With the huge rise of mobile communications, many have believed that the problems with connectivity and speed have been driven by the rise of mobile broadband and the seemingly ‘huge amounts of data’ used by such connections. This is about as far from the truth as the moon is from earth : A long way.

The truth is that any bad connection that you are receiving courtesy of your Mobile Broadband dongle is thanks to all these clever smart-phone types swallowing up all of the mobile data allowances on networks, leaving you the dongle user to a substandard connection.

How? I hear you cry! This question has been summed up excellently below.

Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said, “It seems mobile broadband service providers can’t keep up with the demand for data, which is being fuelled by advances in smartphones alongside the desire for mobile broadband via dongles and embedded in laptops.” Marling said that the devil’s gadgets (our words) including the Iphone are hogging all the bandwidth with their fancy applications, gaming, and email attachments, thereby ruining the “Oh. I’m in a coffee shop writing my novel” experience for dongle users everywhere. “It will be interesting to see how Vodafone and Orange hold up under the extra data strain Apple’s iconic device clearly brings.”

The Original Smart-Phone

The Original Smart-Phone

Take for example how an Iphone makes a connection:

When the iPhone wants to access the network, it turns on the 3G radio, establishes the connections, download the email or web page it wants, and then drops the connection and turns off the 3G radio. Total time – around 1 or 2 seconds. A few seconds later it will repeat the process for the next data access. This rapid turning on and off of the radio saves the phones batteries but causes the control channels to be clogged and the radius and DHCP servers to be overloaded.

Dongles do not cause problems with signals as they tend to setup a connection and hold that connection for a long time. With more and more people using smart-phones to create a connection to their PC commonly known as ‘tethering’, which cause’s a almost bottleneck type problem with the network. This problem seems to be exacerbated by the plethora of free SIM ads which seem to be omnipresent around the internet, what needs to happen is contract SIM smart phones need to be allocated set data amounts. Doing this will allow everyone to achieve the best connection.