Written by, Andriana Moskovska
Updated August, 16, 2022
If you want to quickly access broadband on the go, you might want to consider getting a mobile dongle for the internet.
But, what are internet dongles and how to get one?
Let’s find out.
Internet dongles, also known as ‘internet sticks,’ ‘wi-fi dongles,’ or wi-fi sticks,’ are small portable modems that give users access to broadband. They’re ideal to access the internet in cafes, airports, or even taxis when it’s not possible to connect to a wi-fi network.
A dongle plugs into the USB port of a laptop or a tablet and automatically connects to the internet. It provides access to 3G, 4G, or 5G data in the same way that a smartphone accesses a provider’s mobile data network.
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Mobile network providers usually provide dongles with a data plan.
Depending on the plan, you may be able to use a 4G or 5G network, connect to the Internet while abroad, and get access to unlimited broadband.
Even though over 9 million users get their internet connection through BT, many people choose other major mobile networks providers offer internet dongle deals in the UK, including:
There are several things to take into account if you’re considering getting a dongle for your laptop.
If you often work on the go or travel overseas for business, a wi-fi USB dongle will save you a lot of trouble when in places with limited internet coverage. You can also get a temporary broadband dongle before going on vacation to ensure you have access to the internet whenever you need it.
Dongle deals generally range between £10 and £150. Some include upfront costs and most usually involve a contract where you’ll have to pay a flat monthly fee. You can also opt for a pay-as-you-go option and top up the SIM in the dongle whenever you need access to the internet.
Dongle data plans can last between 30 days and 12-24 months. If you often find yourself in places with limited internet options, it’s more economical to take out an annual contract, but not if you need a temporary wifi dongle.
Not all data plans are unlimited. Most of them range between 500 MB to 32GB per month. If you need the dongle for casual browsing, a smaller data package might be enough, but if you’re working on the go, you’ll likely need as much data as you can get.
Dongles have a lot of benefits, but they’re not the ideal solution in every circumstance.
If an internet dongle isn’t the best fit for your situation, you might want to consider one of the following to connect to the internet:
A data dongle is an ideal option when in places where internet access isn’t always guaranteed. They’re flexible, come with a variety of data options, and you can use them abroad (provided that it’s in your data plan).
It’s a small, portable piece of computer hardware that you insert into a USB port in your device to get broadband access.
A wireless dongle doesn’t need to (nor can it) connect to a wi-fi network to provide you with internet access.
Dongles do require SIM cards since that’s how they connect to the internet, but they work out of the box.
Internet dongles are pocket-sized models that allow you to connect to broadband by plugging them into a USB port into your device. They often come free with a data plan, which you can purchase from most carrier providers in the UK.
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