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Three
  • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 2GB of data
  • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
  • 12 month contract
    19Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    2GB
    monthly
    usage
    £9
    set-up
    cost
    Three3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 2GB
    19Mb
    speed
    (up to)
    2GB
    monthly
    usage
    £10p/m
    1st year cost: £129
    Three
    • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 10GB of data
    • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
    • 12 month contract
      19Mb
      speed
      (up to)
      10GB
      monthly
      usage
      £9
      set-up
      cost
      Three3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 10GB
      19Mb
      speed
      (up to)
      10GB
      monthly
      usage
      £10p/m
      1st year cost: £129
      Virgin Mobile
      • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 2GB of data
      • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
      • 1 month contract
        33Mb
        speed
        (up to)
        2GB
        monthly
        usage
        £39.99
        set-up
        cost
        Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 2GB
        33Mb
        speed
        (up to)
        2GB
        monthly
        usage
        £8p/m
        1st year cost: £135.99
        O2 Mobile Broadband
        • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 3GB of data
        • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
        • 24 month contract
          42Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          3GB
          monthly
          usage
          £19.99
          set-up
          cost
          O2 Mobile BroadbandO2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 3GB
          42Mb
          speed
          (up to)
          3GB
          monthly
          usage
          £10p/m
          1st year cost: £139.99
          O2 Mobile Broadband
          • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 6GB of data
          • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
          • 24 month contract
            42Mb
            speed
            (up to)
            6GB
            monthly
            usage
            £19.99
            set-up
            cost
            O2 Mobile BroadbandO2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 6GB
            42Mb
            speed
            (up to)
            6GB
            monthly
            usage
            £13p/m
            1st year cost: £175.99
            Virgin Mobile
            • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 5GB of data
            • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
            • 1 month contract
              33Mb
              speed
              (up to)
              5GB
              monthly
              usage
              £39.99
              set-up
              cost
              Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 5GB
              33Mb
              speed
              (up to)
              5GB
              monthly
              usage
              £12p/m
              1st year cost: £183.99
              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
                speed
                (up to)
                15GB
                monthly
                usage
                Zero
                set-up
                cost
                VodafoneVodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 15GB
                21Mb
                speed
                (up to)
                15GB
                monthly
                usage
                £20p/m
                1st year cost: £240
                O2 Mobile Broadband
                • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 30GB of data
                • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                • 24 month contract
                  42Mb
                  speed
                  (up to)
                  30GB
                  monthly
                  usage
                  £19.99
                  set-up
                  cost
                  O2 Mobile BroadbandO2 4G Pocket Hotspot Mobile Broadband 30GB
                  42Mb
                  speed
                  (up to)
                  30GB
                  monthly
                  usage
                  £21p/m
                  1st year cost: £271.99
                  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
                    speed
                    (up to)
                    15GB
                    monthly
                    usage
                    Zero
                    set-up
                    cost
                    EE MobileEE 4G WiFi Mini Mobile Broadband 15GB
                    30Mb
                    speed
                    (up to)
                    15GB
                    monthly
                    usage
                    £23p/m
                    1st year cost: £276
                    Virgin Mobile
                    • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 10GB of data
                    • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                    • 1 month contract
                      33Mb
                      speed
                      (up to)
                      10GB
                      monthly
                      usage
                      £39.99
                      set-up
                      cost
                      Virgin MobileVirgin Mobile 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 10GB
                      33Mb
                      speed
                      (up to)
                      10GB
                      monthly
                      usage
                      £20p/m
                      1st year cost: £279.99
                      Three
                      • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 20GB of data
                      • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                      • 12 month contract
                        19Mb
                        speed
                        (up to)
                        20GB
                        monthly
                        usage
                        £9
                        set-up
                        cost
                        Three3 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 20GB
                        19Mb
                        speed
                        (up to)
                        20GB
                        monthly
                        usage
                        £23p/m
                        1st year cost: £285
                        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
                          speed
                          (up to)
                          30GB
                          monthly
                          usage
                          Zero
                          set-up
                          cost
                          VodafoneVodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 30GB
                          21Mb
                          speed
                          (up to)
                          30GB
                          monthly
                          usage
                          £25p/m
                          1st year cost: £300
                          EE Mobile
                          • Superfast 4G mobile broadband + 30GB data
                          • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                          • EU roaming data to use every month
                          • 24 month contract
                            60Mb
                            speed
                            (up to)
                            30GB
                            monthly
                            usage
                            Zero
                            set-up
                            cost
                            EE MobileEE 4GEE Max WiFi Mini Mobile Broadband 30GB
                            60Mb
                            speed
                            (up to)
                            30GB
                            monthly
                            usage
                            £29p/m
                            1st year cost: £348
                            Vodafone
                            • Fast 4G mobile broadband with 50GB of data
                            • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                            • Roaming in 50 destinations at no extra cost
                            • 12 month contract
                              21Mb
                              speed
                              (up to)
                              50GB
                              monthly
                              usage
                              Zero
                              set-up
                              cost
                              VodafoneVodafone 4G WiFi Mobile Broadband 50GB
                              21Mb
                              speed
                              (up to)
                              50GB
                              monthly
                              usage
                              £30p/m
                              1st year cost: £360
                              EE Mobile
                              • Superfast 4G mobile broadband + 50GB data
                              • Create WiFi and connect up to 10 devices
                              • EU roaming data to use every month
                              • 24 month contract
                                60Mb
                                speed
                                (up to)
                                50GB
                                monthly
                                usage
                                Zero
                                set-up
                                cost
                                EE MobileEE 4GEE Max WiFi Mini Mobile Broadband 50GB
                                60Mb
                                speed
                                (up to)
                                50GB
                                monthly
                                usage
                                £61p/m
                                1st year cost: £732
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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 17th April 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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