Are you thinking about getting wireless internet for your laptop or mobile phone, but you don’t know which providers offer this kind of internet? With the help of this article you’ll be able to find the best wireless internet based on a variety of different criteria. There are many different things that you need to think about when you’re trying to find the best wireless internet for your situation. I’ll go over a few of them now.
Shopping by price
For most people the most important thing is probably going to be the price. Most of the time you’re going to be looking at paying more money for wireless internet than the normal internet you use in your home. With a wireless provider you’re looking at paying between $45 and $80 per month, with the average being around $60 per month. The cheapest provider that I was able to find was CLEAR wireless 4G and cricket wireless 3G both of these cost $45 a month. The most expensive providers were Sprint wireless 3G and 4G, clear wireless 3G and 4G, and Qwest wireless. Each of these providers cost $80 per month.
Avoiding lengthy contracts
The next most important thing is probably going to be contract length. For the majority of companies you’ll be looking at a two-year contract. But there are some providers out there who won’t make you sign these lengthy contracts and instead offer month-to-month options. It’s usually the cell phone companies that will want to sign you up for several years. Some companies that offer monthly agreements are cricket wireless and clear wireless. And the companies were you can expect to be signing up for several years are Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T.
The need for speed
Another important factor is the download speed. You’ll find that there are some big differences in the download speeds offered by the different wireless providers. With the slowest company, cricket wireless, you’ll be looking at a download speed of around .5 all the way up to 1.5 Mbps. With the more expensive cell phone companies you can get download speeds of up to two Mbps. With clear and Sprint both operating 4G wireless networks you’ll be able to achieve speeds of up to 10 Mbps.
Another important consideration is how well covered your area is. With the 4G wireless networks you might run into some coverage issues as they don’t run throughout the entire country yet. You can get quite good coverage in major cities like Portland, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas, Philadelphia, and other major cities. With 3G you’ll be able to find coverage throughout the entire country. If you’re looking for 3G only coverage some good providers are T-Mobile and Verizon. If you’re looking for 4G clear wireless is a good choice.
As you probably figured out by now there are a lot of different providers to choose from when it comes to wireless internet. When you’re trying to decide which provider is the best for you thinking about the various criteria I mentioned in this article would be a good start to your search.