Have you ever considered whether the expense of paying for both a mobile and a home broadband connection is worth it? Do the benefits of these two different methods of accessing the internet outweigh the cost? Or could you make do with just one monthly outgoing for all of your online needs?

Home Broadband Connections

There is no denying that there are many advantages to having access to a high speed internet connection in the home. Your emails are never more than a quick click away, you can stay up to date with the latest news and even your kids could benefit from researching their schoolwork within the internet’s vast information reserves.

A home broadband connection such as ADSL or cable can provide you with a very quick way to access any information that you need. It also provides the freedom to download movies, TV shows, music, games and much, much more within a reasonable period of time. Although the different speeds that you can expect to receive from your broadband connection will differ based on your location and how much you are willing to pay per month for your contract, you can rest assured that you will receive a reasonably fast connection.

The downside to a home broadband connection then, is that you can’t pick it up and take it with you. A wireless router could certainly help you to enjoy the internet from every room, and even from your garden, but once on the train commuting to work you will leave it behind.

Mobile Broadband Connections

Enter the mobile broadband connection. A mobile broadband dongle or datacard can be taken wherever you may go, allowing access to the internet wherever you can get a connection. Although there are still many areas with a limited signal, it is improving all the time as more and more Australians start to utilise this technology to access the World Wide Web.

Mobile broadband isn’t just for the move though, as it can also be used effectively as your predominant home broadband connection. There are even special routers that provide you with the ability to split the signal, allowing other users to access your mobile internet connection wirelessly, just as if you had a wireless router though a normal home broadband connection.

Of course there must be a downside, and it comes in the form of the speed and download limits that you can expect to receive from a mobile broadband contract. As already mentioned, the signal strength is improving all the time, as is the speed and ability to download more cost effectively.

Choosing Your Connection

Until mobile broadband is fast enough to contend with a home broadband connection it may not be suitable for your downloading needs. But without the ability to connect to the mobile network there is no way to access the internet on the go. If both of these things are important to you then, at present, you will need to pay for both contracts.

Keep watching this space though, as mobile broadband technology is swiftly developing. With a 4G network planned, mobile broadband connections could soon be significantly faster than their rivals, making them a sensible choice no matter what you need to access the internet for.