Mobile broadband deals

Using a dongle

Looking for a great mobile broadband plan? Whether you're ready to buy or just want information, you're in the right place. In this guide, we'll talk about the different mobile broadband options out there, and show you where to find deals.

Mobile broadband is pretty simple on the face of it. I mean, it's right there in the name - it's broadband while you're on the go.

Where things can become complicated though, is the dizzying variety of ways to get it. Read on and we'll tell you a little about each, and send you where you need to go to find out more.

Beginner's guide to mobile broadband

If you're new to mobile broadband, and you want an overview of the whole area, we'd recommend you start here.

Our guide tells you everything you need to know about the process of choosing a new deal - from deciding on a data allowance, to how to actually grab a deal. Take a look to get started:

Dongle deals

Dongles are among the most popular mobile broadband devices out there. Simply plug them into your laptop and you're good to connect to the internet wherever you are. There's no shortage of choice when it comes to dongles either. Go take a look:

Portable Wi-Fi box / Mi-Fi deals

Portable Wi-Fi devices (or Mi-Fi, to use Three's terminology) allow you to create a wireless hotspot anywhere with network coverage. This lets you connect multiple Wi-Fi-enabled devices to it, including phones, tablets, e-readers and more. You can find out more, and see some great deals right here:

Car Wi-Fi deals

If you want to keep the family entertained on the motorway, or do some work in the car park, a car Wi-Fi device is just the thing. These clever gadgets plug into the 12V connector in your vehicle, and transform it into a moving bubble of Wi-Fi access. Added bonus - they can also charge your phone.

iPad SIM deals

It's the most famous tablet in the world, and most mobile operators are eager to sell you a data-only SIM to go with it. Here's everything you need to know about choosing a plan, and loads of great deals to compare.

Tablet SIM deals

…but perhaps you have an Android or Windows tablet. If it's 3G or 4G-ready, then you need a decent data SIM plan to go with it. Allow us to help:

Pay monthly tablet deals

If you don't have a tablet yet, a pay monthly contract is a good way to spread the cost - just as it is for mobile phones. This guide tells you the pros and cons of this type of a contract tablet plan, what each offers, and how to nab yourself the best deal:

Data-only SIM deals

If there's one thing you can say about data-only SIM plans, it's that there sure are a lot of them! With so much choice, it can be daunting to try and find a better deal for your tablet or laptop. Our comparison service makes it easy though - simply click the link below to immediately search for the best deal.

Pay as you go mobile broadband

Contracts are all well and good, but perhaps you're just not ready for that level of commitment. Pay as you go mobile broadband exists, and it's a good choice for infrequent users, or if you just want to try out a network. Our guide goes deep into the ins and outs of pay as you go plans:

Mobile broadband providers

The UK's big four mobile networks all offer mobile broadband deals, selling everything from SIM-only plans to dongles. Naturally, we have pages for each - click the link below to see more from each of the providers or for head over to our mobile broadband providers page.

  • Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots: How to get Wi-Fi on the go

  • How to unlock a dongle and switch mobile broadband network

  • A beginner’s guide to mobile broadband

  • Mobile tethering - The complete guide

  • Car Wi-Fi mobile broadband plans

  • Using your mobile phone abroad - roam without racking up big bills

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