Three is offering the Huawei B535 router with unlimited data on 4G home broadband from £20/month.

In the UK, Three is offering a 4G home broadband service with the Huawei B535 router (also known as the Huawei HomeFi Plus). The service starts from £20/month for unlimited data and allows you to connect up to 64 devices to the internet. Download speeds of up to 300Mbit/s are available through the router.

A major benefit of the new 4G home broadband service is it doesn’t require you to have a landline or cable connection. You’ll also get free next working day delivery of your router, with a simple plug-and-play setup and no need for an engineer visit.

In this article, we’ll review the Huawei B535 4G router and the HomeFi Plus broadband service on which it is offered. We’ll look at the price plans and router specifications before comparing it to rival 4G home broadband services. Finally, we’ll look at the coverage that’s available on Three when you’re using the Huawei B535 for your home broadband service.

Huawei B535 Price Plans

The Huawei B535 (HomeFi Plus) is Three’s latest 4G home broadband router. Replacing the old HomeFi B311 router, the newer Huawei B535 router is currently available from £20/month with unlimited data at 4G speeds.

The lowest-price deal currently available is when you take unlimited data on a 24-month contract. Normally, this will cost you £22/month, but you can get a special discounted price of £20/month when you buy through this link. Shorter 12-month and 1-month deals are also available if you’re happy to pay a little bit more and would like the extra flexibility:

Data AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£20/month
with special offer
Unlimited Data12 month contract£29£27/month
Unlimited Data1 month contract£79£31/month

See all Three HomeFi Plus Deals →

Unfortunately, it isn’t currently possible to get the Huawei B535 router on a Pay As You Go basis.

If you decide to replace your fixed-line home broadband connection, it might be possible to cancel your landline if you don’t need it for other reasons (e.g. for making phone calls). This could save you in the region of £20/month on line rental, potentially making the Huawei B535 close to a cost-neutral solution.

Exclusive Offers

As a special time-limited offer, Three is offering a £2/month discount on the Huawei B535 with unlimited data. This means you can currently get it for just £20 rather than £22 per month on a 24-month contract.

To benefit from the £2/month discount, you’ll need to purchase the Huawei B535 through this special link. It isn’t necessary to use any voucher codes during checkout but you’ll need to make sure you complete the entire purchase online.

Get £2/month discount on Huawei B535 →

Huawei B535 Router

You’ll be supplied with a Huawei B535 router when you sign up for Three’s HomeFi Plus service (sometimes also referred to as a WebBox). The Huawei B535 router will connect to Three’s 3G and 4G network, producing a wi-fi network that up to 64 devices are able to connect to at the same time. This includes all of the devices you have at home including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV and other smart home devices.

The Huawei B535 router supports up to Category 7 LTE download speeds (up to 300Mbit/s download and up to 100Mbit/s upload). However, Three says average download speeds could be closer to 14Mbit/s, depending on the level of coverage available where you live.

The Huawei B535 has dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, including 802.11ac wi-fi at 5GHz. This allows you to have up to 64 devices connected wirelessly to your router at one time. In addition, there are also four Gigabit Ethernet sockets allowing you to connect wired devices to your home network.

When it arrives, setting up the Huawei B535 is a simple plug-and-play affair. You’ll need to insert the provided SIM card into your router and you can then plug in the router at the mains. Your 4G home broadband service should then be ready-to-use in less than one minute. As there are no engineer visits or line installations, this makes it incredibly easy and convenient to set up. You can also move the router to other places with ease (e.g. bringing it with you on weekends away from home or taking it when moving to a different address).

If you’d like to attach an external antenna to your router, the Huawei B535 has two sockets for a SMA antenna. This can be used to improve the coverage and speeds you get on your router, especially if you’re living in a rural area where the coverage is a bit weaker.

You can see the full specifications for the Huawei B535 on Three’s website.

Huawei B535 vs AI Cube B900 vs HomeFi B311: Side-By-Side Comparison

The Huawei B535 HomeFi Plus is Three’s latest 4G home broadband router. Alongside it, Three also offers the Huawei AI Cube B900 which is a two-in-one device, combining a 4G home broadband router with an Amazon Alexa smart speaker. The Huawei B535 replaces the older HomeFi B311 router.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of the three different routers:

Three HomeFi Plus
(Huawei B535)
Three AI Cube
(Huawei B900)
Three HomeFi
(Huawei B311)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £20/monthFrom £25/month
Data:UnlimitedUnlimited
Unlimited Data:£20/month£25/month
Contract Length:1-24 months1-24 months
Mobile Connectivity
4G Connectivity:Category 7 LTECategory 6 LTECategory 4 LTE
4G Download Speed:Up to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 300 Mbit/s downloadUp to 150 Mbit/s download
4G Upload Speed:Up to 100 Mbit/s uploadUp to 50 Mbit/s uploadUp to 50 Mbit/s upload
4G Bands:LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 28, 32 & 38LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8, 20, 32 & 38LTE bands 1, 3, 7, 8 & 20
External Antenna:Yes, 2x SMA connectorsNoYes, 1x SMA connector
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:YesYesNo
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11a/b/g/n/ac802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devicesUp to 64 devicesUp to 32 devices
Ethernet:4 Gigabit Ethernet ports1 Gigabit Ethernet port1 Gigabit Ethernet port
Other
Model:Huawei B535Huawei B900Huawei B311
Colour:WhiteWhiteBlack
Other Features:-360° Alexa smart speaker-
Review:Three HomeFi Plus ReviewThree AI Cube ReviewThree HomeFi Review

In our opinion, the Huawei B535 should be your go-to choice when you’re looking for a 4G home broadband router on Three. You’ll get modern specifications like Category 7 LTE download speeds along with 802.11ac dual-band wi-fi. Both of these features will allow you to maximise your home broadband performance. The inclusion of 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets for connecting wired devices is also very welcome, along with the 2 SMA sockets for attaching an external antenna.

The Huawei B535 has 4 Gigabit Ethernet sockets and 2 SMA connectors for attaching an external antenna.

With the AI Cube B900, you’ll additionally get a built-in Amazon Alexa smart speaker. There are, however, some sacrifices to be made elsewhere in terms of network connectivity features. For instance, the AI Cube router only has one Gigabit Ethernet socket for connecting wired devices to your network. There’s also no way to attach an external antenna.

Typically, in order to maximise the signal strength of your 4G connection, it’s recommend you place your router close to a window, ideally in an upstairs room facing towards your nearest mobile mast. This doesn’t always align well with where you’d like to use a smart speaker (normally best placed fairly centrally in your living room). For this reason, it’s usually a more practical solution to get a Huawei B535 router, saving you £5/month compared to the AI Cube. You can use this in conjunction with a standalone Amazon Echo speaker which is available for about £90. A standalone Amazon Echo device can connect to your Huawei B535 router using wi-fi.

Three’s older Huawei HomeFi B311 router was withdrawn from sale in September 2019. It has now been replaced by the Huawei B535 HomeFi Plus which offers faster download speeds and a more powerful wi-fi connection.

On Three, you’ll receive the B535-232 version of the Huawei B535 router. This is sometimes also referred to as the Huawei 4G Router 3 Pro.

Alternatives

The AI Cube has a built-in Amazon Alexa smart speaker.

The closest alternative to the Huawei B535 is Three’s AI Cube router. Starting from £25/month with unlimited data, the AI Cube is a two-in-one device that gives you a built-in 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 Three’s product page for the AI Cube.

Other Networks

Vodafone’s GigaCube service has unlimited data from £50/month.

Vodafone offers a GigaCube home broadband service from £30/month (or £50/month if you’d like unlimited data). You’ll get a Huawei B528 router if you choose the GigaCube 4G service, with no upfront cost on an 18-month contract:

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
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£50/month

Vodafone GigaCube 4G
Unlimited Data1 month contract£100£50/month
To show you the most relevant plans, 3 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

EE also offers a 4G home broadband service in the form of 4GEE Home. Unfortunately, however, the largest data allowance currently available is 500GB per month:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

4GEE Home
10GB Data18 month contract£129.99£25/month

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

4GEE Home
50GB Data18 month contract£0£35/month

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

4GEE Home
50GB 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
To show you the most relevant plans, 5 similar but more expensive plans have been hidden. .

For more information, please see the Vodafone and EE websites. You can also read our full guide to 4G home broadband services.

5G Home Broadband

If you’re looking for a 5G-powered home broadband solution, you can choose from Three’s 5G Home, Vodafone’s GigaCube 5G and EE’s 5GEE WiFi.

Three’s 5G Home service is currently available to customers in London. You’ll pay £30/month for unlimited data on a 12-month contract:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Home
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£30/month

For more information, see our full guide to 4G & 5G home broadband services in the UK.

Coverage

3G & 4G Coverage

In the UK, Three currently offers 99.8% population coverage. This includes 99.8% coverage on 4G, as well as 98.7% coverage on 3G. The Huawei B535 is able to access both 3G and 4G coverage from Three.

Before purchasing the Huawei B535 from Three, it’s strongly recommended that you check the coverage in your area. You can do this by entering your postcode on Three’s online coverage map.

Check Three Coverage (three.co.uk) →

If you’re travelling abroad to other countries, it’s possible to use the Huawei B535 in 71 destinations at no extra charge through Three’s Go Roam offer.

For more information, please see our full review of the coverage available on Three.

5G Coverage

Three started rolling out 5G coverage in August 2019, with London being the first city to get 5G coverage.

By the end of Q1 2020, a total of 25 towns and cities should have 5G coverage from Three:

Now Live1 towns and cities are live on Three 5G (January 2020)
London
Planned &
Announced
24 towns and cities planned
Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Reading, Rotherham, Sheffield, Slough, Sunderland, Wolverhampton (Q1 2020)

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to access 5G coverage on the Huawei B535. If you’re living in a 5G coverage area and would like access to faster 5G speeds, consider signing up for Three’s 5G home broadband service instead (available from £30/month).

There’s more information about the 5G roll-out on Three’s website.

Frequently Asked Questions

What price plans can I use with the Huawei B535?
The Huawei B535 is available on a choice of three price plans, all with unlimited data included. The most popular plan costs £20/month on a 24-month contract. However, shorter deals are also available if want flexibility. For instance, there is a 12-month plan costing £27/month plus £29 upfront. Alternatively, a 1-month plan is available, costing £31/month plus £79 upfront. You can see the price plans here.
How can I get the Huawei B535 for a discounted price of £20/month?
You’ll normally pay £22/month for unlimited data on the Huawei B535 (24 month contract). However, a special £2/month discount is available when you order through this link, bringing the price down to just £20/month. There’s no need to enter any special voucher codes but you’ll need to complete the entire order process online.
What speeds can I get on the Huawei B535?
The Huawei B535 router supports 4G download speeds of up to 300Mbit/s (Category 7 LTE speeds). However, the actual download speeds you get will be lower in practice and will depend on the level of coverage available where you live.
Does the Huawei B535 support 5G?
Unfortunately, the Huawei B535 does not support 5G mobile networks. If you’d like 5G home broadband, consider Three’s 5G Home or an alternative 5G home broadband service.
What coverage can I get on the Huawei B535?
You can access 99.8% population coverage when using the Huawei B535 on Three’s network. Enter your postcode on Three’s website to check the availability in your area.
Can I use the Huawei B535 when travelling abroad?
Yes. It’s possible to use the Huawei B535 in 71 destinations at no extra cost through Three’s Go Roam offer. This includes most European countries, the USA, Australia and more.

More Information

For more information about the Huawei B535, please see Three’s official website.

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  • This may be a silly question as I don’t really know much about the technology: will the Huawei B535 connect with another WiFi network instead/as well as 4G via the sim? I live in a marina which offers free WiFi (but I will need to boost the signal to access it inside my boat). When cruising I need to use mobile broadband. Will the B535 do both? Or do I need another piece of kit as well? Any advice much appreciated.

    • Hi Rod,
      Thanks for your comment. Sorry – I didn’t quite understand your question: are you trying to use the Huawei B535 as a wi-fi repeater/extender? If so, I don’t believe it’s possible for it to do this. However, I would have a look at your laptop or mobile phone as it’s possible this already includes the functionality. Alternatively, you could buy a separate wi-fi repeater device.
      Ken

  • Please DO NOT go with Three! Their network has been in a state of collapse since at least April 2019. I joined them in May, having dumped ADSL and gone 4G for home internet. It started out OK, with decent speeds. However, over the course of last year my speed deteriorated to the point where it was unusable even for browsing (I got 0.01mb on one speed test!).

    Luckily, I managed to break my contract at the half-way point over live chat when Three finally agreed that my experience of their network wasn’t as good as it should be and let me go without further penalty.

    I’ve now switched to VOXI and the difference is night and day with speed. At least 30mbps throughout the day, even though the masts are not far from each other. O2 and EE were even faster when I tested their SIMS in my Huawei router, VOXI are the only ones that offer a 30 day contract for unlimited data.

    It’s not just me either – see Three_Is_Broken on Twitter. In short – DO NOT sign up to Three! It’s cheap for a reason.

    • You’re not kidding… Last summer I moved from Vodafone to Smarty (which uses the Three network). Yes it was cheaper and my allowance went from 50GB to unlimited, but for the majority of the day the connection would time out for 10+ seconds at a time. I left them last September – sounds like things haven’t improved since then.

  • A little bit of feedback for anyone considering this offer from Three. Online ordering process was simple, although it was a bit strange that Three requested direct debit AND credit card details. I haven’t seen any charge to the credit card, so I assume this was either some form of credit check or a pre-authorisation charge. I signed up using the referral link above for the £20/month deal, however, my first bill said £29/month. After a phone call, email and chat with Three I think this has finally been resolved, so pay attention to your first bill and double check your monthly charge.

    Service wise I’m typically seeing about 30Mbps down, 5 Mbps up. Fastest was 41/13. However, this is *highly* dependent on the mast you connect to. These speeds were achieved with 2/3 bars on 1800MHz (band 3). I have to position the B535 router in an upstairs bedroom window to keep this connection. Moving it anywhere else in the house and it will fall back to 5 bars on 800MHz (band 20). On band 20 the best speeds are about 15/10, but usually more like 13/7. It’s interesting that the B535 will connect to band 3, even when there is a significantly stronger band 20 signal, so it’s clearly testing for speed, not just signal strength. For me at least, band 3 gives the best download speeds, whereas band 20 consistently performs better in uploads.

    Unfortunately external antennas aren’t helping too much. I bought the Poynting XPOL-1, and no matter where it is positioned or facing the B535 will only ever connect to band 20. This leads me to one of the downsides of the B535 – there is no way to specify which band to connect to. I will either need to locate the antenna much higher in the house than I’m willing to go on a ladder, or investigate different 4g modems (B525 seems to allow band locking?). If Three/Huawei could release a firmware update to give more control on the modem that’d be even better.

    With all that said, the speed is a huge improvement on the 14/1 BT “fibre” service I’ve tolerated, and since I was mostly interested in improved upload speeds, even if the B535 only connects to band 20 it’s not a complete disaster. Definitely worth a try, but don’t expect an external antenna to fix a poor connection, you might just end up connecting to a different mast.

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