Mobile broadband fails miserably to live up to consumer expectations
Published on: 17th Jul 2009
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
According to the latest data from the UK broadband comparison website Broadband Genie, only around one in ten (11 per cent) mobile broadband users are satisfied with the speed of their mobile broadband. While around a quarter were undecided, two thirds claimed their 3G broadband wasn't fast enough.
Broadband Genie says that it is constantly inundated with complaints from consumers about 3G broadband services and as more people take the service up this is only likely to continue.
Broadband Genie editor Chris Marling said: "I hope this damning figure makes the mobile broadband ISPs sit up and take notice. Until now they have been overselling a service that is not right for everyone, which will only come back to haunt them.
"The public perception of mobile broadband is often of a service that is comparable in speed and stability to fixed-line broadband, which simply isn't the case - and won't be for the foreseeable future. Exaggerated advertising and unrealistic 'up to' speed claims have given the public a rose-tinted idea of mobile broadband that the service cannot, in most cases, hope to live up to."
"The industry needs to do more to educate consumers in the downsides of mobile broadband too, so the general public public can make informed decisions on whether mobile broadband is right for them."