Today are in the networks of T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 with the UMTS partial extension “HSDPA” Data transfer rates of up to 7.2 Mbit / s reaches about 6 Mbit/s connection corresponds to the speed of a modern DSL. Since late 2008, also E-plus started first test with the data Turbo HSDPA and announced your network in 2009 with the data Turbo gradually to expand. In addition to HSDPA, for the quick download, some network operators have introduced even the standard HSUPA. HSUPA is to speed up the upload speed on up to 1.45 Mbps. This is especially of advantage, if you want to upload large amounts of data, like E.g. photos, on the Internet. In addition to the standards UMTS and HSDPA, there is also a technique which is called EDGE. Especially this makes mobile Internet for the cities, where there is no DSL.
EDGE it is, similar to such as HSDPA for UMTS, to an extension of the GPRS standard in mobile communications. You can reach the EDGE technology also in rural areas, where there is no UMTS as data transfer rates of up to four ISDN speed, which is approximately 0.2 Mbit/s. EDGE is for modem or ISDN users a real alternative. Compared with UMTS and HSDPA, EDGE is available in the T-mobile network even at any place. The other 3 carriers have already provided some areas with EDGE and announce a further expansion in the course of 2009. In addition to the possibility of including in rural areas faster than surfing the Internet so far it is bound with UMTS & co. no longer in a single location, such as DSL.
The mobile Internet can be used anywhere, where it is usually also with his cell phone reception. So even while on vacation, the holiday home or a caravan. The costs for mobile Internet access have become affordable in contrast the start in 2005 for everyone. You get volume rates with 1 GB transfer volume already for 10 EUR per month. A mobile UMTS flat rate is depending on the mobile phone network for about EUR 20-30 / month to get. The look into a portal to compare UMTS tariffs is advisable to find the collective bargaining right to.