The Internet has come a long way in recent times. In the early years, the mere novelty of being able to connect to the wealth of information on the cyber highway meant that people were generally quite tolerant of the painfully slow connection speeds that were standard with most home dial-up services.
But expectation levels are a lot higher these days, with fast broadband Internet connections now standard across the country. It is estimated that 95 per cent of all home Internet connections in the UK are broadband, meaning that dial-up services are now more or less a relic of a bygone era.
However, with mobile technology also progressing rapidly in recent years, more and more people are using their mobile phones and PDAs to access the World Wide Web, meaning that the Internet really is always at their fingertips.
But regardless of how much mobile technology has progressed in recent years, the inherent limitations that are attached to the portable-sized keypads and screens, means that there is only so much these devices are capable of performing. Whilst they may be fine to send an email or check the football scores, nobody would relish the thought of working with large business documents or watching video streams.
This is where laptops manage to bridge the gap between the convenience of home or work-based high-speed network connections on large screens, and mobile communication devices such as phones and PDAs.
Wireless broadband is widely available in many public areas these days – coffee shops, airports and trains – making it easy for any wireless-enabled laptop to connect to the World Wide Web on the move. However, wireless broadband isn’t as ubiquitous as it could be and there are still many places which aren’t able to provide access to the Internet quite yet.
This is why mobile broadband is catching on and fast becoming the best solution for those who may require instant Internet access – wherever they happen to be.
Using nothing more than a portable USB modem, it is possible to connect to the World Wide Web in no time. And similar to home broadband packages, there are many mobile broadband options to suit most individuals’ needs, with different monthly download allowances and download speeds depending on the package; this will, of course, be reflected in the monthly subscription charge.
So, with most people now fully accustomed to a high-speed Internet connection at home, it makes sense to allow people to enjoy the same access whilst they’re on the move. Mobile broadband ensures people are always connected to the global community, regardless of where they are – and that can only be a good thing.