Comparing mobile broadband in Stoke-on-Trent
All the four network operators - EE, Three, O2 and Vodafone - provide strong signal across Stoke-on-Trent. 3G is widely available on every network in both central areas and the outskirts, including locations such as Norton Green, Wolstanton, Kidsgrove, Longton and Werrington.
If you’re interested in faster mobile broadband there are a couple of options. Three operates an ‘Advanced 3G’ network in the Stoke-on-Trent area, which uses a technology known as DC-HSDPA to provide much faster speeds over standard 3G. This can be very quick and may not need any additional equipment as it’s often supported by existing mobile broadband dongles, tablets and smartphones.
4G mobile broadband is also on offer from all networks, however coverage is not yet as extensive as 3G so you may find signal becomes patchy further from the central areas.
For more about mobile broadband coverage read our beginner’s guide, which includes links to the network’s own signal check tools. This is one of the key things to check before buying any mobile internet package. Aside from finding out whether there’s any signal at all, you want to find out if it’s strong enough as a weak connection will be significantly slower; look out for areas where the coverage is ‘outdoor only’.
Comparing home broadband in Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas benefit from a good level of support for various fixed line internet services. All exchanges offer affordable ADSL and ADSL2+, permitting speeds up to 17Mb using standard BT telephone lines. The exchange is Local Loop Unbundled so deals are available from a very large choice of ISPs.
Additionally, there’s the choice of fibre optic from the BT or Virgin Media networks. Fibre optic services using BT’s network provide a connection up to 76Mb download and 20Mb upload, a significant step up from ADSL. Virgin Media fibre (previously known as cable) broadband goes even faster - presently up to 300Mb!
But remember that even when an exchange is enabled for a service this does not mean that it will be available to all homes. To find out what’s available in your area use the postcode search tool in our comparison table. When you enter your postcode we’ll filter deals based on location, and you can then start sorting them by criteria such as price and speed.