Comparing mobile broadband in Lisburn
Mobile broadband services in the UK are now in a very good place, with more than 90% of the population enjoying access to 3G broadband, and 4G coverage growing all the time.
But which should you choose? 3G is usually the cheapest way to get online on the move. It’s offered by all the networks - EE, Three, Vodafone and O2 - in Lisburn and the surrounding area, and is supported as standard by any reasonably modern smartphone, tablet or dongle so you may not have to buy new hardware, or at least not spend a lot on the very latest gear. Coverage is also very good and you can rely on getting a signal in much of the country.
But 3G isn’t the fastest option. Speeds will typically be under 10Mb, though can go much faster if your device supports Three Advanced 3G using the DC-HSDPA standard.
For the very best speeds you’ll want to opt for 4G mobile broadband. This is the latest standard and does not yet have the reach of 3G, though it is available from all networks in and around Lisburn. It can comfortably reach speeds of 20Mb or more, faster than many home broadband connections. Prices can be higher, though as the technology becomes more widespread we should see a drop in costs.
When selecting a mobile broadband service the most important thing to do is check coverage in the areas you’ll be using it as performance is reliant on a good signal. To do this you can use the network’s own coverage check tools, though keep in mind that they are a rough guide only and it’s not unusual to find dead spots even in locations where the signal is reported to be strong.
To access the coverage tools click the network logos:
For further information read our guide to mobile broadband coverage.
Comparing home broadband in Lisburn
Lisburn residents have the choice of three different fixed line home broadband services to suit different budgets and requirements.
For a cheap, entry level service there is ADSL using the BT telephone network. This is offered not just by BT but by many different providers such as EE, Sky, TalkTalk and Plusnet, and it provides a maximum download speed of 17Mb. Many packages now have unlimited downloads and not including line rental it can cost under £5 per month. This is great if you just want a basic service, but it’s not particularly fast compared to other services so can be limited if you’ve got a busy household or you’re something of a power user.
If you demand a faster connection there is fibre broadband. On the BT network fibre is available at speeds of either 38Mb, 52Mb or 76Mb. This too is offered by multiple ISPs so there’s a good level of competition encouraging reasonable prices and some great special deals, and the network has a wide area of coverage so many homes now have access. You can expect to pay more than ADSL, but it’s not expensive.
The very fastest service is offered by Virgin Media fibre (previously known as cable broadband). This is available at various speed tiers to a maximum of 200Mb. Virgin’s top end packages can be more expensive than BT fibre, but in return you get a great download speed and the option to get a premium TV package. Virgin is also the only mainstream provider to offer broadband without a phone line, which can save £12-17 on line rental every month.
To get started on comparing home broadband, enter your postcode into the postcode filter field in our comparison tables. This will show only those deals which should be available to your home, and you can then filter and sort them by criteria such as download speed and extras like TV bundles.