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Speed
Monthly
Usage
Set-up
Cost
OfferMonthly
Cost
Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 2GB
33Mb
average
speed
2GB
monthly
usage
£8p/m
1st year cost: £135.99
Virgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 2GB
Virgin Mobile
  • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 2GB of data
  • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
  • 1 month contract
    33Mb
    average
    speed
    2GB
    monthly
    usage
    £39.99
    set-up
    cost
    O2 Mobile BroadbandO2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 3GB
    42Mb
    average
    speed
    3GB
    monthly
    usage
    £11.50p/m
    1st year cost: £157.99
    O2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 3GB
    O2 Mobile Broadband
    • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 3GB of data
    • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
    • Claim Office 365 worth £59.99
    • 24 month contract
      42Mb
      average
      speed
      3GB
      monthly
      usage
      £19.99
      set-up
      cost
      Three3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 2GB
      19Mb
      average
      speed
      2GB
      monthly
      usage
      £10p/m
      1st year cost: £159
      3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 2GB
      Three
      • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 2GB of data
      • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
      • 1 month contract
        19Mb
        average
        speed
        2GB
        monthly
        usage
        £39
        set-up
        cost
        Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 5GB
        33Mb
        average
        speed
        5GB
        monthly
        usage
        £12p/m
        1st year cost: £183.99
        Virgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 5GB
        Virgin Mobile
        • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 5GB of data
        • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
        • 1 month contract
          33Mb
          average
          speed
          5GB
          monthly
          usage
          £39.99
          set-up
          cost
          O2 Mobile BroadbandO2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 6GB
          42Mb
          average
          speed
          6GB
          monthly
          usage
          £16p/m
          1st year cost: £211.99
          O2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 6GB
          O2 Mobile Broadband
          • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 6GB of data
          • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
          • Claim Office 365 worth £59.99
          • 24 month contract
            42Mb
            average
            speed
            6GB
            monthly
            usage
            £19.99
            set-up
            cost
            Three3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 10GB
            19Mb
            average
            speed
            10GB
            monthly
            usage
            £17p/m
            1st year cost: £223
            3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 10GB
            Three
            • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 10GB of data
            • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
            • 12 month contract
              19Mb
              average
              speed
              10GB
              monthly
              usage
              £19
              set-up
              cost
              VodafoneVodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 15GB
              21Mb
              average
              speed
              15GB
              monthly
              usage
              £20p/m
              1st year cost: £240
              Vodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 15GB
              Vodafone
              • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 15GB of data
              • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
              • Roaming in 50 destinations at no extra cost
              • 12 month contract
                21Mb
                average
                speed
                15GB
                monthly
                usage
                Zero
                set-up
                cost
                EE MobileEE 4G WiFi Mini Mobile Broadband 15GB
                30Mb
                average
                speed
                15GB
                monthly
                usage
                £23p/m
                1st year cost: £276
                EE 4G WiFi Mini Mobile Broadband 15GB
                EE Mobile
                • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 15GB of data
                • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                • EU roaming data to use every month
                • 24 month contract
                  30Mb
                  average
                  speed
                  15GB
                  monthly
                  usage
                  Zero
                  set-up
                  cost
                  Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 10GB
                  33Mb
                  average
                  speed
                  10GB
                  monthly
                  usage
                  £20p/m
                  1st year cost: £279.99
                  Virgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 10GB
                  Virgin Mobile
                  • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 10GB of data
                  • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                  • 1 month contract
                    33Mb
                    average
                    speed
                    10GB
                    monthly
                    usage
                    £39.99
                    set-up
                    cost
                    VodafoneVodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 30GB
                    21Mb
                    average
                    speed
                    30GB
                    monthly
                    usage
                    £25p/m
                    1st year cost: £300
                    Vodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 30GB
                    Vodafone
                    • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 30GB of data
                    • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                    • Roaming in 50 destinations at no extra cost
                    • 12 month contract
                      21Mb
                      average
                      speed
                      30GB
                      monthly
                      usage
                      Zero
                      set-up
                      cost
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                      What you need to know

                      • Prices last checked and verified 13th June 2018
                      • Broadband speeds may vary
                      • Monthly costs include line rental
                      • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
                      • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract
                      • Some providers offer line rental reduced prices when an upfront payment is made for 12 months
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                      How do I compare different packages?

                      Mobile broadband gives you the freedom to use the internet on the go. However, this does depend on the coverage in your area and whether you have the right equipment. Use our comparison table above to give you a breakdown of each deal.

                      Availability

                      The availability of mobile broadband depends on your network area and devices. Mobile broadband runs on 3G and 4G networks. 4G is now widely available across all mobile networks – including EE, Vodafone, Three, Giffgaff and O2. You can use the individual coverage checkers at the top of the page to check what’s available in your area.

                      Check the detail

                      It’s always important to check the small print before purchasing a mobile broadband package. This will include information on contract length, cancellation fees, extra features and any hidden costs. Although it’s a long-winded process, it is vital to go through the terms and conditions to make sure you are happy with the details.

                      Why choose mobile broadband?

                      You can get online on the go

                      Mobile broadband allows you to get online wherever you are. Whether you are streaming a movie in the living room, browsing in the shopping centre or at work, you will be able to enjoy the treats of mobile broadband. However, this does depend on your mobile network coverage and how strong your signal is.

                      Available with pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go plans

                      Mobile broadband is available on both pay monthly and pay-as-you-go plans. So if you don’t want to be tied to a contract, you can opt for a PAYG or a monthly rolling contract. If you are unhappy with a network, by taking out a PAYG plan you’ll have more flexibility to switch without being faced with any cancellation charges.

                      Share your connection across multiple devices

                      If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can tether your connection with different devices. With tethering, your smartphone or tablet will act as a wi-fi hotspot. You can then connect your hotspot to your laptop, computer or other mobile device. Some providers limit tethering so check before you sign up. It's also worth noting that if you're thinking of using an old mobile phone as a temporary wi-fi supply, tethering may also not work.

                      Which package is right for me?

                      Decide which option is good for your device

                      You can receive mobile broadband through a dongle, mobile router or SIM card. A dongle is like a USB device that you slot in your laptop to receive internet connection. Alternatively you can get a SIM card to put into your tablet, which will allow you to get online.

                      Sign up for a mobile router or mifi device

                      If you have struggled up to now to get a fast fibre connection at home, then mobile broadband could solve your problems. With faster 4G now available from the likes of EE, and with prices for mobile broadband falling, you may want to consider buying a mobile router to have at home. These small devices emit a mobile signal to which you can then connect any other device - kind of like having a mobile router. They come with a SIM card and you then pay for how much data you want per month - just like you would with a phone.

                      Choose either a pay-monthly or pay-as-you-go

                      Mobile broadband comes with two different plans. Pay monthly plans come with a set amount of data allowance every month. This is ideal for anyone who consistently uses mobile broadband. It’s most likely you’ll get more data on a pay monthly plan than on a pay-as-you-go plan.

                      If you don’t want to be tied to a contract, it may be best to opt for a PAYG plan. You’ll have to pay for your equipment up front and top up your allowances whenever you need it – ideal for occasional use.

                      4G is now widely available

                      Mobile broadband is getting ever faster with widespread 4G. You can use the coverage checker on the top of the page to see if you can receive 4G. If you are out of luck, you’ll still be able to get internet connection via 3G. This will depend on a number of features, including location and network demand. Make sure you check which network offers a good signal in your area before deciding which one to go for.

                      What will I need?

                      A compatible option for your device

                      There are three types of broadband equipment. Which one you need will be determined by the device you want to use. Choose from a USB dongle for a laptop, a mobile router (also known as a MiFi unit or personal hostpot) or a SIM card for your tablet.

                      You may need a credit check

                      Some providers may ask to carry out a credit check before you purchase a deal. This applies if you take out a pay monthly deal. But if you don’t have a good credit rating, you can opt for a pay-as-you-go plan.

                      How do I switch?

                      How to choose your package

                      You can choose a deal that suits you from the table above. By clicking on the package, you’ll get a breakdown of what’s included in the plan. This will give you information on a number of features, including extra costs and pricing. You can sort the deals as you wish, be it monthly cost, contract length, total savings or upload speed. Once you have made a selection, click on the blue ‘See Deal’ button. You will then be redirected to the provider’s website to finalise your purchase.

                      Cancel with your provider

                      Once you have taken out a mobile broadband deal, you’ll have to inform your current provider that you are leaving. This will only apply if you are on a pay monthly plan. You’ll usually have to give 30 days’ notice, but read the cancellation terms to see if this applies. If you decide to cancel your contract before the minimum term expires, you’ll be subject to a termination charge.

                      Six essential questions before you buy

                      1. Should I choose a pay monthly or PAYG package?
                      2. Do I need a dongle, mobile router or just a SIM card?
                      3. Which is the right network for me?
                      4. How often will I be using mobile broadband?
                      5. How much data do I need?
                      6. What will happen if I exceed my limit?

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                      Now you are armed with mobile broadband information, it’s time to make a decision. Make sure you take into account important features including contract length, data allowance, speed and network. Also, don’t forget to read the terms and conditions.

                      What you need to know

                      • Prices last checked and verified 13th June 2018
                      • Broadband speeds may vary
                      • Monthly costs include line rental
                      • All prices are inclusive of VAT except business packages
                      • You should have the right to cancel without penalty if your provider increases charges during the minimum term of your contract
                      • Some providers offer line rental reduced prices when an upfront payment is made for 12 months
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