Mobile Internet Cell Phone, Mobile Phone, and PDA Internet Services
Mobile Internet is a type of internet access which allows a cell phone, mobile phone, PDA, or other portable device to connect to a wireless Internet Service Provider or ISP. Mobile internet requires a monthly subscription plan. If you already purchased a cell phone, for example, you would add mobile internet onto your existing cell phone plan. If you intend to use a mobile internet plan to connect a laptop or PC, additional equipment such as an wireless PC card may be necessary. Mobile internet service availability is generally nationwide and multiple providers are available in many service areas. Cell phone tower reception, just as with all mobile devices, needs to be strong in order to realize maximum service performance. Below is a short list of mobile internet service providers for which you may find specials offers deals and discounts on our web site. Prices for mobile internet are generally between $29.95 to $79.95 per month, which is high given the slower speeds. See high speed internet for a comparison of wireless internet vs DSL and cable internet.
Mobile Internet Service Providers
Mobile Internet Service Availability
When we discussed dial up internet service, we mentioned that most computers today ship with everything that you need to connect to a dial up internet service provider. The same is not true of mobile internet services. For starters, mobile internet regardless of the ISP is subscription based, meaning that you will need to sign up ahead of time and pay a monthly fee. Additional equipment is also needed, such as a cell phone, wireless PC card, or mobile internet modem. Equipment for mobile internet tends to be much more expensive when compared to competing DSL and cable internet services. Equipment discounts may be available through the special offer links on our web site.
Mobile Internet Service Speed
Mobile internet service speeds are generally slower than most other high speed internet services. Despite recent technological improvements, mobile internet is still slow at long distances between source and cell tower, which can make online gaming and interactive web sites slow to respond. Anything that would disrupt cell phone reception will also disrupt mobile internet access. Residential mobile internet plans start at 256 Kbps to 2 Mbps (2,000 Kbps) with some providers offering higher mobile internet speed in limited service areas.
Mobile internet is often times the last choice for those who want high speed internet. DSL internet, for example, offers a better balance of internet speed and price. Cable internet offers internet speeds higher than 6 Mbps in some areas for the same price of the slower mobile internet access. Of course if DSL and Cable are not available in your service area, then you are among those without competitive options. Some mobile customers find value in phone and internet service bundles which can help reduce the overall price shock by adding cell phone service you may not get otherwise.
Residential mobile internet service operates on a shared network. Sharing of mobile internet networks helps to keep the costs down at reasonable levels compared to a dedicated business like internet network. During peak times all residential mobile internet access may become sluggish, especially if the users frequently download music, watch streaming video, or play online games. If you have purchased a basic residential mobile internet plan at 256 Kbps or 512 Kbps and are experiencing slower than desired internet access speeds, the most practical remedy is to upgrade to the next speed level.
Mobile internet providers are currently exploring ways to fairly distribute bandwidth or internet access usage. If you expect to download lots of music and play online games all night long, you may soon be expected to pay more or be subject to what's called bandwidth throttling, in which your speed will automatically be reduced after a specified daily bandwidth limit has been reached. Always read the Terms of Service as presented to you by your mobile internet service provider prior to signing up.