T-mobile‘s popular unlimited mobile internet plan Full Monty will not include tethering feature from 8th August 2012, it was confirmed.
However, the feature which enables users to access mobile broadband on devices like laptops using advanced handsets (for instance, smartphone) will continue to be available with exclusive smartphone and mobile broadband plans, the operator said.
Full Monty deals for smartphones include free handsets, Unlimited internet, texts and T-Mobile calls and free minutes to other networks from £7 a month. 18 or 24 month contract applies. Monthly data options include 250MB (Basic), 750MB (Standard) and 1.5GB (Extra)
SIM only plans start from £8 a month and 12 month contract applies.
Tablets with mobile broadband subscriptions will increae from 24 million in 2012 to 172 million (700% rise) in the next five years, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.
Global figures show more than one in ten tablets worldwide currently use active mobile data subscription. Tablet sales would reach 192 million by the end of 2012, the firm says.
By the end of 2016, nearly one in five tablet users are expected to access internet on their devices.
There are two factors that would boost mobile broadband usage via internet tablets – superfast mobile data speeds enabled by next generation technologies like 4G LTE and the availability of multi-device data plans.
LTE (Long Term Evolution) based service alone will account for 68 percent of data subscriptions which clearly shows that networks will play important role in the coming years, when it comes to the choice of devices.
Revenues from tablet mobile broadband services worldwide would reach $15 billion by 2017 while tablet users will account for 2.7 million TB (terra bytes) of data traffic in the same year, according to the firm.
Wireless network provider iPass claims its chain of wi-fi hotspots worldwide has reached 1 million.
The firm which has has more than doubled the number of hotspots over the last five years, offers its service via its Global Broadband Roaming network in 111 countries including the UK.
Its premium wi-fi service offers cheaper connectivity for roaming customers, especially who are working in the business sectors.
According to Evan Kaplan, the president and CEO of iPass, the wi-fi networks enable the users to access high speed interent at affordable pricing.
“We live in a real-time connected world where devices are cheap but networks are increasingly expensive.” he added.
Average UK mobile broadband speeds range between 1.5 Mbps and 2Mbps. Top speeds could reach 6Mbps in areas where the users could get strong data signals.
However, operators advertise the maximum speeds which can be misleading unless the customers are well informed over the issues like 3G coverage that could potentially reduce the speeds or even disconnect the service at the worst.
Now, to help the consumers to make informed decisions on buying mobile broadband, the advertising regulators Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have introduced new advertising guidelines under which the advert speeds should atleast be achievable by 10% of the customers.
The rule which applies to fixed line service, will now have impact on unrealistic speed claims by mobile operators and will be implemented from November 2012, it has been revealed.
Current HSPA technology that mobile networks use is capable of delivering up to 7.2Mbps while major providers Three, Vodafone and O2 already making investments on upgrading their networks to faster, 21Mbps capable, HSPA+ technology.
This means, the new guidance will make providers to reduce the current maximum speeds they claim in the adverts after three months.
O2 has revealed its wireless internet access device (wifi hub) called Pocket Hotspot which allows its customers connect up to five wifi enabled gadgets simultaneously.
The HSPA+ enabled device can deliver download speeds of up to 21Mbps, although, O2′s 3G networks currently offer just a third of these speeds.
Pocket Hotspot is similar to MiFi from Three, T-Mobile’s Wireless Pointer and Vodafone’s Mobile WiFi device.
While the device costs £59.99, O2 customers can prefer to get the Hotspot with data or without any preloaded data.
With pre-loaded data (1GB or 2GB valid for 30 days), the total cost would start from £70.20. For PAYG customers, there are flexible plans include 200MB@£2.04 (valid for 24 hours) and monthly data costing from £10.21.
The good news, O2 offers all these Pay and Go plans without binding the customers to long contracts.
North Lincolnshire based internet provider Diamond Net has just launched high speed wireless broadband that can deliver download speeds of up to 50Mbps to the local residents and businesses.
The network operator UK Broadband offers the 4G technology called LTE (Long Term Evolution) under an MVNO agreement with Diamone Net.
The service which requires a receiver dish to be installed on the roof-top was reported to be successfully trialed with 100 local residents between July 2011 and January 2012.
According to the Mike Eckersley, Head of ICT at North Lincolnshire Homes, the area where thousands of users will benefit from the new service, the rollout of this faster, 50Mbps wireless broadband will enable the people who live in a region which lacks fixed broadband coverage, to get improved digital access.
Moreover, it ‘does not require the use of a phone line’.
“This makes the service more affordable for customers.” he commented.
The service is likely to cost £14 per month including the dish while more details will soon be revealed by the provider.