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

EEIn 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

See all EE Huawei 4G WiFi 2 Deals →

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.

Technical Specifications

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.

You can see further technical specifications, either on the EE website or on the Huawei website.

Alternatives

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
(Huawei E5785)
Three MiFi
(Huawei E5573bs-322)
O2 Pocket Hotspot
(Huawei 4G 2017)
Vodafone Mobile Wi-Fi
(Vodafone R218)
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
Unlimited Data: £22/month £28/month
Contract Length: 1-24 months 1-24 months 3-24 months 1-12 months
Mobile Connectivity
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
Dual-Band Wi-Fi: Yes No No No
Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Devices: Up to 16 devices Up to 10 devices Up to 10 devices Up to 10 devices
Other
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
Weight: 125g 75g 74g 102g
Model: Huawei E5785 Huawei E5573bs-322 Huawei 4G 2017
(Huawei E5573)
Vodafone R218
Colour: Black White White White
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.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
50GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

4GEE Home
100GB Data1 month contract£100£35/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month

4GEE Home
200GB Data1 month contract£100£40/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£0£45/month

4GEE Home
300GB Data1 month contract£100£45/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month

4GEE Home
500GB Data1 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.

Coverage

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:

Check EE Coverage (ee.co.uk) →

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.

For more information, see our in-depth guide to the coverage on EE. You can also see our overview of how mobile coverage works in the UK.

International Roaming

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.

More Information

For more information on the Huawei 4G Wifi 2, please see EE’s official website.

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  • Hello Ken and thank you for all your very clear and detailed explanations of mobile technology. I think you have easily met and surpassed your mission statement.

    I have a very poor broadband service due to being on the end of a long line of copper wire and, I believe, a lack of bandwidth. My service provider charges me just short of £40 pcm for this service.
    Download Average 1.15 Mb/s, Best 1.26 Mb/s, Worst 0.28 Mb/s
    Ping Average 1011 ms, Best 36 ms, Worst 1811 ms

    I am not a big user of the internet averaging 3.2 GB pcm but occasionally a big data download, for example: I had to make 3 attempts before successfully updating the maps in my satnav via my i5 laptop.

    I am considering switching over to mobile broadband because I hope to get a better service and because I would be able to take it with me when touring around UK in my camper van.
    You cover the various 4G broadband routers very well but I have found no advice on accessing the internet by tethering a mobile phone to my laptop. So my question:
    I can see a 3 mobile mast 2 km away. If I bought a Cat 4 LTE phone, a used Microsoft Lumia 640, am I likely to get a useable download speed? A Lumia 950 is LTE-A, Cat 6 and not much more expensive.

    I would miss my Nokia 6210 though I have only had it 19 years!

    • Hi Graham,
      Thanks a lot for your comment! I covered the issue of tethering vs dedicated mobile broadband in a blog post here, but in short: it’s absolutely fine just to tether from a smartphone. There are some good value smartphone SIM cards with unlimited data which would be ideal for this purpose.
      With regards to whether you’ll be able to get a usable speed, this is unfortunately something I’m unable to say! You’ll really need to try it out for yourself, possibly using a Pay As You Go SIM if you don’t want to sign up for a new contract just yet.
      Ken
      Ken

  • Donald Draper said:

    I HAVE JUST ORDERED the Huawei AS I UNDERSTAND THE 4G Home Router is out of stock . The primary use is for home internet for which I see the product I have purchased is less good, Can I swap the router I have bought for the 4G Home router when thesis available?

    • Hi Donald,
      Thanks for your comment. It isn’t normally possible to swap your device at a later date, though this is something you could try and negotiate directly with EE if you like. As an alternative, you can always keep the SIM card provided by EE, but you could place it in an unlocked home broadband router that you’ve purchased yourself. Unfortunately, stock of unlocked 4G routers is currently running a little low in the UK but something like the Huawei B525 or Huawei B618 is normally a pretty good choice.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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