A mobile broadband connection is available from most cell phone companies as well as a few other broadband companies. These connections offer users the ability to use the Internet wherever they go without worrying about finding a Wi-Fi connection. Companies offer many plans that help users get the coverage they need.
If your primary use of the Internet is to send and receive basic emails, your usage would be low. In general, an email's size is about 3 kilobytes. Many of the mobile broadband Internet connections offer you at least 1 gigabyte of bandwidth to use each month. Therefore, if you are going to be using your service primarily for emails, the lowest level of service would be more than enough. However, if you plan to use it for other things as well, you may need to consider more coverage.
Documents require a larger amount of bandwidth than a simple email. Therefore, you must also consider if you need to send attachments with your emails or if someone is going to be sending attachments to you. The size of each document can vary based on the length of the document and its type. For instance, a two-page word processing document is much smaller than a picture. A five-page text document is about 70 kilobytes and a picture can be 500 kilobytes or more, depending on the quality of the photo.
One of the most common uses for mobile broadband Internet is Web browsing. Most people who want a mobile broadband Internet connection need to do more than just check their emails. Instead, they want to be able to look information up on the Internet while they are on the go. The number of websites that you will be checking on a monthly basis plays a big role in how much bandwidth you need. For instance, to use up 80 megabytes of bandwidth, you would need to spend eight hours on the Internet. With 1 gigabyte of bandwidth, you can spend around 80 hours on the Internet.
Downloads and Streaming
Downloading files and streaming music and videos are the biggest drain on your mobile broadband bandwidth. For instance, a song that lasts three minutes is generally about 4 megabytes in size. Downloading 20 of these songs takes up about 80 megabytes of your bandwidth for a total of 200 possible downloads for 1 gigabyte of bandwidth. Videos take up even more space. For instance, viewing 10 minutes of video takes up the same amount of bandwidth as 20 MP3s. If you do a lot of downloading and streaming in addition to other Internet activities, you would need a larger mobile broadband plan.
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