Student Broadband: Get Connected Simply

March 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Study Abroad

It’s difficult for students. In the UK getting a regular home Internet account is difficult enough, having to provide bank statements and other information as it is, but once you add to that the complexity of not having a fixed mailing address and the bills that are associated with it, which applies to most students studying away from home, the issues just get even more complicated.

Simply doing without broadband is not really an option however – aside from the social aspects the Internet is currently one of the best research tools available and those that do not have access to the plethora of information there are severely disadvantaged versus their peers.

There actually is an option for students though – namely Mobile Broadband. Now this is different to simple Internet on a mobile phone (although the name does seem somewhat similar) – rather it is utilizing an Internet dongle to provide mobile Internet access on your laptop or tablet PC (iPad or equivalent).

Choosing the company and the type of plan does need some research and I’d suggest Broadband Genie ( as a good starting point in your selection process. Here you will get assistance in a simple easy to understand fashion of the current dongle deals available in your area and the extra features and freebies that might be available to you, from great dongle deals to brand new laptops!

How it works

Simply put, sign up for a contract (pay monthly or pay as you go) with one of the major UK mobile phone providers, get a dongle from them which you plug into the USB port of your laptop or tablet computer, install the software and away you go.

In addition to having access to the Internet, the other advantage to Mobile Broadband is that you can take it with you – you’re not tied to a specific address or location and can browse in the library or coffee shop if that better suits your style & with some of the dongle deals available, you can actually share your broadband connection with up to five other devices at the same time!

Remember – with some of the dongle deals currently available in the market it is possible to not only get an extremely competitive price for your monthly contract and usage (even greater discounts are available if you choose to combine your broadband deal with your current mobile phone provider), but you could also acquire or obtain a new laptop (or other freebies) for your use too!