With the advancement of the national wireless infrastructure over the years, many people have started to look to mobile data to solve unconventional problems. One undeniable advantage of mobile data connectivity is that it often reaches places that physical cables do not, whether because of the expense of putting them down or the basic impossibility thereof.

Instead of being used merely to keep a smartphone connected to the wider world, mobile data can therefore often be usefully employed to connect laptop computers, tablets, and other devices, as well. Functioning just like a wireless modem might, a phone that is deployed in this way can open up a whole host of new possibilities for its owner.

Unfortunately, not every mobile data plan in the United Kingdom allows for this kind of usage. Providers are able to limit devices on their plans as to their tethering ability, and turning this feature off is relatively common today. Particularly among plans on the low end of the price scale, having mobile tethering available is even rarer today than in the recent past, and the trend toward restriction seems likely to continue.

That is not to say that it is impossible to find a mobile plan that includes data with tethering functionality, though. In fact, those who put in the effort to scour the many offerings on the market are likely to come away pleased, as there are invariably a few attractive options, even at low price points, that do allow for this kind of usage.

In most cases, this will mean focusing on so-called “sim only” plans and bringing an existing device to the new provider’s network. Plans that include the provision of a smartphone are invariably more expensive, of course, and are also much less likely to include this feature as an unexpected bonus.

Even while focusing on mobile sim only prices and features, those looking into this option will typically need to do a little extra work. While some providers are up front with regard to their tethering allowances, many more leave this extra detail to be resolved in the fine print. For those who do the required research though, finding an inexpensive plan that allows for tethering can be a great advantage.