able to connect.

Mobile broadband is a popular method of getting online when away from the home. Delivered through either a USB dongle or wi-fi hotspot, it works in much the same way as traditional home broadband. There’s the extra flexibility of being able to use it on the go and mobile broadband tariffs are often more flexible (you can often Pay As You Go rather than getting a contract). Downsides are a higher monthly cost and often smaller download limits.

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  1. Vena Wong said:

    Is UK using GSM or CDMA for cell phone technology? what kind of phone I should bring with me to UK?


    1. Ken replied:

      Hi Vena,
      We use GSM technology here in the UK. Therefore, you should bring a GSM handset with support for one of the following:
      For 2G coverage, either GSM900 or GSM1800.
      For 3G coverage, you’ll need WCDMA2100.
      For 4G coverage, you’ll need LTE bands 3, 7 or 20.
      Hope this helps,

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