Mobile Broadband Could Spell the End for the Home Phone

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Mobile broadband has witnessed phenomenal growth in the last 12 months and could be set to cause a rapid decline in the number of consumers paying for a home phone line and home broadband according to broadband comparison site http://www.broadband-expert.co.uk.

currently most mobile broadband users make use the of service to browse websites and email since speeds are often too slow for many other online activities such as downloading music, video or online gaming

With decreasing mobile phone and mobile broadband costs the need for a home phone line and broadband service are set for a significant decline. With UK homes owning an average of 1.8 mobile phones per household (according to report by Mintel in December 2008) and mobile call costs dropping many consumers only pay line rental as they require a phone line to receive their home broadband service. Rob Webber, Commercial Director at Broadband Expert, explains that consumers could save around £11 per month by cancelling their line rental and replacing their home broadband service with a mobile broadband service which would not require a landline.

Webber believes that mobile broadband will soon offer a real alternative to home broadband since speeds and coverage are set to increase significantly. Mobile broadband speeds are currently around half those of home broadband services (according to a study by Broadband Expert in October 2008) but the gap could be set to decrease with a number of mobile broadband providers due to increase the speed and coverage of their networks.

Last week Vodafone announced it had achieved actual speeds of 16Mbs in trials with further trials planned for a service capable of offering 21Mbs. Webber believes that "currently most mobile broadband users make use the of service to browse websites and email since speeds are often too slow for many other online activities such as downloading music, video or online gaming". However, the new generation of mobile broadband services have the potential to offer speeds greater than many of the home broadband services currently in use. Webber does add that mobile broadband providers will additionally need to increase download limits to if they are to replace home broadband services, otherwise heavy users will find the charges for exceeding download limits prohibitively expensive.

About Broadband Expert:

Broadband Expert is part of RichWeb Media Ltd, a privately owned UK company. We aim to provide expert advice and information to allow consumers to make more informed decisions when purchasing broadband or mobile broadband services.

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