EE offers 4G mobile broadband on up to 16 devices at the same time using the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 portable wi-fi hotspot.
If you’re looking for 4G mobile broadband on EE, you can now get the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 portable hotspot from £13/month. This new hotspot allows you to share a 4G mobile broadband connection with up to 16 other devices at the same time whilst you’re out and about.
Customers buying a Huawei 4G WiFi 2 portable hotspot will be able to access up to Category 6 LTE speeds on the EE network (up to 300Mbit/s download and up to 50Mbit/s upload). A range of data plans are available on EE with between 5GB and 50GB of data per month, on either an 24 month contract or 1 month rolling contract.
Huawei 4G WiFi 2 Price Plans
In the UK, EE offers a choice of 4G mobile broadband plans with the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 portable wi-fi hotspot device. You can choose from a range of data allowances between 5GB and 50GB per month, with the data allowance being shared across all of the devices that make use of your portable wi-fi hotspot.
The Huawei 4G WiFi 2 costs £80 upfront when you take it on a 1-month contract or £30 upfront when you take it on a 24-month contract.
The following table shows a list of EE’s 4G mobile broadband plans:
|Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|24 month contract|
|5GB Data||24 month contract||£30||£13/month|
|15GB Data||24 month contract||£30||£22/month|
|30GB Data||24 month contract||£30||£28/month|
|50GB Data||24 month contract||£30||£40/month|
|1 month contract|
|5GB Data||24 month contract||£80||£15/month|
|15GB Data||24 month contract||£80||£25/month|
|30GB Data||24 month contract||£80||£32/month|
|50GB Data||24 month contract||£80||£45/month|
For most people, we’d probably recommend the 15GB data plan which is available for £35/month. This is a decent sized data allowance for regular portable hotspot usage and should cover the majority of users. For high users, it may also be worth having a look at the 30GB and 50GB plans.
On EE, the monthly charge on your contract will increase by RPI inflation in March of each year.
Customers signing up for EE’s 4G mobile broadband service will now receive the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 portable hotspot (Huawei E5785). Allowing you to access Category 6 LTE speeds on the EE network (up to 300Mbit/s download and up to 50Mbit/s upload), it will allow you to share a 4G mobile broadband connection with up to 16 other devices at the same time.
Being a battery-powered device, the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 can easily be used when you’re out and about. This differs from 4G home broadband routers like 4GEE Home which are mainly confined to fixed locations as they require an ongoing power connection from the mains. The hotspot has a built-in 3,000mAh battery which, according to Huawei, should give you up to 12 hours battery life in operation and up to 600 hours of battery life if the device is left in standby. When it runs out, you can use the micro-USB port and the provided micro-USB cable to recharge the device.
Unlike many other portable wi-fi hotspots, the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 has support for 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi technology. This delivers higher speeds and better performance on all of your connected devices that support the technology. The hotspot also supports 2×2 MIMO on Wi-Fi so you can get speeds of up to 300Mbit/s on 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and speeds of up to 867Mbit/s on 5GHz Wi-Fi.
Another advantage compared to the portable hotspots on other mobile networks is the built-in LCD display on the front of the hotspot. This shows you information about your mobile network connection along with wi-fi connectivity and the remaining battery life of your device. It will also show you how much data you’ve used, making it easy to track your usage against the data allowance on your plan.
On EE, the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 hotspot is only available in black. However, it’s also possible to get a version of the device in white if you’re willing to buy it on an unlocked basis from Amazon.co.uk.
Other Portable Wi-Fi Hotspots
As an alternative to buying the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 from EE, you could also consider the mobile broadband portable wi-fi hotspots from rival networks including Three, O2 and Vodafone.
You’ll normally get an inferior device when choosing hotspots from other mobile networks. For instance, most other hotspots only support up to Category 4 LTE speeds (up to 150Mbit/s) and you’re normally limited to connecting only 10 devices at one time. You will however normally be able to get mobile broadband for a lower monthly price. For example, you can get unlimited data from £22/month on Three and from £28/month on Vodafone. This compares to £40/month for EE’s largest data plan of 50GB per month.
The following table compares the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 on EE to rival offerings on Three, O2 and Vodafone:
|EE Huawei 4G WiFi 2
|O2 Pocket Hotspot
(Huawei 4G 2017)
|Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi
|Mobile Broadband Plans|
|Price:||From £35/month||From £9/month||From £20.38/month||From £11/month|
|Data:||5GB – 50GB||2GB – Unlimited||15GB – 150GB||2GB – Unlimited|
|Contract Length:||1-24 months||1-24 months||3-24 months||1-12 months|
|4G Connectivity:||Category 6 LTE||Category 4 LTE||Category 4 LTE||Category 4 LTE|
|4G Download Speed:||Up to 300 Mbit/s download||Up to 150 Mbit/s download||Up to 150 Mbit/s download||Up to 150 Mbit/s download|
|4G Upload Speed:||Up to 50 Mbit/s upload||Up to 50 Mbit/s upload||Up to 50 Mbit/s upload||Up to 50 Mbit/s upload|
|4G Bands:||LTE bands TBC||LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 & 20||LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8 & 20||LTE bands 3, 7 & 20|
|Wi-Fi Hotspot Connectivity|
|Wi-Fi Devices:||Up to 16 devices||Up to 10 devices||Up to 10 devices||Up to 10 devices|
|Battery:||3,000mAh (12 hours usage, 600 hours standby)||1,500mAh (4 hours usage, 300 hours standby)||1,500mAh (6 hours usage, 300 hours standby)||TBC|
|Dimensions:||108.0mm x 62.0mm x 17.3mm||96.8mm x 58.0mm x 12.8 mm||96.8mm x 58.0mm x 12.8 mm||105mm x 64mm x 14 mm|
|Model:||Huawei E5785||Huawei E5573bs-322||Huawei 4G 2017
|More Information:||EE Website||Three Mi-Fi Review||O2 Website||Vodafone Website|
For more information, see our in-depth guide to mobile broadband in the UK.
Portable Hotspot VS 4GEE Home
If you’re mainly looking to use your 4G broadband connection in a location where a mains power supply is always available, consider getting 4G home broadband instead of 4G mobile broadband.
With a 4G home broadband router, you’ll get a device that is far more powerful than a normal portable wi-fi hotspot. You’ll normally get access to faster 4G download speeds, better wi-fi connectivity, the ability to plug in wired Ethernet devices and the ability to use an external antenna to improve the signal strength of your connection.
On EE, the 4GEE Home Router is available for a similar price as the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 hotspot. The 4GEE Home Router supports Category 7 LTE speeds (up to 300Mbit/s download and up to 100Mbit/s upload) along with dual-band wi-fi connectivity on up to 32 devices. The wi-fi network on 4GEE Home should have up to 30 metres of range, compared to the 10 metre range on the Huawei 4G WiFi 2 hotspot. This makes it easier to cover the whole of your home. You’ll also get 2 Gigabit Ethernet sockets and a pair of SMA connectors for attaching an external antenna to router.
|Service||Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|50GB Data||1 month contract||£100||£35/month|
|100GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£35/month|
|100GB Data||1 month contract||£100||£35/month|
|200GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£40/month|
|200GB Data||1 month contract||£100||£40/month|
|300GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£45/month|
|300GB Data||1 month contract||£100||£45/month|
|500GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£50/month|
|500GB Data||1 month contract||£100||£50/month|
If you’re also willing to look at services from other mobile networks, consider Three’s HomeFi Plus service, Three’s AI Cube router or Vodafone’s GigaCube. On other networks, it may be possible to get an unlimited data allowance (e.g. Three offers unlimited data from £20/month and Vodafone offers unlimited data from £50/month).
For more information, see our in-depth guide to 4G and 5G home broadband services.
2G, 3G & 4G Coverage
Customers signing up to EE’s mobile broadband service will get access to 99% population coverage on EE’s 4G network. This equates to more than 90% geographical coverage, with EE aiming to increase this to 95% by the end of 2020.
Before signing up for EE’s mobile broadband service, it’s worth double-checking to make sure there’s coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on EE’s online coverage map:
The Huawei 4G WiFi 2 hotspot supports EE’s 2G, 3G and 4G networks. If you’d also like access to 5G, this is available on the 5GEE WiFi with the HTC 5G Hub hotspot.
If you’re travelling abroad to another country, you can continue using your Huawei 4G WiFi 2 hotspot through EE’s international roaming service.
For customers travelling to one of 48 European countries, it’s possible to use up to 50GB of your data allowance abroad at no extra cost each month. Beyond this 50GB limit, you’ll be surcharged at a rate of 0.36p/MB (£3.60 per GB).
For customers travelling outside of Europe, additional roaming rates apply for using your mobile broadband service.
For more information on the Huawei 4G Wifi 2, please see EE’s official website.