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.

Get £5/month discount on 5G Broadband →

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
Download Speed: 100Mbps+
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 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 AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£24/month
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£29/month

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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

Alongside their 5G home broadband service, Three also offers a number of smart tech bundles. The bundles combine Three’s 5G home broadband with one of the following smart home devices:

  • 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.

Exclusive Offers

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.

Get exclusive discount on Three 5G Broadband →

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
Price:From £24/month
Data:Unlimited
Unlimited Data:£24/month
Contract Length:12-24 months
Mobile Connectivity
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
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
Phone:1 RJ11 phone port
Other
Dimensions:9.9 x 10.7 x 21.5 cm
Weight:700g
Model:Huawei 5G CPE Pro
Colour:White
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

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

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:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Superfast 2
63Mbps download24 month contract£0£22/month
NOW Broadband
Super Fibre
63Mbps download12 month contract£5£24/month
Plusnet
Unlimited Fibre Extra
66Mbps download18 month contract£0£24.99/month
with £70 reward card
TalkTalk
Fibre 65
67Mbps download18 month contract£0£25/month
with £50 reward card
Shell Energy Broadband
Superfast Fibre Plus
63Mbps download18 month contract£0£26.99/month
Sky Broadband
Sky Superfast
59Mbps download18 month contract£9.95£28/month
EE
EE Fibre Plus
67Mbps download18 month contract£0£31/month
BT
Fibre 2
67Mbps download24 month contract£9.99£32.99/month
with £120 reward card

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:

ServiceAverage SpeedContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone Broadband
Superfast 100
100Mbps download24 month contract£0£26/month
Hyperoptic
Superfast
150Mbps download12 month contract£29£29/month
TalkTalk
Fibre 150
145Mbps download18 month contract£0£29.95/month
Virgin Media
M100 Fibre + Phone
108Mbps download18 month contract£35£34/month
Sky Broadband
Sky Ultrafast
145Mbps download18 month contract£9.95£35/month
EE
EE Fibre Max 100
145Mbps download18 month contract£25£39/month
Shell Energy Broadband
Ultrafast Fibre
140Mbps download18 month contract£0£39.99/month
BT
Full Fibre 100
150Mbps download24 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

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 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:

ServiceData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data24 month contract£0£17/month

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data12 month contract£0£20/month

Three 4G Hub
Unlimited Data1 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:

NetworkData AllowanceContract LengthUpfront PriceMonthly Price
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
100GB Data18 month contract£0£30/month
EE
4GEE Home
100GB Data18 month contract£50£35/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
200GB Data18 month contract£0£40/month
EE
4GEE Home
200GB Data18 month contract£50£40/month
BT Mobile
BT 4G Home Hub
Unlimited Data
Up to 15Mbps
24 month contract£0£45/month
EE
4GEE Home
300GB Data18 month contract£50£45/month
Vodafone
Vodafone GigaCube 4G
300GB Data18 month contract£0£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
500GB Data18 month contract£50£50/month
EE
4GEE Home
Unlimited Data18 month contract£50£55/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 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.

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 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.

Behind the scenes, Three’s 5G Hub is a rebranded version of the Huawei 5G CPE Pro. 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 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.

More Information

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

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

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  • Coming to this very late – April 2021 – as the Three offer has only just reached Watford. Any updates on reliability since its launch anyone?

  • Hi there
    Was seriously unimpressed by Three’s previous 4G effort (or Relish as it was before) – speed was 2.5MB or lower most of this year… until 5G arrived in this bit of east London in November! For 25 quid a month I’m now getting 250-480MB d/l speeds and up to about 50MB upload speeds – life changing for someone video editing at home. Hopefully the speed endures! For now: highly recommended on service and speed. This might be the most valuable use of 5G for now. Have scarcely noticed 5g on phone when out and about…

  • I know a few people who have bought the Huawei router outright and had success using a smarty SIM card (cheaper than three but same service), they were offering unlimited for £18 and no contract.

  • It really annoys me that companys are allowed to use the word unlimited and a fair usage policy in the same sentence. First of all unlimited MEANS NO LIMIT.
    And three reserves the right to suspend your service if they think you are exceeding
    the expected usage which contradicts the word unlimited. I have been with 3 for 14 years and am quite happy with the service but sometimes the speeds are a bit poor.
    Also you say you say you will compare deals with other suppliers but only show bt which is more expensive and refer to other websites to check prices so you are not comparing them just bt. Virginmedia is £31 for 100mps and phone line for 12 months which is cheaper and with phone line and you do not need an engineer. I average between 300 to 800 GB per month I stream a lot from Netflix Amazon youtube and online tv. This is on my virgin connection at home, I also use about 200GB via tethering from 3 and virgin mobile in my car as I am a taxi driver and use a tablet. I have also spoke to three on Twitter and was told there is a fair usage policy of 1000GB which I agree is fair . But that’s what should be said then 1000GB limit not unlimited. And I dont want to hear anyone saying I’m greedy or people like me are the problem because if someone offers unlimited then that’s what you should get.

    • A few years ago i contacted ofcom about this when i complained about Tesco mobile using the word unlimited but then capping you on a fair usage policy, they told me that if mobile companies use the word unlimited it has to be truly unlimited and they made it law . so if 3 use the word unlimited they are breaking the law if they cap your usage no matter how much data you use and as people are streaming Netflix 4k, amazon prime and not to mention xbox and ps4 gaming your 1000gb is quite average now for most households.

  • G,
    Three stores are now selling 5G Broadband in those selected area’s. I recommend going online & checking your availability, then ordering via the website. 👌🏻

  • Hey Ken, thanks for the great site.
    Andy, I have a question about 5G coverage in Manchester when it arrives in November sometime. Will it cover greater Manchester (including outlying areas like Trafford) or just the city of Manchester initially? I am particularly interested in M33 area of Manchester.
    Thanks!

    • Hi Vijay,
      Thanks for your comment. That’s a great question! I’m not sure, to be honest. What you’ve seen with the launch of Three’s 5G service in London is they’ve initially launched it only in selected parts of the city. I imagine a similar thing will happen when they roll out in Manchester, but that coverage will slowly expand over time. So hopefully you’ll get 5G coverage soon in your area, but keep a close eye on the coverage maps later this year to check.
      Ken

      • Thanks Ken. That’s how 4g was rolled out. I have got mixed response from Three. Store said the whole of Manchester will be covered from day one, both for broadband and phone, but their online chat suggested that Trafford might just be outside of the initial coverage. I will have to wait and see.

    • Vijay,

      Keep an eye on Three’s plans (I have a friend who works for Three). I’ve been informed that November through to the end of the year is when things will get exciting! 😁😏

      • Have you heard anymore Ken, about 5g roll out outside of London? It seems the outage Theee had a few weeks back might have been related to 5g infrastructure setup? Wonder if your friend who works with Three have any inside track on the latest news/plans for 5g broadband and/or phone coverage in Greater Manchester? Are we still looking at end December or is it going to be beyond? Thanks for any updates.

  • I live right between Vauxhall and Camberwell and thought I’d see what the service is like. I got my 5G hub last night and going to test it for a couple of weeks before deciding whether to return it or cancel my TalkTalk phone/broadband package altogether. First impressions are positive. Being a ‘connected home’ I have a mix of 24 wireless/wired devices connected and they are all plying nicely.
    The hub itself definitely perks up being near a window, and the instructions are very clear that a windowsill is the preferred location. Initially trying it where the existing router sits was not great at all but by the window – and actually a better position, not needing to be near the master socket – it seems very happy.
    Speeds are pretty variable, running an hourly speedtest over two evenings, my lowest download speed was 97.7Mbps and the highest so far 397Mbps. Three tell me the average should be 200 for my postcode. Upload is consistently around 20Mbps. If this continues over the next 12 days I’ll be keeping it and cutting the broadband cord.
    Definitely worth a trial given there’s a 14 day return period once it’s available in your area.

    • Appreciate your post and wonder how your getting on with almost 6 months usage. What device did you get? I don’t want to get a 4g device to find 5g arrived in months time for London. Often in North America but unsure most are dual compatible even if unlocked (+ separate US 5g rollout). Thanks

  • Hi Ken – Thanks for the great site, best research i’ve found on this topic. I’m currently looking to change my setup from standard broadband but can’t get fibre at my address (London zone3!), so I’m looking at 4G or 5G home broadband. Looking at coverage maps I can’t currently get 5G, but I expect this should be available soon. Is there a router I could buy or contract I could sign up to that will enable me to use 4G straight away and then 5G as soon as it becomes available (without changing the hardware)? Thanks

    • Hi there,
      Thanks for your comment and a very good question! Sadly, I don’t think it’s currently possible to buy a 5G router on a SIM-free/unlocked basis. Also, Three won’t sell you a 5G router if you don’t currently live within a 5G coverage area. One potential alternative would be to sign up for Vodafone GigaCube. Unlike Three, I don’t believe they’ll stop you from buying the 5G router if you’re living in an area that only has 4G. However, the service tends to be more expensive (£50/month if you’re looking for an unlimited data allowance).
      Ken

  • Also I see you mention Vodafone as an alternative at various price points and data limits but their website is offering unlimited data (4g and 5g) at £23 to £30 pounds depending on speed requirements.
    Why would vodafone be offering a better deal at lower costs.
    All sounds confusing to me.

  • Hi Ken,

    Great article as always.
    It all appeared too good to be true until I saw their acceptable usage policy.
    It appears this is now totally at their discretion with no clear guideline on what usage levels may be deemed excessive by them.
    Previously they clearly stated a usage of up to 1TB a month and then their traffic management may or may not flag the usage as excessive or possibly commercial.
    With this new policy it could be anything from 100gb a month to God knows what.
    It’s entirely at their discretion.
    Any idea what would be deemed excessive by them under this new policy?

    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, I don’t have any idea of what this “acceptable usage policy” corresponds to. Given it’s such a new service, I imagine we’ll need to wait for some real user feedback on it. You can probably use the 1,000GB (1TB) figure as an initial estimate/lower bound of what they might consider acceptable usage to be. Even though this policy doesn’t apply to the 5G home broadband service, I’d be very surprised if they had more stringent restrictions on 5G broadband compared to 4G home broadband…
      Ken

  • This sounded great, so I called Three to order right away. First person I spoke to had never heard of this offering, and transferred me to someone else. This person told me that the new 5G router offering is not available yet and cannot be ordered. I was told to register my interest on the website instead.

      • Thanks, I tried a second time over the phone and got through to someone who knew about the product’s existence. However I was told this time that it couldn’t be ordered over the phone, and that I should visit one of their stores to order it.

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