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Compare the best mobile broadband deals and offers including pay as you go and pay monthly from the leading UK providers including 3 Mobile, EE, O2, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

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Mobile Broadband with 3GB Pay As You Go
Three
  • 3GB PAYG data allowance
  • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
  • ZTE MF730M dongle

    7.2Mb
    speed (up to)
    3GB
    monthly
    usage
    1.6Mb
    up to
    £29.99
    one-off-fee
    £29.99
    first year
    PAYG
    pay as you goprice details1st year cost: £29.99no contract
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    • Upfront cost: £29.99
    • Average monthly: £0
    • First year cost: £29.99
    • Lifetime cost: £29.99
    • Contract length: -1
    Price details
    4G Mobile Broadband 3GB Pay As You Go
    O2 Mobile Broadband
    • 3GB PAYG data allowance
    • Up to 42Mb mobile broadband
    • Huawei 4G dongle

      42Mb
      speed (up to)
      3GB
      monthly
      usage
      5.8Mb
      up to
      £35
      one-off-fee
      £35
      first year
      PAYG
      pay as you goprice details1st year cost: £35no contract
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      • Upfront cost: £35
      • Average monthly: £0
      • First year cost: £35
      • Lifetime cost: £35
      • Contract length: -1
      Price details
      MiFi Mobile Broadband with 12GB Pay As You Go
      Three
      • 12GB PAYG data allowance
      • Connect up to 5 devices
      • Huawei E5330 WiFi device

        7.2Mb
        speed (up to)
        12GB
        monthly
        usage
        1.6Mb
        up to
        £59.99
        one-off-fee
        £59.99
        first year
        PAYG
        pay as you goprice details1st year cost: £59.99no contract
        More
        • Upfront cost: £59.99
        • Average monthly: £0
        • First year cost: £59.99
        • Lifetime cost: £59.99
        • Contract length: -1
        Price details
        4G Mobile Broadband with 6GB Data Pay As You Go
        Vodafone
        • 6GB PAYG data allowance
        • Up to 21Mb mobile broadband
        • K5150 4G dongle

          21Mb
          speed (up to)
          6GB
          monthly
          usage
          5.7Mb
          up to
          £60
          one-off-fee
          £60
          first year
          PAYG
          pay as you goprice details1st year cost: £60no contract
          More
          • Upfront cost: £60
          • Average monthly: £0
          • First year cost: £60
          • Lifetime cost: £60
          • Contract length: -1
          Price details
          4G Mobile Broadband WiFi with 6GB Data Pay As You Go
          Vodafone
          • 6GB PAYG data allowance
          • Up to 21Mb mobile broadband
          • R216 4G WiFi device

            21Mb
            speed (up to)
            6GB
            monthly
            usage
            5.7Mb
            up to
            £60
            one-off-fee
            £60
            first year
            PAYG
            pay as you goprice details1st year cost: £60no contract
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            • Upfront cost: £60
            • Average monthly: £0
            • First year cost: £60
            • Lifetime cost: £60
            • Contract length: -1
            Price details
            4GEE Mobile Broadband WiFi 5GB Pay As You Go
            EE Mobile
            • 5GB PAYG data allowance
            • Data lasts 90 days
            • Osprey 2 WiFi device

              30Mb
              speed (up to)
              5GB
              monthly
              usage
              5Mb
              up to
              £79.99
              one-off-fee
              £79.99
              first year
              PAYG
              pay as you goprice details1st year cost: £79.99no contract
              More
              • Upfront cost: £79.99
              • Average monthly: £0
              • First year cost: £79.99
              • Lifetime cost: £79.99
              • Contract length: -1
              Price details
              MiFi Mobile Broadband with 2GB Monthly Usage
              Three
              • 2GB monthly data allowance
              • Connect up to 5 devices
              • Huawei E5330 WiFi device
              • £25 Amazon.co.uk gift card

              £25 Amazon.co.uk gift card

              7.2Mb
              speed (up to)
              2GB
              monthly
              usage
              1.6Mb
              up to
              Free
              of charge
              £96
              first year
              £8
              per monthprice details1st year cost: £9624 month contract
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              • Upfront cost: Free
              • Average monthly: £8
              • First year cost: £96
              • Lifetime cost: £192
              • Contract length: 24
              Price details
              Mobile Broadband with 2GB Monthly Usage
              Three
              • 2GB monthly data allowance
              • Up to 7.2Mb mobile broadband
              • ZTE MF730M dongle

                7.2Mb
                speed (up to)
                2GB
                monthly
                usage
                1.6Mb
                up to
                Free
                of charge
                £96
                first year
                £8
                per monthprice details1st year cost: £9624 month contract
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                • Upfront cost: Free
                • Average monthly: £8
                • First year cost: £96
                • Lifetime cost: £192
                • Contract length: 24
                Price details
                4G Mobile Broadband WiFi with 1GB Data
                Vodafone
                • 1GB monthly data allowance
                • Create your own personal WiFi
                • R216 4G WiFi device

                  21Mb
                  speed (up to)
                  1GB
                  monthly
                  usage
                  5.7Mb
                  up to
                  £20
                  one-off-fee
                  £140
                  first year
                  £10
                  per monthprice details1st year cost: £14012 month contract
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                  • Upfront cost: £20
                  • Average monthly: £11.67
                  • First year cost: £140
                  • Lifetime cost: £140
                  • Contract length: 12
                  Price details
                  4G Mobile Broadband with 1GB Data
                  Vodafone
                  • Up to 21Mb mobile broadband
                  • 1GB monthly downloads
                  • K5150 4G dongle

                    21Mb
                    speed (up to)
                    1GB
                    monthly
                    usage
                    5.7Mb
                    up to
                    £20
                    one-off-fee
                    £140
                    first year
                    £10
                    per monthprice details1st year cost: £14012 month contract
                    More
                    • Upfront cost: £20
                    • Average monthly: £11.67
                    • First year cost: £140
                    • Lifetime cost: £140
                    • Contract length: 12
                    Price details
                    4G Mobile Broadband 1GB - 1 Month Contract
                    Vodafone
                    • 1GB monthly data allowance
                    • Up to 21Mb mobile broadband
                    • K5150 4G dongle

                      21Mb
                      speed (up to)
                      1GB
                      monthly
                      usage
                      5.7Mb
                      up to
                      £45
                      one-off-fee
                      £165
                      if taken over
                      12 months
                      £10
                      per monthprice details1st year cost: £1651 month contract
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                      • Upfront cost: £45
                      • Average monthly: Not applicable
                      • First year cost: £165
                      • Lifetime cost: £55
                      • Contract length: 1
                      Price details
                      4G Mobile Broadband WiFi 1GB - 1 Month Contract
                      Vodafone
                      • 1GB monthly data allowance
                      • Create your own personal WiFi
                      • R216 4G WiFi device

                        21Mb
                        speed (up to)
                        1GB
                        monthly
                        usage
                        5.7Mb
                        up to
                        £45
                        one-off-fee
                        £165
                        if taken over
                        12 months
                        £10
                        per monthprice details1st year cost: £1651 month contract
                        More
                        • Upfront cost: £45
                        • Average monthly: Not applicable
                        • First year cost: £165
                        • Lifetime cost: £55
                        • Contract length: 1
                        Price details
                        4G Mobile Broadband with 3GB Data
                        Vodafone
                        • 3GB monthly data allowance
                        • Up to 21Mb mobile broadband
                        • K5150 4G dongle

                          21Mb
                          speed (up to)
                          3GB
                          monthly
                          usage
                          5.7Mb
                          up to
                          Free
                          of charge
                          £180
                          first year
                          £15
                          per monthprice details1st year cost: £18012 month contract
                          More
                          • Upfront cost: Free
                          • Average monthly: £15
                          • First year cost: £180
                          • Lifetime cost: £180
                          • Contract length: 12
                          Price details
                          4G Mobile Broadband WiFi with 3GB Data
                          Vodafone
                          • Create your own personal 4G WiFi
                          • Connect up to ten WiFi enabled devices
                          • Access BT and London Underground WiFi

                            21Mb
                            speed (up to)
                            3GB
                            monthly
                            usage
                            5.7Mb
                            up to
                            Free
                            of charge
                            £180
                            first year
                            £15
                            per monthprice details1st year cost: £18012 month contract
                            More
                            • Upfront cost: Free
                            • Average monthly: £15
                            • First year cost: £180
                            • Lifetime cost: £180
                            • Contract length: 12
                            Price details
                            Mobile Broadband WiFi with 3GB Data
                            Vodafone
                            • 3GB monthly data allowance
                            • Create your own personal WiFi
                            • R207 WiFi device

                              7.2Mb
                              speed (up to)
                              3GB
                              monthly
                              usage
                              2Mb
                              up to
                              Free
                              of charge
                              £180
                              first year
                              £15
                              per monthprice details1st year cost: £18012 month contract
                              More
                              • Upfront cost: Free
                              • Average monthly: £15
                              • First year cost: £180
                              • Lifetime cost: £180
                              • Contract length: 12
                              Price details
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                              What you need to know

                              • Prices last checked and verified 22nd August 2016
                              • Broadband speeds may vary
                              • Monthly costs exclude line rental unless indicated
                              • 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
                              • The line rental prices shown are for payment on a monthly basis. Some providers offer reduced prices on line rental when an upfront payment is made for 12 months

                              How to compare and buy mobile broadband

                              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. Although the latter is faster, the former is more widely available. Plus, 4G coverage is only limited to certain mobile networks – including EE, Vodafone, Three, Giffgaff and O2. You can use the individual coverage checkers at the top of the page to see 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 internet on the go

                              Mobile broadband allows you to access the internet 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 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 via Bluetooth to your laptop, computer or other mobile devices. This feature is only limited to certain providers.

                              Pros & cons

                              Pros

                              • You can get internet on the go
                              • Available on pay-monthly and pay-as-you-go
                              • Share your connection across multiple devices

                              Cons

                              • Slower speed than home broadband
                              • 4G is higher in price and limited to certain areas
                              • Coverage depends on providers

                              Which package is right for me?

                              Decide which option is good for your device

                              You can receive mobile broadband through a dongle, Wi-Fi hotspot or SIM card. A dongle is like a USB device that you slot in your laptop to receive internet connection. Alternatively you can buy a portable Wi-Fi router, enabling you to create your own hotspot and share your internet connection with multiple devices. Or you can go for a SIM card to put into your tablet, which will allow you to get online.

                              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 those who consistently use mobile broadband. It’s most likely you’ll get more data allowance 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.

                              Choose between a 3G or 4G network

                              Mobile broadband is getting faster with 4G, which is available on certain networks. 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. You’ll receive the appropriate equipment once you have purchased your package.

                              If you want to access mobile broadband via your laptop, you’ll need a USB dongle – a memory stick that you slot into your laptop. Most dongles are only compatible with Windows, making it unsuitable for Mac users. If you purchase a Mi-Fi package, you’ll need a Wi-Fi router. This will allow you to connect multiple devices to your hotspot. With a SIM-only plan, you’ll have to see which SIM card is suitable with your tablet – standard, micro or nano.

                              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, portable Wi-Fi device 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 will I be using?
                              6. What will happen if I exceed my limit?

                              Cable.co.uk recommends

                              Now you are armed with mobile broadband information, it’s time to make a decision. First, jot down a list of packages that suit you. 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. You’ll then be ready to make an informed decision.