Getting broadband from your mobile operator is a very tempting proposition as I have mentioned previously. It allows you to finally get rid of that landline you so rarely use (and pay a fortune in monthly charges for) and mobile broadband means you can take it with you when you travel – no more looking for wifi hotspots.
However, reading FrankP’s experience with 3 Ireland’s mobile broadband offering I think I’ll hold off on going the 3 Ireland route for mobile broadband for now.
I spoke to Frank this morning after reading his post and I asked him about the speed of the connection – he said:
1288 kbps right now
yesterday it was 504 kbps when I checked
10th it was 612 kbps / 1141
9th 334 kbps
8th from 30 to 70kbps
This is quite a bit different from the promise on the 3 Ireland Broadband page:
speeds of up to 3.6Mbps â€“ smooth surfing guaranteed
Is Frank’s experience with 3 Ireland unique or have others had similar issues?
Paul Giltenan of Choice Communications has promised me a review O2 broadband modem to trial so I’m looking forward to seeing how that works. I wonder are O2 customers having similar problems – they are, after all, using the same Huawei usb modem.