Published on March 28th, 2013 | by Matthew0
Mobile and Fibre Optic Plan Trends in 2013
If you are the type of person that likes to be always online, whether you are relaxing at home or travelling on business, the many different plans that providers across the globe have to offer their customers this year are sure to be of interest to you.
The good news is that there is a great deal of choice and intense competition continues to keep prices at attractive levels in many parts of the world, both for 4G and broadband data plans. The not so good news as far as most people are concerned is that unlimited data packages are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. However, if reliability is important to you, it could be better to invest in a plan that gives you hi-speed access to 50 GB of data a month than to pay for an unlimited service that frequently fails to live up to the promises of its provider.
The problem with unlimited access is that most users are tempted to overuse it in a misguided attempt to obtain value for money. What this means is that systems become overloaded and advertised speeds are rarely achievable. It is for this reason that I believe mobile and home broadband plans with specific limits will prove to be a good thing in the long term. The fact that they are generally cheaper than the few unlimited plans still available is another point in their favour as far as many people are concerned.
What do you need?
Although it is very tempting to opt for the most expensive plan you can afford, in the belief that faster speeds and higher data limits are better, this is not always the case. If you use your internet connections mainly to stay in touch with friends, family and business colleagues via social media websites and to keep up with world news, you are unlikely to use a great deal of bandwidth during the course of a month and you will not need download speeds of 50 MB a second in order for the websites you regularly access to load quickly.
On the other hand, if you often download large media files and like to stream music and television broadcasts over the Internet, a hi-speed connection will be of great benefit. You will also need a generous data plan to avoid going over your monthly limitif you enjoy watching 1080p films online.
Choosing a provider
The wide variety of packages on offer can make it difficult to know which one to choose but if you can narrow the selection down to the plans that are offered by a single provider, things get a lot easier. When evaluating ICT firms you should take a look at their record of achievement and in particular, what other people think about them. Consumer reviews that are posted online can be a great guide when trying to choose a provider and they can help you to avoid signing up with a company that regularly fails to deliver on its promises.
Rather than looking for providers that advertise the highest speeds and the biggest limits for the lowest costs, see if you can find one that is popular with other residents in your town or city and that has a customer service department which deals with enquiries in an expeditious manner. If you should happen to encounter any problems with your Internet connection, whether using a 4G mobile package or a fixed line broadband service, it is nice to know that they will be dealt with promptly and efficiently, and that normal service will be resumed in short order.
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