If you want to potentially save lots of money on your broadband charges, and you want to avoid a contract to boot, you should definitely look into prepaid mobile broadband. With this option, you can purchase a set amount of broadband for a month, for a week, maybe even for a day. Indeed, this system offers exceptional freedom to wireless consumers all over the world.
Global travelers in particular can derive great benefit by paying ahead of time for their broadband. When they're oversees, this system utilizes either hotspot devices or USB modems to get them online. And as long as they're away, they won't have to worry about roaming charges at all.
A pay-in-advance mobile broadband system makes sense as a backup plan, too. You might have a mobile contract, and that contract might give you broadband on a certain device. But what would happen if you lost that device, or broke it, or it was stolen, yet you needed access to broadband right away? Having some amount of prepaid broadband each month can help you out in that kind of an emergency situation. Therefore, it gives you additional peace of mind. If you have young children at home, you might want to prepay for some broadband data so that they can play online on one device as you work online on your own device.
Having said all that, not all pay-in-advance broadband systems will serve you equally well. Therefore, due diligence is required before you settle on a program. Look first at a company's coverage maps. If you can't get broadband where you need it, then paying for that broadband makes no sense. In addition, it's helpful to patronize a company that provides technical support around the clock, seven days a week.
Also look at overage fees. An overage fee is a penalty you pay for exceeding the number of minutes or the amount of data you paid for. These fees can be very costly, and what's more, it's all too easy to buy less time or less data than you end up needing. In some cases, when you know you're about to reach the limits of the broadband you paid for, you're allowed to contact the company and pay for more, so that your service is not interrupted. Sometimes you can order these additional data / minutes for the same cost as you prepaid, but often it's the case that they'll cost you more money at this point.
Realize, too, that the instant you pay in advance for your broadband, you have access to that broadband. And at that same instant, the time frame for which you prepaid begins to expire.