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Is Mobile Broadband Beneficial For Home Usage?

Posted Date: Wed Jul 2016

Mobile Broadband is the latest breed of internet devices these days introduced in Pakistan and is a hit among the youngsters due to its portable form factor that enables it to be taken with oneself anywhere and thus internet is just a click away no matter where you are.

This also brings the question whether a Mobile Broadband device can act as the primary and sole internet access device for home usage as well as outdoor usage? Let’s list what positives does this practice carry and then we will put a light on the negative aspects of it too.

First and foremost, your costs would come down which is a big part of why you’d want to get one device for home and outdoor usage. However if you’re a hardcore user or share your device among multiple users at home, keep it mind that the provided data limit could prove to be a little too less for you.

Also when you buy a Mobile Broadband device you don’t have to pay any kind of security deposit which reduces the initial cost of getting a Mobile Broadband connection and thus could be fruitful for those on a tight budget. It’s also portable hence can be carried around anywhere with you and can plug into a power outlet, powerbank, USB port, or work on the built in rechargeable battery.

Next we come to the negative aspects of having a Mobile broadband device for home usage. Since we mentioned above that there is no security deposit, it also works against the customer in case one is unsatisfied with the performance of your device or if a time comes when you feel you don’t need it anymore, you cannot just return it. It’s yours for lifetime and can become a useless possession if the speeds are not upto mark. This also brings us to the fact that speeds are highly variable in certain areas and while it might work well on your travel route, workplace or institution, at the same time it may not be able to give you good speeds at home or vice versa. Also 4G LTE isn’t available everywhere so you might be ending up making a compromise using the device on 3G.

We should also mention here that unlike other broadband devices, these ones don’t offer any kind of after sales service or support. Buying such a service is mostly a self-serve affair as in terms of lack of  proper speeds no customer support teams are in place to resolve your issues. Though it’s also fair to say that such devices don’t really need anyone visitng your premises to perform a checkup either but still it’s something to be kept in mind before getting one.

Mobile Broadband devices are usually WiFi enabled but the downside is that their Wi-Fi coverage area is pretty limited and thus you might need to spend an additional amount into a range extender to provide coverage in all parts of your residence. One should also keep in mind that Mobile Broadband devices are not “Always On” which means that after you’ve exhausted your data limit, your connection to internet is suspended until you recharge whereas in other broadband connections the speed is downgraded if you exceed your allowed data limit.

Having said that we come to the conclusion that Mobile Broadband devices come with the convenience of being used anytime and anywhere but they certainly can’t act as your primary internet access devices at home simply because the downsides to such practice are many compared to the pros. Hence it only seems logical investing into a Mobile Broadband device only if you commute a lot or have a need of having your very own uncongested Wi-Fi network when you’re at your workplace/educational institute. We hope that this article sheds light on the usage such devices are intended for.