Comparing mobile broadband in Lancaster
Three offers 3G and 4G right across the town, with its signal extending to Morecambe, Bay Horse, Carnforth, and Claughton, though it is a little weaker in the east. It’s a similar story on Vodafone and EE, which have a comparable network footprint to Three, though Vodafone may not be as extensive outside the busier areas.
On O2 the 3G connection is best in central Lancaster, Scotforth and Morecambe but may be limited to the outdoors elsewhere.
Three’s Advanced 3G service also offers fast mobile broadband in Lancaster. This uses DC-HSDPA technology to provide greatly improved performance, and it may come at no extra cost. Three does not charge extra to use it, and you might already own a compatible device as it’s commonly supported on newer tablets, smartphones and mobile broadband dongles.
Performance is dependent on signal strength so the first step to getting a great mobile internet package is checking what’s available in your area. Read our guide to mobile broadband coverage for more information, and links to the network coverage tools.
Comparing home broadband in Lancaster
Right across Lancaster there’s the choice of at least ADSL up to 17Mb. The exchanges are Local Loop Unbundled (LLU) so there are various deals on offer to residents across a selection of providers, though availability can vary from area to area so you may not be able to get your first choice of ISP.
ADSL is the cheapest way to get broadband and it’s still fast enough to handle anything the average user is likely to throw at it. ADSL is available either by itself, or in bundles with a phone line and TV.
For a faster connection fibre optic broadband is on offer at the Lancaster, Morecambe, Hest Bank and Caton exchanges, with Heysham and Halton on Lune in line for an upgrade soon.
Fibre broadband provides speeds up to 76Mb and uploads of 20Mb, so it’s ideal for more demanding activities such as large downloads or streaming HD video, and for households where multiple users want concurrent access without everything grinding to a halt.