Tethering vs Mobile Broadband
- Tethering is a process of connecting to the internet using a mobile phone as a modem.
- The mobile phone is connected to the computer using a data cable and the SIM card access the mobile network.
- The connection software and driver files have to be manually installed in the computer to connect to the internet.
- The speed of the internet connection varies based on the type of mobile phone and SIM card. (2G, 2.5G, 3G or 4G)
- Tethering option can be activated or deactivated from the mobile phone plan as per the wish of the customer.
- Users will not be able to make or receive calls while using the mobile phone as a modem to connect to the internet.
- Mobile broadband uses a USB modem to connect to the internet.
- The USB modem is connected to computer directly or using a USB cable. It also uses a SIM card to access the mobile network.
- The USB modem installs the driver and connection manager automatically once it is connected to the computer.
- The speed of the internet connection depends on the coverage and signal strength. All the 3G services receive a minimum speed of 2Mbps and a maximum of 14Mbps.
- Mobile Broadband is a dedicated service which requires the user to choose a plan at the time of purchase.
- Since Mobile Broadband modem is a dedicated internet service users can access all the services at the same time. However voice calls are made using chat or VOIP services.