Three offers 5G home broadband from £24/month with average download speeds of more than 100Mbps and the Three 5G Hub router.
In the UK, Three now offers a 5G home broadband service in selected postcodes across 194 towns and cities. Giving you average download speeds of more than 100Mbps, it’s faster than most widely-available fibre broadband plans. You’ll also get the 5G Hub router included to use with your 5G broadband service from £24/month.
Three’s 5G home broadband can be ordered online with free next working-day delivery. It only requires a ‘plug and play’ setup: simply plug it in at the wall and it’s ready to use (there’s no need for a phone line or for an engineer visit).
As a special offer for April 2021, an exclusive £5/month discount is available when you order through this link. It brings the monthly cost of Three’s 5G broadband down to £24/month on a 24-month plan and down to £29/month on a 12-month plan.
In this article, we’ll review Three’s 5G home broadband. We’ll start by looking at how it works and at the plans that are currently available. We’ll also review the 5G Hub router before looking at how it compares to other home broadband services. Finally, we’ll look at the availability of the service and how to get 5G broadband from Three.
|Prices From:||£24 per month|
|Special Offer:||Save £5 per month on all 5G broadband plans|
|Contract Length:||12 month or 24 months contract|
Will vary based on the signal strength & coverage in your area
|Router:||Three 5G Hub|
|Coverage:||Selected UK postcodes with 5G coverage (check your postcode)|
- 1 What is Three 5G Home Broadband?
- 2 Three 5G Home Broadband Plans
- 3 Three 5G Hub Router
- 4 Comparison to Alternatives
- 5 Coverage & Availability
- 6 Frequently Asked Questions
- 7 More Information
What is Three 5G Home Broadband?
In the UK, Three’s 5G home broadband service is a new way of getting high-speed broadband in your home. It offers average download speeds of 100-200Mbps, without the need for a phone line or cable connection. It’s faster than most widely-available fibre broadband services (though not as fast as the full fibre FTTP services that are now available in some homes).
The 5G home broadband service can easily be set up by yourself as it’s a plug-and-play solution. There’s no need for a landline and no need for an engineer visit – simply plug your 5G Hub in at the wall and you’re ready to get online.
You’ll also get free delivery of your 5G Hub on the next working day, when you place your order before 4pm. This compares to most fibre broadband providers where it normally takes around 2-3 weeks to get your new service set up. An engineer visit may also be required to set up your fibre broadband.
The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of Three’s 5G home broadband service and traditional fibre broadband providers:
|Three 5G Home Broadband||Traditional Fibre Broadband|
|Plug-and-play broadband with no need for a phone line. Available in selected locations.
||Fibre broadband is delivered through a phone line or cable. Available in 90% of UK homes.
|Starts from £24/month (100Mbps+ download speed). No set-up fee, plug and play solution.||Starts from £22/month (63Mbps download speed) or £26/month (100Mbps speed). Set-up fees may apply.|
|Simply plug in your 5G Hub and start using it straight away. No engineer visits are required.||It takes around 2 weeks to install and activate fibre broadband. An engineer visit may be required.|
|5G broadband can be taken with you to a different location (coverage permitting).||Fibre broadband is tied to one physical address and needs to be set-up again when you move home.|
|Can be susceptible to interference (e.g. from weather) or congestion. 5G coverage dependent on location.||Less likely to be affected by interference or congestion. May give more stable download speeds.|
|More about Three 5G Broadband →||More about traditional fibre broadband →|
Three’s 5G home broadband service initially launched in August 2019. At launch, it was only available to customers in parts of London. It has now rolled out to selected postcodes across the UK, with coverage now available in parts of 194 UK towns and cities. You can check the availability at your address on Three’s website.
Three 5G Home Broadband Plans
5G Broadband Plans
Three currently offers a choice of two price plans on their 5G home broadband service:
- For the lowest monthly cost, choose the £24/month plan. This is available on a 24-month contract and is reduced from the normal price of £29/month when you order through this link.
- For more flexibility, choose the £29/month plan. This is available on a 12-month contract and is currently reduced from the normal price of £34/month.
Both plans give you unlimited downloads with average speeds in excess of 100Mbps. There’s no upfront fee on either plan and you’ll receive the same 5G Hub router from Three.
|Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£0||£24/month|
|Unlimited Data||12 month contract||£0||£29/month|
The average download speed on Three’s 5G home broadband service ranges from 100Mbps to 200Mbps. This is based on the speed that at least half of all customers are able to get during the evening peak hour (between 8pm and 10pm). You’ll be given an personalised estimate of the download speeds available where you live when checking the availability of 5G broadband at your address.
A 14-day money back guarantee is available to customers who aren’t satisfied with the 5G home broadband service on Three.
An acceptable usage policy (AUP) applies to the Three Broadband service. While there aren’t any limits on how much you can download, Three says they reserve the right to suspend your usage of the service or to apply traffic management to it, if your usage “either exceeds that reasonably expected of someone using the Service or materially affects other users’ enjoyment of the Service, or has an adverse impact on our network”.
Smart Tech Bundles
- Apple TV 4K: The Apple TV 4K set-top box allows you to stream movies and shows on your TV in up to 4K (ultra-HD) quality. You’ll also get a one year inclusive subscription to Apple TV+. It costs £10/month to add this on a 24-month contract and £18/month to add this on a 12-month contract.
- Amazon Echo Show 5: The Amazon Echo Show 5 is an Alexa-enabled smart display. You can use it for voice and video calls, as well as listening to music and controlling your other smart home devices. It costs £5/month to add the Echo Show 5 on a 24-month contract and £8/month to add it on a 12-month contract.
- Google Nest Audio: The Google Nest Audio is a smart speaker. You can use it to control your smart home devices and to listen to music with loud room-filling sound. It costs £6/month to add the Nest Audio on a 24-month contract and £10/month to add it on a 12-month contract.
You can compare all of the Smart Tech bundles on the Three Broadband website.
As a special offer for April 2021, you can save £5/month on the normal price for 5G broadband when placing your order through this link. It isn’t necessary to use any voucher codes during checkout but you’ll need to make sure you complete the entire order online.
The exclusive offer will bring the price of your plan down to £24/month on a 24-month contract. Meanwhile, it will reduce to £29/month on a 12-month contract.
You can also benefit from a discount when ordering the 5G Hub with an Apple TV 4K, an Amazon Echo Show 5 or the Google Nest Audio.
Three 5G Hub Router
When you sign up for Three’s 5G home broadband, you’ll receive Three’s 5G Hub router to use with the service. This is a small rectangular device that you just need to plug in to a power socket inside your home. It picks up a 5G signal from Three’s network and broadcasts a wi-fi network from it for your other devices to connect to.
In terms of hardware, the Three 5G Hub is a fairly impressive piece of kit. It can support 5G download speeds of up to 2.33Gbps (that’s 2,330Mbps), though average speeds will be more like 100-200Mbps on today’s 5G networks. It also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax), allowing you to share a high-speed home broadband connection with up to 64 other devices. There are also two Gigabit Ethernet sockets available for you to connect a wired device to your home network.
In terms of how your other devices work with the 5G Hub, it’s no different to using a traditional fibre broadband service. Your 5G Hub plays the same role as a fibre broadband hub (it’s only the underlying connection that’s different). You can still connect all different types of devices to your Three 5G Hub including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV, games console and other smart home devices. You can also use all of the services and apps that you’re used to using on other home broadband services.
Behind the scenes, Three’s 5G Hub is a rebranded version of the Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370). This is the same router offered on 5G home broadband services from EE and Vodafone. If you like, there’s the option to add an external antenna to it to improve the speed and stability of your 5G connection.
The following table shows full technical specifications for the Three 5G Hub router:
|Three 5G Hub|
(Huawei 5G CPE Pro)
|Home Broadband Plans|
|Contract Length:||12-24 months|
|5G Connectivity:||Up to 2330 Mbps download|
|5G Bands:||5G NR band n78|
|4G Connectivity:||Category 19 LTE|
|4G Download Speed:||Up to 1600 Mbps download|
|4G Upload Speed:||Up to 150 Mbps upload|
|4G Bands:||LTE bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 & 43|
|External Antenna:||Yes, 2x TS-9 connectors|
|Home Network Connectivity|
|Wi-Fi Devices:||Up to 64 devices|
|Ethernet:||2 Gigabit Ethernet ports|
|Phone:||1 RJ11 phone port|
|Dimensions:||9.9 x 10.7 x 21.5 cm|
|Model:||Huawei 5G CPE Pro|
|More Information:||See three.co.uk|
When you cancel your Three Broadband service, you’ll need to return your 5G Hub router to Three.
Comparison to Alternatives
5G Broadband VS Fibre Broadband
At present, you’ll pay £24/month for Three’s 5G home broadband service, giving you an average download speed of 100Mbps to 200Mbps.
For comparison, you’ll currently pay £22/month for fibre broadband with an average download speed of about 60-67Mbps:
|Service||Average Speed||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|63Mbps download||24 month contract||£0||£22/month|
|63Mbps download||12 month contract||£5||£24/month|
Unlimited Fibre Extra
|66Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£24.99/month|
with £65 reward card
|67Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£25/month|
with £50 reward card
|59Mbps download||18 month contract||£9.95||£28/month|
EE Fibre Plus
|67Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£31/month|
|67Mbps download||24 month contract||£9.99||£32.99/month|
with £110 reward card
Superfast Fibre Plus
|63Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£35.99/month|
The advantage of choosing a fibre-based service is that it’ll be much more widely available than Three’s 5G home broadband. For instance, Three’s 5G broadband is only available in selected UK postcodes. However, traditional fibre broadband is available in more than 90% of UK homes.
If you’d like a fibre broadband service with comparable speeds to Three’s 5G home broadband, you’ll need a service that uses Gfast, cable or full fibre (FTTP) broadband technology. These have much more limited availability across the UK. Virgin Media’s cable-based service is the most widely available (in around 15 million homes), followed by the ultrafast services from Sky and BT (available in around 6 million homes).
The following table shows comparable plans with download speeds of at least 100Mbps:
|Service||Average Speed||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|100Mbps download||24 month contract||£0||£26/month|
|150Mbps download||12 month contract||£29||£29/month|
|145Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£29.95/month|
M100 Fibre + Phone
|108Mbps download||18 month contract||£35||£34/month|
|145Mbps download||18 month contract||£9.95||£35/month|
EE Fibre Max 100
|145Mbps download||18 month contract||£25||£39/month|
|140Mbps download||18 month contract||£0||£39.99/month|
Full Fibre 100
|150Mbps download||24 month contract||£9.99||£39.99/month|
For more information, see our full guide to home broadband in the UK.
Other 4G & 5G Broadband Services
If you’re currently unable to get Three’s 5G broadband where you live, you might be able to get 4G home broadband instead. This is available for a lower price of just £17/month. There’s also a flexible one-month rolling contract available if required:
|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|
Alternatively, you might be able to get 4G or 5G home broadband from providers like BT, EE or Vodafone. The following table shows some of these alternatives:
|Network||Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
|100GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£30/month|
|100GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£35/month|
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
|200GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£40/month|
|200GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£40/month|
BT 4G Home Hub
Up to 15Mbps
|24 month contract||£0||£45/month|
|300GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£45/month|
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
|300GB Data||18 month contract||£0||£50/month|
|500GB Data||18 month contract||£50||£50/month|
|Unlimited Data||18 month contract||£50||£55/month|
Vodafone GigaCube 5G
|Unlimited Data||18 month contract||£50||£60/month|
Coverage & Availability
Three’s 5G home broadband service is currently available in selected postcodes across 194 UK towns and cities.
The best way to check whether 5G broadband is available where you live is by using the address checker on Three’s website.
Once you’ve entered your postcode and selected your address, you’ll be told about the plans available in your area.
If 5G broadband isn’t yet available where you live, you might be offered a 4G home broadband plan with the Three 4G Hub. Alternatively, you might be able to get 4G mobile broadband with a 4G Plus MiFi.
For more information, see our full guide to the coverage on Three.
Frequently Asked Questions
|How much does Three’s 5G home broadband cost?||
Three’s 5G home broadband service is available on a choice of two plans:
Both price plans come with a £5/month discount on the standard price. You’ll also get unlimited data and average download speeds between 100-200Mbps (dependent on your location).
|What is Three’s 5G Hub router?||
You’ll be supplied with Three’s 5G Hub router when you sign up for 5G home broadband. This is a plug-and-play device that connects to Three’s 5G network, broadcasting a wi-fi signal from it that your other devices can connect to.
The 5G Hub support download speeds of up to 2.33Gbps on 5G. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 connectivity (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax) on up to 64 devices at the same time. It has 2 Gigabit Ethernet sockets, allowing you to connect wired devices to your home network.
|How does 5G home broadband compare to fibre broadband?||
Three’s 5G home broadband service offers average download speeds of 100-200Mbps. This is faster than most widely available fibre broadband plans from other providers (with average download speeds of 60-67Mbps). However, it isn’t as fast as full fibre broadband or some of the other plans available that use Gfast or cable broadband technology.
One of the major advantages of 5G home broadband is the fact you can get set up the next day without an engineer visit. You also have a lot more flexibility (e.g. to bring the broadband connection with you elsewhere). The disadvantage is it might be more expensive. It can also be more susceptible to network congestion and interference.
|Are there any download limits on Three’s 5G home broadband?||
No. There are no download limits on Three’s 5G home broadband service. However, they say they reserve the right to suspend your service or to apply traffic management to it if your usage “either exceeds that reasonably expected of someone using the Service or materially affects other users’ enjoyment of the Service, or has an adverse impact on our network”.
|Can I get Three’s 5G home broadband where I live?||
Three’s 5G home broadband service is now available in selected postcodes across 194 UK towns and cities. You can enter your address on the Three website to see whether 5G broadband is available where you live.
For more information about Three’s 5G home broadband service, please see their official website.