4G Mobile tethering
Tethering is a quick and simple solution to sharing your mobile phone’s broadband connection. Other devices can share your data allowance by using your phone to create a WiFi hotspot. This solution is usually adequate for travelling, camping or ad hoc sharing. The Wi-Fi signal range will not be as powerful as a home router, so it’s unlikely to penetrate adjacent rooms.
Mobile broadband device
Typically known as a ‘Mi-Fi’ or ‘Dongle’, these devices are usually a similar size to a small mobile phone and powered by either an internal battery or via USB. The device will create a Wi-Fi network, generally allowing up to 64 devices to connect simultaneously. The Wi-Fi range can be limited as they aren’t as powerful as a standard home broadband router.
4G / 5G Sim enabled device
Some tablet devices, e.g. Apple iPads, have sim card slots and can connect directly to the internet without needing additional hardware or a Wi-Fi connection. A pre-loaded sim card is the most cost-effective solution. For more regular use, you may wish to consider a sim-only contract.
4G/5G Home broadband solution
With this option, a sim is placed in a 4G / 5G enabled router, enabling up to 64 devices to connect to the broadband simultaneously. 4G / 5G home broadband is a growing trend driven by the increasing availability of unlimited data plans. 4G home broadband is particularly popular in rural areas where 4G broadband can be faster and more reliable than a standard broadband connection. One of the main benefits of this option is the absence of line rental fees. Sim contracts vary in data allowances and can be from 1-24 months in duration. For regular use, we would recommend an unlimited tariff. Compare 4G 5G broadband