Three has introduced its first 4G-capable mobile hotspot for sharing your mobile broadband connection, with a top speed of 150Mbps.
The Huawei E5372 mobile broadband device is available in two flavours. There’s a one-off purchase of £89.99 or an upfront cost of £49.99. The former gives you 1GB of data pre-loaded, while the latter will cost £23.16 a month for 15GB or £15.99 for 5GB of data per month.
Up to 10 WiFi-enabled devices can connect with the Huawei dongle wirelessly, and it’s a category 4 LTE device with a theoretical top speed of 150Mbps – not something you’ll find on Three’s network for a while yet.
Three said: “We know there are multiple opportunities to use unsecured public WiFi connections in coffee shops and hotels but they often require one-off payments to use and connection speeds can be slow due to the amount of people accessing them.
“With this handy mobile WiFi device you can ensure you have your own personal hotspot wherever you are and feel safe, knowing that your own secure connection doesn’t compromise any of your personal details when connecting to things such as mobile banking, where privacy is paramount.”
The E5372 uses WiFi 802.11n on 2.4GHz and 5GHz, so it can share at well over 100Mbps, it has a 32GB Micro SD card slot and you can connect an external antenna for weak signal areas.
Those who travel abroad can make use of Three’s Feel At Home, which allows you to enjoy UK data in other counties, as opposed to suffering expensive roaming charges. Supported countries include the US, Australia, Honk Kong and Sweden.
Three says the Huawei E5372 dongle will last up to six hours before it needs a recharge. An LED display, which uses a Web User interface, shows you how much battery is left as well as mail alerts and network signal level.
Three aims to have 98 per cent of the UK covered by 4G by the end of 2015. It is the only UK network that has refrained from charging extra for the privilege of faster data.