Written by
Sarah Johnson, Money Saving Evangelist
, 13 November 2017

If you are in the market to change your mobile broadband supplier, there are a number of factors that must be taken in to account. It’s not merely a case of choosing the cheapest contract, as you’ll soon see.

The most important considerations are:

• Advertised download speeds. 4G is the most commonly advertised mobile broadband download speed, but it’s worth noting that 3G is more widely available, so don’t be surprised if you service clicks onto 3G every now and then, depending on where you are.

• Price. Of course, price will ALWAYS play a huge role in any contract decision. It’s vital that you understand exactly what you will be getting for your money, as it is quite common to discover that for a few pounds more, you could have massively increased your data allowance.

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• Download allowances. Mobile broadband is wonderful, but if you are unrealistic about how much data you need, your bill can skyrocket, once you go over your allocated allowance. You need to think about if you will be media streaming, in particular, as this will swallow up masses of data.

• Contract lengths. You might find a contract that seems, on the surface, to account for all your needs perfectly, but if it comes with a long minimum term, you might end up paying well over the odds. You would be better off committing to a contract of 12 months to begin with, to make sure that your allowances are right, as a 24-month contract really can end up feeling like a bind and would be costly to buy your way out of.

• Broadband coverage. Look closely at which mobile phone providers offer the best signal strength where you live, as this will undoubtedly be the right choice for your mobile broadband. If you are in a rural location, this will be even more of a pertinent consideration, as 3G and 4G coverage is notoriously worse in non-urban locations.

Try to prioritise reliable coverage over price, as the two are not mutually exclusive.

Written by
Sarah Money Saving Evangelist
, 13 November 2017