I had a fault on my broadband last week, whereby it kept dropping out while I was working. I logged it with our provider and Openreach duly arrived this week to discover that although the line from my house was fine, the line running up the pole had corroded and had to be replaced.
Like many others, I am currently working from home due to the third lockdown and working without internet connectivity is not an option! Fortunately, I was able to use 4G to ensure I stayed connected online. I have 100GB of data allowance on my personal phone contract, so was able to create a Wi-Fi hotspot. I used around 8GB of data in two days so I could still access my email, attend video meetings and internet-based services, such as the virtual private network that connects my laptop to the servers at work.
Not everyone has such a large data allowance or indeed needs one if they rely on their Wi-Fi service at home. It’s only when the broadband falters that a lack of connectivity back-up became painfully apparent. It’s not as if we can take our laptops to a café or anywhere else with free Wi-Fi at the moment!
Businesses may wish to invest in standby 4G back-up services for their employees. There are some real bargains available for unlimited data-only SIMs that can be used to create Wi-Fi hotspots. The one you choose will need to suit the strength of the network provider where your staff member lives. Everyone knows the best network in their area!
These SIMs can also be used by remote working staff who are competing for bandwidth while their other halves are also using it, or children are attending live video lessons or watching NetFlix after school. By having their own private connection, they will no longer have to fight against the other devices in the household. I speak from experience as I have two teenagers at home who cannot live without the internet!
People living in more remote areas where the mobile signal is good, but the broadband service is poor are also using them for their access to the internet.
You don’t have to put the SIM into a mobile handset; you can use MiFi units that just sit next to your device or alternatively a 4G router. There are no set-up fees involved with using a 4G service and our data plans are very competitively priced, plus it is very quick to deploy.
If any of the scenarios resonate with you, then please do not hesitate to get in contact with me and I can talk you through the best options available for you or your staff. We can offer Vodafone and O2 data-only SIMs and we go one step further by provisioning, supporting and directly billing for the service.