Mobile Data Plans
Your first thought when considering mobile computing and data plans should be how much data you will be using. Most of the big cell phone companies offer 5GB of data for around $60 per month. While this may seem like a lot of data on the surface, overage charges can rack up fairly quickly as you use your laptop. With an unmetered data-using device such as a computer, many users can quickly find themselves over their data limit when they are using their computer and cell phone with as much frequency as they once did with their home wireless.
If your plan is to use your mobile data plan only while traveling, or just when your home Internet is down, even 5GB may be too large of a plan for your needs. If you want to use some data each month, as may be the case if you are using a mobile computing data plan as a back up to an unreliable home internet, a monthly smaller plan may be just the ticket for you. Smaller data plans can range from 75MB to 500MB and are more affordable than the larger plans. It may be just what you need.
Still other people opt for a pre-paid mobile computing and data plan. The reason for this is that they may only need mobile computing when they are on vacation, for instance. Pre-paid plans can get pricey fairly quickly for heavy users, but for those who may just want to get their email while on the road, for instance, a pre-paid plan is very affordable and will provide everything the user needs in a data plan without being excessively costly. For light users, or those who will only use a data plan a few times per year for a short period, pre-paid plans are perfect.
So, how do you know if you’re getting the plan you need? The best thing to do is to talk to your wireless provider, the company through whom you will be getting your data plan. Tell them what you will be using your data plan for and how much mobile computing you plan to do. They will have the best idea how big of a plan you may need. Then monitor your usage either through a downloaded mobile app, or through your providers Website to ensure you have the right plan for your mobile computing lifestyle.