Understanding the Mobile Internet Dongle - Tech Spartan

Understanding the Mobile Internet Dongle

December 1st, 2008

The mobile broadband device or dongle has a USB connection to any laptop. The dongle is a way to connect to a broadband modem no matter where you are located, as long as a modem is within range. The 3G broadband also works with a dongle. The dongles are technically a portable modem that plugs into a laptop in order to get internet access. These devices are very popular among business and personal computer users because of their flexible options.

You may see mobile broadband dongles also referred to as mobile models, mobile USB modems, and USB modems. The term dongle is most widely used throughout the United Kingdom. You should know that the word dongle is often misspelled and it may help you locate companies selling their items, but we will use the word device or dongle in the correct form.

When looking for mobile broadband dongles it is important to know who offers them. There are 4 companies that offer the top products you should consider. The first company to offer the mobile broadband dongles in our list is Vodafone. Vodafone offers a range of different broadband dongles including the USB modem stick starting at 15 pounds. It has a speed of up to 7.2 megabytes and a download option of 3gigabytes.

3’s mobile dongle can come in three different packages. You have one with a 1 gigabyte download and speed of 2.8 megabytes. This particular option is offered for 10 pounds. T- Mobile is the third on our list for mobile broadband dongles. They have a package of 1.8 megabytes and 10 gigabytes download. Many of the T-Mobile consumers have found their dongles to be the best. Orange is the fourth company of interest for dongles. They offer an ICON 225 USB device offering 7.2 megabytes for speed.

There are plenty of advantages for the mobile broadband devices. First of all the dongles tend to be free when you have a contract with your mobile phone carrier. Typically a contract should be 18 to 24 months for the free dongle. The dev ices offer more flexibility for use because you can be away from home and the office to use the dongle. With the many developments occurring in the last couple of months the devices are slimmer, smaller, and a lot quicker. They do run on the battery of your laptop, which means you never have to worry about recharging the dongle. You can use the mobile broadband dongles both in laptops and desktop computers. This means you can use them every day or just for emergencies.

You do have download limits for the mobile broadband dongles from 1 to 3 gigabytes, so they are best for those who want to browse the internet or check emails. You might not want them for download use.

The speed of the dongle will depend on the strength of the signal. If you are farther away from a signal you may find the speed is compromised if it has 1 or 2 bars. The best signal strength is found when you are nearest to the internet connection you are logging onto.

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