Being able to access the internet on the move is becoming more and more important and, with more strain being placed on public WIFI, people are looking for new ways to stay connected. One great way of doing this, of staying connected to the internet wherever you are, is to use wireless dongle.
If this rather odd name confuses you then fear not, we have put together a few pointers to make sure you know how to get the most out of your dongle.
A wireless dongle (or mobile broadband dongle) is a small device which connects to your laptop via a USB port. Once connected it acts as a portable modem, allowing you to access the internet on the move.The dongle works by connecting to mobile broadband much like your mobile phone does, this means a 3G or 4G network is required for your dongle to work.
Dongles are issued by a mobile network providers, and this can be done in one of two ways – with a pay monthly contract, or on a pay as you go basis.
If you’re not going to be using it very often or don’t know how much data you will be needing then pay as you go might be best for you. This involves paying an upfront price for a dongle and then simply topping it up when you need to use it.
If, however, you’re going to be using it regularly, it makes sense to enter into a contract, as you will receive a better deal from your dongle distributer. These plans, much like phone contracts, will generally be between 12-24 months and allocate you a set amount of data depending on which one you go for.
The actual dongle will generally cost between £30-£50 if you go for a pay as you go deal plus whatever data you pay for. If you opt for a contract, then you will receive your dongle for free but will then be tied into paying a monthly fee, this will of course vary but expect to pay around £20 per month.