Your guide to mobile broadband

Mobile broadband gives you the freedom to access the internet anytime, anywhere. It’s ideal when you’re on the move, or if you don’t have a fixed phone line. Pre-pay mobile broadband is the most versatile way of using the internet. All you need is a prepay USB modem stick that you plug into your laptop.

How it works

Simply choose a network, buy a USB modem stick and plug it into your laptop. All our pre-pay mobile sticks come with 3G technology, giving you the fastest possible connection, even when you’re on the move.

Staying topped up

Some USB modem sticks come with a starter kit that is pre-loaded with data allowance and allows you to access the internet straight away. Others are sold as standalone and will need topping up before you can get started. You simply top up your balance online. All networks have a 30-day expiry in which to use your credit.

Data allowance

Every time you top up your broadband you pay for a certain amount of data allowance, quantified in gigabytes (GB). The more gigabytes you have, the more you’ll be able to do (downloads, emails, surfing, etc.). Below is a rough guide to what you get for your gigabytes, but this will vary according to how much data is used, e.g. the size of email attachments, etc.

Data Allowance Guide*
Gigabyes 1GB 3GB 12GB
Internet Surfing Hours 40 120 480
*These figures are only given as a general guideline.
Downloading information and sending attachments use up more data.



Wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) is mobile internet using high frequency radio waves. Some venues offer Wi-Fi (also called hotspots) either free or for a set fee. Hotspots do not use up your own data allowance. However, Wi-Fi hotspots are usually unsecured, so it’s important to have your own security in place, to avoid people accessing your files.