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Huawei E5756 MiFi Black

Three MiFi (Black) - 1 Month

Personal wireless hotspot. Rolling 1 month contract with 5GB limit. Up front cost £49.99.

New High-speed mobile Wi-Fi! Connect up to 5 Wi-Fi gadgets at the same time.

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up to* 21Mb
5GB 1 month £19.99 price details Buy now 0808 163 8657
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Vodafone Dongle K4203 Temp

Vodafone Mobile Broadband 10GB - USB Stick

Free super-fast USB modem stick. Huge 10GB allowance!

UK's fastest & best-rated mobile broadband + FREE DONGLE!

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up to* 7.2Mb
10GB 12 months £30.00 Buy now
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Vodafone R206

Vodafone Mobile WiFi 2GB

Connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices with your own mobile wireless broadband hotspot.

NOW WITH FREE MIFI DEVICE! Vodafone WiFi hotspot deal. 4G-ready device.

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up to* 21Mb
2GB 12 months £15.00 Buy now
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Vodafone Dongle K4203 Temp

Vodafone Mobile Broadband 2GB - USB Stick

2GB of monthly UK data. Perfect for occasional usage.

2GB Mobile Broadband with handy Mobile Broadband USB Memory Stick FOR FREE!

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up to* 7.2Mb
2GB 12 months £15.00 Buy now
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Vodafone Dongle K4203 Temp

Vodafone Mobile Broadband 1GB - USB Stick

One month mobile broadband. For very occasional use.

Internet that travels with you on 30 day rolling contract + FREE DONGLE!

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up to* 7.2Mb
1GB 12 months £10.00 Buy now
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Three ZTE MF730M Black

Three Mobile Broadband 15GB - Premium

Free Premium USB modem stick. 40% faster than previous models. Rotates to acquire better signal.

Best value per Gigabyte with Premium USB dongle

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up to* 42Mb
15GB 24 months £19.99 price details Buy now 0808 163 8657
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Vodafone R206

Vodafone Mobile WiFi 10GB

Connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices with your own mobile wireless broadband hotspot.

Vodafone WiFi hotspot deal. Plus FREE 4G-ready device!

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up to* 21Mb
2GB 12 months £30.00 Buy now
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Vodafone R206

Vodafone Mobile WiFi 10GB - 30 day

Connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices with your own mobile wireless broadband hotspot. £49 device cost.

Vodafone WiFi hotspot deal on a short term contract. 4G-ready device

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up to* 21Mb
2GB 1 month £30.00 price details Buy now
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*The "up to" speed displayed in Mb is the maximum possible speed you are likely to receive for this product. The actual speed you will get depends on your cabling, your area and (with non-fibre optic products) time of day and how far you are from the telephone exchange. Most providers will tell you the likely speed you will receive when you begin your online sign up - this may differ from the speed displayed in the table.

Wireless mobile broadband explained

Wireless mobile broadband for the most part refers to the kind of connections provided by MiFi units. These are innovative devices that enable you to share a mobile broadband connection between multiple users simultaneously.

A MiFi is a compact device that allows more than one user to simultaneously connect to the Internet wirelessly via a shared mobile broadband connection. As with dongles, MiFi broadband users can buy credit on a pay as you go monthly basis basis or sign up for a longer annual contract.

The principal difference between a MiFi and a dongle is that dongles only allow you to connect one device to the Internet. Conversely, a MiFi lets five people share the same connection.

How does a MiFi broadband device work?

MiFis work in much the same way as wireless broadband hotspots that let you get online in locations such as municipal buildings, certain coffee shops and fast food chains.

In a nutshell, a MiFi taps into cellular 3G or 4G networks and generates a mini, localised wireless broadband cloud with a radius of over thirty feet. This signal can be picked up by any devices in the vicinity.

Which mobile broadband providers offer MiFis?

Currently, providers offering a MiFi unit are Three, Vodafone, T-Mobile and Orange, all of whose MiFis use 3G technology. Short contract, pay as you go deals or longer contracts are all available.

EE also offers a MiFi, but this is 4G compatible. That means it's capable of a much faster connection than its rivals. However, the downside is that, unlike 3G, 4G is only available in select parts of the country and is usually more expensive.

Using a dongle and router to get wireless mobile broadband

Mobile broadband, which runs on the mobile phone network, is intrinsically wireless. In comparison to home broadband, which needs landlines or cables, wireless mobile broadband can be used wherever you are - wirelessly.

Mobile broadband continues to dominate the UK broadband market and the latest development to spur this growth is the development of mobile wireless routers, also known as MiFi units or MiFis, that can be used with laptops, desktop computers and tablets.

How to use wireless mobile broadband:

  1. Turn on your MiFi unit. Then wait for your computer to pick up the signal it emits.

That’s all you have to do – it’s a one-step process.

Advantages of wireless mobile broadband:

  • You can share your broadband connection with the rest of your house
  • More than one person can connect to the Internet at any time
  • No need for a landline, which spells massive savings on rental
  • You can create a wireless area wherever you go – at work or in the home

Disadvantages of wireless mobile broadband:

  • If your broadband download speed is extremely slow, sharing the connection between more than two or more people will exacerbate this problem, even make it impossible to connect to the Internet.

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