3G Data and my Mobile Broadband Experience
I am currently about to finish up a free 30-day trial of mobile broadband use. I have a 3G wireless card or stick, which is UBS and provides a wireless broadband connection for a monthly fee. I didn’t know what to expect, but since I was assured I could return the stick and discontinue the service if it was not to my liking, I decided to try it since there wasn’t a lot at stake.
This technology isn’t exactly new, but when it was still new to me, I began investigating whether it was something I would enjoy using.
Bringing myself up to speed with the technology was at times confusing. I couldn't believe I could actually connect to the Internet with a USB device, so I kept looking for proof that I had the wrong understanding. When I finally put confidence in my understanding I couldn't find the device in stock. I decided I could use the time to continue to make sure I understood correctly, so when I found out the WebConnect was actually in stock, I decided the time was now, and committed to the 30-day trial period.
My Laptop Made the Decision Much Easier
I endured the loss of a key component of my laptop a couple of months back. For some unclear technologically-riddled reason, my NIC card no longer works with my laptop. (Check out the model here in case you were thinking of buying a similar model.) The laptop is also wifi capable, so while I can no longer use my DSL connection, I am still able to connect by switching to wifi.
As my knowledge of 3G data increased, I began to wonder if it could replace my DSL connection with a wireless broadband connection thus allowing me to switch my DSL connection to our other desk model computer, which has a working NIC card.
Mobile Broadband Connection
Turns out my fix remedied my online access problem. I was assured by the saleswoman that it would be a cinch to begin using my webConnect device. I have had no problems with Internet access since my device lets me know which wifi connections are sending or out the strongest signals or alternately allows me ready access to the network’s 3G broadband connection when my wifi signals are too weak.
It is vital that a 3G broadband connection has plenty of access points or hot spots. Some providers offer hot spot coverage but it turns out to be very limited coverage, only available at popular bookstores or coffee shops. While convenient, such hot spot locations are not available when you are not at a popular location. While most airports are also wifi accessible, what happens if you are in a hotel room that doesn’t include free wifi connections in the room rate? Paying for a day of service may be inconvenient and impractical if laptop use will be frequent. In such situations mobile broadband connections may seem ideal.
Not to mention if your schedule is such that you will not know exactly how often you will be using your laptop. Obviously, for some it is better to have a ready made connection available with minimal effort required.
3G Service Plans
With the popularity of 3G even 4G networks growing. Wireless service providers are all looking to corner their share of the lucrative market. Even online giant Amazon has made it more convenient than ever to pick out a phone, a provider, and a mobile broadband connection all in one easy trip to their new 3G broadband section. Serious shoppers can compare plans, free shipping rates, where applicable, along with service contracts, to find the best deal available.
Personally I ended up sticking with my service provider. We’ve been very pleased with their loyalty programs which enabled me to get my USB WebConnect Jet Stick, completely free of charge. Since I went to a local retailer, there were no delivery fees, and the SIM card was placed in the Jet stick, while I waited.
I did have to agree to extend my contract for another 2 years in order to get the USB modem for free and I would negligent if I didn’t also mention the $40.00 monthly fee I picked out, so as to allow myself unlimited usage. (Had I not been a loyal customer, that charge would have been $50.00 per month.)
I don’t anticipate regretting my decision since I do not have a typical schedule that I stick to when writing. Depending on my energy level and health for the day, I write as I can, when I can. Since I can write even away from home, I look forward to never having to worry about getting an Internet connection . . . that is as long as my laptop keeps working.
I've thoroughly tested my 3G broadband connection in a variety of ways. I find I am always able to connect either to a wifi location or to a broadband connection when I am on the Internet. I like being able to easily attach it to my laptop and I would recommend such a device to others looking for 3G service at an affordable rate.
Some only wish to check their e-mail, so opt for the less expensive option of $9.99 a month, you get billed for running over the allowed usage and if you want to do more than a quick check of your e-mail and a quick reply, you are probably better off with the unlimited usage.