Mobile Broadband Plans and the 5 GB Limit

As the world rushes head long into becoming more and more mobile and as more employment becomes the virtual variety, an increasing number of people will be looking into mobile broadband plans. Mobile broadband plans when combined with a wireless data card will allow just about anyone with a laptop to plug into the internet from anywhere and cruise just like they were in front of their computer at home. The mobile broadband plans come in a number of shapes, sizes and flavors, but a common theme among them is the 5 GB (GigiByte) data limit that has been imposed.

The big question in relation to the 5 GB is “What does it mean to me? How much time on the internet is that?” Let’s face it, it’s confusing, it’s not like we have anything like an odometer on our computers telling us how much we are using and it would be pointless if we did, since home internet connections have no limit these days. So let’s dive into the numbers and see if we can clear up some of the confusion.

I’m sure it will not surprise you that mobile broadband plans come in a variety of prices for 5 Gb of data, ranging from a low of $39.00 per month to a high of $59.00. How much of a data stream is your money buying you? Below is a chart that might help, each line equals 5 GB.

  1. Email with a 3 MB attachment. (You can send 1,706 of those)
  2. Web page lookup (150k) (You can perform about 34,000)
  3. Lo-resolution photos (500k) (Over 20,000 of these)
  4. Mp3 downloads (1,280 songs)

OK so your still confused and have no idea how much of each of these you use. Then let’s really simplify it. A 5GB limit on data will last the average person for about 250 hours of browsing or up to 20 hours of streaming video¬†

Now that you know how big the basket is, let’s see just how much the basket is going to cost. Every provider has a different pricing plan and below is a breakdown of the more popular providers.

  • T-Mobile at the moment appears to be the cheapest of the providers, coming in at $39.00/month, but that is only if you have a phone with them, if not it jumps to $49.00/month. This may seem like a lot until you notice that T-Mobile doesn’t charge over usage fees if you exceed the 5 GB, they simply slow down the 3G connection to 2G speeds.
  • Verizon has pretty much the same setup, except they charge $10.00 per GB over usage fees.
  • Sprint has a 5 GB limit on their 3G networks and unlimited usage on their 4G network at a cost of $59.00/month. Thing is 4G is not that widespread yet so you will more than likely be using 3G most of the time and be tied to the 5 GB limit, also there is a 5 cent per megabyte over usage fee as well.

As you can see the data usage is just one aspect of mobile broadband plans and as usual the devil is in the details, so choose wisely. There is little worse than opening up your cell phone bill to see that the cost of your data plan doubled because of those movies you just had to download. As another word of caution, just remember that these plans can change in a heartbeat, similar to the cell phone plans. The prices and details mentioned above are just guidelines and you will want to re-verify them.

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Choosing The Best Broadband Plans: The Do’s and Don’t’s

In this digital generation that we live in, the internet is already part of our daily needs. Who would not want to have an everyday access to the internet? There are a lot of broadband packages waiting for you. You just need to select the best plan that will satisfy your demands. Do you know the factors that you need to consider in order to achieve the most suitable type of broadband plan for you? Let’s break down the number of ways to identify your options.

Identify What kind of Web User You Are

Are you the type who uses the internet all day long? Or maybe, you are a user who only use the internet to send emails as well as update his or her social media accounts? Let me enumerate common kinds of lifestyle that will define what kind of customer you are.

Basic Broadband Plan – Your typical usage are checking personal emails, browsing new trends of clothes, some movie and internet downloads or some catching up to your favorite tv series. If you would only connect one to two devices in your internet in a day-to-day basis while doing these activities, then this deal is good for you.

Medium-sized Broadband Plan – If you mostly use the internet for downloading files, watching movies, streaming music and videos, video conferencing or online gaming with a household that has multiple devices (laptops, tablets, phones) that would like to connect to the internet, then your love for entertainment fits to this deal.

Large Broadband Plan – If you belong to a big family or you own a small to medium business whose activities include a lot of sending and receiving large files, do a lot of searching, use social media sites simultaneously, online gaming or rely on cloud-based applications, then you got several people who use the internet at the same time. You might want to regard this as your preferred deal.

Refuse Inessential Offers to Your Bundle

Majority of broadband deals are at best in a combined or bundled packages. Most of them provide both a landline with an internet connection for home use. They will propose an attractive initial offers to you. After some time they will give some more special offers that they say are sensible to incorporate with your current bundle or package. Politely reject the additional offers that are purposeless. And don’t forget, if you acquire them, you also accept additional charges.

Do prioritize speed with stability

When getting a broadband plan our foremost concern is the speed of the internet. Yes, you must take into account of it as one of the most important aspect of web browsing, but it will never be enough without stability.

Let’s say that your daily activities are speed-dependent, like online gaming, downloading, video chatting or conferencing etc. I suggest you refer to high-speed plans such as ADSL2+ plans. They’re the most widely used broadband service which offers variety of bundle deals you can choose from.

Whether you are a casual web browser or the type of user who depend on the internet because of having a business online, the quality of your internet connection should also be put first. Stability of your connection can affect your progression in any kind of activity that you are engaged to.

Avoid Unpopular Broadband Companies in the Market

I do not intend to degrade the low-profile internet companies. What I want to convey is to not let yourself settle for less when you can have the best. In numerous surveys, the unsystematic broadband plans usually come from companies that are publicly unfamiliar in the industry. Therefore, it is advisable that you stick with some of the top known broadband companies for being reliable. In this way, you may enjoy an excellent customer service and be satisfied in your everyday internet usage.