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Home vs mobile broadband

Torn between signing up for mobile broadband or home broadband? We're comparing the two so you can figure out which one is best for you.

Mobile broadband and home broadband both have very distinct selling points. Here we'll break down what each service offers to help you find out which one is right for you or whether you need to sign up for both.

Before starting, you might want to compare mobile internet packages at our mobile broadband comparison page or have a glance at some of our home broadband deals.

Round 1… home broadband!

The case for home broadband is currently very strong, and at present, home connections excel in the following areas:

  • Price
    The cheapest home broadband packages are generally less costly than the cheapest mobile broadband products, especially when factoring in potential data overage charges on mobile broadband.

  • Bundle options
    Bundling or package deals are usually cheaper than setting up separate services with separate providers. With home broadband, you can bundle your TV, phone and broadband together to save money.

  • Download allowances
    Unlimited download packages are basically the standard nowadays for home broadband connections, which is great news for heavy users. Even if your home broadband package has data limits, they're likely to be higher than those on mobile broadband

  • Speeds
    Depending upon your location, package and provider, home broadband speeds can reach up to 900Mbps. Although speeds always vary, even some of the slowest home connections still offer average speeds of 10Mbps, which is comparable to 4G mobile broadband — but keep in mind that 4G coverage isn't everywhere just yet, so you might be stuck with slower 3G speeds if you're using your mobile broadband on the go.

Round 2... mobile broadband!

Mobile broadband has the edge on home broadband in the following areas:

  • Flexibility
    Mobile modems, such as dongles and MiFis that you need to use 3G and 4G mobile broadband, are completely portable and can be used anywhere there is mobile phone coverage, both in the UK and abroad.

  • No landline needed
    As mobile broadband runs over mobile phone networks, there’s no need to pay any installation fees or monthly line rental.

  • Simple installation
    Just plug in your mobile broadband dongle or MiFi and connect to the internet. No wires, no routers and, most importantly, no waiting for installation dates or technicians. As soon as you sign up for mobile broadband, you have access to it.

  • Easy to buy and switch providers
    You can have as many as you want and switch them at any time.