With over half of UK adults accessing the internet from home via a broadband connection we ask the question ‘Do you really need broadband to access the internet?’ or is there an alternative.
Internet access for many is a 24/7 requirement.
Whether for business use or personal use, many see it as a must to access news or sport, engage in social networking, undertake research or buy goods and services.
For a long time the only way to get the internet access was through a dial-up connection, but broadband has totally changed the landscape.
A significant number remain on a dial-up connection, but is it time to take advantage of what broadband offers? We take a look at dial-up compared with a fixed broadband connection at home.
Broadband first and foremost is always ‘on’, you don’t have to use your telephone line and wait to setup the dial-up connection. The connection speed is also faster, meaning websites will load faster and critically you can have realistic access to download music and to watch programs and films, which are not viable with a dial-up connection.
With a dial-up connection you pay for calls as you make them. If you are only using the internet very infrequently this may appear an advantage. The danger is you use it more than you anticipated and end up with a higher than expected bill.
A broadband connection entails a monthly charge and you can get some great broadband deals which means for relatively low cost you can have good access knowing how much you’ll be spending.
All the main telecoms providers, such as Virgin, BT, Orange etc offer broadband services as well as such as Sky and numerous others. Selecting a broadband service that meets your specific reqirements needs careful consideration.
Firstly not all providers will offer their services across all postcodes so you will first need to check what’s available in your area.
Other points to consider include connection and set-up fees, the length of contract, the speed of connection, the amount of data you are able to upload and download.
Some providers offer broadband bundles – where you buy two or more services from the same supplier. For example this could be broadband and digital TV or broadband and phone.
Some providers, such as Sky and BT offer bundles which include broadband, calls and TV. Virgin Media has gone further and offers the combination of up to 4 services – broadband, phone, TV and mobile phone.
Overall there are significant advantages to now opting for broadband over a dial-up internet connection, you of course need to make your own judgement.