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MoneySuperMarket’s Guide to O2 Mobile Broadband

O2 offers a wide choice of mobile broadband deals wherever you live and however you need to connect to the web.

O2 Mobile Broadband

O2 as we know it started life in 2002 and is today one of the biggest mobile networks in the UK. Its size means it’s able to offer both 3G and 4G mobile broadband with a choice of connection types while offering a range of deals to suit different kind of web users.

The network is investing big money to make sure it covers 98% of the country, both indoors and out, for calls, texts and 4G data – which is great if you want to use broadband on the go.

So What Does O2 Mobile Broadband Offer?

3G Mobile Broadband

Yes

4G Mobile Broadband

Yes

Connection Type

USB + Wireless

Pay As You Go

Yes

Pay Monthly

Yes

3G Mobile Broadband

When people talk about 3G, they’re talking about the third generation of mobile phone network technology which is much faster than the second generation, or ‘2G’ was. The upgrade to 3G in 2003 was a bit like going from using old fashioned dial-up internet to speedier broadband.

O2’s 3G signal covers almost all of the country with average 3G mobile broadband speeds of 2.4 Megabits per second – that’s basically fast enough for everyday use including checking your email, Facebook, your favourite websites and the like.

4G Mobile Broadband

4G is the fourth and newest generation of mobile phone network technology and is faster than 3G. The difference between the two is a lot like the difference between standard broadband and super-fast fibre-optic broadband.

The average 4G mobile broadband speed from O2 is 10.4 Megabits per second, which is more than enough to stream HD video and high quality music, along with anything else you might want to do online.

Connection Type

Mobile broadband connections come in two styles, and O2 offers both.

USB connections can often be known as dongles, and these handy little sticks connect a single device to the 3G or 4G service. Meanwhile, wireless options act as a portable hot spot for numerous devices to connect to – like a wifi home broadband router that connects over O2’s mobile network, rather than through your phoneline.

Pay as you Go

If you prefer not to be tied down to a contract, or can’t estimate how much data you might use in a month, O2 offers mobile broadband on a Pay as you Go basis which means you pre-pay for the data you use and top up your account once you run out of credit. It a good way to make sure you never run up too much of a bill as long as you’re happy to keep an eye on your credit and top up as necessary.

Pay Monthly

With a Pay monthly mobile broadband deal you’ll get a set data allowance each month in return for a fixed monthly fee. You’ll pay additional charges if you go over your limit, but you’ll never find yourself cut off mid-web-browsing because your credit has run out.

Click here to compare mobile broadband deals.

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