Three offers 5G home broadband from £10/month with the 5G Hub router and average download speeds of 150Mbps.

In the UK, Three now offers unlimited 5G home broadband in selected postcodes across 400 towns and cities. You’ll get average download speeds of more than 150Mbps – more than twice the speed of the most widely-available fibre broadband plans. You’ll also get a 5G Hub router included on the plans from £10/month.

Three’s 5G home broadband can be ordered online with free next working-day delivery. It only requires a ‘plug and play’ setup: just plug the 5G Hub router in at the wall and it’ll be ready to use straight away (there’s no need for a phone line or engineer visit).

As a special offer for January 2023, you’ll get 6 months half price on 5G home broadband when you order through this link. This makes it possible to get Three’s 5G home broadband for just £10 per month for the first six months, then £20 per month for the rest of your 24-month plan. Alternatively, if you’re looking for flexible short-term broadband, you can choose a 1-month rolling plan for £24 per month.

Get 5G Broadband for £10/month →

In this article, we’ll review Three’s 5G home broadband. We’ll look at how the 5G home broadband service works, along with the 5G Hub router that’s included on your plan. We’ll also compare it to traditional fibre broadband services before looking at the availability of 5G broadband.

Prices From: £10 per month for six months, then £20 per month
Contract Length: 1 month or 24 month contract
Download Speed: 150Mbps+ average
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)

What is Three 5G Home Broadband?

In the UK, Three’s 5G home broadband is a new way of getting high-speed broadband internet in your home. It offers an average download speed of 150Mbps, without the need for a phone line or cable connection. This makes it about twice as fast as the most widely-available fibre broadband plans (though not as fast as the full fibre services that are now available in some areas).

It’s easy to set up the 5G home broadband service as it’s a straightforward plug-and-play solution. There’s no need for a landline or engineer visit – simply plug the 5G Hub in at the wall and you’re ready to get online.

The following table shows a side-by-side comparison of Three’s 5G home broadband 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 £20/month (150Mbps+ download speed). No set-up fee, plug and play solution. Starts from £22/month (63Mbps download speed) or £25/month (100Mbps speed). Set-up fees may apply.
Next working day delivery with no engineer visits. Simply plug in your 5G Hub and start using it straight away. It takes 2-3 weeks to install and activate your fibre broadband service. An engineer visit may also 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 parts of London during August 2019. As of 2022, it’s available in selected postcodes across more than 400 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 the following plans on their 5G home broadband service:

  • Pay £10/month for the first six months, then £20/month on a 24-month plan. This is reduced from the normal price of £29/month when you order through this link. You’ll also benefit from a 30-day money back guarantee on this plan.
  • For more flexibility, you can pay £24/month to get 5G broadband on a one-month rolling plan when you order through this link.

Both plans will give you unlimited downloads with average speeds in excess of 150Mbps. There’s no upfront fee on either plan and you’ll receive the same 5G Hub router from Three.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 5G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£10/month
for 6 months, then £20/month

Three 5G Hub
Unlimited Data1 month contract£0£24/month

See all Three 5G Home Broadband deals →

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.

On the 24-month plan, you can benefit from a 30-day money back guarantee on Three’s 5G home broadband. This allows you to cancel your contract without penalty in the first 30 days if you’re not satisfied with the service.

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”.

Special Offers

As a special offer for January 2023, Three is offering their 5G home broadband for just £10/month for the first six months, then £20/month when you 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.

See Three 5G Broadband offers →

If you’re looking for a more flexible broadband service (e.g. for student broadband), Three also offers 5G home broadband on a one-month rolling plan. You’ll pay £24/month to get 5G home broadband on a one-month rolling contract.

Three 5G Hub Router

When you sign up for Three’s 5G home broadband, you’ll receive a 5G Hub router. This is a small device that you’ll just need to plug in to a power socket inside your home. It picks up a 5G signal from Three’s network and converts it into a wi-fi network that your other devices can connect to.

Three’s latest 5G Hub router supports a maximum download speed of 4.7Gbps (4,700Mbps). In practice, however, the average speeds will be more like 100-200Mbps on today’s 5G networks. The 5G Hub also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology (802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax), allowing you to share your home broadband connection with up to 64 devices. There are also two 2.5G Multi-Gig Ethernet sockets included, allowing you to connect wired devices to your home network.

In terms of how your other devices interact with the 5G Hub, it’s no different to using a traditional fibre broadband service. Your 5G Hub router plays the same role as your fibre broadband router. You can still connect all of your devices to it including your laptop, tablet, smartphone, smart TV, games console and other smart home devices. You can also use all of the normal apps and services that you’re used to on it.

The following table shows the technical specifications of Three’s 5G Hub router:

Three 5G Hub
(Zyxel NR5103E)
Home Broadband Plans
Price:From £20/month
Data:Unlimited
Unlimited Data:£20/month
Contract Length:1-24 months
Mobile Connectivity
5G Connectivity:Up to 4700 Mbps download
5G Bands:5G NR bands TBC
4G Download Speed:Up to 1600 Mbps download
4G Bands:LTE bands TBC
External Antenna:Yes, 4x TS-9 connectors
Home Network Connectivity
Dual-Band Wi-Fi:Yes
Wi-Fi Connectivity:802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax
Wi-Fi Devices:Up to 64 devices
Ethernet:2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Other
Dimensions:13.1 x 22.7 x 13.3 cm
Weight:650g
Model:Zyxel NR5103E
Colour:White
More Information:See three.co.uk

Three’s latest 5G Hub router (the Zyxel NR5103E) launched in September 2022. It replaces the older ZTE 5G Hub (ZTE MC801A) that was previously offered from February 2022. Prior to this, customers were offered the Huawei 5G CPE Pro (H112-370).

When you cancel your Three Broadband service, you’ll need to return the 5G Hub router to Three.

Comparison to Alternatives

5G Broadband VS Fibre Broadband

Three’s 5G home broadband is an alternative to traditional fixed-line fibre broadband from providers such as BT, EE, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Vodafone.

At present, you’ll pay £10/month for six months, then £20/month for Three’s 5G home broadband. This will give you an average download speed of 150Mbps:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Three
Three 5G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£10/month
for 6 months, then £20/month
Three
Three 5G Hub
Unlimited Data1 month contract£0£24/month

For comparison, you’ll pay at least £22/month for a fibre broadband service with average download speeds between 50Mbps and 67Mbps:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Fibre 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£0£22/month
NOW Broadband
Super Fibre
63Mbps download12 month contract£5£22/month
Shell Energy Broadband
Superfast Fibre Plus
63Mbps download18 month contract£0£23.99/month
with 1 months free
Sky Broadband
Sky Superfast
59Mbps download18 month contract£0£25/month
TalkTalk
Fibre 65
67Mbps download18 month contract£0£27/month
Virgin Media
M50 Fibre Broadband + Weekend Calls
54Mbps download18 month contract£0£28/month
EE
EE Fibre Plus
67Mbps download24 month contract£0£30.50/month
BT
Fibre 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£0£33.99/month
£16.99 for 6 months

One advantage of choosing a fibre-based service is wider availability compared to Three’s 5G home broadband. For instance, traditional fibre broadband services are now available in more than 90% of UK homes. In contrast, Three’s 5G home broadband is only available in selected postcodes across 400 UK towns and cities.

If you’d like a fibre broadband service with comparable speeds to Three’s 5G home broadband, you’ll need cable broadband or full fibre (FTTP) broadband. The following table shows comparable fibre broadband plans with an average download speed of at least 100Mbps:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Full Fibre 100
100Mbps download24 month contract£0£25/month
Virgin Media
M125 Fibre Broadband + Weekend Calls
132Mbps download18 month contract£9.99£25/month
TalkTalk
Fibre 150
145Mbps download18 month contract£0£29.95/month
Sky Broadband
Sky Ultrafast
145Mbps download18 month contract£0£30/month
Shell Energy Broadband
Full Fibre 100
100Mbps download18 month contract£0£31.99/month
with £100 reward card
EE
EE Fibre Max 100
145Mbps download24 month contract£0£32/month
BT
Full Fibre 100
150Mbps download24 month contract£0£35.99/month
£17.99 for 6 months

For more information, see our full guide to home broadband in the UK.

Other 4G & 5G Broadband Services

As an alternative to Three’s 5G home broadband, you can also consider other 4G home broadband and other 5G home broadband services.

If you’re currently unable to get Three’s 5G broadband where you live, you might be able to get Three’s 4G home broadband instead. This is available for £20/month.

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£10/month
for 6 months, then £20/month

You might also be able to get 4G home broadband or 5G home broadband from other providers. The following table shows some of these alternatives:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
EE
BT 4G Home Hub
100GB Data18 month contract£0£25/month
4G Internet
4G Internet WiFi Router
Unlimited Data24 month contract£99£29.99/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month
EE
BT 4G Home Hub
300GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£47.41/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£0£50/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 5G
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£60/month

For more information, read our in-depth reviews of BT’s 4G home broadband, 4GEE Home, 5GEE Home and Vodafone GigaCube.

Coverage & Availability

Three’s 5G home broadband service is currently available in selected postcodes across 400 UK towns and cities.

To see whether 5G broadband is available where you live, enter your postcode on Three’s broadband availability checker.

Check Three 5G Broadband Availability (three.co.uk) →

Once you’ve entered your postcode and selected your address, you’ll be told about the plans available where you live.

If 5G broadband isn’t yet available where you live, you might be offered a 4G home broadband plan instead with the 4G Hub or 4G Plus Hub router. Alternatively, you might be able to get 4G mobile broadband on the 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 currently available on a choice of two plans:

Both plans come with unlimited data included and average download speeds of 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 4,700Mbps 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.

You can see more information about the 5G Hub on Three’s website.

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 the most widely available fibre broadband plans from other providers (with average download speeds of 50-67Mbps). However, it isn’t as fast as full fibre broadband.

One advantage 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. with a short one-month rolling contract).

The disadvantage of 5G home broadband is that it’s normally more expensive than fibre broadband. It can also be more susceptible to network congestion and interference, compared to a fibre connection.

Are there any download limits on Three’s 5G home broadband?
No. There are no download limits on Three’s 5G home broadband. 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 400 UK towns and cities. You can enter your address on Three’s website to see whether 5G broadband is available where you live.

More Information

For more information about Three’s 5G home broadband, please see their official website.

You can also read our Three Broadband review and our guide to 5G home broadband in the UK.

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  • Hi Ken
    I’ve just this last few days taken the plunge and have subscribed to 3 5G Home Broadband for two years, due mostly to indifferent phone line broadband performances at quite high costs. I took the option of the £10 per month for six months rising to £20 for the remainder of the subscription offer, received my Hub Router (different from the one you describe here) which is literally plug & play, and after finding the sweet spot in my small bungalow (next to a window in my living room) was amazed to get download speeds of up to 197 Mbps (variable slightly throughout the day). Uploads are not so great at around 7/10 Mbps, but I don’t do much of that anyway. VPNs come at reduced speeds, but still up to 90 meg downloads, so again a massive improvement.
    I did have one little hic-up when the router lost the 5g network and reduced to 4g ( 30 Mbps download) for a couple of hours, but as I’m right on the extreme edge of the very best 5G service this is not unexpected and will probably continue periodically until the coverage extends and improves.
    I can now enjoy the quite expensive streaming services with no dropouts or stuttering and recommend this to all who live in the right locations and who wish to dump the phone line completely.
    Thanks Ken for all your invaluable help and advice over the past few years.

  • This looks very good for me, assuming I really can get 5g. I currently have Virgin cable which is an eye watering £55 a month. And I had to fight to get it down from £65. That’s just internet – no TV. So I don’t believe the advertised prices of internet providers. Unfortunately I cannot use any other provider as the regular phone line no longer works. Engineers spent two days trying to get it going, but it is an area wide problem and they gave up – and I am not way out in the country.
    Can I use a dedicated home phone with this 5G system? I’ve heard of Voip, but know nothing about it. Can I just buy a Voip phone and connect it to the hub?

  • I am visiting a relative who does not have the internet for Christmas so I just want to pay for it for 1 month (less if possible) and maybe restart it in the future (if I go to stay there again etc.). Is that possible?

    • Hi Rebecca,
      Absolutely! You can just get it on a one-month rolling contract and cancel at any time. When you cancel, you’ll need to return the 5G router to Three. However, you can then sign up again at any time in the future.
      Hope this helps,
      Ken

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