Three Mobile Broadband Buyers Guide

Competitive mobile broadband offering low prices, higher usage allowances and excellent 4G coverage

  • Higher usage allowances than many providers, with affordable unlimited data
  • Pay as you go or pay monthly with contracts ranging from 1 month to 24
  • Choose between USB dongles, MiFi personal hotspots or HomeFi routers
  • All tariffs include 4G at no extra monthly cost
  • TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2018 winner for Best Network for Roaming and Data

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Three Mobile Personal WiFi
£9.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 2GB usage allowance
  • Connect up to 10 devices
  • Free setup
  • 24 month contract

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Three Mobile 4G Home Router
£22.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost

  • Unlimited monthly allowance
  • No activation fee
  • 24 month contract

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Reasons to choose Three

  • 99.8% coverage for 4G mobile broadband data
  • HomeFi routers allow home broadband over the 4G network
  • Highest maximum usage allowance
  • 1 month contracts and pay-as-you-go mobile broadband tariffs available

Possible downsides

  • No 2G data, only available in the 98.3% of areas with 3G coverage
  • 14 day returns policy requires the hardware to be as new and unused
  • Extremely expensive out of usage allowance data
  • Largest inclusive usage allowance only available on a 24 month contract

Features at a glance

  • Up to 20Mb download speeds on 4G

  • Contracts from pay as you go up to 24 months

  • Usage allowances from 1GB to unlimited data

  • 24 hour technical support by phone or online

  • Free or subsidised tablets with some deals

  • Use Skype on your computer anywhere, giving you free calls to Skype users anywhere in the world

  • Free mobile broadband dongles with some deals

  • You will be charged at 1p per MB you use over your monthly allowance

3.1 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 665 customer ratings since 2019-04-06. See more Three Mobile customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2020-03-24

SIM Only

From £7.50 for 1GB to £24 for 100GB, nano SIMs available

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Personal WiFi

MiFi deals from £9 a month

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Short Contract

1 month contracts available from £10 with 2GB usage

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4G

Take advantage of 4G from Three on many deals

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Pay As You Go

From £10 for 1GB for 30 days, cost includes 1GB free

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Tablet Bundles

From FREE on a 24 month contract to full price on cheaper tariffs

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4G Home Router

Unlimited data + no activation fee!

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Highest Usage

Unlimited data from £22 on a 24 month contract

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5G Home Router

Unlimited data + no activation fee! Only in the London area.

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Check Coverage

4G coverage 99.8%, 3G coverage 98.3%

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Details last checked on 2020-03-24

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Three Mobile.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    2.8 stars

Based on 665 customer ratings since 2019-04-06

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Agree with all other reviews, as we have had the exact same experience.

Pulled into a £20 P/M contract for 24 months.

Unbelivable. I've been with three since 2007, I have my phone contract and recently the mobile wifi (with Huawei AI Cube)

Given the current work from home situation for most people, its become more important than streaming netflix etc. During a working day I have to reset the hub multiple times to get an even passable connection.

Phoned them up and told to switch to 3G, which is equally as sh** as their pathetic 4G connection. The amount of disconnects and low speed daily has become intolerable.

As soon as both my contracts are up, they will lose my business forever.

Do yourself a favour and just avoid Three no matter how many offers they throw at you. They are liars.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
North London Three Mobile  
I have strong signal in my area but the problem is the Huawei router is quite unresponsive. When it works its blazing fast, but after just a short time of idle, you need to keep refreshing browser page etc to get the router box to wake up and start moving again. Beware also.. Its not compatible with XBOX and so my son cant get updates for his system or games to run (three said they are working on it)and for this reason Ive had to keep with my old internet providers and am now paying two subscriptions. To sum it up.. Whole family been with three for donkeys years (for telephones) and truth is we really like them. Im sure in time these issues will get sorted, but for now, they are not a feesable home broadband provider.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
S.Wales Three Mobile  
Overall satisfaction/broadband speed/reliability -10.

There's Broadband "IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE"

Therefore, when they take your money, they are COMMITING FRAUD.

They don't care because they know that they cannot be touch.

Considering the amount of complaints, shouldn't Someone be held accountable.

How about the GOVERNMENT WHO GIVE 'THREE' THEIR LICENCE.

Why should customers have to deal the stress of complaining to the Ombusdman. Clearly, these Ombusdman don't work.

I received a TEXT FROM 'THREE' INVITING ME TO COMPLAIN TO THE OMBUSDMAN. ARE 'THREE' WORRIED.

Instead of complaining on these sites - as that doesn't seem to WORRY 'THREE' EITHER, perhaps some Legal minds/anyone that knows/expert in how to start a petition, or something, to have 'THREE's' LICENCE EVOKED.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Three Mobile  
I wouldn't wish threes broadband on my worst enemy

The only reason I havent cancelled it yet is because I had to pay £49 upfront. From day 1 I havent been receiving the service I pay for. Everytime I ring them they make some excuse about the service and that it will be better within 24 hours. I've had this since the first day turning it on and am still having it 2 months later. It disconnects several times a day (it says I was connect over 30 devices to it, yet with only 1 device connected most of the time my ps4 runs at less than 5mps, and thats on the rare occasion the internet is actually connecting to the router).

Bare in mind I live in the city centre, a place famous for good internet connection; yet nowhere in the house can I get more than half the way up the 'best connection point's. Even on window sills there is NO connection. Oh and btw being half way up is monumental as a vast majority of the time it is at about 10% up the bar...

If I was paying £10 a month I would still not be getting the service I paid for and I would cancel.

Before this I was with EE who's basic internet was a minimum guaranteed of 6mps (threes is 20mps I believe) and yet I was getting more consistent service with them.

I've regretted joining three since the day I started (I didnt cancel in the 14 day cancellation period because of the promises of it getting better, but it never has).

The customer service (the scripts they are given to read are fine and calming) but they have no idea what they are doing or saying and cant sympathize with you because they are ALL in Asia...

Absolutely disgusted with my experience within 3, I would rather catch coronavirus than have to see out the rest of my contract paying over £30 a month
Derby Three Mobile  
Sadly, I can only agree with many of the comments from others. Streaming crashing when another computer simultaneously in use. Speed both upload and download going to a crawl whilst streaming and pings increasing tenfold. Atrocious lack of technical knowledge by anyone, passing from one sevice agent to another who can only either suggest repositioning the router or resetting the router - both useless suggestions.

After months of phoning, I finally got a no-cost termination of my contract. Changed to Vodafone on their equivalent package and have no problems.

I wrote to the CEO's office to discuss not only the technical issues but the fact that 3 didn't deliver a replacement router on an agreed date (had to take a day off work). 3 wont accept this is a breach of contract. 3 pointed out that normally an early terminaton of contract requires the customer to pay a 40% penalty - what, 3 cant supply a minimum acceptable standard and expects customers to pay for early exit?!!!

Anyway, I have been offered £30 as a 'goodwill' gesture. I refused that and they upped it to £50 in full and final settlement. No thanks, I lost a day's pay and have had months of crap service and crap customer support. I am taking the complaint to the Ombudsmen, not for more money, but to hold these charlatans to account.

If you are trying to get out of a contract, keep on trying. Alos, log an official complaint as this sets the clock ticking for your, if you want, make a claim to the Ombudsman.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Thurrock Three Mobile  
I am so frustrated This service does not provide what is promised the broadband speed is rubbish and so loading now tv, itv hub, Netflix etc Is difficult and almost impossible. I have just spent 45 minutes on the phone trying to get some satisfaction and was passed around and kept waiting until the broadband section was closed. This is the third time I have complained.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
West Yorkshire Three Mobile  
Since November the speeds went down dramatically. I can see Three mast in front of my window and speed im getting ranges from 0.3m/s to 11m/s its a joke...and sometimes it totally stop.
Ping goes up to 462.....common...21st century and 4G does way better than that. My advice avoid avoid avoid....if i could give i would give negative 10 stars!!!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
doncaster Three Mobile  
no stars really went from vermin thinking this would be mobile anywhere what a mistake rubbish 3 i live in a built up area with loads of masts poor strenght dropping out just poor wish i had not botherd
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
manchester Three Mobile  
A one star rating is actually too good. The service is appalling in every respect: speed, reliability, connection and customer service. After me reporting them to the ombudsman they even had the gal to deny that they deliver a well below par service. I’ll take them to court for breach of contract.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Three Mobile  
Utter ****. In zone 2 central London, my closest mast is 100m away, and I cannot even get reliable 3G, let alone 5G, at peak times. Their customer service, the usual call centre drones, just repeat the same script over and over. Without doubt the worst service I have ever received from.any utility ever. DO NOT CHOOSE 3.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London SE14 Three Mobile  

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BT Student Broadband

Last minute student broadband offers and options

Posted on 2019-09-12 11:39 in Features Offers Hyperoptic Three Vodafone 4GEE BT NOW Broadband Plusnet Virgin Media

It's the time of year where students around the country are heading to university, either to start their studies or return for a new academic year.

Whether you're heading to uni for the first time, returning to your student accommodation or about to start out in a new student house share, now's the time to look for a good student broadband offer to keep you online over the next 9 months.

To prepare for student broadband season, we updated our longstanding Student Broadband Guide to reflect some of the student-specific offers available this year with student-exclusive 9 month contract offers from BT and student-exclusive cheaper 1 month rolling contract offers from Virgin Media.

Both of those option mean that you can avoid paying for broadband costs should you head home or go off on travels in the 3 months between academic years. But of course you don't need a special student exclusive offer to get short contract broadband from other suppliers, for example NOW Broadband, Plusnet and Hyperoptic also have competitive 1 month rolling contract offers that even undercut BT and Virgin's prices.

This year, we're also endorsing a mobile broadband option for the first time. Well, it's 4G or 5G mobile broadband technology sold as home broadband services. With 4G and 5G home broadband routers from Three, Vodafone and EE you may have to commit to a much longer contract, but you can then take your router with you wherever you travel during summer break. Vodafone even offer a 30 day rolling contract version, although you'll have to pay more than the cost of 3 months contract to get it.

Unlike most mobile broadband solutions, these have large enough usage allowances for many households. Three's home router even comes with unlimited usage!

Even if mobile data usually isn't strong inside your student accommodation, you may get a better connection from a router, or may even be able to get an external antenna installed to boost the signal.

We weigh up all these pros and cons and give you a table of all the relevant offers over on our Student Broadband guide.

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Virgin Media with £150 credit

Discounts, rewards, credit and tech in our broadband offers roundup!

Posted on 2019-07-08 15:16 in News Offers Three Plusnet BT John Lewis Virgin Media Shell Energy

There are so many strong broadband offers being presented this week that we felt it was time for another round up of the best broadband discounts and rewards around.

Onestream has one of the cheapest broadband deals we've ever seen. The Flow Unlimited package offers average speeds of 11Mb and is an impressively low £13.99 a month on a 12 month contract, with line rental included! Onesteam also have a range of competitively priced Fibre products, starting with their 17Mb average speed truly unlimited Jetstream Lite Fibre that comes in at just £17.99 a month on a 12 month contract with line rental included - that's cheaper than many provider's standard broadband deals!1 £9.99 setup cost applies on all offers.

Shell Energy aren't far behind Onestream for extremely cheap standard broaband, their Fast Broadband package with average speeds of 11Mb is only £15.99 a month all in.2

There are also a number of strong reward offers on this week. For example, if you want a Fibre package from BT, then not only will you get a BT Reward card, you'll also receive a Marks & Spencer voucher! Superfast Fibre is £31.99 a month and comes with an £80 M&S voucher and a £30 Reward Card, while Superfast Fibre 2 is £39.99 a month with an £80 M&S voucher and a £60 Reward Card.3

Plusnet have a mix of reward cards and cashback offers on their broadband and phone bundles this week. Unlimited Broadband is £18.99 a month in low cost areas and comes with £75 cashback, Unlimited Fibre is £24.50 a month and comes with £50 cashback, while the Unlimited Fibre Extra package is £27.50 a month and comes with a £60 reward card. You'll need to hurry, because the Fibre offers end tomorrow night!4

John Lewis are bundling in a Google Home Hub with all their broadband products. This is a hands-free Smart Speaker with a 7" screen worth £119! You can choose between Broadband Unlimited with average speeds of 10Mb for £20 a month, Fibre Broadband with average speeds of 36Mb for £28.50 a month or Fibre Extra with average speeds of 66Mb for £35 a month.5

Blink and you'll miss it, Virgin Media's flash sale on TV bundles starts today. You can get a fantastic £150 bill credit on select broadband and TV packages. Choose from the Bigger Bundle for £57 a month, Bigger Bundle + Movies for £62 a month or the Bigger Bundle + Sports for £72 a month - all of these packages have average speeds of 108Mb. If you to up your speeds to an average of 213Mb and get more TV options, you can get the Bigger Bundle + Sports & Movies for £79 a month. Or you could go all out and get Sky Cinema, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Kids Pick and whopping average speeds of 516Mb with the Ultimate Oomph Bundle for £99 a month. Hurry, this offer ends on the 12th July!6

Finally, Three's already excellent unlimited usage offer on the HomeFi 4G home broadband router has been further discounted! You can now get unlimited data for just £11.50 a month for the first 6 months of the 24 month contract. After that, it's only £23 a month! Find out all you need to know about 4G home broadband in our dedicated help page on the subject.7

Confused about all the different types of rewards and how to claim them? Our Broadband Rewards Explained help page has all you need to know!


All offers available to new customers only unless otherwise specified. Some offers only available in provider network areas. Use our Use our postcode checker or verify on the provider landing pages to find out what's available in your area. See respective landing pages for full terms and conditions and details of how to claim rewards.

1. 12 month minimum contract. Standard broadband price rises to £24.99 from month 13, Fibre Lite rises to £27.99 from month 13. £9.99 delivery fee for the router applies to all deals. Further terms and conditions may apply, see Onestream site for details. Offer is only available via the landing pages linked from this blog post and may end at any time.

2. All Shell Energy deals are on an 18 month contract. Prices will rise from month 19, see Shell Energy site for more details. Offers are only available via the landing page linked from this blog post and ends 11:59pm 8th August.

3. All BT products are on an 18 month contract. Connection fees may apply. Prices increase from month 19, see website for out of contract prices. BT reward is a prepaid Mastercard of the specified amount. BT have announced the intention to raise all prices by a small amount annually from March 2020 in line with the consumer price index, this figure is published each January. Offers end 11:59pm 11th July.

4. All Plusnet deals are on an 18 month contract. Connection fees may apply. Prices increase at the end of the offer period when your contract is up, see website for out of contract prices. Customers outside Plusnet Low Cost network areas pay an additional £7.50 per month on all broadband products. Plusnet reward is a prepaid Mastercard of the specified amount, cashback will be issued as a cheque when your broadband is active. Offers are only available via the link in this blog post. Fibre broadband offers end 11:59pm 9th July, standard broadband offer ends 11:59pm 16th July.

5. Virgin Media packages are on a 12 month contract, prices will rise from month 13. £35 upfront cost applies. Credit will be applied to your first bill. See Virgin Media website for full details about included channels and extras. Offer ends 11:59pm 10th July.

6. John Lewis Broadband products come on a 12 month contract, John Lewis will contact you before this is up to inform you of price rises from month 13. Offer ends 11:59pm 30th July.

7. 24 month minimum contract. Availability and speeds vary depending on the mobile coverage in your area and level of usage on the same cell tower. Traffic prioritisation will apply so some services may be slower during peak times. Offer ends 11:59pm 22nd August. Three have announced the intention to raise all prices by a small amount annually from March 2020 in line with the consumer price index, this figure is published each January. Check coverage for your area on the Three website.

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Three Mobile Broadband Buyers Guide - Is Three right for you?

Can I get Three mobile broadband?

Unlike other mobile networks, Three doesn't have any 2G GPRS or EDGE data service, so you'll only be able to access Three mobile broadband in areas with 3G or better coverage.

If you're in rural or remote areas and using a mobile phone handset, you may find coverage to be spotty. However Three have one of the country's largest 3G networks with over 98.3% coverage, so it's rare for towns and cities, and many major transport links, to have no 3G coverage.

Three offer a coverage checker that allows you to test any UK postcode for coverage on Three's 3G and 4G networks, with colour coding showing which areas have strong coverage indoors, and which will only get good signal outside buildings.

4G at no extra cost

All of Three's plans plans include 4G speeds at no extra cost. This is in stark contrast to other mobile broadband providers who require you to pay extra for a 4G tariff.

However, you must own a 4G/LTE capable device in order to enjoy the 4G speeds your tariff will include. Depending what tariff and contract length you choose, 4G-ready devices can be more expensive than Three's standard dongles and MiFis, which only support 3G.

Large usage allowances

Three offer unlimited data on some deals making them a viable alternative to a fixed line home broadband package for moderate users.

If you're in a broadband not-spot and can't get fibre, then Three's HomeFi router means you could get respectable speeds over the mobile network. If you don't use your landline for calls and you get good quality 4G or 3G connection from Three, switching to Three mobile broadband could free you from the need to pay for a landline.

Things to watch out for

As Three have a requirement that their hardware be 'new and unused' in order to qualify for the 14 day returns period, it's more important than usual to be sure before committing to a long contract.

Be careful to check all the postcodes where you're likely to use your mobile broadband to ensure there's good coverage. Especially make sure that places where you'll be inside a building have strong indoor coverage. If you're planning to use Three as your main broadband connection for the home, make sure that you have strong indoor coverage - standard 3G speed can be surprisingly slow in built up areas at peak times as it depends on how many other people are using the service at the same time.

Be sure to check that your monthly usage is less than the amount you're planning to sign up for, consider signing up for one of Three's unlimited data plans. If you go over your monthly usage allowance, you'll be charged 1p per megabyte, which can very quickly add up - however Three should inform you before you exceed your allowance.

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