Review: 3 Mobile Broadband – USB Modem

Maybe it’s time to rip out that LAN line. Presenting the tiny, shiny device that promises to get you on the web, no matter where you are. Well as long as you’re not on a Mac.

Maybe it’s time to rip out that LAN line. Presenting the tiny, shiny device that promises to get you on the web, no matter where you are. Well as long as you’re not on a Mac.

Three Mobile are becoming a pretty well recognised provider of 3G mobile plans and basically of anything that’s mobile. This is one of their latest offerings and it’s designed for someone who wants a simple, fast, and relatively inexpensive Internet connection.

The modem that comes with your plan is made by a Chinese manufacturer called Huawei. This company are quickly becoming a mainstream technology provider due to their low cost products. The modem feels really solid and looks stylish in its glossy white finish which is reminiscent of an Ipod.

The modem has been badged with a big Three logo and comes with two USB cables, an installation CD, manual, and sim card to get you connected. Interestingly the primary USB cable has a total of three connectors. This allows you to draw extra power into the modem for a smoother connection. This is the philosophy but you probably won’t notice any difference.

The sim card is really easy to install and if you own a mobile phone then you already know the drill. You connect the cables, read the tiny manual, but then we come to the tricky part.

In the end this is a viable option if you’re the kind of person who just checks their emails and occasionally browses the web. It’s also a good alternative for the student who’s on a budget and wants Internet access without phone line rental. Unfortunately if you don’t sign up to any other Three services then you can’t take advantage of the best deal, and that poses the big question on whether you want to be locked into one company.

Pros

  • Excellent speed thanks to HSDPA
  • USB Modem is stylish and small

Cons

  • Driver installation
  • Confusing contracts

Product:3 Mobile Broadband

RRP:Check plans for existing or non existing customers

Website: Three

Reviewed by Michael Stark



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