When it comes to mobile broadband solutions, the market isn’t anywhere near as congested as the home broadband market.
Though you’ve only got the likes of EE, Three and O2 battling out for mobile broadband supremacy, it’s a market complicated by modern smartphones and their ability to act as personal hotspots themselves. Although, with data caps and some networks prohibiting personal hotspots, it makes more sense to go with a dedicated mobile broadband solution.
In that regard, there are few better options than O2s mobile broadband solution, but if you’re planning on signing up, how much will it cost you? Join us as we explain.
All information correct as of January, 2017.
What devices do O2 offer?
O2 have a range of mobile broadband options to suit every need. As of today, O2 have five mobile broadband devices, they are:
- Huawei 4G Dongle: Plugs in to your computer’s USB socket and provides a steady stream of 3G or 4G direct to your laptop. This E3372h model supports 4G, and is four times faster than the old model. £0 upfront.
- Huawei 4G Dongle with WiFi: The same features as the standard 4G dongle, this model also features its own WiFi radio, so it can broadcast to a range of other devices. Once plugged in to your laptop it can also power your smartphone, tablet or any other WiFi enabled device you have to hand. £11 upfront.
- Huawei 4G Pocket Hotspot: With its own power supply, the Huawei 4G pocket hotspot doesn’t need to plug in to your laptop, and can provide wireless broadband for up to 10 devices at a time. On average, you can expect six hours power out of the device before it needs recharging. £15.99 upfront.
- Huawei 4G Pocket Hotspot Plus: This improved version of the Pocket Hotspot had a built in USB charging cable wich acts as a carrying strap, along with a much larger battery which should see you through 20 continuous hours of 4G broadband use. £19.99 upfront.
- Huawei 4G In-Car WiFi: Want WiFi in your car? Look no further than this in-car solution from Huawei. It plugs straight into your car’s cigarette lighter (12V) socket and provides enough WiFi for everyone in the car to get on board. £9.99 upfront.
How much does it cost?
Prices are correct for every device, except the Huawei 4G In-Car WiFi and Huawei 4G Pocket Hotspot Plus which cost £1 and £2 more a month respectively.
- 500MB of 4G data – £6 a month
- 2GB of 4G data – £12 a month
- 10GB of 4G data – £16 a month
- 40GB (usually 20GB) of 4G data – £26 a month
Those prices are right in line with where you’d expect them to be, but with 4G data as standard (and where available), O2 Broadband is some of the best available today.