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If you’re planning on travelling around Britain but want to stay connected while you do so, there are plenty of options available to get online.
While the UK doesn’t have 4G mobile broadband yet, there are plenty of cost effective 3G mobile broadband options with great coverage across much of the Britain, either via a dongle or mobile WiFi. There’s also plenty of Wi-Fi, as well as smartphone options too.
You have several options once you arrive, but one thing holds true no matter where you’re visiting from: broadband and mobile phone roaming charges are astronomical and best avoided for all but the richest traveller, or incredibly infrequent user. So what are the more cost effective options?
Of course, if you’re going to be travelling to the UK and other countries frequently, you may want to consider either a smartphone or 3G WiFi dongle that can take multiple SIM cards, or an unlocked handset/MiFi you can put any foreign or home SIM into.
While the above options will still of course be viable, we’ll assume you already have at least a mobile phone contract in place so shouldn’t have to jump through as many hoops.
If you have a mobile but not a smartphone and want to use such a device to get online while travelling, your mobile network should be able to offer you an upgrade if you’re on contract. If you’re a pay-as-you-go customer, as above, you can find a smartphone now for as little as £50 new (less if you shop around, or go second hand – just be sure your SIM will work).
Exactly the same applies for mobile broadband, although you may want to consider a one-year contract instead of prepay. You won’t have to pay a huge price, you’ll always have it as an option, and it can serve as a back-up to your home broadband too.
About the author: Chris Marling writes on behalf of www.broadbandgenie.co.uk, the independent comparison website for broadband, mobile broadband and smartphones.
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