If you prefer a more flexible option to marina
WiFi and you don’t think a Public Hotspot would work for you, the next option to consider is mobile broadband.
A dongle is the simplest way to access mobile broadband. Dongles are devices that use a SIM card provided by a network services provider to give internet access. Dongles use a mobile data package and can either by wireless or using a USB connection.
Accessing mobile broadband via a dongle provides you with the ultimate flexibility as you can take it with you and, pretty much, use it wherever you like. Its usage is clearly not limited to being on a canal boat, it can also be used on holiday
, on the train …… really anytime you are away from home or at home! Some providers also now allow you to use your data allowance in specified countries abroad too.
Dongle data packages are flexible; pay-as-you-go and monthly subscriptions are normally available. Sometimes there is an initial charge for the device, but likewise, sometimes they are free of charge depending upon your data package.
It is recommended to thoroughly check your contract for charges if you go over your monthly data allowance; very often the provider will allow you to go over at an heavily inflated price up to a specified amount, this is often £50, without prior warning. You are able to request this is removed from your account so as not to incur additional charges and your service will be halted when you reach your data limit.