Wireless Internet In Mobile Devices
A few years ago no one could have imagined that it would be possible use a mobile phone to connect to the Internet. The cell phone was developed to support voice calls and, later on, text messaging. However, technological advancements led to the development of superior devices, such as smartphones, that support wireless internet connectivity. Therefore, it is now possible to not only connect using the mobile network operator’s data plan, but also by using Wi-Fi hotspots.
Mobile Network Internet Access: The mobile network operators are able to provide Internet access to their subscribers using various platforms. These include GPRS, UTMS, HSDPA, EVDO, EDGE, 3G, 4G and LTE. The speed and quality of connection varies from 9.6 kbps to 42 Mbps depending on the platform that you choose. This mode of Internet access is quite scalable and flexible and thus suitable for most consumers. In addition, it is very affordable, as you are not required to invest in any additional equipment in order to get Internet access, as your smartphone is all that you need.
Wi-Fi Internet Access: Most smartphones come with WLAN capability, which allows you to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots. This is particularly important if you have a dial-up connection, but you need to use your smartphone to access the Internet. All you need to do is to use a wireless router to convert your DSL connection into a Wi-Fi hotspot. Apart from this, you can use your phone to connect to the commercial Wi-Fi hotspots that are set up mostly in airports, malls and other public places.
When choosing a wireless Internet service, you must consider some important factors. First, you must consider the cost of getting a connection. The costs of DSL connections, mobile network data plans and commercial Wi-Fi Internet access vary, depending on the service provider. Apart from the cost, you must also consider the quality of your connection. Wi-Fi hotspots have a limited range. Therefore, the closer you are to the transmitter, the better the quality of your connection. Also, the kind of data plan that you will get from your mobile network operator will depend on the quality of signal.
You must ensure that you get the right smartphone in order to enjoy wireless Internet connectivity. For instance, if your phone has WLAN capability, you must ensure that it can support all the WLAN standards like 802.11 a/b/g/n.
However, technological advancements led to the development of superior devices, such as smartphones, that support wireless internet connectivity.