Wireless broadband witnessed a huge rise in popularity in Europe during 2008 and the first half of 2009 before stabilizing in the second half of 2009. In Australia, they are currently seeing something similar happening, according to broadband comparison site www.broadbandexport.com.au who has reported seeing a 45% rise in sales of wireless broadband plans in Australia in 2009. However, one should be aware of the limitations of a wireless broadband connection before purchasing, as it’s clearly not suitable for everybody just yet. It depends on your type of Internet use.
If you’re the type of Internet person who downloads a lot of data such as movies or you’re playing online games which may require a fast connection and response time, you’re probably better off opting for a fast broadband plan with a high download limit. Most broadband comparison sites will allow you to select broadband deals according to download limits.
If your main purpose for being online is browsing the web and doing e-mail back and forth, then one of the wireless Internet providers may be just what you’re looking for. One of the greatest things with a wireless Internet connection is portability – you can take it with you anywhere there’s cellphone coverage, more or less. Of course you will need 3G coverage for faster speeds or it will simply be downloading slower. Although wireless Internet is very flexible by being portable, it’s also slower in terms of both download speeds and response times, as well as the download limits usually being much lower than with home broadband plans.
These days, many people are opting for both. A home broadband plan for the fast Internet connection at home, and a wireless Internet plan for while being on the move.
Remember to consider your Internet use and go with the plan that suits your download limits and speed.