Mobile data connection is as relevant today as dial-up was more than a decade ago. In fact, more and more people are now on their phones, using mobile data from their own respective mobile operator’s network, rather than on their personal computers connecting to a broadband connection to access their online needs. And as is expected with this switch, so are businesses now taking their products and services to the mobile platform. Not only does this allow them to reach a wider audience and probable client base due to the geographical non-limitation of the worldwide web, it also allows for mobile payment processing. Such conveniences were never even available just a few years back.
But as the number of mobile data consumers keep increasing, so do the demands for better data service at better prices.
Looking at the top 4 mobile data networks in the US today, Verizon undoubtedly leads the pack in coverage, average download, and upload speeds, as well as in the number of active users. However, it is not exactly the cheapest service available – that title goes to Sprint. While this may seem like a clear-cut decision to make between price and reliability, it isn’t quite as simple as that. You also need to take into account the bandwidth allowance included with the price you’re paying for your mobile data service. For example, Sprint is without a doubt the best-priced provider for consumptions of over 20 GB, but T-Mobile is your best choice price-wise when your average monthly consumption is just less than 20 GB. This is because T-Mobile’s pricing is lower than AT&T, Verizon, and even Sprint for bandwidth allowances of up to 20 GB. AT&T, while neck and neck with Verizon in pricing, coverage, and the number of subscribers, does the best in latency.
Learn more about these mobile data networks and how their services are helping out businesses by checking out this infographic by Data2go Wireless: