Having a 3G modem lets you carry on working if your access line fails
Loss of Internet access is one of the most common sources of business interruption. Having a 3G modem in your desk or bag could make the difference between closing that sale and losing it to a competitor.
Why you need one
Experience shows that many businesses rely on the Internet a great deal; but are dependent on a single access line. Whilst this low cost route is perfectly acceptable for Business As Usual, it does introduce a Single Point Dependency into your business operations.
Whether you are a home based single user business or a Small Medium Enterprise with an office; maintaining access to the Internet could make all the difference to the success of your business in the short term.
Consider the impact on your business if you had no Internet access for 1,2,4,8 hours. If you use email, and who doesn’t, what would be the impact if you had no access to your email for such a period?
Get One Now
Certainly in the UK, 3G modems are universally available from all the major network providers. You can get them on a contract or, as I do, on a Pay As You Go basis. The initial cost is very reasonable and for some providers the PAYG credit doesn’t expire; so the running costs are minimal.
In my experience, installation on both Mac and Windows is simply a case of Plug ‘n Play, so there really is no reason not to do this.
I am, of course, assuming you work in a 3G enabled area. In my experience however, even in non-3G enabled areas of the UK; provided there is GPRS service, then you should get some level of Internet access.
If your mobile phone works and you can get Internet access on that, then a 3G modem should be of value to you.
What about more complex networks?
Many of you will have more complex network environments with servers, multiple computers and the like. Whilst you are no longer in the Plug ‘n Play arena, a 3G modem can still save the day; but you will need more expertise.
Feel free to get in touch via the comments on here or by calling me on 01480 476 297 if you need advice.
For such a minimal upfront cost, and considering the possible impact on your business if you lost Internet access, it really is a no-brainer.
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