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Fast mobile broadband deals from 3

  • Up to 15GB data packages available
  • Enjoy your own portable WiFi hotspot
  • Choose from a range of contract lengths

About 3 Mobile

The smart, stylish and discreet mobile broadband dongles from 3 offer a great way to stay online on the go. You can also get MiFi from 3, which works as your own personal mobile WiFi hotspot and can connect multiple devices at once.

3 Mobile Broadband Packages

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  • Includes broadband
  • Does not include phone
  • Does not include TV
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2GB - 24 Months Mobile Broadband

Limit:2GB
Speed up to: 7Mbps
Contract length: 24 months
Upfront cost: Free
PC & Mac Compatible
£8.00per month for 24 months
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  • Includes broadband
  • Does not include phone
  • Does not include TV
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5GB - 1 Month Mobile Broadband

Limit:5GB
Speed up to: 7Mbps
Contract length: 1 months
Upfront cost: £19.00
PC & Mac Compatible
£15.00per month a month
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  • Includes broadband
  • Does not include phone
  • Does not include TV
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15GB - 24 Months Mobile Broadband

Limit:15GB
Speed up to: 7Mbps
Contract length: 24 months
Upfront cost: Free
PC & MAC Compatible
£18.00per month for 24 months
price details
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Order online or call 0800 840 5349
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  • Includes broadband
  • Does not include phone
  • Does not include TV
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5GB - 24 Months Mobile Broadband

Limit:5GB
Speed up to: 7Mbps
Contract length: 24 months
Upfront cost: Free
PC & Mac Compatible
£13.00per month for 24 months
price details
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Order online or call 0800 840 5349

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Our 3 Mobile Review

About 3 Mobile

3 Mobile Broadband gives you a great way to enjoy quick, reliable web browsing on the go.  Using a dongle or MiFi, you can connect to the mobile network for internet, with an allowance of data preloaded to the device.

Your usage limit could be anything from 1GB to 15GB, and there’s no landline to pay, unlike a home broadband connection.  The dongles are small and discreet, and available for a low monthly price, with varying contract lengths.

With MiFi, you get a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to connect multiple devices on the go.  There are great value deals available exclusively from 3, and, like the dongles, you can choose different from different contracts and usage allowances.

Equipment

Mobile broadband usually comes in the form of a dongle, which will have a data allowance for each month.  You can get dongles on a pay monthly contract, and often there is a choice available.

3 Mobile also offers MiFi, which is a small, portable Wi-Fi hotspot.  It connects to the mobile web service, and you can connect more than one device.

Customer Service

There is comprehensive assistance available online, including a detailed, interactive selection of FAQs covering most topics.

If you need to get in touch about your mobile broadband contract you can phone 500 from a 3 Mobile phone, or ring 0333 300 3333 from a landline, and standard rates apply.

Line Rental

A major advantage of mobile broadband is the fact that there is no line rental.  Line rental can be anything from £11 to £16.99, but mobile broadband has no need for a fixed a line because it uses 3G and 4G to connect.

However, it would be unlikely to provide enough usage to serve as an alternative for a home connection.  Typically, you would have a limit of 1-15GB, and normal home web browsing would likely use this up over a month.  Mobile broadband is ideal for web access on the go, as it can connect your device in places with no Wi-Fi.

Package Features

A dongle or MiFi deal from 3 Mobile could include the device without any upfront cost, although this may vary depending on offers.  You’ll have an allowance of data, which is clearly indicated when you compare the plans available.

Availability

Mobile broadband is very much dependent on the 3G and 4G coverage in the area.  This can obviously vary, with rural locations less likely to have an effective 4G signal, when compared with inner city areas.

FAQs

How fast is 3 Mobile Broadband?

3 offers different devices for mobile broadband, with the option of a standard dongle, premium dongle or MiFi. Most of the devices will allow you 3G speeds, with up to 7.2Mbps possible and realistic speeds probably averaging around half that. If your 3 Mobile Broadband device is compatible with the LTE network, which is the equivalent of 4G, then when you are in range you could see download speeds average around 20Mbps.

What is a dongle?

A dongle is a small, discreet USB device which plugs into a laptop or tablet. 3 Mobile Broadband dongles come with a preset data allowance, and you usually have a choice of contract lengths. Once plugged in, you can use the dongle to connect via the available mobile internet network. You can also opt for a pay as you go dongle, giving you more control over exactly what you spend.

What is MiFi?

MiFi is a small, portable device which acts as a personal WiFi hotspot. You can wirelessly connect multiple devices to it, and it utilises the available mobile internet network from 3. As with the contract dongles, MiFi comes with a preset data limit and you pay a fixed monthly fee.

 

PROs

  • Portable Wi-Fi hotspot with MiFI
  • Low-cost 4G dongles on contract
  • Plenty of data each month
  • No line rental costs to pay

CONs

  • Limited monthly usage is standard
  • Unpredictable speeds
  • 3G/4G coverage is variable
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3 Mobile User Reviews

Great if you stay in one place

I am pretty satisfied with my mobile broadband service from 3, however I suggest you don't move around too much when you're online. When I moved my laptop less than a metre away, the connection was lost and took about 5 minutes to come back. So as long as you keep your device steady, you can get a good service.

Fantastic mobile broadband from 3

3 Mobile is an excellent provider for mobile broadband. I live in an area where there's good 3G and found the dongle picked up a connection quickly. I'm not an avid user of the internet, so my monthly allowance is ideal. If you just need to check e-mails, I recommend going with 3 for mobile broadband.

Not bad for mobile broadband

I needed a temporary broadband connection and went with 3 mobile. I was surprised I was able to do more than surf the web and managed to stay below my data allowance.

Recommended!

I signed up with 3 Broadband Plus last year, and it works fine for me, useful for checking emails in the garden when the main internet connection is down or if someone else is using it. Connection quality depends on signal strength, so if you live in an area where theres patchy signal, you might have to move around in your house for a bit until you can find the best locus for signal in your room – hint: don't stand next to a mirror!

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