An internet dongle lets you take your laptop anywhere you want (the park, coffee shop, a rooftop) and access internet, regardless if you were in a WiFi hotspot or not. It is a portable modem that plug into the USB port of a laptop or even a computer. Most internet dongles are provided by mobile phone networks which mean that the internet dongle relies on the mobile provider’s network, giving you internet wherever there is mobile coverage. A USB internet dongle is truly versatile. Powered through the laptop, they are truly portable. They can even be switched between different laptops and desktop computers.
The speed of the internet access varies depending on the provider (mobile phone company). The best way to determine whether the speed of the internet dongle will be strong is to check the signal strength of each mobile phone provider within your area. Each mobile phone provider has strengths and weaknesses depending on the location within the country.
Internet dongles have different price plans based on who is the provider. Plans have different download limits which need to be carefully watched, otherwise penalty fees will be issued (mentioned within the small print of the internet dongle plan). You will also incur roaming charges when going overseas.
Pay As you Go Internet Dongles:
You pay an upfront fee to sign up for the package and the dongle. Followed by buying top up credits when you need more data usage. This is the most flexible option for a internet dongle as you do not need to commit to any monthly charge.
Monthly Internet Dongles:
This option, of signing a contract, provides the best value for money. The longer the contract the better the deal. The dongle comes free with most monthly deals.
The biggest thing to consider when getting an internet dongle, whether it is a monthly, or a pay as you go internet dongle, is the download limit. This will restrict your usage of the internet as well as being charged penalty fees if you overuse the dongle. There are many providers, offered by mobile phone companies, to choose from. A little time needs to be spent comparison shopping to find the best deal for your mobile internet dongle.