Mobile broadband is simply the advertising terminology for mobile Internet access via a portable wireless modem, USB modem, or an e-reader/tablet/phone or other mobile device. Currently the earliest mobile Internet access was available in 1991, when part of the first generation of cell phone technology was introduced. Since then there have been numerous new mobile devices and upgrades to current mobile Internet technologies. Some people refer to mobile broadband as «GPRS» (aka Global Positioning System) or sometimes as just «GPS.»

There are several different types of mobile broadband Internet service providers. Three types of mobile providers offer the most commonly used services; CDMA providers, which only feature a single frequency, GSM (GSM International), which includes CDMA and some Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone Service). Some other mobile providers offer «unified» access, which means that they use the same technologies and frequencies from various providers for their mobile broadband Internet service. There are also a number of companies offering mobile Internet that offers the old fashioned DSL or cable modem service along with their mobile broadband Internet service.

To get mobile broadband internet access, you usually need a computer that is connected to a high speed wireless Internet connection via a wireless router, a USB modem or a smart phone with a data port. If you choose a smart phone over a traditional computer, you will need a mobile smart phone card or some other type of connection that can connect to the Internet on the go. Other options include an AirCard or a USB modem or a local area network (LAN). You will need to use a data plan from your mobile providers to get started and you may want to purchase extra data to keep your data plan cost down.