Just take your pick and compare prices using our comparison tool, then click to sign up once you’ve found the deal that’s right for you.
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Mobile Wi-Fi (Mi-Fi)
A mobile Wi-Fi device is small enough to fit in your bag or even your pocket, which means you can take it just about anywhere. Here are our best deals on these handy gadgets.
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Dongles plug into the USB port of your laptop or desktop computer, connecting it to a mobile network. Check out our best dongle deals, whether you want a fast 4G model or a slower (but cheaper) 3G model.
Data SIM cards only for tablets
Need a SIM card for your iPad or other tablet? We have tons of them. Compare plans, prices and networks here.
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In-car Wi-Fi devices plug into your car, van or other vehicle’s 12V outlet, playing a small range of Wi-Fi. Perfect for streaming music on long trips, entertaining passengers or powering Google Maps.
How to choose a mobile broadband offer
So, with all this choice, what should you do? It depends on several things …
Choose the right gadget
Mobile broadband comes in many different forms, so the first step is to figure out which one is right for you. It all depends on how you want to use your mobile internet.
- For broadband on the go or on the go – Go for a personal mobile Wi-Fi device (aka MiFi) that gives you portable Wi-Fi wherever you go. Or, if you only need the internet on a laptop, grab a dongle.
- For broadband in the car – In-car Wi-Fi devices are right for you. They aren’t limited to cars either – any vehicle with a 12V port will do.
- For your iPad or tablet – All you need is a SIM card. Take a look at our data-only SIM offers, which give you a monthly data allowance, but no minutes or SMS.
- At home – For broadband for the whole family or for many connected devices, opt for a mobile Wi-Fi device. You can even get full-fledged routers for mobile broadband, from providers like EE – these have a much stronger Wi-Fi signal than handheld devices. Or, if you’re in central London, you might prefer Relish’s home mobile broadband.
Mobile broadband data allowances range from lightweight 500MB to much heavier 100GB, although higher rates can get quite expensive.
To determine what allowance you need, think about how you will be using your mobile broadband and how often. For just browsing the web a few days a month, you will probably get away with 1 GB or less; but if you plan to stream videos, listen to several hours of music, or use your device every day, we recommend a much larger plan.
Check out our guide to using data for help here and use your current mobile allowance as a guideline.
Still not sure how much data you need? Take a 30 day plan with an allowance that looks about right and see how much you use up. At the end of the month, you can always switch to a higher or lower rate.
You can get mobile broadband offers with long contracts, or offers without full commitment.
- 12, 18 or 24 month contracts can save you money in the long run or spread the cost of a gadget
- 30-day plans, for data-only SIM cards or devices you buy directly, are perfect if you need broadband temporarily or want the option to cancel or change your allowance later.
You aren’t really short of choices when it comes to choosing a network for your mobile broadband offering. Broadband mobile devices and data-only SIM cards are available from the following providers:
Pick a provider that offers the type of plan you want at a price that’s right for you, then – and this is the important point – use their coverage checkers before signing up. Make sure that you will be able to get a signal in all the areas where you want to use your device, or choose one with particularly wide coverage – like EE, Virgin Mobile or TPO Mobile – if you use it on the road.