Comparing mobile broadband in Preston
Getting yourself a great mobile broadband package in Preston is easy as the network coverage is generally very good throughout the area.
All providers offer 3G services in this region, covering both central Preston and out to locations such as Broughton, Hutton, Samlesbury, Cottam, Leyland.
3G mobile broadband is the cheapest and most widespread service in the UK, ideal if you need a reliable connection with sufficient performance to handle most common tasks. 3G speeds are improving all the time, and with a strong signal you could easily achieve 5-10Mb or more, better than some ADSL home broadband connections.
For the fastest mobile broadband in Preston there are also plenty of options. Three offers its ‘Advanced 3G’ services in some parts of the town, which uses a technology called DC-HSDPA and can exceed 20Mb. The great thing about this is it’s already supported by many tablets, smartphones and dongles so you don’t need to buy new equipment, and If available your Three device will use this automatically for no extra charge.
4G networks are also operating in Preston from Three, Vodafone, EE and O2. 4G coverage is generally smaller than 3G (both in Preston and throughout the UK as a whole) but does have the benefit of much higher speeds. In order to use 4G you will need a device that supports this standard, and perhaps sign up for a 4G data package. EE has also enabled double speed 4G in this area, promising even better mobile broadband internet to those with double speed access on their deals.
Comparing home broadband in Preston
ADSL is the cheapest option and can deliver download speeds of up to 17Mb using standard telephone lines. ADSL should be available to just about everybody, however the performance will depend heavily on how far you are from the exchange. When signing up to a service the ISP will give you an accurate estimate.
For a faster connection there’s fibre optic broadband using either BT lines or the Virgin Media network. BT is available in several speed tiers of 38Mb, 52Mb or 76Mb. Those are still ‘up to’ figures and actual performance is variable, but with fibre it should be much closer to that maximum rate.
Virgin Media fibre (previously known as cable broadband) is also available in Preston. This is currently the fastest mass market broadband service in the UK, there’s a wide range of broadband and TV bundles and it offers broadband without a phone line, however Virgin Media has a more limited coverage footprint than either ADSL or BT network fibre so is not an option for every home.