Comparing mobile broadband in Gloucester
If your last experience of mobile broadband was a shaky and disappointingly slow 3G connection you may be pleasantly surprised by the current state of mobile internet in the UK.
3G has been around for over ten years and while it did have a bad reputation for failing to offer the broadband-on-the-move experience we’d been promised, the networks are generally much better now. 3G can be expected to offer a speed of around 5-10Mb, which is plenty for the basic web browsing and email, while newer 3G standards like Three’s Advanced 3G network can provide 10-20Mb.
3G is the cheapest way to get mobile broadband, and it is widespread so as well as being available from all the networks in and around Gloucester you should have few issues staying online as you travel around the country.
For faster connectivity there is now the option of 4G in Gloucester. This can be more expensive and may require you to buy new hardware to support it, but speeds are much better than 3G. Just remember that while all the network operators - Three, O2, EE and Vodafone - now have 4G it does have a limited coverage area compared to 3G so you will be falling back on the older standard quite regularly when travelling.
It’s important when buying mobile broadband to check coverage in your area (and anywhere else you’ll be using it) as fast mobile broadband is dependent on a good signal. To do this you can use the network’s own coverage check tools, which you’ll find by clicking the logos here:
For further information visit our guide to mobile broadband coverage.
Comparing home broadband in Gloucester
There are three options for a new broadband service in Gloucester, all of which you’ll find listed on the comparison tables here.
ADSL is the cheapest way of getting home broadband, it’s sold by many different providers so you’ve got an extensive choice of packages. It is widely available and fast enough for most average home users. However, ADSL is not as well suited to busy households or those with more demanding requirements, and although you’ll see the speeds listed ‘up to’ 17Mb the actual performance is usually much lower.
BT fibre optic
Fibre broadband using the BT Openreach network provides a welcome upgrade on ADSL, delivering a maximum speed of either 38Mb, 52Mb or 76Mb depending on the availability at your nearest exchange and how much you’re willing to pay. It’s not too expensive though, with many deals available for under £20 per month. It is offered not just by BT but by many other providers such as Plusnet, TalkTalk, EE and Sky. The BT fibre network does not yet have the same reach as ADSL, however, so not all homes can depend on it being available.
Virgin Media fibre broadband
The Virgin Media network (formerly known as cable broadband) is available in the Gloucester area, and it’s the fastest connection out there with speeds reaching 200Mb. That makes it perfect for power users or homes where the link will be shared between many people. Prices are generally higher than either ADSL or BT fibre, but you can make a saving on the line rental as Virgin Media is one of the few options for broadband without a phone line. The biggest drawback of Virgin is that its network is comparatively small, and you may find that even if it is available near to your home it has not actually been installed to your street or property.
As with mobile broadband you will need to check the availability of services as a first step when comparing home broadband. Use the postcode field in the Broadband Genie comparison tables and the deals will be filtered by location. Once you’re ready to buy and head off to your chosen provider further checks will be carried out to confirm, including an accurate speed estimate so you have an idea of what kind of service you should receive.