The best mobile broadband deals today
On the hunt for a broadband deal that gets you online wherever you are? Whether you’re after a portable Wi-Fi gadget, a tablet plan, or even a home router, you’ve got plenty of deals to choose from.
Simply take your pick and compare prices using our comparison tool, then click through to sign up once you find the deal for you.
Our best mobile broadband deals
Mobile Wi-Fi (Mi-Fi)
A mobile Wi-Fi device is small enough to chuck in your bag or even your pocket, meaning you can take it pretty much anywhere. Here are our top deals on these handy gadgets.
Dongles plug into the USB slot of your laptop or desktop computer, connecting it to a mobile network. Check out our top dongle deals, whether you want a speedy 4G model or a slower (but lower cost) 3G one.
Data-only SIMs for tablets
In-car Wi-Fi devices plug into the 12V socket of your car, van, or other vehicle, broadcasting a small range of Wi-Fi. Perfect for streaming music on long journeys, keeping passengers entertained, or powering Google Maps.
How to pick a mobile broadband deal
So, with all that choice, what should you go for? That depends on a few things…
Choose the right gadget
Mobile broadband comes in many different forms, so the first step is figuring out which is best for you. This all comes down to how you want to use your mobile internet.
For broadband out and about, or while travelling - 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 for you. They’re not 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 deals, which give you a monthly data allowance but no minutes or texts.
At home - For broadband for the whole family, or lots of connected devices, go for a mobile Wi-Fi device. You can even get fully fledged routers for mobile broadband, from providers such as EE - these have a much stronger Wi-Fi signal than pocket devices. Or, if you’re in central London, you may prefer home mobile broadband from Relish.
Data allowances on mobile broadband range from a light 500MB up to a much heftier 100GB or so, though higher tariffs can get quite expensive.
To work out what allowance you need, have a think about what you’ll be using your mobile broadband for, and how often. For just browsing the web a few days a month, you’ll probably be fine with 1GB or less; but if you plan on streaming video, listening to several hours of music, or using your device every day, we’d recommend a far larger plan.
See our guide to data usage for help here, and use your current mobile allowance as a guideline.
Still not sure how much data you need? Take out a 30-day plan on an allowance that looks about right, and see how much you use. At the end of the month, you can always move to a bigger or smaller tariff.
You can get mobile broadband deals with long contracts, or ones with none of that whole commitment malarkey.
- 12-month, 18-month, or 24-month contracts can save you money in the long run, or spread out the cost of a gadget
- 30-day plans, for data-only SIMs or devices that you buy outright, are perfect if you need broadband temporarily, or want the option to cancel or change your allowance later
You’re not exactly short on choice when it comes to choosing a network for your mobile broadband deal. Mobile broadband devices and data-only SIMs are available from these providers:
Pick a provider that offers the kind of plan you want at a price that suits you, and then - and this is the important bit - use their coverage checkers before you sign up. Make sure you’ll be able to get signal in all the areas where you want to use your device, or pick one with especially wide coverage - like EE, Virgin Mobile, or TPO Mobile - if you’ll be using it on the road.