External Antennas For 4G & 5G Broadband: Improve Signal Strength & Speed

An external antenna can help to improve the speed and reliability of your 4G or 5G home broadband connection.

If you’re using a 4G or 5G home broadband service such as Three’s HomeFi (Huawei B311), Three’s Huawei B535, Vodafone’s GigaCube or EE’s 4GEE Home, attaching an external antenna to your router can help to improve both the speed and reliability of your internet connection.

When choosing an external antenna, there’s a wide range of different antenna options to choose from. To start with, you’ll need to decide whether you want to buy an omni-directional antenna or a directional antenna. You should also check the frequency ranges supported by the antenna, the number of connectors it has and the polarisation of the antenna. The type of connector used by the antenna is also important (most 4G and 5G routers have either a SMA or TS9 connector).

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can use an external antenna to improve your 4G or 5G home broadband service and signal. We’ll look at router compatibility and the key things you should think about when choosing an external antenna for your router. We’ll also present our recommended options if you’re looking to buy an external antenna for use in the UK.

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Huawei 4G Broadband Routers: Huawei B310, B315, B525 & B618 Compared

If you’re looking for an unlocked 4G home broadband router, you can choose from a range of Huawei 4G home broadband routers.

Over the past year, 4G home broadband has rapidly grown in popularity as an alternative to fixed-line broadband that’s delivered through a phone line or cable.

By allowing you to side-step the speed limitations of your BT Openreach or Virgin Media connection, you can get download speeds on 4G home broadband that often rival a fibre broadband connection. You also get the flexibility to bring your broadband connection with you to other places, and to access home broadband without the need for a phone line.

The easiest way to get 4G home broadband is as part of a package like Three’s HomeFi, Huawei B535 or AI Cube B900. You can also get Vodafone’s GigaCube package or EE’s 4GEE Home. As an alternative, some people prefer to build their own “do-it-yourself” package by buying an unlocked 4G broadband router and using it with an unlimited data SIM card.

In this article, we’ll review 4G home broadband routers that are available from Huawei on an unlocked basis. If you’re building your own 4G home broadband solution, you can choose from routers like the Huawei B310, B315, B525 and B618.

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UK’s Cheapest iPhone 11, 11 Pro & 11 Pro Max: SIM-Free & Contract Prices

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max are available to buy in the UK on a SIM-free basis or on a Pay Monthly contract.

Apple have just released three new smartphones in the UK: the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max. The new handsets come with improved photo-taking capabilities including a dual-camera system on the iPhone 11 (£729) and a new triple-camera system on the more expensive iPhone 11 Pro (£1,049) and iPhone 11 Pro Max (£1,149).

There are two ways of buying an iPhone 11 in the UK:

  • SIM-Free & Unlocked. The simplest and most flexible way to buy an iPhone 11 is to get it SIM-free from an electronics retailer. Depending on the handset you choose, you’ll pay between £729 and £1,149 upfront for the handset. You’ll then be able to save money every month with a low-cost SIM-only deal (normally making this a cheaper option in the long run).
  • On a Pay Monthly contract. Alternatively, you can get the iPhone 11 on a Pay Monthly contract of 24 months or more. You’ll normally pay less for the handset upfront if you do this, but will then need to pay more each month on your phone bill. This often works out to be slightly more expensive and can tie you in to one mobile network for an extended amount of time.

In this article, we’ll compare the cost of buying an iPhone 11, both on a SIM-free basis and on a Pay Monthly contract.

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Unlimited Data Plans on UK Mobile Networks: With No Download Limits

Unlimited data plans allow you to download as much as you like. We compare unlimited data plans from EE, giffgaff, O2, SMARTY, Three, Virgin, Vodafone and VOXI.

Whether you’re a heavy smartphone user or whether you just want the reassurance of never running out of data, an increasing number of UK mobile networks now offer an unlimited data plan. This allows you to download as much as you like without worrying about your data limit.

At present, it’s possible to get an unlimited data plan from EE, giffgaff, O2, SMARTY, Three, Virgin Mobile and Vodafone. With all of these plans, you can stop worrying about how many gigabytes you’re using as you’ll never run out of data again in the middle of the month.

As a cheaper alternative to unlimited data plans, you can also consider a zero-rated data plan that gives you unlimited data for use on certain services. These are available in the form of EE’s Swappable Benefits, Three’s Go Binge, Virgin Mobile’s Data-Free Messaging and VOXI’s Monthly Passes.

In this article, we’ll review and compare your options for an unlimited mobile data plan in the UK.

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O2 Unlimited Data Plans Reviewed: Limitless Data With 4G Coverage

Unlimited data is now available on O2, starting from £33/month. Find out about O2’s “limitless data” deals and the fair usage limits.

O2 has become the last of the major mobile networks to finally launch an unlimited data plan in the UK. Plans with what O2 describes as “limitless data” start from £33/month on a SIM-only basis. Unlimited data is also available on a range of Pay Monthly handsets through O2 Refresh.

In this article, we’ll review O2’s unlimited data plans, including the tariffs that are currently available, what download speeds you’re able to expect and the fair usage limits. We’ll then compare O2’s unlimited data plans to those on rival mobile networks before looking at the coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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SMARTY Review: Mini, Data Discount & Unlimited Mobile SIM Card Deals

SMARTY is a low-cost mobile network offering a range of Mini, Data Discount and Unlimited SIM card deals.

In the UK, SMARTY is a low-cost mobile network, offering SIM-only deals with coverage from Three.

At present, SMARTY Mobile offers a choice of five plans. For light users, the £5/month Mini plan gives you unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 500MB of data. For regular users, there are three data discount plans (£7.50 for 2GB, £10 for 4GB, or £15 for 8GB of data). Customers will receive a data discount every month of £1.25 for every gigabyte of unused data. Finally, a £25/month unlimited data plan is available for heavy users on SMARTY (currently discounted to £18.75/month).

In this article, we’ll review the SMARTY mobile network, starting with their line-up of SIM-only plans. We’ll then compare SMARTY’s deals to rival mobile networks like giffgaff, before looking at the level of coverage you can expect and how to keep your existing phone number.

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EE Smart vs EE Essential: Key Features & Swappable Benefits Compared

EE offers two types of Pay Monthly price plan: EE Smart and EE Essential. Find out how the two plans compare and how you can use ‘swappable benefits’.

EEIf you’re looking for a Pay Monthly handset or SIM card from EE, there are two types of price plan you’re able to choose from.

EE’s flagship price plan is known as EE Smart. Starting from £27/month, EE Smart plans give you up to three inclusive Swappable Benefits. These benefits can include a subscription to Amazon Prime Video or the BT Sport mobile application. Alternatively, you can choose the Roam Further Pass for inclusive roaming in 5 countries outside Europe. There are also a range of zero-rated data passes like the Video Data Pass, Music Data Pass and Gamers’ Data Pass. Access to EE’s 5G network is available when you choose a 5G Smart Plan.

If you’re looking for a lower-cost alternative, EE’s standard price plan is known as EE Essential. You’ll be able to get 4G+ download speeds (up to 60Mbit/s on SIM-only plans or uncapped 4G+ speeds on handset plans). There are no Swappable Benefits included in EE Essential, but you’ll get most of the other benefits available on EE Pay Monthly.

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In this article, we’ll take an in-depth look at the EE Smart and EE Essential plans, comparing the features available on each one.

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VOXI Review: Vodafone’s Network With 8GB Data & Endless Social For £10

VOXI offers 30-day rolling plans on the Vodafone network with “endless social data”.

VOXI is Vodafone’s low-cost sub-brand in the UK, offering flexible 30-day plans with endless social data.

Until the 30th September 2019, customers can get a SIM card from VOXI with 8GB of data, unlimited minutes and unlimited texts for £10/month. Customers will also receive unlimited data for use on Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Viber and Facebook Messenger.

In this article, we’ll review the VOXI mobile network including the 30-day plans with endless social data. We’ll discuss VOXI’s “data promo” offer along with optional extras, handset compatibility and the level of coverage you can expect. Finally, we’ll summarise how you can keep your current phone number when moving from another mobile network to join VOXI.

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5G SIM Only Deals: Best 5G SIM Cards Compared From £15/Month

You can get a 5G SIM Only Deal from £15/month in the UK. We compare 5G SIM cards from EE, Vodafone and more.

In the UK, it’s possible to get a SIM-only deal with 5G coverage from as little as £15/month. Compared to older 3G and 4G SIM cards, this gives you access to faster 5G download speeds, along with the greater network capacity and reduced latency when using a 5G mobile network.

At present, 5G SIM-only deals are available to buy from EE and Vodafone. New 5G price plans are also expected later this year from BT Mobile, O2, Three and Sky Mobile.

In this article, we’ll compare 5G SIM Only Deals currently available in the UK. We’ll look at the 5G price plans available on each mobile network before investigating the benefits of 5G, the handsets you can use for 5G and the coverage that’s available on different networks.

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Three Broadband Review: 4G & 5G Broadband Internet With No Phone Line

Three offers 4G and 5G home broadband from £21/month without the need for a phone line. See how their broadband plans compare to rival ISPs.

In the UK, Three now offers a home broadband service from £21/month without the need for a phone line. Using wireless 4G and 5G technology, you can get download speeds that are comparable or even faster than a fibre broadband connection.

A key advantage of Three’s home broadband service is you can set it up in an instant, simply by plugging your router into a wall socket. There are no engineer visits required and your router is delivered on the next working day. You also have the flexibility to bring your broadband connection with you to other places, and download speeds aren’t constrained by what you can get through your Openreach landline or cable.

In this article, we’ll review the Three Broadband service. We’ll start by looking at the home broadband plans that are available from Three and how the different router options compare. We’ll then look at download speeds and limitations on the service, before comparing Three Broadband to rival ISPs. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage that’s available on Three Broadband and at their upcoming rollout of 5G.

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