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A Glossary of Mobile Internet Terms

Do you know your WiFi dongle from your MiFi?

If in doubt, check out Trustive's glossary of some of the most common mobile internet related terms and enjoy internet on the go with peace of mind...

Trustive WiFi Dongle USB internet stick3G internet or internet 3G is a cellular data service that enables smartphones to connect to cellular data services so that users can enjoy internet on the go. When WiFi internet access services are not available then cellular internet services such as 3G internet can be very useful. However, 3G internet access services are usually slower and generally more expensive that WiFi access services, particularly when the user is outside of his/her domestic operator's setting, and so 3G internet services should be used with caution.

Data roaming is the term used to describe a smartphone's ability to connect to the internet outside of your domestic network, e.g. when travelling abroad. Data roaming should be switched off when leaving your domestic mobile operator geographic region in order to prevent your smartphone from automatically connecting to foreign mobile networks. If left unchecked, the charges associated with data roaming can quickly mount up.

Trustive WiFi Dongle USB internet stickInternet stick or mobile internet stick is an alternative term for a USB dongle, which is a piece of hardware that is inserted into the USB port of a laptop computer in order to enable that computer to connect to a WiFi network or WiFi hotspot. If a laptop computer is not WiFi enabled, then the WiFi dongle is a common way of enabling the user to enjoy wireless internet access services.

Mifi is a portable WiFi hotspot (also known as a mobile WiFi hotspot or portable WiFi hotspot) that provides a link between a 3G or 4G cellular data service and a user's WiFi enabled devices (smartphones, tablets, laptop computers or handheld games consoles).  Please refer to "portable WiFi hotspot" for more details.

Mobile broadband is a marketing term that's used to describe a wireless internet or WiFi service. WiFi (or Wifi or Wi-Fi) is the term used to describe the technology that enables WiFi enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to connect to a network and/or the Internet another wirelessly. 

Mobile internet refers to the ability to connect to the internet on the go, via a handheld, portable device such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop computer. Mobile internet services can be in the form of cellular (3G or 4G) connections or WiFi access services.

prepaid internet Trustive WiFi passPrepaid internet is a term that refers to a means of accessing the internet via a prepaid account. Such prepaid WiFi internet access accounts provide the user with the ability to strictly control their internet budget - if the prepaid internet account does not have any credit, then the user cannot access the internet - thereby avoiding surprise bills upon their return home, as is sometimes the case with standard, post-paid internet access packages.

Portable WiFi (also known as mobile WiFi or pocket WiFi) is the ability to connect to the internet on the go via handheld, portable WiFi enabled devices (such as smartphones, tablets, laptop computers, games consoles etc.).

Portable WiFi hotspots (also known as mobile WiFi hotspot or Mifi) connect to a 3G or 4G cellular network and share this data connection wirelessly with your WiFi enabled device (smartphone, tablet or laptop computer). Some smartphones include a feature that enable them to share their cellular data connection with other WiFi devices, thereby turning them into portable WiFi hotspots (this is also called tethering).  Unlike USB internet sticks, portable WiFi hotspots allow simultaneous connections from multiple WiFi devices.

SIM card Trustive data roaming SIM card

SIM card is an abbreviation of Subscriber Identity Module. A SIM card is a small smart card that is inserted into a user's cellular device (smartphone or tablet) and contains the users unique account information that will enable them to connect to and use cellular services. SIM cards can also be used to store contact and other information.

Trustive WiFi Dongle USB internet stick

USB internet stick is an alternative term for a USB dongle or WiFi dongle, which is a piece of hardware that is inserted into the USB port of a laptop computer in order to enable that computer to connect to a WiFi network or WiFi hotspot. If a laptop computer is not WiFi enabled, then the WiFi dongle is a common way of enabling the user to enjoy wireless internet access services.

WiFi (or Wifi or Wi-Fi) is the term used to describe the technology that enables WiFi enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to connect to a network and/or the Internet another wirelessly. 

Trustive WiFi Dongle USB internet stick

WiFi dongle or USB dongle is a piece of hardware that is inserted into the USB port of a laptop computer in order to enable that computer to connect to a WiFi network or WiFi hotspot. If a laptop computer is not WiFi enabled, then the WiFi dongle is a common way of enabling the user to enjoy wireless internet access services.

WiFi hotspots are routers that are used to share an Internet connection with WiFi enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers. WiFi hotspots can be private (e.g. at home) or public (e.g. at a hotel, restaurant, airport etc.). To get a strong, reliable connection to a WiFi hotspots, you should be within 50-80m of the WiFi hotspot.

Wireless broadband is a high-speed internet access service delivered via a wireless (WiFi) network.

Wireless internet is a synonym of WiFi (or Wifi or Wi-Fi), which is the term used to describe the technology that enables WiFi enabled devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to connect to a network and/or the Internet another wirelessly.