Mo­bile op­tions

Away from your Wi-Fi? Think about get­ting con­nected an­other way

Mac Format - - WIFI SECRETS -

There are go­ing to be times when you need to get on­line and us­ing your own home or of­fice net­work sim­ply isn’t an op­tion – like when you’re com­mut­ing or vis­it­ing friends, say. One op­tion is to tap into the thou­sands of free or paid‑for pub­lic Wi-Fi net­works. Or you can add a mo­bile data al­lowance to your ex­ist­ing phone con­tract, pos­si­bly with tether­ing to share it with your Mac. An­other op­tion is to use a Wi-Fi or USB don­gle with your Mac.

All of the UK’s ma­jor mo­bile net­works (see be­low) of­fer a range of con­nec­tiv­ity op­tions, from Pay As You Go and rolling data plans to full-on mo­bile con­tracts. None are par­tic­u­larly gen­er­ous, so you’re not go­ing to want use them for a TV binge, but when you ab­so­lutely have to get on­line they can be good op­tion. Prices range from £6–£55 per month, de­pend­ing on how much data you need. The best Wi-Fi don­gles also en­able up to 10 peo­ple to con­nect at the same time.

Many con­tracts limit the amount of data you can share over your iPhone’s Per­sonal Hotspot.

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