Unlimited 4G home broadband is available from £22/month, giving you unlimited data and broadband without the need for a phone line.

In the UK, 4G home broadband has been rapidly growing in popularity as an alternative to fixed-line home broadband that uses ADSL or fibre. It offers greater flexibility along with download speeds that can sometimes be comparable to fibre.

As 4G home broadband doesn’t require a phone line, it isn’t limited by what you’re able to get through a BT Openreach or cable connection. You can easily set it up yourself without an engineer visit and you can even bring the broadband connection with you to another location (perfect for moving home or just going away for the weekend).

At present, there are five UK internet service providers that offer a 4G home broadband service: Three Broadband, 4G National Broadband, BT Broadband, EE and Vodafone.

In this article, we’ll look at how 4G home broadband works and we’ll compare 4G home broadband deals from major UK internet providers. We’ll then look at the 4G home broadband services available on each provider, before comparing them to regular fixed-line providers such as BT fibre broadband, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media.

If you’re living in a 5G coverage area, you can also see our guide to 5G home broadband deals.

How Does 4G Home Broadband Work?

4G broadband is a popular alternative to regular fixed-line home broadband. Instead of having your home broadband connection delivered through a phone line or cable, 4G broadband allows you to receive it over a wireless connection instead (using the same 4G technology that serves your mobile phone).

With 4G home broadband, you’ll normally get average download speeds of 15-30Mbps (though download speeds of up to 300Mbps are available in some places). This makes it comparable to an ADSL or entry-level fibre broadband service. In certain locations, 5G home broadband can offer even faster download speeds in excess of 100Mbps on average (and up to 1,000Mbps in some cases).

When you sign up for a 4G home broadband service, you’ll be given a 4G router or ‘hub’. This works in much the same way as a normal fixed-line broadband router or hub. It creates a wi-fi network for your other devices to connect to, including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV or other smart home devices. There’s no difference in the devices you’re able to connect to 4G broadband – for instance, you can still stream from all of your favourite online services including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify and more.

In addition, because 4G broadband doesn’t require a phone line to be set up at your address, it offers a lot more flexibility than traditional broadband. For instance, you can easily set it up yourself with a simple plug-and-play setup that doesn’t require any engineer visits. You can also bring your 4G broadband service with you to another location.

Customers using 4G home broadband may be able to cancel their home landline service, potentially saving around £20/month and making it close to a cost-neutral solution.

Compare 4G Home Broadband Deals

At present, Three Broadband is our recommended provider for 4G home broadband. This is because they offer unlimited 4G home broadband for just £22/month. This is a special discounted price and is only available when you buy through this link.

On Three Broadband, you’ll get a 4G Hub router (Huawei B535), offering download speeds of up to 300Mbps on Three’s 4G network. You’ll also get dual-band Wi-Fi 5 connectivity (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) on up to 64 devices at the same time.

You can compare all 4G home broadband deals using the following interactive comparison tool. Simply choose the amount of data you’d like followed by the length of your plan and the providers you’ll consider.

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Showing 17 of 17 price plans that match your criteria

NetworkServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£22/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£25/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data1 month contract£100£30/month
EE
4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£50£35/month
4G Internet
4G Internet WiFi Router
Unlimited Data12 month contract£99£39.99/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£50£45/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£45.24/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£50£50/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£55/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£150£55/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 30Mbps
24 month contract£0£57.25/month

You can scroll down to see a full list of plans that match your requirements. Alternatively, read on through the rest of this article for information about the price plans that are available on each provider.

Unlimited 4G Home Broadband

If you want unlimited data and no speed limits on 4G home broadband, this is currently available on the following plans from Three Broadband:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£22/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£25/month

If you’re unable to get Three Broadband where you live, consider getting a plan from 4G Internet instead. They’re a specialist ISP focussing on 4G home broadband, making use of coverage from Vodafone and O2.

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
4G Internet
4G Internet WiFi Router
Unlimited Data12 month contract£99£39.99/month

If you’re looking for a bigger name alternative, EE also offers unlimited data on 4G home broadband. However, they charge a lot more for this service with an unlimited data plan costing you £55/month.

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£55/month

BT also offers 4G home broadband using coverage on the EE network. However, this is capped at a maximum download speed of either 15Mbps or 30Mbps:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£45.24/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 30Mbps
24 month contract£0£57.25/month

In 2019, the average household consumed 315GB of data per month on their home broadband connection (up from 240GB per month in 2018). Continuing the same rate of growth, average data consumption is now likely to be closer to 450GB per month (and that’s before we even consider the impact of the COVID-19 which has dramatically increased broadband usage in many homes). For this reason, we’d strongly recommend choosing unlimited data where possible if you’d like to use 4G broadband as a replacement for your current home broadband.

4G Home Broadband Providers

Three 4G Broadband

In the UK, Three Broadband is currently the largest and most popular provider of 4G home broadband. They currently offer unlimited 4G broadband from £22/month.

On Three, you can get unlimited 4G home broadband on a choice of either a 24 month, 12 month or 1 month contract. You’ll get the 4G Hub router included in the price with free delivery on the next working day:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£22/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£25/month

See all Three 4G Home Broadband deals →

If you like, it’s also possible to add one of three smart devices to your 4G home broadband service. You can add the Amazon Echo Show 5, the Google Nest Audio, or the Apple TV HD to your 4G home broadband plan.

For more information, see our Three 4G home broadband review.

In selected postcodes, it may also be possible to get Three’s 5G home broadband service.

4G Internet National Broadband

If you’re looking for 4G home broadband, particularly for usage in rural areas, 4G Internet is specialist provider of 4G home broadband. They offer 4G coverage from either Vodafone or O2, depending on which mobile network performs best in your area (this is determined by an expert coverage check before you sign up for the service).

At present, you can get unlimited data on 4G Internet for £39.99/month plus £99 upfront for a plug-and-play service. This includes a 4G router and an average download speed of 25Mbps with no download limits or speed restrictions.

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
4G Internet
4G Internet WiFi Router
Unlimited Data12 month contract£99£39.99/month

If required, 4G Internet also offers a professionally installed service. This involves getting an external 4G antenna attached to your property for better performance. You’ll pay £399 upfront for a full installation which includes the cost of setup, the external 4G antenna and the 4G router.

For more information, see our 4G Internet review.

BT 4G Broadband

On BT, it’s possible to get 4G home broadband on the BT 4G Home Hub. This is available with unlimited data from £45.24/month, but your download speeds will be capped at a maximum of 15Mbps or 30Mbps, depending on the plan you choose:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£45.24/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 30Mbps
24 month contract£0£57.25/month

See all BT 4G Home Broadband deals →

Customers joining BT on their 4G home broadband service will get access to over 5 million BT Wi-Fi hotspots, 1000GB of free BT Cloud Storage and BT’s Virus Protect software. You’ll also get up to 11 email addresses from BT.

For more information, see our BT 4G home broadband review.

EE 4G Broadband

EE offers a 4G home broadband service from £35 with a range of download limits between 100GB per month and unlimited data. You’ll get a 4GEE Home Router on the service with an average download speed of 31Mbps. EE also offers an optional 4G antenna installation service for an extra £100.

The following table shows EE’s 4G home broadband plans:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£50£35/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£50£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£50£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£55/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£150£55/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 1 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

See all EE 4G Home Broadband deals →

For more information, see our EE 4G home broadband review.

In certain areas, you may also be able to get 5GEE Home which is the 5G home broadband service from EE.

Vodafone 4G Broadband

Vodafone offers a 4G home broadband service known as GigaCube with a choice of plans that include 100GB, 200GB or 300GB of data per month. These are available on an 18-month contract with no upfront cost or on a 1-month rolling contract with a £100 upfront fee.

The following table shows Vodafone’s 4G home broadband plans:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data1 month contract£100£30/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 3 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

See all Vodafone 4G Home Broadband deals →

For more information, see our Vodafone GigaCube 4G home broadband review.

In areas with 5G coverage, you can get the 5G version of the GigaCube. The Vodafone GigaCube 5G has an unlimited data option for £60/month.

Other Providers

If you’re looking for 4G home broadband with coverage from O2, this is available from 4G Internet (you can request an O2 plan when you sign up).

Unfortunately, other providers such as giffgaff, SMARTY, Sky and Virgin Media do not currently offer a 4G home broadband service. However, you can choose to build a custom 4G broadband solution using a SIM card from one of these providers .

To do so, buy an unlocked 4G home broadband router from somewhere like Amazon. The Huawei B311 is a good entry-level choice or the Huawei B535 if you’re looking for a mid-range router. Once you have a 4G router, you can insert a 4G SIM card (preferably one that gives you an unlimited data allowance).

For instance, the following SIM cards will give you unlimited 4G data from £16/month:

NetworkMinutesTextsDataMonthly
Cost
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
24 months
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
1 month
Tesco MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£27.50
18 months
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£30.00
24 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
24 months

There are also a number of 5G unlimited data plans available if you have a 5G home broadband router.

Be sure to check the fair usage policy for unlimited data before you order a SIM card. This is because certain providers have a monthly fair usage limit (e.g. 600GB per month on EE’s unlimited data plans). Other providers may prohibit the use of unlimited data SIM cards in a mains-powered device (e.g. the unlimited data plans on O2).

4G Router & Hubs

You’ll be given a 4G router or hub when you sign up for a 4G home broadband service. The 4G hub serves the same purpose as any other broadband router, producing a Wi-Fi network for your other devices to connect to (including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices). It will normally also provide some Ethernet sockets, allowing you to connect wired devices to your home network.

You’ll get a Huawei B535 router on Three Broadband, a TP-Link Archer MR600 on 4G Internet, a BT 4G Home Hub on BT, a 4GEE Home Router on EE and a Huawei B528 GigaCube on Vodafone.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the five routers:

Three 4G Hub
(ZTE MF286D)
4G Internet WiFi Router
(TP-Link Archer MR600)
BT 4G Home Hub
(BT 4G Home Hub)
4GEE Home
(EE 4GEE Home Router 2)
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
(Huawei B818)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £22/monthFrom £39.99/monthFrom £45.24/monthFrom £35/monthFrom £30/month
Data:UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited100GB - Unlimited100GB - 300GB
Unlimited Data:£22/month£39.99/month£45.24/month£55/monthNot available
Contract Length:12-24 months12 months24 months1-18 months1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 12 LTECategory 6 LTECategory 7 LTECategory 7 LTECategory 19 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 600 Mbps downloadUp to 300 Mbps downloadUp to 300 Mbps downloadUp to 300 Mbps downloadUp to 1600 Mbps download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 100 Mbps uploadUp to 50 Mbps uploadUp to 100 Mbps uploadUp to 100 Mbps uploadUp to 150 Mbps upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 & 32LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 34, 40 & 41LTE bands TBCLTE bands TBCLTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38 & 40
External Antenna:Yes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x TS-9 connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:YesYesYesYesYes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devicesUp to 64 devicesUp to 32 devicesUp to 64 devicesUp to 64 devices
Ethernet:4 Gigabit Ethernet ports4 Gigabit Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet ports4 Gigabit Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other
Dimensions:18 x 17 x 3 cm--24.0 x 15.5 x 2.95 cm10.3 x 10.3 x 22.5 cm
Weight:---440g614g
Model:ZTE MF286DTP-Link Archer MR600BT 4G Home HubEE 4GEE Home Router 2Huawei B818
Colour:WhiteBlackBlackWhiteWhite
Review:--BT 4G Home Hub Review4GEE Home ReviewVodafone GigaCube 4G Review

4G Broadband VS Fixed Line Broadband

4G broadband uses mobile network technology, unlike traditional fixed-line broadband which uses a landline or cable connection.

Advantages of 4G Broadband

The advantages of using 4G broadband over traditional fixed-line broadband are:

  • 4G broadband isn’t limited by your landline or cable connection. The download speeds you can get using 4G home broadband are not constrained by what your landline or cable connection can support. For instance, in many rural locations, BT’s Openreach and Virgin Media have refused to install fibre broadband connections due to the prohibitive cost. In these areas, 4G broadband can be a much better solution (it’s far more economical for ISPs to install a single mobile mast, rather than laying a fibre broadband connection to every home).
  • 4G broadband is faster to set up. There’s no engineer visit, and no need to wait for a phone line to be installed and activated. This is ideal if you’re moving into a new-build home, or if you’re planning to move home soon.
  • There’s no need to pay for a landline you don’t use. Unless you’d like to keep your landline for another reason, you can cancel it when you’re using 4G home broadband. This can save you in the region of £20/month on line rental.
  • You can bring the broadband connection with you to other places. For instance, if you’re going away for the weekend, you can simply bring your 4G broadband hub with you. With some 4G broadband services, you can even bring your broadband connection with you to another country.

Disadvantages of 4G Broadband

However, there are also some disadvantages of using 4G broadband:

  • 4G broadband is more easily affected by network congestion and poor weather. For instance, you may see a reduction in your download speed due to poor weather conditions or due to lots of other people using the service in your area. This tends to be less of a problem on traditional fixed broadband services.
  • Download speeds can vary depending on your location and proximity to nearby masts. For this reason, the maximum download speeds stated can rarely be obtained in practice. You can maximise your coverage and download speed by placing the router close to a window, ideally on an upper floor and facing towards your nearest phone mast. An external antenna can also be helpful if your router allows you to use one.
  • Latency or “ping” is higher on 4G broadband. Latency (also known as “lag” or “ping”) refers to the amount of time it takes for data to travel up and then back down from the internet. On a 4G connection, the typical latency is around ~50ms (0.05 seconds). Meanwhile, fixed broadband connections typically offer lower latency of around 10-20ms (0.01-0.02 seconds). This shouldn’t noticeably affect things like browsing the internet or watching online videos, but it may affect fast-paced online gaming.
  • 4G broadband is typically more expensive. Historically, 4G broadband has been more expensive than a fixed-line broadband connection, especially if you want a data allowance that’s big enough for a typical family’s usage. Nowadays, the gap is much smaller than before with unlimited 4G home broadband available from £17/month.
  • EE and Vodafone don’t offer public IP addresses with 4G broadband. At present, it isn’t possible to get a public IP address when using 4G home broadband from EE and Vodafone. This is because both providers use CGNAT technology so you’ll be assigned a private IP address that’s unable to accept incoming connections. This doesn’t make a difference for most online activities such as browsing, streaming or downloading. However, it may cause some issues if you’re running a server, using P2P applications or playing some multiplayer games online. On Three’s 4G home broadband, you’ll get a regular IP address that’s still publicly available.

The introduction of 5G home broadband will alleviate some of these downsides (particularly with regards to network capacity, congestion and latency).

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does 4G broadband cost in the UK?
In the UK, it’s possible to get unlimited 4G home broadband from £22/month. Normally, the best value plans can be found on Three Broadband as they offer the lowest monthly prices and fully unlimited plans. It tends to be more expensive on BT, EE and Vodafone. If you’re living in a 5G coverage area, unlimited 5G home broadband is available from £29/month.
How does 4G broadband differ from fibre broadband?
Instead of using a phone line or cable to deliver your home broadband connection, 4G broadband uses wireless mobile technology instead. This makes it easier and faster to set up. The service should also be much more flexible (e.g. you can bring it with you to another location).

You can use 4G broadband in the same way you’d use other home broadband services (e.g. to stream content from your favourite online services, to work from home, etc).

What download speeds can I get on 4G broadband?
On 4G broadband, it’s possible to get download speeds of up to 300Mbps. In reality, however, download speeds are normally closer to 15-30Mbps. If you need faster speeds, 5G broadband can offer download speeds of up to 1,000Mbps and average speeds of 100-200Mbps.
Which internet service providers offer 4G home broadband?
At present, there are five UK internet service providers that offer a 4G home broadband service:

For more information, see our guide to the broadband technologies used in the UK.

What coverage is available on 4G broadband?
4G broadband is available to more than 99% of the UK’s population. In addition, faster 5G broadband services may also be available in selected postcodes.

You can use the following online coverage checkers to see what is available in your area:

Can I get 4G broadband with unlimited data?
Yes. Unlimited data is available on Three’s 4G home broadband. It’s also available on 4G Internet, 4GEE Home and on BT’s 4G home broadband. On BT, this is speed restricted (with a maximum download speed of either 15Mbps or 30Mbps, dependent on the plan you choose).
Should I use a external antenna with 4G broadband?
An external 4G antenna can sometimes help to improve the speed and reliability of your connection. To start with, we’d probably recommend trying your 4G broadband service without an external antenna. If needed, you can then follow the instructions on this page if you’d like to try out an external antenna.

More Information

For more information, please read our in-depth Three Broadband review, 4G Internet review, BT 4G broadband review, 4GEE Home review and Vodafone GigaCube review.

If you’re living in a 5G coverage area, you may also find it helpful to read our guide on 5G home broadband.

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  • Robert Lightbody said:

    Hi,
    I’m in the Scottish Highlands and they recently erected a 4G EE mast nearby. We’ve gone from having no internet and no mobile signal, to having a 100% signal! We’re using an Archer MR600 as mentioned above and its working very well indeed.
    The only snag is that its a holiday home, not used for 6 months of the year, and the best data tariffs all need you to sign up to a contract, so in the meantime I’m paying £50 for 30gb of data each time…

  • chris calver said:

    It seems of this date that ( June 6th 2021) Three not offering any 4G plans. Every time I try to get to one it ends up at 5G. Why where I live their checker tell me that 5G is fine is a load of nonsense as their 4G was rubbish eg 5mbs download compared to nearly 40mbs with O2 using a network checker on my mobile. Looking at a site that tells me where their masts are explains the difference.

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for your comment. Three offer different plans depending on your area. They offer 4G broadband in some areas and 5G broadband in different areas. Many places in the UK are also unable to get a Three Broadband service, even though they’re able to get a Three Mobile service.
      Ken

  • Hi Ken,

    Many thanks for a really helpful site.

    Looking to install a external roof mounted omni direction antenna and sim 4G router.
    Will all Sim routers have the necessary connector ‘sockets’ [forgive my ignorance of the correct terminology]? If not what am I looking for in a router?
    Am I right in thinking that when a router is advertised as having 2 SMA external antenna sockets this is for transmitting the WiFi rather than receiving the $g signal from the aerial.
    With apologies for the idiot questions

    • Hi Mat,
      Not a silly question at all! To answer them in order:
      1) You’ll need to choose a 4G router that allows you to use an external antenna. Look for the ability to attach an antenna using a SMA or TS9 connector. More information about that here.
      2) Leading on from 1, the SMA external antenna sockets are only used for receiving the 4G or 5G signal. There’s no impact on the Wi-Fi signal from having this antenna installed.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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