The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (Huawei E5783B) allows you to get high-speed 4G mobile broadband on up to 16 devices.
If you’re looking to use 4G broadband at home or when you’re on-the-go, Three currently offers the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (Huawei E5783) from £10 per month. It allows you to use high-speed 4G broadband, with Wi-Fi on up to 16 devices at the same time.
When you’re using the Huawei 4G Plus hotspot, it will connect to Three’s 4G network with a maximum download speed of 300Mbps. It will use the 4G connection to produce a regular wi-fi network that you’re able to connect to from other devices. This includes your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices. You can use the mobile broadband service when you’re at home, or when you’re travelling to other locations.
In this article, we’ll review the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi, including the price plans available and the technical specifications of the device. We’ll also compare it to alternative devices like the 4G Hub and 5G Hub, both of which are also available from Three. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage and download speeds available when using the 4G Plus MiFi on Three.
|Prices From:||From £10 per month|
|Contract Length:||1 month, 12 month or 24 month contract|
|Unlimited Data:||£23 per month|
|Model Number:||Huawei E5783B-230|
|Coverage:||99% population coverage (check your postcode)|
Huawei 4G Plus MiFi Plans
If you’re looking for high-speed 4G broadband that you can use at home and outside, Three currently offers the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi on plans from £10 per month (Huawei E5783B-230). This allows you to access 4G broadband on up to 16 devices at the same time, with a maximum download speed of 300Mbps.
When choosing a price plan for your Huawei 4G Plus MiFi, you’ll need to decide how much data you need:
- The cheapest plan gives you 2GB data for £10. This is the cheapest way of getting 4G broadband from Three. It should be fine for occasional usage (e.g. for the odd trip away from home) but it’s not recommended for regular usage or for things such as streaming.
- A good balanced option is 40GB data for £17. This will allow you to use the service fairly regularly, including for browsing the web and for streaming video when you’re at home and outside.
- For regular usage, get unlimited data for £23. You can use this plan as much as you like, without any hidden download limits. You can even use it as a replacement for home broadband if you like. In 2019, the average UK household consumed 315GB per month on their home broadband service. For this reason, you should definitely choose an unlimited data plan for regular usage at home.
The following table shows a list of price plans currently available on the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi:
|Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|24 month contracts|
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£9||£23/month|
|40GB Data||24 month contract||£0||£17/month|
|20GB Data||24 month contract||£0||£14/month|
|15GB Data||24 month contract||£0||£13/month|
|10GB Data||24 month contract||£0||£12/month|
|5GB Data||24 month contract||£0||£11/month|
|2GB Data||24 month contract||£0||£10/month|
|12 month contracts|
|Unlimited Data||12 month contract||£19||£24/month|
|40GB Data||12 month contract||£19||£18/month|
|20GB Data||12 month contract||£19||£15/month|
|15GB Data||12 month contract||£19||£14/month|
|10GB Data||12 month contract||£19||£13/month|
|5GB Data||12 month contract||£19||£12/month|
|2GB Data||12 month contract||£19||£11/month|
|1 month contracts|
|Unlimited Data||1 month contract||£39||£25/month|
|40GB Data||1 month contract||£39||£19/month|
|20GB Data||1 month contract||£39||£16/month|
|15GB Data||1 month contract||£39||£15/month|
|10GB Data||1 month contract||£39||£14/month|
|5GB Data||1 month contract||£39||£13/month|
|2GB Data||1 month contract||£39||£12/month|
You’ll get Go Roam included on all mobile broadband plans. This allows you to use your mobile broadband service at no extra cost in 71 destinations. This includes most European countries along with the USA, Australia, Brazil, Singapore and more.
Huawei E5783B Hotspot
The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (also known as the Huawei E5783B or the Huawei E5783B-230) is Three’s latest mobile wi-fi hotspot. This is a battery-powered device that allows you to access 4G broadband on up to 16 devices at the same time. You can use it wherever a 3G or 4G connection is available, including when you’re at home and when you’re out and about.
Compared to Three’s older MiFi hotspots, a key advantage is you’ll be able to access faster 4G+ speeds. The Huawei E5783B 4G Plus MiFi supports Category 7 LTE speeds. This means you’re able to get a download speed of up to 300Mbps and an upload speed of up to 100Mbps (this is twice as fast as Three’s older Huawei E5573bs-322 mobile wi-fi hotspot).
How Does The 4G Plus MiFi Work?
In the background, the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi uses a 4G connection to Three’s mobile network. From that, it produces a secure Wi-Fi network for your other devices to connect to.
By default, the wi-fi network is preconfigured with a default network name and password but you can easily change this through the administration interface on your hotspot. You can also enable a guest wi-fi network if you’d like to share your mobile broadband connection with more security.
The device supports Wi-Fi 5 technology (802.11ac) with dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. This can give you transfer speeds of up to 867Mbps when using 5GHz Wi-Fi and up to 300Mbps when using 2.4GHz Wi-Fi. According to Huawei, it’s possible for up to 16 devices to be connected to your Wi-Fi network at once (with a maximum of 8 devices connected to 5GHz Wi-Fi). However, Three normally advertises a limit of 10 devices as performance can start to degrade when you connect lots of devices at the same time.
Battery Life & Charging
The Huawei E5783B hotspot has a built-in 1,500mAh battery. This gives you up to 6 hours of usage on one charge. It also gives you up to 350 hours on standby.
The device is charged using a micro-USB cable, one of which is provided inside the box. You can also use the USB cable to connect the device directly to your laptop, where it can be used as a USB modem without the need to enable wi-fi functionality.
If you like, it’s possible to keep your Huawei 4G Plus MiFi plugged in at the wall if you’re mainly using it in one location (e.g. for broadband internet at home).
Design & Form Factor
The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi measures 10.8 x 6.2 x 1.6 cm and weighs 95g. This means you should be able to carry it around in a pocket if required.
The device is available in black. The front of the device has three LED indicator lights to show the status of your 4G connection, any unread text messages and the remaining battery life of your device. It’s a little heavier and larger than Three’s older MiFi hotspots like the Huawei E5573bs-322 but there shouldn’t be a significant or very noticeable difference.
For more information and specifications of the device, please see the Three website.
4G Plus MiFi vs Three 4G Hub
As an alternative to the 4G Plus MiFi, Three also offers the 4G Hub router in selected postcodes across the UK.
Unlike the 4G Plus MiFi, Three’s 4G Hub is only designed to be used for 4G broadband at home. As such, it’s available at a lower price of just £17 per month. It’s also a much more powerful device but you’ll need to have it plugged in to a wall socket at all times. This means you won’t get the portability of the battery-operated device like the 4G Plus MiFi.
|Service||Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
Three 4G Hub
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£0||£17/month|
Three 4G Hub
|Unlimited Data||12 month contract||£0||£20/month|
Three 4G Hub
|Unlimited Data||1 month contract||£19||£28/month|
The following table explains some of the key differences between the 4G Plus MiFi and Three’s 4G Hub:
|Huawei 4G Plus MiFi||Three 4G Hub|
|What is it for?||Getting online in multiple places (e.g. at home, in the car, on holiday, etc).||Getting online at home (or in other places as well if you bring the router with you).|
|Price:||From £10 per month
(£23 per month for unlimited data)
|From £17 per month (unlimited data)|
|Availability:||99% UK population coverage
& inclusive roaming in 71 destinations
|25% of UK homes (7.1 million households)|
|Portability:||Most portable. The 4G Plus MiFi is a pocket-sized device that can run on battery. You can use it wherever a 4G signal is available.||Less portable. The 4G Hub is heavier and around the size of a book. It always needs to be plugged in to a mains power supply.|
|Download Speeds:||Up to 300Mbps. However, speeds may be constrained by the size & power requirements of the device.||Up to 300Mbps. Will generally be faster than a MiFi as the 4G Hub has a larger antenna which picks up a stronger signal.|
|External Antenna:||Not supported.||Yes, an external antenna can added if required (optional).|
|Home Network Connectivity|
|Wi-Fi:||Up to 16 devices at the same time (around 10 metres Wi-Fi range).||Up to 64 devices at the same time (around 30 metres Wi-Fi range).|
|Ethernet:||Not supported.||4 Gigabit Ethernet ports (e.g. for connecting wired devices, mesh wi-fi systems, etc).|
|Learn More:||Three 4G Plus MiFi Webpage||Three 4G Hub Webpage|
If you’re living in a 5G coverage area, you might be able to get Three’s 5G home broadband service. This starts from £24 per month for unlimited data and average download speeds of 100-200Mbps. It’s currently available in selected postcodes across 194 UK towns and cities.
|Service||Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
Three 5G Hub
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£0||£24/month|
Three 5G Hub
|Unlimited Data||12 month contract||£0||£29/month|
Other Portable Wi-Fi hotspots
The following table compares Three’s 4G Plus MiFi to alternative mobile wi-fi hotspots from EE and Vodafone:
|Three 4G Plus Mi-Fi|
|4GEE WiFi Mini|
(EE 4GEE WiFi Mini (2018))
|Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi|
|Mobile Broadband Plans|
|Price:||From £10/month||From £20/month||From £11/month|
|Data:||2GB - Unlimited||15GB - 50GB||2GB - Unlimited|
|Unlimited Data:||£23/month||Not available||£28/month|
|Contract Length:||1-24 months||1-24 months||1-12 months|
|4G Connectivity:||Category 7 LTE||Category 7 LTE||Category 4 LTE|
|4G Download Speed:||Up to 300 Mbit/s download||Up to 300 Mbit/s download||Up to 150 Mbit/s download|
|4G Upload Speed:||Up to 100 Mbit/s upload||Up to 100 Mbit/s upload||Up to 50 Mbit/s upload|
|4G Bands:||LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32, 38 & 40||LTE bands 3, 7 & 20||LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8 & 20|
|Home Network Connectivity|
|Wi-Fi Devices:||Up to 16 devices||Up to 20 devices||Up to 10 devices|
|Battery:||1,500mAh (6 hours usage, 350 hours standby)||2,150mAh (8 hours usage)||1,500mAh (6 hours usage, 350 hours standby)|
|Dimensions:||10.8 x 6.2 x 1.6 cm||6.3 x 9.2 x 1.33 cm||10.0 x 5.8 x 1.37 cm|
|Model:||Huawei E5783B||EE 4GEE WiFi Mini (2018)||Vodafone R219|
|Review:||Three 4G Plus Mi-Fi Review||4GEE WiFi Mini Review||Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi Review|
Coverage & Download Speed
In the UK, Three offers 99.8% population coverage. This means you should be able to use the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi in most places.
Before you buy the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi, we’d strongly recommend checking the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Three’s online coverage map:
If you’re travelling abroad to another country, you can also use your mobile wi-fi hotspot through Three’s international roaming service. With the Go Roam offer, it’s possible to use your plan allowances at no extra cost in 71 destinations. This includes most of Europe, the USA, Australia and more.
The average download speed on Three’s 4G network is about 20Mbps. However, this can vary substantially depending on your location as well as other factors such as the weather and the time of day.
For more information, see our guide to Three’s UK network and coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions
|What is the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi?||
The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (Huawei E5783B-230) is Three’s latest mobile wi-fi hotspot. It gives you access to 4G mobile broadband on up to 16 devices including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other wi-fi compatible devices.
|How much does the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi cost?||
The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi is available on a range of price plans from £10 per month. Some of the most popular plans include 40GB data for £17/month and unlimited data for £23/month.
|Can I get unlimited data on the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi?|
|What download speeds can I get on the 4G Plus MiFi hotspot?||
The Huawei 4G Plus MiFi supports up to Category 7 LTE speeds. This means you can get download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps. In practice, the speeds you’ll get will depend on the coverage and the network capacity in your area. Across the country, the average download speed on 4G is about 20Mbps.
|How does the Huawei E5783B-230 compare to the Huawei E5573bs-322?||
Compared to the older Huawei E5573bs-322 MiFi, the newer Huawei E5783B-230 4G Plus MiFi supports download speeds that are up to twice as fast (it supports download speeds of up to 300Mbps, versus just 150Mbps on the older E5573-bs322 MiFi). It also supports dual-band Wi-Fi technology with Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) connectivity.
|What coverage is available on the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi?||
Three offers 99.8% population coverage on 4G and 98.3% population coverage on 3G. You can check the coverage in your area through Three’s website.
For more information about the Huawei 4G Plus MiFi (Huawei E5783B-230), please see Three’s official website.