Three HomeFi Review: Unlimited 4G Home Broadband For £21/Month

Three’s HomeFi gives you fast 4G home broadband with unlimited downloads for £21/month.

4G technology has now developed to the point where it can feasibly be used as an alternative to fixed broadband delivered through a phone line or cable. Three’s HomeFi is one of the first products to bring this to the mass-market, with unlimited data currently being offered for £21/month on a 24-month contract.

HomeFi technology is perfect if you’re looking for a fast and easy to setup home broadband connection. Because it uses 4G technology that’s delivered over the airwaves, it isn’t limited by the speeds you can get through a phone line or cable. Download speeds of up to 150Mbit/s are available on the service, making it a potential alternative to fibre broadband in both urban and rural areas. There’s also the flexibility to easily bring your connection with you at any time to another address without the need to set up a new connection.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s HomeFi service including the price plans available and the included wireless router. We’ll also compare the HomeFi service to traditional home broadband that’s delivered through a BT phone line or cable.

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Huawei B535 WebBox Review: Unlimited 4G Home Broadband From £23/Month

Three is offering unlimited 4G home broadband with the Huawei B535 WebBox from £23/month.

In the UK, Three is offering a 4G home broadband service with unlimited data on the Huawei B535 WebBox from £23/month. The service allows you to connect up to 64 devices to the internet, with download speeds of up to 300Mbit/s available on the router.

A key benefit of the new 4G home broadband service is it doesn’t require you to have a landline or cable connection. You can also get free next-day delivery of your router, and there’s a simple plug-and-play setup when the router arrives (with no need for an engineer visit).

In this article, we’ll review the WebBox service from Three and the Huawei B535 router that’s supplied. We’ll compare it to rival 4G home broadband services, including those that are available from Three and rival mobile networks like Vodafone and EE. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage that’s available on the WebBox service.

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SIM Cards For Tablets, Dongles, Routers & Other Smart Devices

You can now use a regular smartphone SIM card in other devices like a tablet, dongle or mobile broadband router.

In the past, it was necessary to buy a mobile broadband SIM card if you wanted to use it in devices other than your smartphone (e.g. in a tablet, dongle or mobile broadband router). Regular smartphone SIM cards also wouldn’t normally work in IoT (internet-of-things) devices like a camera, alarm or GPS vehicle tracker.

Nowadays, it should be possible to use a regular smartphone SIM card in any device, including your tablet, dongle, mobile broadband router or IoT device. This is thanks to an Ofcom ruling in 2018, based on the principle of net neutrality and the EU’s Open Internet Access Regulation. It says that mobile networks shouldn’t discriminate based on the device or the equipment you’re using to access their network.

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Three 5G Home Broadband Review: Unlimited Data & 100Mbps Speeds For £35/Month

Three is offering 5G home broadband for £35/month with 100Mbit/s download speeds and unlimited data.

In the UK, Three has introduced a new 5G-based home broadband service with average download speeds of 100Mbit/s. Currently available only to customers in London, the Three Home 5G service gives you unlimited data on a 12-month contract for £35/month.

A key benefit of Three’s 5G home broadband service is that it’s available without the need for a phone line or cable. You’ll get free delivery on the next working day, with plug-and-play setup without the need for an engineer visit.

In this article, we’ll review Three’s 5G home broadband service. We’ll start by looking at how much it costs, before looking at the Three 5G Hub router in more detail. We’ll then compare Three’s 5G broadband service to rival ISPs before looking at the coverage available on the service.

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Mobile Networks Using O2 Coverage & Cheaper O2 Piggyback SIM Cards

Networks like giffgaff, Lycamobile, Sky Mobile and Tesco Mobile piggyback on O2’s network for 2G, 3G and 4G coverage.

The UK has only four network coverage providers: EE, O2, Three and Vodafone. Alongside them, a group of virtual network operators such as giffgaff and Sky Mobile operate by ‘piggybacking’ on the signal from one of the four big networks.

At present, five other mobile networks piggyback on coverage from O2. If you’re a customer of one of these mobile networks, you’ll have access to the same coverage as customers on O2. This includes O2’s 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G networks (excluding O2-specific services like Wi-Fi Calling and 4G Calling).

In this article, we’ll list and compare the mobile networks piggybacking on O2 for coverage. They’ll often give you larger allowances for a lower price than on O2. We’ll then compare the best value SIM cards with O2 coverage, at a range of price points from £5/month up to £20/month and more.

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4G & 5G Home Broadband Compared: Broadband Without a Phone Line

4G & 5G home broadband is available from £21/month without the need for a phone line. We compare the major providers.

In the UK, 4G & 5G home broadband has been rapidly growing in popularity. An alternative to fixed-line home broadband, it offers greater flexibility along with download speeds that are comparable to fibre.

As 4G and 5G home broadband aren’t tied to your phone line, it isn’t limited by what you can get through a BT Openreach or Virgin Media connection. There’s the ability to set it up straight away without an engineer visit and you can even bring the broadband connection with you to other places (perfect if you’re renting temporarily, occasionally travelling to other places or planning to move home soon).

At the moment, there are three ISPs offering 4G and 5G home broadband: Three, Vodafone and EE. In this article, we’ll compare the wireless home broadband services in a number of categories including price, connectivity, coverage and hardware. We’ll also discuss how 4G and 5G home broadband services compare against traditional fixed-line providers such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin.

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Vodafone Together Review: 5G Mobile & Fibre Home Broadband From £31/Month

Vodafone Together offers a 5G mobile SIM card along with ‘superfast’ fibre home broadband from £31/month.

In the UK, Vodafone has launched a range of new Vodafone Together plans which combine a 5G mobile SIM card and Superfast fibre broadband. The Together plans are available from £31/month, or from £43/month if you’d like unlimited data on your SIM card.

Compared to buying your SIM card and fibre broadband as separate products, there’s a saving of £3/month when buying it as a Vodafone Together bundle. For a limited time, you’ll also get a free Amazon Echo Plus with support for Vodafone’s OneNumber service (allowing you to make and receive phone calls using your normal mobile number through Amazon Alexa).

In this article, we’ll review Vodafone Together, including the 5G mobile SIM card and the ‘superfast’ fibre home broadband. We’ll also look at the inclusive Amazon Echo Plus with Vodafone OneNumber before investigating the level of coverage available on the service.

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Cancelling Your Mobile Phone Contract: Termination Fees & Alternatives

Find out how to cancel your mobile phone contract, including any exit fees that might apply and how you can get around them.

In the UK, there are three ways to cancel your mobile phone contract. The best way to cancel depends on whether you’re moving to another mobile network and whether you’d like to keep your phone number when you do so.

Sometimes, it’ll be necessary to pay an “early termination charge” or “early exit fee” when you cancel your contract during the minimum initial term (the first 12 months or 24 months of your contract). In addition, a notice period of around 30 days could also apply if you’re following the standard cancellation process.

In this article, we’ll show you how to cancel your mobile phone contract. For each network, we’ll discuss the exit fees and notice periods that apply when cancelling your contract. We’ll also discuss the discounts that are available, along with alternative solutions that might allow you to bypass the extra charges.

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PAC Codes: How to transfer your mobile number when switching networks

How to transfer your phone number from one mobile network to another: a step-by-step guide to using a PAC Code.

  • BT Mobile
  • EE
  • giffgaff
  • iD Mobile
  • O2
  • Sky Mobile
  • Tesco Mobile
  • Three
  • Virgin Mobile
  • Vodafone

In the UK, it’s a straightforward process to transfer your phone number from one mobile network to another. This makes it easy to change mobile networks whilst keeping the same phone number as before. It ensures that you won’t miss incoming phone calls and text messages, and means you can avoid the hassle of having to update your phone number at different places.

To move your phone number from one network to another, you’ll use something called a PAC Code (or a Porting Authorisation Code). It should take no longer than one working day to transfer your phone number with a PAC Code and it will always be free to do so.

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O2 Coverage & Network Review: 4G Coverage & Upcoming 5G Launch 2019

O2 offers 99% population coverage on 2G, 3G & 4G, with the launch of O2’s 5G coverage scheduled for October 2019.

In the UK, O2 currently offers 99% population coverage on their 2G, 3G and 4G mobile networks. On their 4G network, you can currently get up to Category 6 LTE download speeds (up to 300Mbit/s). However, this is due to increase very soon with the upcoming launch of O2 5G.

O2’s upcoming 5G network is due to launch in October 2019, initially in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Slough. A total of 20 towns and cities will have O2 5G coverage by the end of 2019, and a total of 50 towns and cities by summer 2020.

In this article, find out how to check your coverage on O2 and see the O2 coverage map for 2G, 3G and 4G. We’ll also discuss O2’s Wi-Fi Hotspot service, their upcoming 5G network and international coverage when you’re abroad in other countries.

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