Unlimited 4G home broadband is available from £17/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 four UK internet service providers that offer a 4G home broadband service: Three 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 £17/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 20 of 20 price plans that match your criteria

NetworkServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£17/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£20/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data1 month contract£19£28/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£0£35/month
EE
4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 30Mbps
24 month contract£0£55/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£55/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 price plans from Three Broadband:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£17/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£20/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data1 month contract£19£28/month

Alternatively, EE also offers unlimited data on 4G home broadband, but at a much higher price of £55/month.

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£55/month

You can also get unlimited data on BT’s 4G home broadband, but 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/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 30Mbps
24 month contract£0£55/month

Unfortunately, Vodafone only offers up to 300GB of data per month on their GigaCube 4G service.

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 £17/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£17/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£20/month
Three
Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data1 month contract£19£28/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.

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/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/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 30Mbps
24 month contract£0£55/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£0£35/month
EE
4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£55/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 4 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

Unfortunately, other providers such as giffgaff, O2, 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
SmartyUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
1 month
ThreeUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£16.00
12 months
iD MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£18.00
12 months
Superdrug MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£20.00
1 month
giffgaffUnlimitedUnlimitedAlways-On£25.00
1 month
Lebara MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
1 month
VodafoneUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£25.00
12 months
Virgin MobileUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£27.00
24 months
Tesco Mobile5,0005,000Unlimited£28.00
18 months
VOXIUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£35.00
1 month
EEUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited£37.00
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 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 three routers:

Three 4G Hub
(Huawei B535 HomeFi Plus)
BT 4G Home Hub
(BT 4G Home Hub)
4GEE Home
(EE 4GEE Home Router)
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
(Huawei B528)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £17/monthFrom £45/monthFrom £35/monthFrom £30/month
Data:UnlimitedUnlimited100GB - Unlimited100GB - 300GB
Unlimited Data:£17/month£45/month£55/monthNot available
Contract Length:1-24 months24 months1-18 months1-18 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 7 LTECategory 7 LTECategory 7 LTECategory 6 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 100 Mbit/s uploadUp to 100 Mbit/s uploadUp to 100 Mbit/s uploadUp to 50 Mbit/s upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32 & 38LTE bands TBCLTE bands TBCLTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 32 & 38
External Antenna:Yes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x SMA connectorsYes, 2x TS-9 connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:YesYesYesYes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devicesUp to 32 devicesUp to 32 devicesUp to 20 devices
Ethernet:4 Gigabit Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet ports1 Gigabit Ethernet port
Other
Model:Huawei B535 HomeFi PlusBT 4G Home HubEE 4GEE Home RouterHuawei B528
Colour:WhiteBlackWhiteWhite
Review:Three 4G Hub ReviewBT 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 £17/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 £24/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 four 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 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, 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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  • Hi Ken,

    Thank you so much for this site, it’s been extremely informative and is helping me make decisions on which 4G Home Broadband provider to choose when I move to my new house (which doesn’t have fibre).

    One thing I am concerned about is the public v private IP address issue. I am used to BT Fibre Broadband in my current house, which I believe gives a public IP address. I do online gaming and use the occasional P2P app.

    I’d be really grateful if you could please let me know:

    1) Is there any way to get Vodafone or EE to offer public IP addresses on 4G?
    2) Does BT 4G use public or private IP?
    3) If I do end up having to go with a private IP address, is there any way to avoid the possible problems I may encounter (such as using a VPN)?

    Thank you in advance for your help!

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your comment. To answer your questions in order:
      1) I don’t believe there is a way to get a public IP address on these networks. You’ll need to use a workaround instead (e.g. a L2TP service from AAISP).
      2) Great question! I’m not sure the answer to this. BT have only recently launched their 4G home broadband service so it’s still a very new product. The good news, however, is that it’s a lot more like a regular broadband service and they offer lots of their normal benefits like email, anti-virus, etc. It’s possible, therefore, they’ve thought about this. The best way to find out for sure is probably to reach out directly to BT with the question.
      3) Yes, you can use a L2TP service. AAISP is one provider of L2TP – they charge £10/month for their service. Speeds are capped at 100Mbps and monthly data usage is capped at 1,000GB on the service.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

  • Lawrence Victor Odell said:

    Hi Ken, we live in an old farmhouse in the countryside and therefore receive low broadband speeds and poor reliability via copper (11Mbps), however on our phones we get up to 120 Mbps as we are close to a 4G mast.

    The house is fairly large and has very thick walls so conventional routers only worked well with many repeaters and boosters. Currently, we have a Sky Q system with their 4.2 hub, Sky Q box and 4 mini boxes’s forming a good and reliable mesh, even if the broadband is slow.

    We asked sky if there was a way of taking a 4G signal and inputting it to the sky hub telephone input, so we could increase our broadband speed and still enjoy all the benefits of their mesh, unfortunately, they will not comment as its using third party comment.

    it seems an ideal solution for us and many others in the countryside, but not sure if technically possible or what equipment to use.

  • Andrew Ashley said:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for the comprehensive coverage of the market re 4G broadband. Do you know if it is possible to connect a regular (ie non mobile) phone to the router, which could have the same phone number as my existing landline and make/receive calls over the 4G broadband?
    I want to avoid having both the 4G broadband and the landline, if that makes sense.

    • Hi Andrew,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, you’ll need to port your existing landline number to a voice-over-IP (VoIP) provider. Unfortunately, I’m definitely not an expert in this area, but I recommend reading this guide from ISPReview. It talks through the number porting process, and also has a list of some VoIP providers on the final page.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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