Dan Howdle | August 3rd, 2023
Three has been offering broadband delivered via its mobile network for a few years now and, depending on where you live – and the quality of your signal reception – does provide a realistic alternative to traditional fixed-line home broadband deals, especially if you live somewhere you can take advantage of 5G. And right now, Three Broadband is offering its contracted packages with the first three months completely free of charge. Let's take a look at what's available.
You'll get three months free on both of Three Broadband's home broadband deals. There are two flavours – 4G and 5G – and since they're the same price, your choice is really going to come down to which you can get rather than opting for the minimum you need in order to save money. They do offer differing routers, which we'll talk about in a bit more detail further down, which is why Three will check your postcode and let you know which service is available to you before you sign up. You can't get a 5G hub if you can only get a 4G reception, and Three will know what you can and can't get.
Here's an overview of those deals:
With both the 4G and 5G versions of Three Broadband's home broadband packages – with data delivered via the Three mobile network – costing exactly the same each month, which package you can have will depend entirely where you live and the quality of the Three mobile signal you receive there.
There's some irony there too, since many who might want to opt for broadband delivered via a mobile network as opposed to a traditional fixed line will likely be doing so because where they live fixed-line broadband speeds are inadequate. Since slow broadband is predominantly associated with rural or remote living, it's unlikely 5G will reach these locations either.
Whatever your reason for considering it, Three will check your postcode and offer you the fastest deal, and the appropriate router.
Three Broadband's home broadband packages are unique in the sense that you can order one day and be online the next. Your router will be posted overnight, plug it in, a quick setup, and your household is online. This differs markedly from traditional fixed-line options where you're typically going to be waiting two weeks or more to get up and running.
You can get Three Broadband either on a 24-month contract, or on a one-month rolling contract. The latter obviously allowing you to exit whenever you please, with the former tying you in for two years and hitting you with early exit fees if you need to get out. However, the contracted option is cheaper on month to month basis, and of course you'll get your first three months free. Not so with the one-month option. However, a one month contract may suit many and will therefore be worth the extra cost to some.
Unlike traditional fixed-line broadband, do bear in mind that you won't get a phone line. Most households will already have one or not need one, but it's worth bearing in mind that if you're switching away from a normal household broadband connection with a phone line, most broadband providers will not let you keep the phone line on its own.
There are a couple of ways to deal with this. You can get a basic phone line solo from BT or one or two other providers, or you can give the landline the old heave-ho and rely instead on your mobile. You can use your Three Broadband router to make wifi calls, meaning audio quality should be pretty good even in areas with poor mobile signal via your (non-Three) network. Obviously if you get poor mobile signal on Three, you won't be able to have Three Broadband in the first place.
There are two routers available from Three Broadband, and which one you get will depend on whether you can get 4G or 5G where you live. Here are the specs:
Three has been around since the birth of 3G, going all the way back to the early 2000s. However, its home broadband offering, under the not entirely distinct secondary brand name 'Three Broadband' has only existed for a few short years, providing a realistic alternative to traditional fixed-line broadband, if you can get a high-quality reception.
Three Broadband is cheap. With 5G speeds of up to 150Mbps for around £20 per month, it may, in actual fact, be THE cheapest way to get high speed broadband in the entire UK. However, the value slides downhill somewhat if you can only get the equally priced 4G version where you live.
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