PC Advisor Broadband Survey 2008
Broadband connection speeds, subscription prices and terms vary hugely - as do customers' experiences. Our annual broadband survey, sponsored by Broadband Genie, lets you have your say about your ISP. PLUS: advice on how to get better-value broadband.
Around and about
Note, too, that a flat-rate mobile broadband subscription can only be used in the UK - you'll probably need another way to get online if you take your laptop overseas. You can't necessarily use your 3G device to get online everywhere. Buy a 'RoamAbout' bolt-on before you go or make alternative access arrangements. Mobile broadband provision is still a nascent concept. Good-value agreements for roaming mobile broadband have yet to be put in place.
In any case, as far too many consumers have discovered to their cost, accessing the internet on a mobile phone while abroad can prove to be extremely expensive.
Mobile phone web access, of course, was given a huge fillip two years back when T-Mobile and others started offering flat-rate internet access packages for mobile users. It's another web access option that's yet to reach maturity, however.
An Ofcom report states: "Accessing the internet through the mobile phone network is now a viable option especially for the young and mobile."
As our review of BT's Total Broadband with BT ToGo outlines, blending web access over ADSL, Wi-Fi and a mobile phone adds an extra dimension to your monthly broadband use. We'll be interested to see whether using broadband access this way takes off in a way that VoIP telephony has yet to do.
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