Your Essential Guide to Three Mobile Broadband

There’s no shortage of companies out there willing to give you a way to get online whilst you’re out and about. Just about every major network in the UK has at least a handful of ways to enable mobile internet whilst you’re on your tablet, laptop, smartphone or whilst in the car, which makes choosing one all the more difficult.

The company with the widest range of mobile broadband options, however, is Three. But what do you need to know about Three’s Mobile Broadband offerings, and why would you choose it over TalkTalk broadband? In this guide, we’ll be looking at coverage and what exactly Three offer customers. Let’s dig in.

Coverage

When you’re choosing a mobile broadband provider, coverage is of the utmost importance. After all, a mobile broadband system without good coverage is entirely useless. The good news is that, by and large, Three have excellent coverage rates.

97% of the UK is covered by their 3G signal, and 4G has rolled out to every major metropolitan area in the UK. That means when you’re in a city or town, you’ll have 4G signal, but when you head out into the country you’re going to have to make do with 3G.

The good news is that Three boast both the fastest 3G download speeds (4.91Mbps) and the fastest 4G download speeds (18.66Mbps) on average according to Which? and OpenSignal. That’s great news if you want to take out a Three mobile broadband contact, and when coupled with the average lowest latency at 53.03ms and you’ve got a very capable network for supporting your mobile broadband use.

Your options

MiFi

Three are keen to push their MiFi devices, and for good reason. These portable hotspots allow up to ten devices to connect at any given time and utilise Three’s excellent mobile broadband service. Here’s Three’s MiFi options, as of December 2016:

  • Huawei RoadFi – The Huawei RoadFi is a small device shaped like the head of a golf club that plugs directly into your cigarette lighter and with a SIM card placed inside it, powers fantastic WiFi for up to 10 devices, helping to alleviate that road trip boredom. You can even use the RoadFi to charge other devices thanks to an inbuilt USB port. Find more about the RoadFi and the plans available for it here.
  • Huawei E5330 – With an inbuilt battery, the E5330 from Huawei is perfect for throwing in a bag and taking on the go. It can connect with up to 10 devices and lasts 5 hours of continuous usage on a charge. You can find more about the Huawei E5330 and the plans available for it here.
  • Huawei E5573 – Another excellent option, it features many of the same features of the E5330, but can stream to a larger number of devices. Find out more about the E5573 and the plans available for it here.

Dongles

If you’re looking for a way to get your laptop or PC online but aren’t interested in powering any wireless devices, then a dongle could be the perfect option for you. Here’s what Three have to offer, as of December 2016:

  • ZTE MF730M – Connecting via USB, the ZTE MF730M allows you to connect to Three’s 3G network. You can find out more about the dongle and its price plans here.
  • ZTE MF823 – Also connecting via USB, the ZTE MF823 allows you to connect to Three’s 4G network, as well as their 3G network, making it a better option for those who expect to have demanding requirements for their broadband. You can find out more about the dongle and its plans here.

SIM only data contracts

If you’re looking to take your tablet on the road or simply just want a SIM card with a heap of data, Three would be delighted to help. Here’s what they offer, as of December 2016:

  • 20GB Mobile Data – £21 a month for 12 months.
  • 20GB Mobile Data – £23 a month on a rolling monthly contract.
  • 2GB Mobile Data – £8 a month for 12 months.
  • 2GB Mobile Data – £10 a month on a rolling monthly contract.
  • 1GB Mobile Data – £7.50 a month for 12 months.
  • 15GB Mobile Data – £18 a month for 12 months.
  • 15GB Mobile Data – £20 a month on a rolling monthly contract.
  • 5GB Mobile Data – £13 a month for 12 months.
  • 5GB Mobile Data – £15 a month on a rolling monthly contract.

Do be aware, however, that these prices are only for customers who sign up for direct debits. If you choose to pay via other methods, £5 extra per month is charged.

Pay as you Go Data SIM cards

Alternatively, you ca buy SIM cards pre-loaded with data. Here’s what Three offer, as of December 2016:

  • Pay as you Go + 12 – Pre-loaded with 12GB of data, valid for 12 months. £30.
  • Pay as you Go + 3 – Pre-loaded with 3GB of data, valid for 12 months. £16.
  • Data Reward SIM w/ 1GB of data – Pre-loaded with 1GB of data, valid for up to 30 days. Receives 200MB of free data every month, just for registering the SIM. £10.