Get More From Your Mobile With Unlimited Data

Today we’re going to look in a bit more detail at the sim cards that are available to really get more from your phone.

The way the cell phone markets have moved on over the last ten years has been nothing short of extraordinary, to the point that Three are now predicting that 5G is set to replace home broadband connections. While phone calls and text messaging continue to grow in popularity and usage, it’s the data element of service plans that consumers really look to from their airtime.

Initially, it seemed like the explosion of internet surfing and data use was driven by the growth of Facebook and Twitter, but now 4G has taken things a step further and video on demand has become the major challenge for mobile data speeds.

Apps like YouTube and Netflix on mobile are common culprits for eating up usage, which is why unlimited data plans are getting more and more popular. That’s especially true of customers buying higher end handsets with big screens, as they tend to use a lot more video and data hungry apps.

The expectation is that with the arrival of 5G connections across the mobile networks in the coming years that the bandwidth available to mobile phones will increase dramatically. That should allow for bottlenecks where a lot of devices in the same area fight over connection speeds and at the same time reduce the amount of areas where signal coverage is poor. Networks are even speculating that dead zones even in remote areas will no longer be a problem, but a lot of experts are yet to be convinced. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding.

Choosing a good data allowance can make a huge difference to your phone bills, but it’s also a lot do do with geography while we’re still with 4G. Different networks have different plans available, but a huge allowance in a poor signal area is near useless.

A good approach is to narrow down the best deal for you from all the choices across the networks, then use their coverage checkers to establish how well they’re able to provide service where you live, work and hang out. It can take a little bit of work, but narrowing your options down to a few choices that will work where you need it to will avoid a lot of frustration compared to simply being blinded by huge allowances.

Making a good choice now might mean you stick with the same plan for many years to come, especially if you’re opting for a sim only tariff that provides good value from day one.

Sonic Mobile

Sonic mobile was a great example of a company that made the most of the evolution of the web to mobile devices, offering a simple to use mobile ordering service.

Unlike the early attempts of big companies that struggled to wean themselves off of big images and video, Sonic Mobile showed the way in lightweight commerce – in this case to provide a fast and simple takeaway service.

Times have now changed, and companies have got a lot wiser to what they need to do to provide an effective mobile experience for their (prospective) customers. What’s more, devices have become more powerful, and mobile internet connectivity speeds and data allowances greatly improved, but there’s no excuse for failing to provide a good experience – companies that fail to deliver will fail to win custom.

How To Make A Click To Call Link

Since the ‘mobile web’ gained so much traction, there’s been more and more need to integrate web pages with the functionality of cell phones. It’s got to the point where the majority of web traffic is now mobile, or to put it another way, people are using their phones to access information online more than their computers.

Some people consider tablets like iPads to be mobile, whereas other treat them as a separate category entirely. Regardless, mobile phone browsing can’t be ignored by businesses looking to harness the power of the web to attract new customers.

A click to call link is a means of making it possible for customers to phone you with a simple click on your website. You just need to add a small piece of code to a web page to make it happen – just like you’d link to another page on the web.

The code is simple – use the following format:

<a href=”tel:+44-1234-123456″>Click here to call us</a>
Here’s how it looks: Click here to call us

That’s a number formatted to call the UK number 01234 123456. To break it down further, its the UK dialling code +44, dropping the first zero in the UK area code and then the remainder of the phone number.

If you prefer, you could change the code to make the phone number itself appear on the page:

<a href=”tel:+44-1234-123456″>01234 123456</a>
Here’s how it looks: 01234 123456

Or even do a combination of both:

<a href=”tel:+44-1234-123456″>Click here to call us on 01234 123456</a>
Here’s how it looks: Click here to call us on 01234 123456

To Bring your Cell Phone Internet Connection to your iPad 2

So you have an entry-level iPad 2 that only has Wi-Fi. You have a smartphone that has a great 3G data connection. But both these devices live in separate worlds. How do you get your iPad to talk to your smartphone so that it can use your cell phone Internet that screams ahead on 3G? If you had a laptop, you could wonder about connecting it to your phone with a wire, or through other means – as ungainly as they would be. But with an iPad? That’s where wireless tethering comes in.

Now that we have iOS 4.3 for our iPhones, there is a whole new world of wireless networking that has been placed at our fingertips. The iPhone now can act as a WiFi hotspot for five people at the same time. If what you have is an iPhone or other smartphone that is capable of tethering of this kind and of turning into a Wi-Fi hotspot, you wouldn’t really need to think longingly about an iPad 2 with 3G. You are easily able to access the Internet just the way things are – and to do it in an elegant and wireless fashion too.

Why exactly would you want to go to all this trouble and use up your smart phone’s data plan when you could just use some public Wi-Fi hotspot instead? To begin with, public hotspots tend to offer unreliable connectivity. And then, you never know what kind of predatory users happen to be online when you come on. Even the free Wi-Fi you get at your airport departure gate or at your hotel is 2 out of 3 times, just slow and bothersome. If you could set aside your worries about your data plan, you’d find that tethering your laptop or your slate to your cell phone Internet has everything you need for smooth and productive connectivity. If you don’t have a smartphone that is capable of this though, you could buy one of the many mini-hotspot devices on sale everywhere. The Verizon MiFi is one such product.

But tethering your cell phone Internet connection to your slate or a laptop isn’t as straightforward a matter as it might sound. To begin with, your smartphone data plan will charge you extra if you are into tethering. On AT&T, for instance it can cost about $45. And if you buy a mini-hotspot device, that can up costing you $150. And of course, many of these devices won’t work outside of North America. And even if you do pay to tether your iPhone to your laptop or something, that little escapade really drains your battery. There’s a price to pay for everything.