Comparing mobile broadband in Norwich
Once upon a time the term “mobile broadband” was a rather fanciful name for what was all too often a spotty, inconsistent and unreasonably sluggish mobile internet service, but today’s mobile broadband networks are a lot more impressive.
3G mobile broadband has been around since the early 2000s and now covers the majority of the country, so as well as getting access in central parts of Norwich you should also be able to rely on access in the outlying areas. With a good signal 3G is capable of 10-20Mb or more. We know from our own testing that it’s more likely to be in the region of 5-10Mb, but that’s still plenty of bandwidth for accessing online services on the move.
If you need something faster there’s now the option of 4G, which is offered by O2, EE, Three and Vodafone. This next generation technology boasts much quicker speeds, and with a good signal can comfortably exceed the speed of an ADSL home broadband line. However, coverage is more limited and you will need to ensure you purchase a 4G capable mobile broadband device to use it.
Another option for faster mobile internet is Three Advanced 3G, which offers much improved 3G speeds over a wider area than 4G. One big advantage of this is that it’s already supported by many tablets, dongles and smartphones so you may not need to buy any new hardware.
When comparing mobile broadband the first place to start is a coverage check to find out what’s available in your location. Norwich and the surrounding area has generally good signal from all the networks, but it’s important to confirm the exact services, especially if you’re interested in something like 4G. Click the logos below to use the coverage check tools provided by the networks, and read our guide to mobile broadband coverage to find out more.
Comparing home broadband in Norwich
In most areas of Norwich you will have the option of several different types of broadband technology and many different providers. As with mobile broadband the starting point is a check of your location for availability, and you can easily do that right here on Broadband Genie by tapping your postcode into the comparison table.
The cheapest way to get home broadband is an ADSL connection using the regular phone lines. This is available just about everywhere and provides speeds up to 17Mb, though the actual performance will vary depending on your location - when signing up to a provider you will be given an accurate speed estimate.
If you need a faster connection there’s the option of fibre optic using the BT Openreach network or Virgin Media.
BT based fibre reaches speeds of either 38Mb, 52Mb or 76Mb, and as it’s offered by many different providers there’s a healthy choice of packages, so this is a good affordable option if you want superfast on a budget. Coverage is now reasonably good, but you will need to confirm that it is available to your home as it’s still not as widespread as ADSL.
Virgin Media’s network, which used to be known as cable broadband, is more limited in reach and can be slightly pricier, but it’s also very fast with a maximum speed of 200Mb, though if you don’t need that the lower tiers still provide very quick connections at a lower cost.
Many of our deals now include TV services, and this can be a great way to save money. As well as the premium Sky and Virgin Media packages there are also very affordable TV bundles from other ISPs which use Freeview.