Calling all students!! Off to Uni soon and unsure of what to look out for when choosing a mobile broadband package? Follow www.broadbandchoices.co.uk hints and tips below to ensure you’re not caught out with a bad broadband deal that will swallow up your student loan in a nano second!
1. Go Monthly
If you are unsure of how your finances will be in 9 months time and worried about signing up to a long term contract, then a monthly deal could be the way to go. O2 currently offer a 1 month contract for £10 with a 1GB download allowance and a free dongle.
2. Download with caution
Mobile broadband deals do not always have the most generous download allowances, so you need to be careful and not go over your usage cap with too many episodes of Skins! Excess usage costs can mount up to a lot of money, so keep an eye on the limits set on your contract.
3. Beware of so called ‘freebies’
A free laptop may look pretty enticing but you should always compare the cost of an equivalent broadband package and laptop purchased separately before signing up. These offers frequently turn out to be poor value for money and you could find yourself paying for your ‘freebie’ after all through an extortionate monthly tariff.
4. Check your coverage
A mobile broadband connection isn’t much use if your chosen provider doesn’t have coverage in your area – rural areas are particularly unreliable. It is essential to do a postcode search with your chosen provider before signing up as patchy coverage could mean you are left without a connection when you need it most. Most mobile broadband providers offer a money back satisfaction guarantee in the first few days, so you can test the connection in your home. But if the signal is poor, don’t delay in taking it back.
5. UK Only
Keep mobile broadband surfing to UK shores as the costs of data usage charges when using your dongle overseas could multiply up to 000’s of pounds.