Business Mobile Broadband Deals
from Fenix Solutions
Thanks for visiting our website, and this page explains our Business Mobile Broadband deals that we offer to customers in Northern Ireland.
As many of you may already know, normal broadband is delivered through cables and routers. Mobile broadband on the other hand is delivered through a mobile network, and sends and receives data, through 4G or 3G services. (It is also available on 5G where available)
Wifi vs Mobile Broadband
There is a lot of technical jargon in the market, so we like to be clear with our readers. Some users often confuse Wifi with mobile broadband so we want to explain the difference:
- Wifi - This is the name of the protocol used to connect a device to a home or business broadband. As long as that broadband has a wireless router, then any wireless device, such as a tablet or printer can be connected to the Wifi network. There are also public Wifi networks such as you will find in airports, cafes and restaurants. These connect through some type of network broadband
- Mobile Broadband - This is a 3G, 4G or where available a 5G mobile network connection. It is quite separate from the typical Wifi connection that you will have at home, at work or on a public network
Why Should a Business Get Mobile Broadband?
There are three main reasons why a business user may want to also have a mobile broadband connection.
Fixed Line Broadband Alternative
Some areas of N.Ireland still have poor and slow broadband options. Mobile broadband could be a faster option
If your business is in temporary accomodation, or you are working between various sites, or the main broadband is temperamental
On the Go
This is also useful to any business person who is on the road, in and out of the office, and needs to check emails and respond quickly
It is most popular with buisness users who always need to be able to access their emails no matter what location they are in. Most of those business people will be in and out of the office and often in remote locations where no standard broadband connection is available.
Connection Options for Mobile Broadband
For a mobile broadband to work you need a SIM card with a mobile broadband tariff. You then need a method of connecting that SIM card to the device you want to connect. There are three main options which we have explained below.
Data Only SIM Card
These are similar to a normal SIM card, except they only have a data allowance with no calls or text messages. The card slots into certain iPads and tablet devices.
This is a small device that plugs into a spare USB port on your laptop or computer. When plugged in this dongle acts as a small modem to connect to the Internet
Personal Wifi Device
This is ususally referred to as a Mifi device and acts as a modem and also as a Wifi router. Multiple devices can then connect to this Wifi device to get the Internet
Mobile Broadband Tariffs
We have business mobile broadband tariffs available on the o2 and the Vodafone networks. These are data only tariffs so no calls or texts are included. Click on your preferred network to see the available tariffs and prices.
The most popular mobile broadband tariff is around 6-8 GB of data. This allows you to check emails, Facebook, Twitter and access the Internet for around two hours a day
If you download email daily to your phone, browse the internet, watch YouTube etc then you would be better with around 24 GB of data.
If you are a heavier user and rely on your mobile for both business and personal use, then 100GB or unlimited is going to be the best option.
How to choose the best deal by device?
We have shown the various connection methods above, and just below we have explained these in more detail.
The simplest option for a laptop is most likely going to be a USB dongle. That is because almost every laptop has a USB port that can be used to hold the dongle. So if your laptop is older, this is going to be the best option.
The SIM card fits inside the dongle, which you then plug into your laptop.
Some newer laptop models now include a SIM slot so you can connect to 4G without the use of mobile broadband dongles or MiFi devices.
These include some Lenovo Thinkpads, HP EliteBook, Samsung Galaxy Book, Microsoft Surface, some Dell and Panasonic models. The newer versions of these come with a built in mobile modem.
With these you simply insert the SIM card into the SIM card slot, and follow the instructions.
All tablets will have Wifi capability which means that you can easily hook them up to your home or business broadband. Not that many have versions that have a SIM slot, so just be aware of that when buying your tablet, especially for business purposes.
The iPad and the Samsung Galazy Tab do have a SIM slot.
If you plan on using an iPad, then pick one with Wi‑Fi + Cellular. That will allow you to stay connected when you’re away from Wi‑Fi.
If your iPad doesn't include a SIM tray, it's a Wi-Fi-only model that is incapable of connections to cellular data networks.
Apple have 4 main types of iPads:
- iPad mini
- iPad Air
- iPad Pro
They all have cellular options, and if so, then they can use mobile broadband in the UK.