Pay as you go broadband

June 24, 2009 by  

Pay as you go broadband (PAYG broadband) is making quite a surge this summer. Vodafone have introduced a cheap roaming deal for their mobile broadband product’s usage across Europe, Three have been pushing their cheap mobile broadband products, and even the home broadband providers have been getting in on the act.

New websites dedicated to pay as you go broadband have been springing up.

Check these websites out:

Pay as you go broadband – blog that features the latest PAYG product offerings from the various UK broadband and mobile broadband providers.

Internet dongle – site that is dedicated to finding mobile broadband deals, advice and support about mobile broadband.

Now mobile broadband – website focusing on the mobile broadband market.

Free Laptop mobile broadband

October 22, 2008 by  

Please read this post for guidance on receiving a free laptop with your mobile broadband. If you think this mobile broadband offer is for you then please visit PC World.

Post summary: Nothing in life is actually free, but, if you don’t currently have a laptop and would like to have mobile broadband on the go then do try the PC World offer. The deal works out to be just under £1.50 per day (over a 2 year period) for you to have a laptop capable of receiving mobile broadband. On this mobile broadband offer you will be able to surf the web for about 3 hours per day just about anywhere – the local cafe, the park, even on the train or bus.

Somethings aren’t as good as they sound

I read in the news yesterday that the sales of free laptop mobile broadband, or, broadband deals where you get a free laptop when you sign up to mobile broadband. Apparently, the laptop offers are going to be huge sellers on the way up to Christmas. I guess it does make sense if you want to give a loved one a laptop this Christmas (especially during le credit crunch) that you get to give them a gift on Christmas day and then pay for the ongoing costs of the mobile broadband for as long as you want to.

Now – getting a free laptop sounds like a great deal to me. But. And there is a very big BUT. Do you really get free laptop or is this too good to be true?

Free laptop? Too good to be true?

If there is anything to be learned from the credit crunch is is that sometimes things appear to good to be true but so so long as you read the small print you are less likely to get a nasty surprise

Intrigued by the offer of a free laptop I popped into my local PC World today. It took a while to get served but I felt that getting advice from their in-store ‘mobile broadband expert’ should be waited for – else I might miss out on the free deal of the century!

The PC World member of staff was actually pretty helpful. He said that I could get online with a mobile broadband dongle and my existing laptop for £10 per month on 3 broadband, and for £15 per month on T-mobile and Vodafone. If I signed for a contract for 18 or 24 months then I would likely get the mobile broadband dongle for free and I would receive 1 gig of data transfer per month (or according to the technician, “about 3 hours of surfing per day”).

But what about my free laptop?

Aha! There’s nothing free about this free laptop offer. No, in order to get the free laptop with mobile broadband you would need to be on a whopping £45 per month contract. By the time you get up to this level, you will get a “free” laptop if you sign up to a 24 month contract on one of the provider mobile broadband deals.

Is the Free laptop with mobile broadband a good deal?

No – Not when you first think about it.

So for a 24 month mobile broadband contract at £45 – which is a staggered, 2 year outlay of £1,080 – I could have walked out of the shop with a laptop worth £400 and a mobile broadband connection for 2 years – GREAT! But then how much is that mobile broadband costing me? After you take away £400 for the laptop that works out to be £680 over 24 months or £28.33 per month. Now £28 per month sounds pretty expensive to me (I can get broadband at home for around £10 per month).

Yes – its a bargain at £1 per day.

But. When you break it down into a daily cost of £1 to have access to the internet anywhere I can get a mobile reception, and, I get a free laptop! Now when you put it like that, the mobile broadband laptop offer sounds pretty tempting.

What are the mobile broadband alternative options?

If you already have a laptop and want to keep it.

If like me, you already have a laptop, what do you make of this offer? Well assuming your laptop is serviceable, you could just go out, sign a 12-month contract with 3 mobile broadband and pay £15 per month (or £180 for the year). You would have £900 cash still in your pocket and no tie-in to the same mobile broadband provider for the following 12 months.

If you already have a laptop and fancy creating you own ‘free laptop’ offer.

If you laptop is a bit worn out or you just fancy a shiny new one, you could tell your other half that you got a “free laptop with your mobile broadband contract”… but gloss over the true reality.

In reality, you have seen the laptop of your dreams so you either sign-up to PC World’s 24-month mobile broadband offer and accept their £450 off “any laptop you choose”. Or you create your own package.

In my case, I would convince myself that it was going to cost me £1,080 over a 24 month period to have the PC World laptop offer so why don’t I just go out and buy myself a dongle with 12-month contract for £180 and then go and blow £900 on a laptop of my choice. I’d wait until year-2 before I needed to worry my conscience about paying for the 2nd year of the mobile broadband contract.

Free laptop with mobile broadband at PC World

Mobile broadband growth

July 3, 2008 by  

Sales of mobile broadband dongles are soaring. All the major mobile broadband providers in the UK are now offering broadband on the go. Because the costs of mobile broadband are much cheaper, UK customers are leaving their landline based broadband providers in droves.

The estimated migration rate of customers joining the mobile broadband revolution has been put as high as 50,000 new UK mobile broadband users per month. Now that sounds like an over-estimation to us at Go Broadband, but, the mobile broadband providers must be doing something right!

Why choose mobile broadband

The reason so many UK internet users are choosing to use mobile broadband over traditional, landine connection appears to be:

The price – mobile broadband contracts are significantly cheaper than landline connection. Mobile broadband prices start from as liitle as £10 per month (3 broadband’s pay-as-you-go service called “broadband on the go”).

The flexibility – most mobile broadband providers offer pay-as-you-go services and billing. This is great for users that don’t want to budget for a 12 month contract.

Mobile broadband – you can use a mobile broadband dongle anywhere you can receive a mobile phone reception. This means you can use the broadband service while you are on the move (even on a train or bus – think how your mobile phone normally remains connected if you are not moving too quickly).

Rural Broadband – Not everyone has the privalege of super-fast urban broadbnd speeds. Those that live out in rural areas or the the wilds of the UK, are often located too far from a BT exchange to get fast broadband connections. Often mobile broadband is the solution.

What is a Mobile dongle?

Very simple. It is a USB dongle that plugs into your computer – just like a USB pen. The broadband dongle has a mobile phone SIM card in it. The dongle allows you to connect to the mobile internet from anywhere you can receive a mobile phone reception.

Madasafish Talk Promotion Code

August 13, 2007 by  

You can now get £5 OFF your talk plan with Madasafish broadband. Just use the promotion code 4055529 when you are prompted to at registration on the Madasafish website and, you will receive £5 OFF your first telephone bill.*

For just £9.99 a month you can now receive unlimited FREE evening and weekend telephone calls.

Madasafish Talk

With telephone line rental at just £9.99 a month, Madasafish Talk provides you with a simple and easy way to save money and get free phone calls. Select one of two Madasafish Talk packages and you could make great savings on your telephone bill. It’s easy to switch to Madasafish and you get to keep your existing telephone line and phone number. When you sign up for Madasafish Talk you’ll also get your line rental, call charges and broadband (if applicable) all on one bill.

Madasafish Talk – Option 1 – “Talk Free”

  • Price: FREE
  • Ideal if you make calls mainly on evenings and weekends.
  • Unlimited free evening and weekend calls to UK landlines (numbers starting in 01 and 02).
  • Free calls to all other Madasafish Talk users at anytime.
  • Inclusive calls to UK landlines and calls to other Madasafish Talk users up to an hour are completely free. Redial before 60 minutes to avoid call charges.
  • Cheap international calls and competitive rates to mobile phones.
  • 5% off calls made to 5 numbers of your choice including international and mobile phone numbers with Favourite Five.
  • Sign-up to Madasafish Talk Free now

Madasfish Talk – Option 2 – “Talk Anytime”

  • Price: £5.99 a month
  • Ideal if you make calls during the day.
  • Unlimited calls to UK landlines at any time (numbers starting in 01 and 02).
  • Free calls to all other Madasafish Talk users at anytime.
  • All calls to UK landlines and to other Madasafish Talk users up to an hour are completely free. Redial before 60 minutes to avoid call charges.
  • Cheap international calls and competitive rates to mobile phones.5% off calls made to 5 numbers of your choice including international and mobile phone numbers with Favourite Five.
  • Sign-up to Madasafish Talk Anytime now

Notes: *The Madasafish talk promotion code can only be used by new customers of Madasafish. Existing Madasafish customers – you could try the code but it is unlikely to work.

New madasafish broadband promotion code on the way

August 7, 2007 by  

We have been in talks with Madasafish Broadband and hopefully we will soon be able to reveal a special new offer to users of the Go Broadband and Mac.Broadband websites.

We’ve been trying to come up with a way to offer the best new customers* deal available on the web. We currently have the 4055529 promotional code from Madasafish. Use this promo code and you’ll get £10 OFF your Madasafish broadband connection. However, we are in talks with Madasafish to try and find a new exclusive deal to the Go Broadband and Mac Broadband websites – Madasafish are a great broadband provider and we want to share this with user of both PC and Apple Mac computers.

If you are thinking of subscribing or changing to the Madasafish broadband service then keep popping back and we should soon have a new code for you to use.

If you need to get cracking with Madasafish Broadband then use the promotion code 4055529 when you are prompted and you will get £10 OFF your first Madasafish broadband bill, £5 OFF you first Madasafish telephone bill or £15 OFF your combined telephone and broadband bill.

* Only new Madasafish customers will receive a discount off their first broadband, telephone or broadband & telephone bill.

£10 OFF madasafish broadband promotion code with 4055529

June 25, 2007 by  

If you are looking for a Madasafish proadband promotion code or referral code then try using “4055529” – when you are prompted.

Hey presto!

Use the 4055529 madasafish promotion code and you will receive £10 OFF your Madasafish broadband bill, £5 OFF you Madasafish talk bill, or £15 OFF your combined bill.

BTW – Madasafish broadband might be small but they are beautifully formed 🙂

* Offer only works for new customers & you will be asked to commit to a 12-month contract. If you are looking for a no-commitment broadband connection – try Virgin – they used to offer one.

Mac Broadband UK

April 29, 2007 by  

Appologies for the lack of blog posts recently. I have been working on a new website. It is about getting broadband for your mac computer. I noticed how difficult it was to find information about how to select a broadband isp for macs – it seems that lots of the UK providers are useless at helping mac users.

So here it is. Or at least here it will be – Looking to find mac compatible broadband then visit – Mac Broadband.

Mac Broadband

April 29, 2007 by  

Our new venture – Mac Broadband UK – is climbing up the Google ranks. It had good positioning on Google for the phrase MacBroadband from day 1 but that wasn’t the term we were after.

Our aim with the Mac Broadband UK website is to help UK Apple-mac users find the best mac compatible broadband providers to it needs to rank well on Google for the search phrase ‘Mac broadband‘.

The Mac BB website was nowhere in week 1 – only just ranking in the top 100 on Google. But 1 re-index later and Google appears to have crawled most of the Mac Broadband UK holding-website and the site is now popping up on page-2, position 18.

UK Broadband arrests for accessing open broadband networks

April 19, 2007 by  

Two Redditch residents have become among the first in the country to be arrested for tapping into wireless broadband without expressed permission.

Both individuals were cautioned for dishonestly using internet services without intention to pay (wardriving or piggybacking) but it is believed there is no connection between the the individuals.

The incidents have served to raise awareness among local residents about what is a growing trend in the UK.

PC Tony Humphreys, from West Mercia Police, said:

“We want people to be aware that [broadband theft] is possible and to be vigilant themselves regarding their own broadband connections,” reports the Press Association.

“This might slow down your internet service, or more importantly, your internet connection could be used for unlawful purposes.”

“We do not want to alarm wireless broadband users – we want them to follow the advice on wireless broadband security issued to them by their broadband providers.”

Wireless broadband connections can often be accessed from outside a user’s home but can be easily configured to stop unauthorised individuals gaining access to them.

The individuals could have been prosecuted under the Wireless Telegraphy Act:

“Anyone who intends to listen to radio transmissions should be aware of the following: A licence is not required for a radio receiver as long as it is not capable of transmission as well (The Wireless Telegraphy Apparatus (Receivers) (Exemption) Regulations 1989 (SI 1989 No 123). Furthermore, Wi-fi devices are a subset (defined under IEEE 802.11 interoperability standards) of the licence exempt RLAN segment of the 2.4 GHz radio frequency band. Under the terms of the exemption, a licence is only required for the operation of commercial wi-fi services such as “hotspots”. However, although it is not illegal to sell, buy or own a scanning or other receiver in the UK, it must only be used to listen to transmissions meant for GENERAL RECEPTION. The services that you can listen to include Amateur and Citizens’ Band transmissions, licensed broadcast radio and weather and navigation broadcasts. It is an offence to listen to any other radio services unless you are authorised by a designated person to do so. There are two offences under law: Under Section 5(1)(b) of the WT Act 1949 it is an offence if a person “otherwise than under the authority of a designated person, either: (i) uses any wireless telegraphy apparatus with intent to obtain information as to the contents, sender or addressee of any message whether sent by means of wireless telegraphy or not, of which neither the person using the apparatus nor a person on whose behalf he is acting is an intended recipient; This means that it is illegal to listen to anything other than general reception transmissions unless you are either a licensed user of the frequencies in question or have been specifically authorised to do so by a designated person. A designated person means:

  • the Secretary of State;
  • the Commissioners of Customs and Excise; or
  • any other person designated for the purpose by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

or: (ii) except in the course of legal proceedings or for the purpose of any report thereof, discloses any information as to the contents, sender or addressee of any such message, being information which would not have come to his knowledge but for the use of wireless telegraphy apparatus by him or by another person.” This means that it is also illegal to tell a third party what you have heard. With certain exceptions, it is an offence under Section 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for a person – “intentionally and without lawful authority to intercept, at any place in the United Kingdom, any communication in the course of its transmission by means of:

  • a public postal service; or
  • a public telecommunication system.

It is similarly an offence to intercept any communication in the course of its transmission by means of a private telecommunication system. This means that it is illegal to listen to telephone calls, including mobile phone networks which are designated as forming part of the public telecommunications system.”

UK Broadband arrests

April 19, 2007 by  

The police in Redditch have made their second arrest for broadband ‘tapping’ – the process of stealing broadband from another 3rd parties home or business network.

A second person in Redditch has been arrested on suspicion of tapping into a wireless broadband connection. They have been received with a caution. This is the second broadband tapping arrest this month (14th April 2007).

At around 9pm on Saturday, April 14, a neighbour spotted a man sitting in a car using a laptop computer outside a property in the Church Hill area and alerted police, suspected the individual of tapping into a home network.

Pc Tony Humphreys, from Redditch police, said:

“We are reminding people with wireless broadband that their connections could be accessed in this way if they do not follow the security advice issued to them by their broadband provider.

“We also want to warn potential offenders that we take any reports of this type of activity very seriously. A woman was arrested in similar circumstances in a residential road near Redditch town centre last month and she also received a police caution.”

The man arrested was cautioned with dishonestly obtaining electronic communications services with intent to avoid payment – Jacking for short! These latest arrests could cause problems for the various peer-to-peer broadband schemes being set-up

What do you think to internet and broadband jacking? It has been around for years in various forms. Should people be free to use wireless networks that have been left un-secured or should the police be arresting these people? Leave your comments.

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