Fast mobile broadband packages give you high-speed mobile internet access on the move with a quicker connection than standard mobile broadband packages. But it's important to remember that mobile broadband speeds can vary widely and you may not always get the maximum speed advertised by your provider.
Even the fastest mobile broadband packages are dependent on where the service is being used. Mobile broadband download speeds vary between areas depending on network coverage, so getting the fastest mobile broadband deal is highly dependent on finding the best 3G or 4G network in your locality.
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EE claims to have the fastest network in the UK, and the data backs it up: The provider has won our award for Fastest Mobile Broadband for three years running now. Find out more about the winners at our uSwitch broadband awards page.
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Fast mobile broadband connections are available from:
EE uses a super-fast advanced 4G network to deliver some of the fastest mobile broadband speeds around. These are roughly five times the average speed of UK 3G.
The only drawback is that 4G is only available in some parts of the country; however, the network is being extended all the time, so it's worth checking on the EE site if 4G is available in your area before you commit to a contract.
Three’s mobile network has a theoretical maximum speed of up to 21Mbps, thanks to the advanced HSPA+ technology it employs.
As with other mobile broadband suppliers, however, the speed you receive will depend on your location and how in-demand the service is at the time.
Vodafone mobile broadband customers can get speeds of up to 21Mbps. Mobile Wi-Fi units and dongles are available, as are SIM-only deals.
A dongle is a tiny, stick-shaped gadget that you plug into your laptop that provides you with a high-speed internet connection.
Mifis are best described as mobile broadband Wi-Fi modems and offer the same fast mobile broadband speeds. However, unlike dongles, they can be used to provide a wireless mobile broadband connection for multiple web-enabled devices simultaneously.
As you might expect, they are slightly larger than dongles, but are still small enough to easily slip into your pocket.
The fastest mobile broadband speeds can be obtained in cities.
In most urban areas where mobile phone network coverage is strong, fast mobile broadband packages provide a high-speed mobile internet connection comparable to the speed of a home broadband connection.
However, if you live in very rural or remote areas where mobile phone coverage is not very strong, you're unlikely to be able to fully benefit from the fastest mobile broadband deals.
This doesn't mean you can't get mobile broadband in rural areas: The coverage is always improving and if the network conditions in your area don't yet support 3G or 4G for fast mobile broadband access then your mobile broadband will revert to GPRS.
This will mean that you'll still be able to access the internet on your laptop but at substantially reduced speeds.
The fastest mobile broadband speeds are reserved for 4G customers. Although availability is still limited, the reach of 4G across the UK is growing all the time.
To understand what affects your mobile broadband coverage, check out our guide to mobile broadband coverage.
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If you need help choosing between home and mobile broadband, check out our home vs mobile broadband guide.
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