Switching to Mobile broadband this Christmas

November 1, 2008

Are you planning on switching to mobile broadband this Christmas? If you believe the hype then this year could well be getting a Laptop for Christmas. The major retailers such as PC World are pushing laptops with mobile broadband – ultra portable laptops such as the Asus EEEpc are being given away free with mobile broadband contracts. And if you don’t fancy an Asus then the likes of PCWorld and the Carphone Wharehouse will give you money off any laptop of your choice (PCWorld are offering £450 off any laptop).

This all sounds great, but, where’s the catch?

Is there a catch to mobile broadband?

Well not a catch per-se. But you do need to be aware of the commitment you need to make before a company gives you a free laptop with mobile broadband. You are looking at an 18-month contract to get a free mobile broadband dongle, or, a 24-month contract before you get the £450 off a laptop. That could be a shiny new Apple for you this Xmas.

Should I get mobile broadband the Christmas?

Well, this is ultimately going to come down to your decision. If you are prepared to be tied-in to a mobile broadband contract with someone like three mobile broadband then, the offer of a free laptop makes sense. 

You don’t have to take their free laptop offer either – you could take a discount against a shiny new Apple mac laptop… sounds tempting to me.

However, if like me, you already have a laptop then you could haggle with the staff at PCWorld. If you don’t ask you don’t get. So try by asking them if they will give you a free mobile dongle with a 12-month mobile broadband contract. If they say “No”. Then try an 18-month contract.

Mobile broadband for macs

To embrace the festive spirit, I’ve put together a mobile broadband for macs page on this site. On it you will find links to the various mobile broadband providers and high-stret sellers. Its a collection of helpful links and some advice. I can see that mobile broadband is going to be big this Christmas, so I will try and add more information to the page and keep adding to the links of companies offering free laptops with broadband contracts.

Happy Halloween!

Robin

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