3 has launched its new Mobile Broadband service, offering HSDPA speeds of up to 2.8Mbps on the go for laptop users, via a USB modem. It’ll use 3’s new ‘Turbo’ network that starts rolling out nationally from 4th September.
There’s three pricing options. Broadband Lite costs £10 a month with a 1GB allowance. Broadband Plus is £15 a month with a 3GB allowance, while Broadband Max is £25 a month with a 7GB allowance. In all cases, if you go over your data limit, you start paying 10p per megabyte. The modem is £0-£99 depending what tariff and how long you sign up for.
How does it compare with the competition? Well, T-Mobile offers a 3G modem on a £29 a month Web’n’Walk tariff, which gives unlimited data (apart from Voice over IP). Meanwhile, Vodafone has a 3G £25 a month deal with an allowance of 3GB.