Wireless USB Modems
There are a number of things you will need when you consider going for mobile broadband; one is a mobile broadband provider and the other is a USB modem. There are usually three different types of USB modem available from mobile broadband providers and they are the USB Modem dongle, a PC Card modem and the most popular modem which is the USB modem stick or internet key as it is sometimes referred to. Out of these three the PC Card modem is the only one that limits access to laptops only as it must connect using a laptop PCMCIA socket. The other two USB broadband modem devices will plug into any system that has a USB port available.
How to use a USB modem
A mobile broadband USB modem will be sent from a provider once you have signed up for a mobile broadband contract. You will receive a 3G USB modem and a SIM card, which is similar to the ones found in mobile phones, although with USB dongle modems you will also receive various cables that will attach the modem in order to plug it in. The SIM card will fit easily into the SIM slot on the USB modem device and the USB modem will then plug into any available USB slot on the computer you are using. The majority of USB modems will have the necessary software already stored on them so it is often a simple case of plugging the USB modem in and following the commands on the screen and you are ready to go.
The methods of getting your USB modem
When choosing a mobile broadband contract the price of the USB modem may vary from contract to contract in the same way as mobile phone prices vary on mobile phone contracts. Usually if you choose the higher priced packages you will get a USB modem at no cost but with the cheaper mobile broadband packages a small charge may be incurred. When picking the most suitable package it is worth noting that an increasing number of providers offer free USB modems on every package.
Getting the best USB modem
Most providers of mobile broadband give no information with regards to the benefits of the USB modem devices they supply and from a customer point of view the only real difference between these devices is how they look, which makes picking the best wireless USB modem quite difficult. Due to PC Card modems only being compatible with laptops because of their method of connection, they are the least popular of the mobile broadband modems. However, because of the way this device fit into laptops and takes up almost no external space it is the smallest of the USB modems. Most providers currently only offer the USB dongle and USB modem stick as they offer full compatibility with both desktop and laptop computers. Between these two devices the USB dongle, although not the most popular, offers users the most freedom because the cables that come with the USB modem allow users to place the USB modem where they like to get the best signal possible.