Prepaid Wireless Internet - No Contract Required!
Don't you dare sign a contract; please consider prepaid
wireless Internet! Following a long struggle, prepaid
wireless plans have entered the mainstream, leaving traditional
contract carriers working hard to stay relevant. Fortunately,
prepaid doesn't stop with smartphones! No contract wireless
Internet is now the latest growth segment in the industry.
It's also often referred to as wireless broadband or
So what is it? Think
your high speed Internet
home that you get either through your television cable provider or your
(referred to as DSL). Now take that high speed Internet
experience and make it mobile!
that this is very different from what people have traditionally talked
about when they discuss wireless Internet or WiFi. WiFi
you to take a broadband connection like cable or DSL, and broadcast it
wirelessly so that you can connect to it with your laptop or other WiFi
enabled mobile device (ex. iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab) without having to
cords into your
computer. This type of connection is only for your home or
office, and doesn't extend past 100 feet or so. The wireless
Internet that I speak of here is
cellular, which means that you're not confined to your home or
Starbucks HotSpot as is the case with WiFi. You can access
Internet wherever you would
normally have cell phone reception; now that's mobile Internet!
And even better is that you can now have prepaid wireless
Prepaid Wireless Internet To The Rescue!
Most people already have a smartphone plan these days, and while we
would like to have mobile Internet, we're resistant to committing to a
contract to get mobile broadband, particularly because we may not use
it as regularly as we do our phones. Then in comes prepaid
Internet to solve our needs!
Although you'll see some laptops with wireless (i.e. cellular)
advertised as having Internet
most common approach is to buy a USB modem that plugs into any
with a USB connection, or a mobile hotspot.
Depending on your wireless provider, and the type
of modem you
experience speeds that can meet most of your needs.
Especially when you have 4G coverage, you can easily stream
movies or do online gaming (if you purchase a sufficient data bucket).
one point I
canceled my high speed cable Internet at home, and exclusively used my
wireless broadband card. If you're the type of person who's
always on the move, you're likely to find this service absolutely
invaluable! And if you're not interested in being committed
one carrier with a contract, or just want to try it out, prepaid
wireless Internet has proliferated now offering a myriad of options.
As this segment has been growing, the market is highly
competitive, which means great pricing for us customers!
Personally, I don't feel that the available pricing and data allowances
are sufficient for most people to be able to cancel your home Internet
service. So, think of a Prepaid
device as being a tool for when you're truly on the move, and don't
want to drain your smartphone by using its built-in hotspot (a.k.a.
What Performance Can You Expect?
In terms of performance, it's important to note that not
all wireless networks are created equally, even if they're all 4G.
even the same modem model can perform differently on different
carriers. You can visit
page for more details about mobile broadband technology and speeds.
You can also read an
interesting discussion about the Definition
. I also recommend that
you compare the reported speeds on the provider's website,
and be sure that they have at least a 2-week to 30 day return policy
you can take it home and test it out in your normal environment.
When comparing plans, you'll also want to be cognoscente of
carriers that throttle speeds, which is pretty much the norm these
days. Most now offer higher speeds for a given
GBs, and throttle thereafter. Unfortunately, gone are the
days of truly unlimited high speed data plans.
Initially, the convenience of wireless Internet was not
prepaid customers, however, that's certainly no longer the case.
There are a LOT of options available to us now!
every carrier offers some type of prepaid offer. While some
much better priced than others, the great news is that we now have a
lot of options to choose from, and at reasonable prices.
Other Options For Travelers
If you're traveling in the U.S. for only a short period of
time, or only have a need for mobile Internet on rare occasions,
there's another option for you to consider. You can look at
aircard rental services. Renting means that you can not only
avoid a contract (compared to postpaid), but you can also avoid having
to invest in purchasing the equipment (compared to prepaid wireless
Internet). Learn more about Wireless
now! Also, if you're traveling
abroad and looking for
the best deal on a local prepaid broadband service, compare
broadband plans by visiting International
Prepaid Wireless Internet
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