Birmingham’s tech history
One of Birmingham’s most famous tech sons is Maurice Wilkes. Born in Dudley and growing up in Stourbridge, Wilkes constructed the catchily named ‘electronic delay storage automatic calculator’ (EDSAC) between 1949 and 1951.
EDSAC was the second ever computer of its kind to go into regular service.
Wilkes is also credited with having the idea for ‘macros’ and password encryption which was later used in UNIX; the computer operating system that led to today’s computer platforms.
In 1981, University of Birmingham graduate Adam Osborne invented the Osborne 1; the first commercially available portable computer. The precursor to today’s laptop, it was designed to fit under an aeroplane seat.
Since then, Birmingham has had a strong connection with the computer games industry. Codemasters, the UK’s oldest games studio, has its HQ just outside Coventry but also has a studio in Edgbaston. And Brum-based AdventureSoft has seen its classic Simon the Sorcerer series given a new lease of life on the iPad.
Comparing mobile broadband in Birmingham
All the major UK mobile networks have reportedly strong 3G coverage across the vast majority of the Birmingham area. To compare all the best deals from the major networks, the best place to start is our main mobile broadband comparison table.
However it doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to have a trouble free time whoever you choose. In highly populated areas the big problem tends to be capacity. It’s all well and good putting masts all over the city, but if they’re not powerful enough to cope with the load you’re still going to struggle to get a signal.
The key is often word of mouth; ask around with both your neighbours and colleagues about their experiences to make sure you’ll get a good signal wherever you regularly use mobile broadband.
It’s also worth considering the 4G mobile broadband option. Central Birmingham was one of the first areas to benefit from 4G mobile broadband, which can offer speeds far in excess of the old 3G networks. If you’re serious about your mobile broadband, now could be the time to upgrade.
Comparing home broadband in Birmingham
Most home broadband deals should be available to the majority of Birmingham residents. This includes broadband and TV packages, as well as the cheaper options. However, not all postcodes are created equal.
Before you start comparing deals, be sure to enter your postcode in the comparison table above; this will filter the results to show only services available through your local telephone exchange. You may find your options limited, especially if you’re living on the outskirts of the city.
Once you know what’s available, you can simply order the results as best suits you; contract length, price, broadband speed, data limit etc. Then it’s simply a case of clicking through to the provider’s official website to sign up.