Wireless seems to be destined for greatness as a result of the degree of freedom that it gives all of us. Without wire clutter, portable computers are truly as portable as they should be and wireless technology has found a place in the hearts of all computer users.
Mobile broadband is the reason for this newfound freedom. By providing high speed broadband Internet access that is wireless custom devices such as telephones and portable modems, it permits the ultimate freedom. However, there are some disadvantages that come with this freedom as well. .
There are two primary advantages of mobile broadband. The first is that mobile broadband offers unparalleled convenience for access to the broadband Internet. All you need is a modem, and access to the Internet access is there. The second is that there is a complete lack of need for a landline makes for increased flexibility. Regardless if you are at the park, at work or at home, the landline is totally unnecessary. This means there are greater portable and less wires hanging around.
However, there are also two primary disadvantages of mobile broadband. The first is that the range of reception for most mobile broadband networks is currently somewhat limited. There are some places where bad reception exists and some where connecting to the broadband Internet isn't even possible. In addition, where there is a high concentration of users in one area who are all using the mobile broadband, there is usually a slowdown in service. The second disadvantage is that the bandwidth that is available to mobile broadband users is usually much smaller than their traditional cousins. This particular limitation may go unnoticed to most casual users, heavier users of the Internet will find it particularly troublesome.
Mobile broadband has its limitations but it also has a vast potential that can be used and taken advantage of. However, it wasn't very long ago that the same was said of wireless networks, and what tomorrow holds in store for us should never be underestimated.
For the casual user that values convenience and mobility over consistency and speed, mobile broadband is a rather attractive option. But, for heavy Internet users, and others that simply don't or can't handle the bandwidth limitations or the reception problems, they should maybe wait to sign up for this particular option. After the problems are worked out, mobile broadband will become the preferred form of access to the Internet.