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Three have released some Mobile Broadband Starter Kits, these come with a USB Modem, SIM card, and data allowance preloaded on the SIM card.
The cost of these Mobile Broadband Starter Kits ranges from £69.99 for a kit with 3GB to £279.99 for 24GB. Now, these data allowances do have a time limit, but they are not the 30 days of the standard add ons. You have 3 months to use the 3GB allowance to 24 month to use the 24GB allowance.
For more details on these Mobile Broadband Starter Kits, click here.
For more information on the latest offers from Three, click here.
One of my concerns about Mobile Broadband has been due to it's huge increase in popularity in the last year. I was worried that with such a large number of people using the mobile network for their internet that it would become clogged and render the service unusable due to slow speeds where so many people were downloading or uploading data at the same time. Fortunately, it looks like most of the networks are planning for this eventuality and have signed an agreement with BT which will increase the amount of data that can be transmitted across their networks at any one time. It would appear the only network among the UK Big 5 at the moment to have not done this is Orange.
More information on this can be found on the Financial Times website:
If you have a wireless router then you can connect multiple devices to your Mobile Broadband connection. This applies to any Wi-Fi enabled device, which in my home includes Laptop, Mobile Phone, Nintendo DS, and a Nintendo Wii. There are a two main ways of doing this, either you can get a Wireless Router which has Mobile Broadband built-in, or that you can connect your Mobile Broadband device to. Or, you can set-up a home network and allow other devices on the network to connect through your computer which has the device attached.
I know Vodafone has had a wireless router with included Mobile Broadband for a few years now but it has always been very expensive and only available to business users. For the Consumer market I have heard that T-Mobile and Three both have plans to release these but will most likely be locked to their own networks.
For those wanting to try a standard wireless router, here are some links to guides to get these working.
For Windows users I recommend this guide from Microsoft:
The big news for Mobile Broadband at the moment seems to be the decision by a group of 16 companies to form the Mobile Broadband Alliance (or Mobile Broadband Initiative, reports differ) and put one billion dollars in to promoting this. Which is going to include a brand new Mobile Broadband sticker to be stuck on new computers. The first of these are to be rolled out in time for christmas apparently. But for those of you who don't want to wait until christmas, you can get a Laptop with Mobile Broadband built-in with Orange now, unfortunately it will not include that new sticker.