Business Mobile Broadband Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to business and travel, it is necessary for the traveler to stay connected on the road with the office. The serious business traveler needs a good connection when he or she is on the road. Many hotels will offer high-speed connection, but if that is downstairs in a room close to the lobby, it will not do your much good up on the eighth floor. You may get a connection on the eighth floor, but if it is not a very good connection, you may as well not have a connection at all. You could take everything you need and move downstairs, but you really want the peace and quiet solitude of your room to work in. So, what do you do? Well if your company has a mobile broadband Internet service provider you plug your data card in and you get to work. If not, then you move closer to the connection.

If your company does not have a mobile broadband connection you will need to check into the service provider to see which one can give you the best service and the best deal. First lets take a look at technologies. To date there are three different technologies being used for mobile broadband connection on the market. These are EvDO, UMTS, and the EDGE.

The EvDO is short for Evolution Data Optimized, which is the most functioning type of 3G technologies on the market today. EvDo data or express cards have speeds up to 3.1 MB per second as long as you are in the coverage area. If you are in a non-coverage area you will still receive a connection but the service will be slow because of the carrier.

UMTS/HSDPA is short for Universal Mobile Telecommunication System and because a cellular phone company started using it in 2004, it is a growing technology. This technology has its limitations; in large cities you will have a great signal, but the suburbs do not receive a signal. The older UMTS provide a speed of 384 KB per second; the new version of UMTS with High Speed Download Packet Access will provide a speed of 3.6 MB per second.

The EDGE is not considered to be a true 3G technology, but it is compatible with the 3G technologies. Alone it is much slower than the UMTS or the EvDO connections, but when combined with 3G it is much faster.

Now let’s take a look at the devices, which will give you the connection. Your laptop or notebook computer will have a slot on the side to enable you to insert either a data card or an access card.

The PC card or the data card is a type of PCMCIA modem. Most laptop or notebook computers will have a slot to fit this type of equipment.

The Express Card is a modem, which will fit into a 34/54-card slot; you will find this type of connection with the newer laptops or notebook computers.

The USB modem is modem, which will plug into a USB port. Most of the newer computers have added more USB port to the computers because they are so universal and many different devices can be connected into a computer through the USB ports. If you office only need one device, but several different people will need to use it, but not at the same time, you may want to invest into a USB modem, which will fit any computer.

Built-in mobile broadband technology laptops and notebook computers now come from the manufacturer already equipped and ready to go. The built-in modem will add an extra $180 to the price of your new notebook. These built-in mobile broadband adapters can be used with EvDO and UMTS/HSDPA technologies.

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