With the current economic climate affecting us all at the moment thereâ€™s never been a greater need to cut back on costs, which if youâ€™ve been consideringÂ getting mobile broadband, or are already a subscriber, means that itâ€™s well worthÂ shopping around for new deals and offers.
Thanks to a very competitive marketplace right now, itâ€™s actually never been a better time to get kitted out with a state of the art mobile broadband account.Â But before you sign up, itâ€™s a good idea to use the services of a free comparisonÂ website that will point you in the right direction of the best packages to go for.
Here are our top five pointers for picking the most cost effective deal:
OneÂ â€“ Compare and contrast whatâ€™s out there with the aid of a careful search.Â Beforehand, spend some time considering what you need your mobileÂ broadband for, and if youâ€™ve got a lot of heavy use in mind then be prepared toÂ head for the contract deals as these are usually more cost effective on that front.Â They should also have more generous data allowances too.
Two â€“ Decide on your budget, because if you have a set amount that youâ€™reÂ prepared to spend each month then youâ€™ll be able to get a better idea of whatâ€™sÂ affordable. Donâ€™t be tempted to overstep that amount either, because you mayÂ end up in a contract that you canâ€™t afford. A great way to cut costs is to go for aÂ pay as you go mobile broadband dongle, as these only need to be topped up, you pay for what you use and thereâ€™s no contract.
Threeâ€“ spot the deal and lookout for freebies and other incentives that mightÂ come with it. Mobile network providers are keen to get your business, so aÂ comparison site will show all sorts of goodies, including free laptops with someÂ longer contract packages. There will also be software and hardware, plus itâ€™s aÂ great idea if you get free technical support of in case of any problems furtherÂ down the line.
Four â€“ share it out, and invest in a MiFi if youâ€™ve got family, friends or workÂ colleagues. The MiFi is rather like a wireless router that you might have withÂ your traditional broadband setup at home. The difference is that it enables youÂ to share your mobile broadband connectivity with up to five other authorisedÂ users. Data allowances get divvied up across whoever is using the supply though,Â so be sure to keep tabs on whatâ€™s being downloaded, but itâ€™s a good way to get aÂ few people online.
Five â€“ shop around and move to another deal if you see that things are cheaperÂ elsewhere. Of course, if youâ€™ve locked yourself into a contract deal then you mayÂ be stuck with it for a year or two â€“ which is why itâ€™s best to compare and contrastÂ carefully before you sign up. However, if you plump for a cheap and easy pay asÂ you go deal then itâ€™s no problem to move to another offer when it comes along.
Simply use up the existing credit on your current dongle and head straight forÂ the next bargain-basement connection option. Easy!
This article is a guest post by Rob Clymo of Broadband Genie, the online consumer advice and comparison website.