Looking for the best mobile broadband deals of 2019? Then you've come to the right place. For people who work remotely - or spend a lot of time commuting - then picking the best mobile broadband deal for their needs is essential.
You don't want to be locked into a contract that doesn't offer you fast enough spees or enough data. On the other hand, you don't want to pay an expensive subscription each month for data and bandwidth that you simply do not need. This is where our guide to the best mobile broadband deals of 2019 can help you.
On this page, you'll find links to the best mobile broadband deals currently available in the UK; the market is currently very competitive with some surprising names popping up. For the sake of clarity, we will be including tethering as an option.
Tethering allows you to use your smartphone as a wireless Wi-Fi hotspot; you could even be looking at having an old or cheap smartphone as a hotspot or even use a dual-SIM smartphone like the OnePlus 3. Note that prices usually increase every year in line with the RPI (Retail Price Index).
While free Wi-Fi hotspots may be present at almost every cafe, library and public space, the quality and speed of these free Wi-Fi networks leaves a lot to be desired. Plus, there are legitimate security concerns with using free networks like that, especially if you're using them for work.
The best mobile broadband deals of the month
These are the deals we recommend most highly. We try to pick out a deal for everyone, whether you're after the cheapest possible option or the best balance between allowance and cost over one month and 12/24-months deals.
For light users and European travellers
Three | 12GB | No contract | £27.99
We would recommend going the PAYG route if you're a light user for three reasons.
Firstly, it gives you the flexibility to use more or less data each month. Secondly, you are not tied into any contracts and thirdly, PAYG beats any entry-level broadband-only SIM offers.
We recommend the Three 3G/4G PAYG Trio Data SIM preloaded with 12GB of data and in theory, can even be used abroad as part of the popular Feel At Home scheme.
It allows you to get online abroad at no extra cost in 42 destinations worldwide with new countries being added regularly. Check the terms and conditions with Three as these change frequently.
It is also cheaper to buy it from Mymemory than purchasing it straight from Three.
For medium and heavy users
Three | Unlimited GB per month | 12-month contract | £21 per month
If you're planning on using up a huge amount of data, then this is a fantastic deal. For only £21 a month, you get unlimited data (along with unlimited minutes and texts), and while the data is 4G, you can switch to the new 5G data for free - and you'll get a personal hot spot as well.
Remember it's a 12 month deal. You can get the SIM delivered within three working days. If you want a slightly cheaper deal, you can sign up for 24 months, which will drop the price to £20 a month. Or, go for a rolling monthly plan, which costs £26 a month - but you're not tied into any long contracts.
For international travellers
If you often travel internationally and want to freely use the internet without having to think of costs, then it is hard, if not impossible, to beat Knowroaming's offering.
It is offering a global SIM card for as little as $9.99 (about £8) with an unlimited data package costing only $7.99 (about £6.50) per day in more than 90 countries. We tried it during a recent trip to Japan and it worked flawlessly.
The SIM comes with a free US and UK number with the option to purchase additional foreign numbers. There's an app to track your real-time usage and as a bonus, you get to use WhatsApp for free worldwide (that includes calls, photo and video messaging).
Now that's a deal we can't say no to.