Mobile Broadband & Wifi Routers

How and where to get the best deals to get internet for your clients.

Useful information

LAST UPDATED

June 11, 2020

Why this can help

Mobile Broadband WiFi Routers work well if If you want to give someone better access to the internet but don’t want them to have to change the sim card in their phone. They are also suitable if you want to provide data for a whole household without having to top-up multiple devices. The routers work with SIM cards that have a data allowance. It’s recommended that you purchase a data-only SIM card for use with a mobile broadband WiFi router.

  • Mobile Broadband Wi-Fi Routers (sometimes known as 'dongles') create a Wi-Fi Hub for other devices (phone’s, tablets, laptops) to connect to 
  • USB Dongles are plugged into a Laptop, PC or Tablet

Mobile Broadband Wi-Fi Routers come in a range, depending on the download speed required and number of people & devices which will be accessing the internet from the Wi-Fi Router.

Working out how much data you need

To save money, it's important to understand how much mobile data you need. uSwitch have useful guidance to help understand the potential data you might use.

uSwitch recommend the following as a good guide:

  • 1 hour zoom call - 2.4GB
  • Streaming one hour of video on Netflix, iPlayer or Amazon Prime – 644MB
  • Streaming a two-hour movie in high definition – 4.2GB
  • Gaming online for an hour – 43MB
  • Streaming an hour of music via Spotify or Apple Music – 80MB
  • Browsing through 60 web pages – 140MB
  • Download one song – 4–8MB
  • Download a film trailer – 60–100MB
  • One hour of driving while using Google Maps – 5MB

1000MBs make 1GB, when you're looking for deals - deals that have GB instead of MB can be more preferable if your client uses data for video calling and entertainment.

Where to purchase

Value can vary significantly across each mobile provider, so it's important to shop around to find the best deals for you

Argos sell routers that include a SIM card loaded with data, which can be convenient. Some of the best deals we have found are:

You can also purchase the Mobile Broadband WiFi Router and SIM card separately. Other retailers which sell Mobile Broadband WiFi Router's are:

A number of organisations that we've spoken with recommend the mobile provider Lyca, which works well for their clients.

Huawei T3-7 Tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 7

£65.00

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Budget tablet

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Can be slow

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Poor audio

Amazon Fire HD 8

£80.00

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Attractive design

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Easy to use

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Decent battery life

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Can be slow

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Focus on Amazon services

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So-so screen

Mediapad 10 Tablet

Huawei MediaPad T3 10

£126.00

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Good battery life

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Fast speed

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Weak audio through speakers

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 8-inch

£139.00

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Compact size

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Low price

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Good all-rounder

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Not the fastest

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Sub-par speakers

Lenovo Tab 10 Tablet

Lenovo Tab M10

£150.00

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Reasonable price

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Can be used as voice assistant

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Fast performance

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Battery life not as good as rivals

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Chunky design

Monqi S2 smartphone

IMO S2 with Monqi

£50.00

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Designed for children

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Monitoring features for parents

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Inexpensive

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Good screen size

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Can be slow

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Poor battery life

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Battery charges slowly

Xiaomi 6A smartphone

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

£75.00

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Good battery life

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Strong security features

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Can be slow

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Struggles in noisy environments

Motorola E4 smartphone

Motorola Moto E4 Plus

£90.00

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Large display

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Fingerprint scanner

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Good battery life

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NFC capable

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Can be slow

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Slow charging

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Poor quick-charge battery life

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Heavy and wide

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No supplied headphones

Motorola G6 smartphone

Motorola Moto G6 Play

£100.00

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Fantastic value

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Great battery life

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Good display

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No headphones

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Not powerful enough for serious users

Costs and data deals for pay-as-you-go providers