Anyone who follows my usual ramblings will know that I cover all of Scotland for work. Most of the jobs outside of the central belt tend to be in “rural” locations (aka sheep and mountains for company) which means access to the internet can be limited. This provides a challenge when it comes to supporting my regular clients who tend to work in the cities and towns in the central belt. For this reason I purchased mobile broadband (myfi) through T-Mobile 18 months ago and it has worked pretty well. 18 months is a long time in IT though so I thought it was time for a little review.
The network with the largest coverage in Scotland at the moment is EE so it would be daft not to have mobile broadband through them. I scoured the internet and found some cracking deals on 24 month contracts and opted for 15GB for £15 per month. The device can connect 10 simultaneous devices too which is nice. One problem though is backup. What happens when EE has no coverage in a certain area? In the past I would rely on my HTC One X which runs on O2 but even so I would like a third option.
Back to the internet and checking coverage maps. Vodafone was out as their coverage in Scotland is appalling. I install a lot of GSM modems which are tethered to Vodafone and a lot of the time the signal is so bad they basically don’t work. This leaves Three which I have had bad coverage with in the past, however after checking their coverage maps they seam to be a lot better so I purchased 5GB for £15 per month.
So I now have EE, O2 and Three as my mobile broadband options which should cover most bases but what to use them with?
My trusty 10 inch Lenovo Android tablet is still going strong and allows me to use Teamviewer to remote into into my clients systems easily. I firmly believe in “If it isn’t broke don’t fix it” and since the tablet still has 9 hours of battery life I see no reason to change it.
Speaking of battery life I also have an Ankar portable battery pack which holds enough charge to charge my phone and tablet twice or the phone 4 times. Since my phone battery is appalling this comes in very handy!!
So that is the networks in place, the device to use and power in place but even with all this there will still be times when I have no signal whatsoever. When that happens I ring a nice man who sits next to a PC who remotes in for me!!
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