Mobile Internet Comparison: A Strategy to Stay Connected

In the past, to have an internet access can only be possible if the PC has a DSL connection. Today, internet can be had anytime and anywhere even on mobile phones. As people grow more dependent on the internet, so does the competition between providers has become huge and intense to gain more customers to their side. Users are deluged with new offers and promotional packages that it can be extremely difficult to choose the best deal in the market unless a mobile internet comparison is undertaken.

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There are many ways to be connected whether one is at home, in the office, while travelling, or just on the run. Options can range from using free Wi-Fi at any hotspot to installing a mobile broadband network device on the laptop or a mobile hotspot device for 24-hour internet access over a cellular network. While it can be tempting to choose the one with the best features, the decision can sometimes depend on some factors like budget or the technical limitations of the package. This highlights the importance of making a mobile internet comparison as a way of lessening the difficulty in picking the right choice.

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Factors to Consider when Choosing Mobile Internet Provider

  • Data Allowance – Each mobile internet provider offers certain data allowance level. Take note that it is the same term for download limit which dictates the cost to be charged by the provider. Light to heavy users usually consume the data allowance for web browsing and downloading. Data transfer occurs while loading a page. Make sure to check how much data allowance is defined in each package.
  • Price – There are different price for each plan offered. Providers have different charges depending on the features included in the package. There are websites with internet comparison template that can help in choosing the most cost effective plan.
  • Coverage – If your internet requirement demands uninterrupted connection, it is important to make sure that the package you choose has good signal in different areas. Some providers have limited internet access within the city and other places. Subscribe to the one that can enable you to login wherever your destination takes you.
  • Specific Needs – Your personal requirements determine which service provider befits you. For example, if you are a frequent downloader, a package with high bandwidth allowance is what you need. But, for light users, a cheaper package with lower data allowance will suffice.

It goes without saying that mobile internet allows you to stay connected with family, friends, and the world. Like all things, there are also two sides to whatever your final pick is. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the different ways to stay connected.

  • Wi-Fi Hotspots – These are public locations such as coffee shops, hotels, etc. offering wireless connection to their internet service. While the access is free, you can be spending more on the food and drinks available for purchase in the establishments. Wi-Fi hotspots are also unsecured, and to be able to have an access, you have to be physically within the signal range.
  • Internet Cafes or Cybercafes – These are usually coffee shops with computer workstations and Wi-Fi internet access. With the availability of computer units and peripherals, there is practically no need to carry your personal laptop. But, it can be quite expensive to stay in internet cafes especially if there is the need to use the internet for considerable number of hours, not to mention the need to order for food and drinks offered in the menu. This option is best for travellers on emergency need to have internet access. However, one must be cautious about viruses prevalent to computers used by the public.
  • Tethering – Some cellular networks allows the use of the mobile phone as laptop modem. This enables you to go online as long as there is cellular signal strong enough to go web surfing or send data. However, it can take forever to perform these online functions especially in spotty areas.
  • Mobile Broadband – The use of a built-in mobile broadband card or a USB modem allows you to go online provided there is cellular signal. It can be difficult to receive transmission in certain areas especially if the monthly package is capped only at 5GB of data.

Performing a mobile internet comparison is one effective strategy that cannot be that difficult to carry out. If you want to get the best deal to stay connected, there’s no excuse for not doing your homework.



Are Co-Working Spaces Fertile Ground for Entrepreneurship?

Co-working is not a new thing for startup nomads and online entrepreneurs. The usual home-based working environment has managed to grow from working in coffeehouse with WiFi connection to actual cubicles inside offices in both high-end and average offices in the metro. These working spaces are now creating an impact on working communities internationally and have gained momentum in several areas around the world.

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One of the interesting co-working environments that I happened to discover online is the program Remote Year. Since most digital nomads can practically work anywhere around the world, as long as there is internet connection, a group of individuals decided to create this program to make the world see the life of the online entrepreneurs of today. A total of 70 individuals ranging from businessmen, e-commerce store owners, digital artists, SEO experts and the like have embarked in the journey of spending a month in a different city around the world, working their usual stuff online while discovering the beauty and the history of the places that they have been. This people have indeed took co-working into a higher level and managed to go globally. With the year almost about to end, I can only imagine the amount of knowledge and experience these people have managed to acquire while co-working with interesting individuals while travelling around different places for a year.

So besides a new environment to hopefully draw the boredom away from the typical stay at home freelancer and entrepreneur, what does co-working has to offer?

Comfortable places

Although some may see staying at home as their definition of a comfortable working space, some stay-at-home freelancers do not share the same experience. Practically, when you are not living alone, distractions can be one of the reasons why considering to work in an office setting would be beneficial. Doing so also allows you to enjoy the comfort of an actual computer chair, tables, iPrimus internet service, office supplies and office machines that you do not have at home. Naps every now and then can still be enjoyed in co-working spaces. Some even features actual beds where you can catch a few hours of sleep when working for time constricted projects.

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Social life

Staying at home can oftentimes deprive you of meeting new people. Staying in co-working spaces allows you to enjoy a cup of coffee together with a nice conversation about the best apps for graphic design nowadays. Something you can’t enjoy when you work home alone. Interacting with people who understand and really see the big picture of your not so standard way of creating an income is a relief and a breather. You won’t have to continuously explain how your client from Puerto Rico sends you pay for every project that you do or how you make money from your Facebook Fan Page. You can actually meet new people in a different perspective, something beyond your work online.

Possible partnerships

Working online at home also opens you to the possibilities of getting partners that could help you out with your business. However, finding a partner or someone to do a short task for you in a co-working environment will mostly likely guarantee you a professionally done project minus the worries of being able to pay your virtual contractor and then ending up getting nothing. Meeting possible partners in the flesh also allows you to identify if he or she shares the same values and beliefs that you do in the business that you would want him or her to get involved with.

Co-working spaces is a relief, a new experience and can be a way to grow more as an online professional and entrepreneur.

Five Crucial Steps to Start-up Success

Starting a business, whether online or offline requires well-thought of plans and properly executed systems to be able to achieve the main sole purpose in any business – gaining profits. Here are some of the basic but most crucial steps any entrepreneur should be taken into consideration of in starting up a business.

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Validating your ideas

One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs often face is working on a business idea without even confirming if there is indeed a market demand for their product or service. If you intend to sell a widget that the world has never seen, it is but advisable that you make sure that the world will indeed need that widget and the market as a whole would be willing to pay a price to acquire the said widget. It would be a waste of resources to create a widget that would be off no use to your target market or a widget that people are not willing to pay for. It is advisable to work on a business when you have already confirmed that there is a market for it and the market is willing to pay for it as well. In short, know that you customer wants and willing to pay for before plunging into introducing a service or product to them.

Have a stable plan and budget

Even the best business plans can go awry. It is always important to expect things beyond your expectations and prepare for the best and the worst to come. It is also wise to have an answer to the potential threats and issues that you may, hopefully will not, face in your business. Having a clear idea of the future of the business helps you to plan ahead and lead your decisions to the good of the business, not only for the meantime but as well as for the long run. Securing broadband plans on a budget for now with the consequences of several problems arising in the future is never a wise investment. Always weigh your options and go for the best results, not only for a short period of time but most especially for the long run.

Build the right team

A business will not grow without the right people in it. Aim to create a team that shares the same values and visions that you have for the future of the business. Skills are not the only dictating factor that should be your basis in hiring people. Hire people that are willing to grow positively with you and the business. Respect, trust and loyalty are also some of the important traits you should find with the people that you intend to work with in the long run.

Establish a support system

An entrepreneur may be the person who makes the toughest decisions to keep a business going but they too need a support system they can lean into in times of stress, troubles and worries. Make sure that your love ones have your back. It is essential for your emotional health. The more emotionally healthy you are, the more you can contribute positively to the growth and success of your company. In times of the bad, you need friends and family that will help you weather the storm. In times of success, you’ll also have them celebrating as well with your success.

Respond to feedback and fine tune your model

A perfect business plan today may not be a perfect business plan five years from now. The market is changing and the demands are changing as well. Hear out what your clients has to say. Feel and embrace the changes that the market has to offer. Adjust your ideas and services according to what is needed now and you’ll definitely see yourself and the rest of the company growing and getting into bigger and monumental heights.

How Speeds in Internet Compare in Terms of Mbps

In order to get the most for their money, internet users today have to learn how to weigh the different features of the internet. Foremost among these features is speed because this determines how efficiently one can do work online and how quickly this work can be accomplished. Here are a few simple tips to show the ordinary consumer how to make such an evaluation to find out how speeds of the internet compare by Mbps.

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Understanding What Internet Speed Really is

Before you can figure out how speeds of the internet compare by MBPS, it is important to have a basic grasp of how the internet transmits data. Data is transmitted over the internet in units called “bits” (arranged in sets of 8 called “bytes”) and a million bits is what is known as a megabit. The letters Mbps stand for 1 million bits per second while the letters MBPS stand for megabytes per second. A megabyte is 8 times the value of a megabit. This is one of the basic pieces of information that factors in how speeds vary so when you look at what plans state as the speed they will provide, you know you have to look at that letter “B” very carefully.

When internet providers say they have 3 Mbps internet speed, they are not exactly giving you the whole picture of how fast your internet service will be;  arriving at an accurate estimate means finding out much more than this. You have to consider not just the overall speed but also the upload and download speed of an ISP. The upload and download speeds will be typically lower than the ISP’s overall speed and there’s no problem with that. However, there are times when an ISP’s over all speed is higher than most but its download and upload speed is slower compared to ISPS with a low overall speed.

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Mbps from Country to Country

Twenty years ago, internet connection was through the painstakingly slow dial-up system which required its own dedicated phone line. Today the internet straddles the entire globe through broadband connections with different countries having varied available speeds. It is interesting to note how speeds of the internet compare from country to country.

Although data and info can change in the blink of an eye (or a byte), surveys show that the ten countries with the fastest internet speeds are: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Macau, Switzerland, Sweden, South Korea and Singapore. The U.S. has an average broadband connection speed of 3.9 Mbps which ranks it 18th or 19th; Australia is ranked at 40th place, now behind  New Zealand.

Speed up your Internet
All this information shows that your own internet is largely limited to the speed available in your country but there are some things you can do to give your own speed a boost. For a start you can get the best speed being offered by providers. You can turn off graphics, animations, sound, video or other multimedia content from your browser. You can also surf when the internet traffic is low – it is heaviest on weekends and evenings. In addition, you can purge your cache periodically. These steps will help you get the best speed possible.