Wireless internet providers have never been busier than they are today. Wireless internet, or mobile broadband, as it is commonly called, has caught the imagination of Australian consumers as nothing else before it. Much of this is due to wireless technology using the same radio waves as that of mobile phones which has allowed wireless internet providers to offer the same coverage areas as that of their respective phones. The other reason is its improved speed and reliability.
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4G Gives the Fastest Mobile Broadband Speed
With the advent of 4G (fourth generation) wireless technology now being extended outwards from the larger cities throughout Australia, the download speeds mobile broadband can now deliver are quite comfortable and acceptable. The various providers are also continuously widening their mobile coverage areas and this means that you can now access the internet anywhere your providers mobile phone signal can be picked up.
Internet Broadband Providers Have Moved on From the Internet Cafe of Yesterday
Up until recently wireless internet was virtually restricted to airport lounges, internet cafes and 'hot spots' that were scattered around the cities mainly in municipal libraries and commercial outlets such as McDonalds. When accessing the internet from one of these places the connection could be quite slow if there were many other people trying the go online from the same source at the same time. It was also frustrating if you had important data to either download or send and you were is an unfamiliar location. A lot of time would be spent in searching for a 'hot spot' and when one was found there was often a cost involved. This type of wireless connection where a router was used to send signals out over a reasonably small distance has now been taken over by people setting up their own home or office network. An efficient way of connecting various devices without having to negotiate numerous cables and wires scattered around where people were constantly walking.
Mobile broadband today means absolute freedom and flexibility in that you can truly leave your home or office and go online virtually anywhere. This enables you to carry on what you were previously doing on your home or office computer while out and about. 4G technology gives a connection speed and reliability that has hitherto been unachievable and it is readily available wherever the many wireless internet providers deliver a mobile phone service.
Choosing the Right Wireless Internet Provider
Choosing the best wireless internet provider is rather complicated because of the sheer number of products they offer. There is a size and price for everyone, therefore, before you go about taking the first offer put to you, you will have to determine exactly what kind of usage you will be putting your connection to.
You will also have to take into account where you live and where you will be mostly using your connection to the internet. Wireless internet providers use the same towers that are constructed to send and receive mobile phone signals to deliver the signals to their wireless internet customers. This signal, although widespread, can still be affected by the geography of the landscape surrounding the towers including large buildings and mountains. If you find the signal weak you often only have to move a short distance to get a stronger signal that is more in line with its source. Much of the infrastructure in Australia has been built by either Telstra for its BigPond network, or by Optus. Many of the smaller providers pay the big telcos for using their towers. Despite this you can often get a good deal from a smaller player especially one that specialises in a certain area.
At the present time 4G is being provided only by the biggest wireless internet providers with most of the others still relying on 3G (third generation). Although 3G is slower than 4G you will still be able to download at quite comfortable speeds, in fact, in most cases you won't really notice the difference, unless you are in the middle of a city's CBD, across the road from one of your provider’s towers.
Choose the Internet Broadband Provider With the Best Plan That Suits you
When choosing a wireless internet provider you should consider the plan itself, the amount of GB's you can download before the service is shaped (slowed) and the cost. If you will only be using your connection for the purposes of checking your emails and the latest news items, probably chat for a while on Facebook or Twitter, you will not need any more than 2 or 3 GB's. If you regularly download large files you will need more GB data downloading capacity. The price you pay for your plan will usually be reflective of the amount of GB downloading you will be doing.
There are many wireless internet providers included in the various comparison sites you will find online. Take your time to examine these sites and check out the reviews submitted by users of the various plans. You will learn a lot in this way and it will no doubt help you in making your mind up about which provider offers the best plan to suit your individual usage habits.