Comparing mobile broadband in Wirral
3G mobile broadband is a long established standard that offers generally good connectivity right across the UK. If the signal is strong you can enjoy respectably rapid speeds, especially with the latest network upgrades, and 3G can match or exceed an ADSL home broadband service fairly easily. Since it’s available from all network operators - Three, EE, O2 and Vodafone - and has good coverage this is the most cost effective and reliable solution.
The newer 4G networks offer much better speeds, perhaps approaching fibre optic home broadband, but the coverage is more restricted and you may need to pay more to use it. 4G services could come with a higher monthly fee and you may require new hardware to use it.
Whichever type of mobile broadband service you decide to use, it’s vital that you confirm network coverage in your area before buying as the performance is reliant on a good signal. Click the network logos below to access the coverage check tools for each provider, and read our guide to mobile coverage for more information.
Comparing home broadband in Wirral
The Borough of Wirral enjoys a good level of home broadband connectivity in most areas, with a choice of broadband technologies and providers that’s comparable to other parts of the UK.
At the entry level you’ve got ADSL home broadband using standard phone lines. This should be an option for just about everybody and it comes at a low price, though as with most home broadband services don’t forget to factor in the cost of the phone line rental that’s required to use the service.
ADSL can reach a top speed of 17Mb, but the performance is highly variable depending on several factors such as the quality of your line and distance from the exchange. Those in more remote areas might find that the actual speed is far lower.
Faster connectivity is available in Wirral using fibre optic broadband. Fibre in the UK is most often a technology called FTTC - Fibre To The Cabinet - where the old phone lines are still used to bring the service into your home. Speeds max out at either 38Mb or 76Mb depending on how much you’re willing to pay.
Most fibre broadband uses the BT Openreach network so it is available from multiple providers, giving plenty of choices for pricing and packages. Many locations should now have access, though again the most remote areas may lose out as there are still some exchanges which have yet to be upgraded to fibre.
The other nationwide option for fast home broadband is Virgin Media fibre. Unlike BT network fibre it is not offered by multiple providers, but it does deliver the fastest mass-market service with speeds topping out at 200Mb. Virgin cable internet is also fairly unique in providing broadband without a phone line, saving you from paying line rental if you don’t require a fixed line service.