The BT 4G Home Router gives you 4G home broadband on a choice of plans from either EE or BT.

In the UK, BT’s new 4G Home Router and Hub allows you to get up to 32 devices connected to the internet without the need for a phone line or for an engineer visit. Average download speeds of more than 30Mbit/s are available on the service, with plans starting from £35/month on EE and from £40/month on BT.

In this article, we’ll review the BT 4G Home Router and Hub. We’ll start by looking at the price plans available on EE and BT, before looking at how the router works in more detail. We’ll also discuss the coverage you can expect from the service and alternatives that are available from other networks.

4G Home Broadband Plans

In the UK, BT’s 4G Home Router (also known as the 4G Hub) allows you to access 4G home broadband without the need for a phone line. Available as an alternative to traditional fixed-line home broadband, 4G broadband allows you to get set up quickly on the internet without the need for an engineer visit or phone line installation.

At present, the BT 4G Home Router is available on a choice of two networks: either EE or BT.

EE Plans

On EE, you can get the BT 4G Home Router from £35/month on the choice of either an 18-month contract or a flexible 1-month rolling plan. You’ll get a 5GB mobile data boost included as well if you’re also an EE mobile plan customer.

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
BT 4G Home Router
50GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
EE
BT 4G Home Router
500GB Data1 month contract£100£50/month

BT Plans

Meanwhile, on BT, you can get the 4G Home Hub from £40/month on a 24-month contract. The choice of data plans is a little more restrictive than what is available on EE, but you’ll pay the same monthly price for the same amount of data.

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Router
200GB Data24 month contract£0£40/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Router
300GB Data24 month contract£0£45/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Router
500GB Data24 month contract£0£50/month

EE vs BT Plans

  • BT Mobile
  • EE

Because of the shorter contract length and the 5GB mobile data boost, we’d normally recommend choosing a broadband plan from EE over a broadband plan from BT. Both of them offer the exact same coverage as BT makes use of 4G coverage from EE. Both networks also claim to offer average download speeds of around 30Mbit/s on 4G broadband.

One minor advantage of choosing BT instead of EE is that the monthly price will only increase each year in line with CPI inflation (Consumer Prices Index). This tends to be lower than the RPI inflation rate (Retail Prices Index) which is used to calculate price rises by EE. On the flip side, there’s an automatic £8/month price increase on BT if you don’t re-contract after the first 24 months. This doesn’t apply to customers choosing a plan from EE.

BT 4G Router & Hub

The BT 4G Home Router or 4G Home Hub is a new 4G-powered home broadband router from BT. Based on the near-identical 4GEE Home Router, the device will connect to either EE or BT’s 4G mobile service. Using the 4G signal, it will then broadcast a wi-fi network throughout your home that up to 32 other devices are able to connect to. The router claims to offer up to 30 metres of wi-fi range.

In terms of 4G mobile connectivity, the router supports up to Category 7 LTE speed. This means download speeds can go up to 300Mbit/s in theory and upload speeds can go up to 100Mbit/s. In practice, real world download speeds depend on lots of other factors such as the coverage available where you live and also the amount of capacity available at your local mast. EE says you’ll get an average download speed of 31Mbit/s on their service, whereas BT says average download speeds are 30Mbit/s.

For your home network, the BT 4G Home Router supports Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac). This means you can use dual-band Wi-Fi at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz. You’ll also get 2 Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices to your network and two SMA sockets for attaching an optional external antenna.

The following table shows the technical specifications of the BT 4G Home Router:

BT 4G Home Router
(BT 4G Home Router)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £35/month
Data:50GB - 500GB
Unlimited Data:Not available
Contract Length:1-24 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 7 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 100 Mbit/s upload
4G Bands:LTE bands TBC
External Antenna:Yes, 2x SMA connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 32 devices
Ethernet:2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other
Model:BT 4G Home Router
Colour:Black
More Information:See shop.ee.co.uk

For more information, see the detailed product specifications on the EE and BT websites.

Alternatives

4G Home Broadband

If you’re looking for an alternative 4G home broadband service, it’s also possible to consider the rival offerings from Three and Vodafone.

On Three, you can get 4G home broadband with unlimited data from as little as £20/month. The Huawei B535 (HomeFi Plus) router is also a Category 7 LTE device, like the BT 4G Home Router. This means it potentially offers the same download speeds and upload speeds (though actual speeds may vary in practice due to differences in coverage between EE, BT and Three).

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£20/month
with special offer

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£27/month

Three HomeFi Plus
Unlimited Data1 month contract£29£30/month

For an extra £5/month, you can upgrade to the Huawei AI Cube B900 router. This is a two-in-one device, functioning as both a 4G router and an Amazon Alexa smart speaker.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£25/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data12 month contract£49£32/month

Three AI Cube
Unlimited Data1 month contract£149£32/month

For more information, see our in-depth reviews of the Huawei B535 and the Huawei AI Cube B900. You can also use Three’s online coverage checker to see whether a 4G signal is available where you live.

Meanwhile, Vodafone offers 4G home broadband on the GigaCube service with a range of data plans between 100GB and 300GB per month. You’ll get a Huawei B528 router when signing up for the GigaCube 4G service.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data1 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

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 our full review of the Vodafone GigaCube for more information, or check the Vodafone coverage in your area.

5G Home Broadband

If you’re looking for even faster download speeds, it might be possible to get 5G home broadband if you’re living in a 5G coverage area. This can offer up to gigabit speeds with an average download speed exceeding 100Mbit/s when you’re connected to 5G.

At present, 5G home broadband is available from EE, Three and Vodafone. All three networks offer the Huawei 5G CPE Pro router with their service.

On EE, you can sign up for the 5G-enabled 5GEE Home broadband service. You’ll get a 1,000GB per month download allowance, and average speeds of 150Mbit/s when connected to 5G (this is about three times faster than the BT 4G Home Router).

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

5GEE Home
1000GB Data18 month contract£100£70/month

Three offers 5G home broadband to customers living in London, with unlimited data on either a 24 month contract or 12 month contract:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£29/month

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£34/month

Finally, Vodafone offers the GigaCube 5G home broadband service. You’ll pay £30/month for 100GB of data, £40/month for 200GB of data and £50/month for unlimited data. There will also be an upfront fee for your router, depending on the plan you choose:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data18 month contract£100£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
100GB Data1 month contract£325£30/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
200GB Data1 month contract£325£40/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£325£50/month

For more information, see our in-depth guide to 4G and 5G home broadband services in the UK.

Coverage

Both EE and BT offer 99% population coverage on their 4G home broadband services in the UK. BT uses EE as a virtual network operator so the two brands offer the exact same coverage.

Before signing up to a 4G home broadband service, it’s important to double-check to make sure there’s coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode, either on the EE website or on the BT website:

Check EE Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

Check BT Coverage (bt.com) →

For more information, see our in-depth guide to the coverage on EE or our guide to mobile networks using EE coverage.

More Information

For more information about the BT 4G Home Router and Hub, please see the EE or BT websites.

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