Mobile Broadband

How to find the most suitable mobile broadband service when travelling abroad

Over the last few years people’s lifestyles have changed dramatically and this is especially true when it comes to the way in which they access the internet, with a far greater demand from users for being able to get online wherever they are and wherever they go. This need has spread very quickly to users wanting to have access to mobile internet services whilst on holiday or when they are working in other countries and this is something that mobile network providers have been quick to pick up on by offering international roaming data services with many of their mobile broadband contracts.

Users only need a few things in order to get online when they are abroad and this includes a mobile broadband contract offering data usage in the country the user is travelling to and either a smart phone with 3G ( soon to be 4G) access or mobile broadband dongle and a netbook or a laptop computer to plug it into. Of all these requirements the most important thing for most users is the mobile broadband contract they will need to take out as this will directly affect the cost of accessing the internet in the particular country they are going to.

What to look at when choosing a mobile broadband service

There are many aspects of cost involved with picking a mobile broadband tariff to use when going abroad and the first is the monthly cost of using the service which is dependent on the amount of data a user expects to be accessing each month. With a large number of mobile broadband providers, however, the data packs they provide don’t always explain the cost implications of using the service abroad so it is recommended that users contact their providers to confirm any extra charges that may be incurred when travelling to a particular country.

An alternative to contract based mobile broadband services is the pay as you go option which allows users to manage how much data they are using far more closely, although in some cases this option can cost a lot more with using their mobile broadband service abroad. Using a pay as you go mobile broadband service offers users the option of buying specific data bundles at a reduced price or topping up their service with a set amount and being charged on a per Megabyte basis. The costs of using this service with either of these options varies from provider to provider and from country to country so it is usually wise to consider which country you will be visiting the most and choosing the provider that offers the best deals for that area.

Whether you opt for a contract or a pay as you go service it is always important to pay attention to how much you are using your service as downloading very large data files or streaming video and audio can often take you over your data allowance and you could end up losing access to the internet half way through your trip or getting a huge mobile broadband bill when you get home.

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.