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T Mobile Broadband USB Stick
Member Name: jacb1983
T Mobile Broadband USB Stick
Advantages: Gave good, strong connections on the move, easy to use, range of payment options
Disadvantages: Might have problems in areas with poor mobile signals.
During the Christmas season we made several family trips out to visit relatives and took along the laptop to show them photos and online albums, and I also wanted Internet access whilst on the move. I have broadband at home, and the laptop is wireless, but as our relatives don't have wireless access we could tap into, my husband and I decided to buy a USB Broadband stick from T Mobile so we could plug this into our laptop and have net access that way.
The device looks very much like a flash drive, with a USB end and a smooth black plastic body containing the technical bits of the broadband stick. The device is plug and play, meaning that all I had to do to get it to work was literally plug it in and wait for my laptop to recognise the device and prompt me to the next step. It was very easy to use and I found that getting a strong Internet connection was easy with the T Mobile Broadband stick. The signal might not be strong enough for running things like Skype, but I didn't try to use anything like that, and for decent, pretty fast basic net access, including using emails and Flickr, the USB stick performed pretty well.
I took the laptop to several suburban areas in different parts of the UK, and found that I was always able to get a good connection, although in areas where mobile phone signals are poor, you're likely to have problems, but that's the same with most mobile internet type devices.
Before you can use the stick, you also have register the stick with T Mobile and choose one of two ways to pay for the use of the Internet. I chose to pay for my usage in advance, and this cost me £34, but for this I got the stick itself plus 90 days worth of unlimited Internet access, at that set price which meant I would get no nasty bill surprises during those 90 days.
There's also to pay as you go option, which is £2 a day, £7 a week and £15 a month, but you also have to buy the stick seperately if you pay this way, and the sticks are usually around £15-18 each. You can top up online if you want to, but as I said, I chose to pay upfront in advance.
Overall, for what I needed it for, the T Mobile USB Broadband stick was very good. It enabled me to get online quickly, loaded web pages at a good speed and made having mobile internet much easier in places where wireless connections were not available.
Summary: A very good USB Broadband stick that did it's job and performed well.
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