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Home VS mobile broadband

Both home and mobile broadband in Ireland have unique specific selling points. We’ll break down what is offered by each type of broadband to determine the right choice for you. Some people may find it useful to have access to both types of broadband connections.

Of all the two main types of mobile broadband connections available in Ireland, 3G mobile broadband is the most widely used. The maximum speed of home connections are invariably faster however.

Though 3G mobile broadband will be suitable for the majority of internet use, when web applications are more demanding it can seem a touch slow at times. Download limits are also a lot lower regarding mobile broadband and mobile internet packages. Generally unlimited broadband is much more widely available with home broadband deals. At present mobile broadband deals in Ireland do not come with an unlimited download capacity.

Providers such as Vodafone and Three have invested heavily in new 4G mobile broadband technology. 

4G mobile broadband enables more data to be transmitted at a much quicker rate, making more efficient use of the existing mobile airwaves than has ever been managed before. 

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Home broadband plus points

Currently, home connections have a very strong case for being the best option, notably in these four areas:

  • Price
    The cheapest home broadband packages are generally less costly than the cheapest mobile broadband products. However customers may have to pay a line rental fee, but this is usually included in the cost of each broadband package.
  • Bundle options
    Customers benefit by saving money, when TV, broadband and calls are bundled together.
  • Download allowances
    Broadband deals that come with unlimited download allowance can be much more beneficial for heavy internet users. Also, the least generous download allowances on home packages are still normally greater than those offered with mobile broadband services.
  • Speeds
    Though there will always be speed variations, maximum speeds of 8Mb can still be obtained among some home connections that are considered the slowest. The fastest speed - from eir - can reach 1000Mbps, though this is dependent on location.

Mobile broadband plus points

  • Price
    A contradiction perhaps that both home and mobile deals can score well regarding price, but some mobile connections are very inexpensive - and there’s no hidden costs to consider, unlike some ADSL and cable, (fibre-optic) services.
  • Flexibility
    The portable nature of mobile modems, including the likes of dongles and MiFis, which are required for 3G and 4G mobile broadband, mean that you can connect to the net wherever there’s mobile phone coverage - in Ireland and abroad.
  • No landline necessary
    An expensive installation fee, plus monthly line rental charge won’t affect mobile users who are relying on the mobile phone network.
  • Installation is easy
    A dongle or MiFi is simply plugged into your computer or laptop to achieve an internet connection. There’s an absence of wires and routers, making this method of connecting to the internet not only straight forward, but neat and tidy at the same time.

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4G’s bright future

4G mobile broadband will certainly pose a big threat to ADSL and cable (fibre-optic) broadband in the coming years. When mobile broadband is more inexpensive, quicker, and has 100% mobility, then the need for fixed home broadband connections may not be as necessary as they are today.

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