What is LTE on a Laptop? Here are 7 Benefits of 4G Laptops

6th August 2020
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You’re sure to know of LTE connectivity on a mobile phone, but what is LTE on a laptop?

We’re all used to having our phones online constantly. But most of us are still tethered to the wall or hunting for WiFi when we use our laptops. It doesn’t have to be this way though. Mobile broadband is now on a huge amount of laptops and that’s why we now offer FREE 6GB Mobile Broadband on selected laptops for our business customers.

What is LTE and what does LTE connectivity mean?

LTE (Long Term Evolution) was the first step along the path into 4G, or 4th generation, wireless technology. When the ITU-R (International Telecommunications Union) set the minimum speeds for 4G they were actually a little unattainable despite the amount tech manufacturers were piling into the project. So LTE was created as a way to term the technology being used to try and attain those standards, which could be described as 4G as long as it provided a significant improvement over 3G technology. You may also come across LTE-A, which stands for Long Term Evolution Advanced. LTE-A, as the name suggests, is a step closer to 4G, with faster speeds and more stability than standard LTE.

5G is now available on many of our latest devices

4G LTE is still a vital part of our communications infrastructure but 5G is becoming more and more common, with laptops, phones and other electronic devices taking advantage of the high-speed low latency technology to deliver a level of communication never seen before. Click here to learn more about 5G and how it can benefit your business.

Are LTE devices always connected?

Yes, with 4G LTE connectivity, you free yourself from Wi-Fi and hotspot dependency by being always connected. When wireless 4G LTE connectivity is built in, you’re online instantly and securely. Perfect for on-the-move businesses.

What is LTE connectivity on Laptops?

These laptops have an internal LTE modem. LTE is a standard for wireless broadband communication for mobile devices and data terminals, it lets you connect to a mobile network to use data to access the internet when you place a SIM card into the laptop.

All you need to do is slot the SIM card you want to use into your laptop and let your machine configure it. Once done, it connects you to the mobile network of your SIM provider, giving you access to internet data while on the move or at home.

Any LTE SIM card will be compatible. There are no restrictions on prepaid or monthly contract plans — it’s easy and seamless.

How will LTE impact business or remote working moving forwards?

We have begun to see that LTE 4G and 5G providers across the world are expanding their networks to accommodate the increased demand with a huge swathe of the global workforce now working from home either permanently or at least for part of the working week. Providers such as Vodafone and Verizon are working to improve coverage and extend service into more rural areas to help customers who now need to work away from an office base but still want to be able to work from anywhere.

What is the difference between 4G vs LTE?

The real question people ask is, can you feel a difference between 4G and LTE networks and is the speed of a loading page or even downloading an app on your mobile a lot faster if you have LTE built in? Well, the truth of the matter is that you probably won’t notice any difference in terms of that, unless you live in the right area. 4G and LTE are different in terms of technology as mentioned above about what LTE and 4G actually do.

Read on for our 7 benefits of 4G laptops and how they can make your online life easier.

1. Improve Productivity

Need to get out an email or complete your presentation documents before work? Well, you can without having to go into the office early. With a laptop that has a SIM slot, you can sit anywhere that has mobile data. So long as you’re in signal range, you’ll have seamless access like on your phone.

With more businesses moving into the cloud, you can have access to everything you have in the office. And although our phones are capable now of doing these tasks, a full screen and keyboard are far more convenient.

So, if you’re the type who likes to get the most out of their workday, a laptop with LTE capabilities will be a huge help. You don’t have to worry about where the next hotspot will be. You won’t need to navigate any suspicious public connections either.

2. A More Secure Connection in Public

Public WiFi hotspots are those you find in cafes and hotels. While convenient, they can pose a security risk. You don’t know who is nearby waiting to hijack the connection for their own nefarious purposes.

Subscribing to a trusted VPN does take away a lot of the risk with public connections, but if you want to bypass it completely a laptop with LTE is the way to go. It lets you avoid anything that isn’t trustworthy and you also don’t need to deal with 10 people vying for the same bandwidth.

3. Faster Connection than Tethering

Tethering your laptop to your phone when you’re on the go is an option, but it has its drawbacks. Your laptop will have slower transfer speeds, and battery on your phone will quickly drain. Using a SIM to access network data removes this issue though, so you don’t have to worry.

Tethering isn’t available on all networks, and it can cost extra for those that do feature it. This makes it far from ideal and more of a stop-gap than a solution. With LTE laptops, you’ve got a sleeker, smoother option at the end of your fingertips with all the speed you need.

4. No Compromises

Things have come a long way from the first LTE laptop. New LTE laptops have every feature and option that we have come to expect from a modern laptop.

Whether you are looking for a slimline business machine, 2 in 1 or convertible tablet, you can find a top of the line LTE laptop for your needs. Touch screens, high performance Intel CPUs or ultra-long life ARM processors are all available to suit your needs and preferences.

5. Battery

The Microsoft Surface Pro X
Microsoft Surface Pro X

Early models of laptops with LTE did take a hit in the battery department. But advances in technology have made it virtually unnoticeable.

For example, take a look at the Surface Pro X with LTE available to lease from £13.55 per week, including 6GB free data with Vodafone for 12 months. When compared to its non-LTE counterparts, it doesn’t use much more battery using mobile data than using WiFi. This is, in part, due to Windows 10 battery and data-saving management tools.

The big point here though is that you no longer have to choose between your LTE connection and fantastic battery life.

6. Peace of Mind

Although we don’t like to think about it, disasters can happen. Power cuts, broken routers and even cut cables can happen and you can’t afford to be left high and dry.

Even if you normally have a stable internet connection, having LTE on your laptop as a backup gives you important peace of mind. No matter what happens, you will be able to stay online and hit your deadlines.

7. Save Money

As we ease out of the Covid-19 lockdown and business travel is making a return, an LTE laptop with SIM can save you money. If you have travelled for business, you’ll know how expensive guest WiFi can be. Hotels, airports and conference centres all charge incredible amounts for their WiFi. Wouldn’t it be nice to cut out the (expensive) middleman and access the internet directly?

With a laptop with a 4G LTE SIM card, these charges are a thing of the past. You only ever pay the cost of your monthly SIM data plan. So no more nasty surprises at checkout! Any data-enabled SIM will work, so you can use either use a pay monthly package or pay as you go. Either way, you will know exactly what, and when you will be paying for your connectivity.

Now you know what LTE on a Laptop is

So next time you see it advertised, you won’t need to ask ‘what is LTE on a laptop’? LTE can revolutionise the way you use your laptop, security and WiFi concerns become a thing of the past, and you are able to stay productive wherever you are.

If you are looking for an LTE laptop take a look at our leasing options at HardSoft. We offer a FREE 6GB Monthly Data plan for 12 months on selected laptops, so your new laptop is ready to go as soon as you are! Contact our expert team on 020 7111 1643, email sales@hardsoft.co.uk, or use the webchat on our website.