The Disadvantages of Mobile Internet

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Mobile phones have become increasingly sophisticated. Gone are the days when mobile phones were simply used for making calls. They've become all-encompassing gadgets able to play music and videos, games, read emails, take pictures and surf the Web. While mobile devices make things accessible and convenient, they have their share of drawbacks, especially when it comes to browsing the Internet.

Lack of Security

  • Mobile phones don't offer the same level of privacy as computers. Although some websites take precautions to establish secure connections, unsafe websites still proliferate, which can gather sensitive information stored on mobile phones. Though mobile viruses and malicious software are still uncommon, mobile phones don't have the necessary protection should it happen. Websites adapted for mobile Internet don't carry the same type of encryption and security. There are no firewalls and intrusion detection systems to block unwanted traffic.

Incompatibility

  • Some websites, especially those with many pages and that run different scripts, may not load successfully on a mobile device. Mobile Internet doesn't support all complex scripts available for Web browsing. Website developers have different tools in creating and designing a website and some of those tools are incompatible with mobile Internet. When a website is accessed through a mobile device that it's not compatible with, the pages may not load successfully or the website may not appear correctly with some images and texts jumbled and in disarray.

Small Screen Size

  • Mobile devices remain an awkward fit for Web browsing or even for watching videos online. It may offer convenience because of its size, but it doesn't offer the best Web browsing experience. Website texts appear a lot smaller than when browsing in computers. Zooming in on the website only makes the texts a little bit larger but it adds to the inconvenience of having to scroll up, down, right or left to view the entire content. Having a small screen size makes it difficult to type messages and it's more prone to typographical errors.

Unreliable Connectivity

  • Mobile Internet uses a different standard than computers for Web browsing. Mobile Internet Protocol is still less reliable than the regular Internet protocol. Mobile Internet may approximate the speed of broadband Internet, but there are cases in which even when mobile devices are connected to the Internet, the websites take a long time to load or they won't load at all. Mobile Internet is prone to connection timeouts because it can't contact the website immediately. This is particularly worrisome when you're doing mobile banking transactions and the connection times out. You don't know if the transaction has completed successfully or you have to start all over again.

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