Mobile data on its own can be quite expensive, especially when you have various apps running and happen to be connected to various social sites, play many games, watch a lot of YouTube videos, or simply just do a lot of browsing. Unfortunately, all the above-mentioned options and many require an Internet connection of some sort, which connects you to the server so you can do a search, find content, or simply enjoy more videos. As we all know, all these options come at a price, which can quickly increase when using mobile data.
Even when accessing data via you plan, the additional costs can range substantially and device providers then charge an out of bundle fee, which gets added to your invoice at the end of the month. For these reasons and much more, many households are turning towards Wi-Fi as it provides a good internet connection for the whole house and only constant about the same as a single monthly package. However, users will still need data on their phones as Wi-Fi can only be used while at home or at a friends place who also has Wi-Fi. However, is it really worth getting, and do speeds really compare to mobile data speeds?
Mobile Data Benefits
There are many benefits to having mobile data as it lets you browse, find information, navigate, chat with friends, and much more while you’re on the move. The mobile data speeds have also increased, often to speeds that are mind-boggling. As the technology in these devices becomes better so too are the new features, such as speed, improve.
Only a few years ago people were impressed with the speeds 2G or GPRS had to offer, which was around 114kb/s at perfect conditions. This allowed us to connect to the Internet but wait for a long time to download pages and watch videos. These days page sizes have also increased by huge amounts, meaning faster internet is needed to run them smoothly. 3G basically doubled the speed of 2G to 384kb/s, which made this a lot faster, but then smartphones came out, and we once again needed something faster. 4G was finally released and offered speeds up to 160mb/s, which is extremely fast and allowed us to enjoy everything the App Store and Internet have to offer. Currently, there are parts of the world that have the advantage of 4.5G, which is LTE-A, and can reach speeds of 300mb/s. This lets you download videos in seconds while opening pages faster than you can blink. However, it’s expected that 5G will be available in the U.K. around 2022, which will offer speeds up to 1tb/s.
Wi-Fi is a lot cheaper than mobile data, to begin with, and it allows multiple users to connect to it at the same time, while also proving an Internet connection to other devices such as smart TVs, computers, and everything else that requires Internet around the house. However, Wi-Fi speeds can’t reach that of mobile phones as it depends on the area you are in and what package you take.
A combination of mobile and Wi-Fi is by far the best option as you get the best of both worlds and would probably end up saving a lot of your data cost due to Wi-Fi as mobile devices let you choose that your phone and apps only update while on Wi-Fi, which on its own makes your data last a lot longer.