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There are a number of different instances where using one or more of Three's mobile broadband solutions may suit you.
Three is one of the UK's four mobile network operators or 'MNOs'. An MNO owns and runs its own infrastructure – all the cables, all the masts, all the systems and other technology. In addition to Three the other UK MNOs are Vodafone, EE and O2. But what about everyone else? There are a whole bunch of other providers, right?
Right. But, they are what is known as mobile virtual network operators or 'MVNOs'. They offer their services by 'piggybacking' onto one of the four MNOs' network. The other providers that also operate on the Three network are iD Mobile (Carphone Warehouse) and SMARTY.
One additional thing to consider is that only the MNOs such as Three itself tend to offer such a wide gamut of mobile broadband services, whereas MVNOs tend to stick to a narrower range of things they can easily sell such as SIM-only and mobile handset deals.
If you can get 5G home broadband from Three Broadband, Three is promising speeds averaging around 150Mbps. That's plenty for any busy household, even if there are a lot of users streaming, gaming and so on.
If you can only get 4G home broadband for now, while coverage is superb you'll be getting on average 25.2Mbps according to OpenSignal. It's a bit faster than your typical standard ADSL home broadband connection and is plenty for smaller households. Ultimately, though, if you're looking into choosing a mobile network for your home broadband you probably get awful speeds from fixed-line providers. 25.2Mbps to a household that can only get 3Mbps by any other means is going to seem rather quick.
Before we get into the proper nitty gritty, let's take a moment for a brief overview of the wide range of ways you can get Three mobile broadband. You may have come to this page with an idea in mind of what type you're looking for, but this is still worth taking a look at. There is always a chance you might spot a better or cheaper solution that you hadn't thought of.
Home Broadband is the name Three gives to its 4G home broadband solutions. It's not much for simplicity, Three, preferring instead to offer four different 4G and 5G home routers, depending on where you're located and which services you can get. Generally, though, yes, Three HomeFi is a great alternative if you have very poor fixed-line broadband.
Yes. Three have plenty of options for unlimited mobile broadband.
Three Home Broadband is the new name for Three's 4G and 5G-delivered home broadband service. With 4G available via the Three network to over 99% of the UK population then chances are that yes, you can almost certainly get it. 5G is still somewhat limited to larger urban areas
Rather like fixed-line broadband the speed you get will depend on where you live. 4G speeds vary wildly across different parts of the UK, with around 8-10Mbps at the low end and 80-150Mbps at the high end. Ultimately you won't know what you're going to get until you try.
Three claims averages of around 150Mbps, which we don't consider far fetched. 5G technology itself is capable of delivering speeds many times faster, but this is still early days.
You won't have a choice. When you get a mobile broadband device, it'll always be 4G by default. If it finds itself in a location where it cannot access 4G, but 3G is available, it will use that instead. 3G is substantially slower than 4G, but still perfectly adequate for basic online tasks.