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 as 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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Fast mobile broadband for businesses
Fast mobile broadband packages are great for business users. Sign up for one these and you can access a high speed internet connection comparable to the broadband connection in your office everywhere you go.
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Fast mobile broadband providers
The fastest 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.
Vodafone offers mobile broadband speeds of up to 21Mbps. Both pay as you go and pay monthly options are available.
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.
Fast mobile broadband dongles & Mifis: what's the difference?
A dongle is a tiny, stick shaped gadget that you plug into your laptop and that provides you with a high speed internet connection.
Mifis are best described as mobile broadband wi-fi modems and offer the same of 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 easuky slip into your pocket.
Fast mobile broadband availability
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 are unlikely to be able to fully benefit from the fastest mobile broadband deals.
This does not mean you cannot get mobile broadband in rural areas. The coverage is always improving and if the network conditions in your area do not yet support 3G or 4G for fast mobile broadband access then your mobile broadband will revert to GPRS.
This will mean that you will 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, as it stands, availability is limited, the reach of 4G across the UK is growing all the time.
For help understanding what affects your mobile broadband coverage, check out our guide to mobile broadband coverage
Fast mobile broadband in the future
Mobile broadband technology is progressing at such a pace that the capabilities and speed of even the fastest mobile broadband is moving forward in leaps and bounds.
Launched in the UK in 2012, 4G mobile broadband** will eventually replace 3G as the dominant mobile broadband standard. 4G enables users to access voice, data, mobile internet and streamed multimedia whenever they want and at faster speeds than the fastest mobile broadband 3G technology.
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The thing to remember with all fast mobile broadband is that while you will get a high speed mobile internet connection, it will always vary depending on location, how busy the mobile network is at any one time and the strength of the mobile broadband signal. This the case whether you're signed up to a 4G or 3G service.
For more information to help you choose between home and mobile broadband check out our home v mobile broadband guide.
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