Considering buying a MiFi device?
In this guide, we’ve looked at the 5 best MiFi deals in the UK in 2022.
We’ve assessed each device based on its price, speeds, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Huawei 4G Plus MiFi
4GEE WiFi Mini
5G Mobile Hotspot
Best MiFi deals
Let’s begin our reviews.
Below, we’ve taken a look at five of the best MiFi deals in the UK right now.
Three’s MiFi device is a great choice if you’re looking for a simple, effective, reasonably-priced way of getting online.
It can connect up to 10 devices to the internet at once, which is plenty for most MiFi use-cases. We were able to get very consistent speeds with this device, in an area with good 4G signal, including with multiple devices connected.
The Wi-Fi signal range isn’t massive, at 10 metres, but if you can keep your devices close by, you won’t have any problems getting online with the Huawei 4G Plus.
However, the best thing about Three MiFi is what it costs, and the flexibility you have in choosing a data contract. You can buy it on a pay as you go, 12 month, or 24 month plan.
You can choose to get 10GB, 40GB, or unlimited data per month, so you don’t need to pay for more data than you need. If you choose unlimited data, there is no upfront charge, and the monthly cost is quite low as well. Three is currently offering 6 months half price on their 12 and 24 month plans, which is a nice touch.
Read our full review of Three MiFi to learn more.
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The 4GEE WiFi Mini is not a cheap MiFi device – it comes with a considerably higher monthly cost than Three’s MiFi deals. However, this is a very powerful bit of kit.
For starters, the Wi-Fi signal strength is excellent. You can connect up to 64 devices at once, and it has a 30m Wi-Fi range, which is comparable with most traditional Wi-Fi routers. However, if you get online with this many devices at once, you will eventually run out of bandwidth, and your download speeds will slow down.
The battery life is also excellent on this device – it’s a great choice if you need something that will last for ages, such as when travelling. Also, EE has the best network coverage of any UK mobile carrier, ensuring you get good speeds almost anywhere in the country.
We also found that this device was slightly easier to set up than the Three Huawei 4G Plus – the SIM card is a bit easier to insert. There is a greater range of data plans (including options with 4GB and 100GB of data per month) but fewer choices when it comes to the contract length (you can only buy this device on a pay as you go 30 day plan, or a 24 month pay monthly contract).
Overall, EE’s MiFi device is a good choice if you don’t need much data, and don’t mind a 24 month contract. However, if you want a short term deal, you’ll have to pay a high upfront cost, and if you want a high data allowance, you’ll have to pay a very high monthly cost.
Read our full review of EE MiFi to learn more.
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Vodafone is another good choice if you want a 4G MiFi deal.
When you buy this device and open the box, the first thing you’ll notice is that the battery is integrated into the device, rather than included separately like on most other MiFi devices. As a result, it’s very easy to set up the Vodafone R219 MiFi device.
Vodafone has some great value MiFi deals available, provided you can commit to a 12 month or 24 month contract. You can even get 6 months half price on their 24 month unlimited data plan. Vodafone also has some 30 day pay as you go MiFi packages, but these have quite a high upfront cost.
You can get good download speeds with this device, and it has a very long battery life – up to 8 hours of use, and quite a lot longer on standby.
The only issue is, although this is a quality piece of hardware, Vodafone MiFi is not quite as good value as Three MiFi – and it’s not really worth paying more for in our opinion.
Read our full review of Vodafone MiFi to learn more.
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Recently, Vodafone also began offering a 5G MiFi device. This is the fastest MiFi deal available in the UK at the moment.
With this MiFi device, you can get download speeds of up to 1Gbps or even more, with your average speeds staying at around 400-600Mbps, provided you get a good 5G signal.
This is much faster than most home broadband connections, meaning you’ll have plenty of bandwidth for downloading large files, and streaming 4K video. You can connect up to 32 devices at once to this mobile Wi-Fi router, allowing you to take full advantage of the speeds on offer.
The downside to this MiFi device is its cost. It has a higher monthly cost than any 4G MiFi device for sale at the moment, and a significantly higher upfront cost. You’ll have to pay £100 or more to get your hands on this mobile hotspot, and you’ll also need to commit to an unlimited data plan. This makes sense, because if there was a data limit, you would probably reach it very quickly given how fast the download speeds are.
For most people, this mobile Wi-Fi device is too expensive to be worth buying. However, if you really want ultrafast 5G download speeds, then it’s worth considering.
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5. Three 4G Hub
This option isn’t technically a MiFi device, but it can offer a better, cheaper way to get online for many people.
Three’s 4G Hub connects to 4G mobile broadband to get online, meaning it can be used almost anywhere in the UK. However, it offers a better Wi-Fi signal than most MiFi devices, and can connect up to 64 devices to the internet at the same time.
This 4G router is more powerful than a MiFi device because it plugs into the wall, rather than having a battery. This makes it less portable, but you can still use it anywhere with a power outlet.
One of the main advantages of the 4G Hub is its cost. It comes with unlimited data, and is actually much cheaper than the Three MiFi device on a 12 month or 24 month contract length.
Ultimately, if you don’t need to get online on the go, we would highly recommend considering the Three 4G Hub, as it provides a cheap, stable way to get online from almost anywhere.
Read our full review of the Three 4G Hub to learn more.
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What you need to know
In this section, we’ll explain what you need to know when buying a MiFi device.
We’ll explain more about how these devices work, how they’re sold, and how to choose the right MiFi deal for your specific needs.
What is a MiFi device?
A mobile Wi-Fi or MiFi device is a small gadget that creates a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, which you can use to get online on other devices.
MiFi devices are generally quite cheap to buy, and often have very flexible contracts, including short-term deals. You can buy a MiFi device on a pay as you go plan, or a longer-term 12, 18, or 24 month contract.
You can use mobile Wi-Fi devices in almost any location, since they come with a small battery, meaning they don’t need to be plugged in all the time. Most MiFi dongles have a battery life of about 6-8 hours.
How do MiFi devices work?
MiFi devices use a mobile broadband signal to connect to the internet, and help you to get online.
Just like your phone, mobile Wi-Fi devices require a SIM card, and then connect to the internet using the 4G or 5G network.
They then take this mobile broadband signal, and use it to create a small Wi-Fi hotspot, which you can use to access the internet on your phone, tablet, games console, or computer. This means that MiFi devices do not use your phone line to access the internet, unlike with a traditional broadband connection, so you don’t have to pay for line rental.
MiFi vs Wi-Fi
There are a number of differences between MiFi and traditional Wi-Fi connections.
- MiFi is much more portable. You can get online from almost anywhere using mobile Wi-Fi. On the other hand, traditional broadband only allows you to get online at home.
- Wi-Fi routers provide a stronger Wi-Fi signal than MiFi devices. Most mobile Wi-Fi dongles only allow you to connect up to 10 devices to the internet at once. Wi-Fi routers can handle more connections than this, and also provide a stronger Wi-Fi signal.
- MiFi doesn’t always come with unlimited data, unlike traditional home broadband. This is great if you want to save money, since you can get a 4GB or 10GB monthly data plan for a very cheap price. However, unlimited data MiFi plans are also available if you need unlimited usage.
- MiFi routers can offer faster speeds than fixed-line broadband. If you live in an area with very slow broadband speeds, but get good 4G or 5G signal, then you might be able to get faster download speeds and upload speeds using mobile Wi-Fi.
- MiFi devices are much easier to set up than most home broadband connections. All you need to do is insert the SIM card, turn on the device, and connect to Wi-Fi – you won’t need to wait for a visit from an engineer like when setting up a broadband connection.
- MiFi typically provides a higher latency than regular home broadband. This means that you may experience more lag when playing online games.
Essentially, broadband Wi-Fi is the default choice for most people, but MiFi is extremely useful in certain circumstances. For some people, using mobile Wi-Fi is a better way to get online.
How fast is MiFi?
4G MiFi devices typically offer download speeds of about 25-40 Mbps, provided you get a good 4G signal at your address.
5G MiFi devices offer download speeds of 400-600 Mbps or even higher, depending on the level of 5G coverage available. However, 5G MiFi is very expensive, and isn’t worth it in the majority of cases – if you want ultrafast download speeds, you’d be better with a 5G router, like the Three 5G Hub, since these routers are cheaper at the moment (especially Three’s 5G router).
To get a better idea of how fast a MiFi device would be if you were to buy one, there are two things you can do.
- Check the network coverage map of the provider you’re considering buying a MiFi device from, and look for good indoor and outdoor 4G coverage at your address. Here’s Three’s network coverage map, as an example.
- Turn on your phone’s hotspot, and connect a device to it using Wi-Fi. Then, do a speed test, ensuring to place your phone somewhere elevated, such as on a windowsill. If you plan on buying a 4G MiFi device, ensure that you’re using 4G on your phone. In the majority of cases, the speeds you get will be very similar to the speeds you can expect when using a mobile Wi-Fi device.
How much does MiFi cost?
Buying a MiFi device with a data plan will typically cost you about £15-£25 per month. Some MiFi deals also come with an upfront cost, in the range of £10-£30 for a 4G MiFi device, or up to £200 for a 5G MiFi device.
The exact amount you’ll pay per month will depend on:
- The contract length. MiFi deals come with a 30 day pay as you go contract, a 12 month contract, an 18 month contract, or a 24 month contract length. The longer the contract, the lower your monthly cost will be.
- The data allowance. MiFi deals come with anything from 4GB up to unlimited data per month. 40GB and 100GB data plans are quite common as well. The more data you have to use each month, the higher your monthly cost will be.
- The provider you choose to buy from. Three typically offers the cheapest MiFi plans, while EE is the most expensive option, as their device is a bit better-quality.
Your upfront cost will mostly depend on the contract length. If you can commit to a MiFi plan for at least 12 months, you’ll typically save quite a lot of money, and you may even have no upfront cost.
How much MiFi data do I need?
The amount of MiFi data you need depends on two things:
- How often you’ll be using the MiFi device.
- What you’ll be doing online with MiFi.
For example, if you only use MiFi four or five times per month for social media and emails for one or two people, 10-15GB of data will be plenty.
On the other hand, if you’ll be using MiFi all the time, including doing data-intensive activities, such as watching videos, you will need at least 50GB of data. An 100GB or unlimited data deal would probably be a good idea, especially if MiFi is going to be your main way of getting online.
Remember, the main things that use up lots of data are downloading/uploading videos (such as watching Netflix, or uploading videos to Facebook), and downloading/uploading large files (such as downloading Xbox game updates, or uploading files to Google Drive).
If you plan to do a lot of this, especially with more than one person, then paying more for unlimited usage might be a good idea. On the other hand, if you’re only going to be reading a few emails, browsing the web, and watching a few videos on social media, then a 10-25GB data plan will be plenty, depending on how often you use your MiFi device.
Which is the best MiFi deal in the UK?
At the moment, the best mobile Wi-Fi deal in the UK for most people is the Three Huawei 4G Plus MiFi device, because:
- Three offers the cheapest MiFi plans in the country at the moment.
- You have a good choice of data packages with this device, including unlimited data options.
- The Huawei MiFi device Three sells is a great bit of kit, with a good battery life, and a great Wi-Fi signal.
If you’re looking for ultrafast MiFi, the Vodafone 5G Hotspot Pro is your best option. It’s the best 5G-compatible MiFi device you can buy right now. However, it is extremely expensive, which is why we recommend Three’s MiFi device for most people at the moment.
Can you use MiFi when travelling?
You can use a MiFi device to get online cheaply and easily when travelling.
When on the move, such as in a car, you can expect to get a good signal if driving on main roads, or through populated areas. If you are normally able to stream Spotify when driving for example, then this shows you’ll get a good 4G signal. You will only experience issues if driving on secluded B-roads.
When stationary, such as at a caravan park, your MiFi speeds and connection consistency will depend on the mobile network coverage at that specific location. If you have certain destinations that you often travel to, it’s worth entering them into a mobile broadband coverage checker before buying your MiFi device, to see what sorts of speeds you can expect.
When travelling overseas, you should be able to activate roaming with most UK mobile networks. From here, there may be extra charges, such as a day pass that you need to buy, and there may also be a fair usage limit on how much data you can use overseas. Read our guide to roaming SIM cards to learn more.
Alternatives to MiFi
There are a number of alternatives to buying a MiFi deal, which will also give you a flexible way of getting online. Here are some of the other options, and their advantages and disadvantages.
Wi-Fi dongles. Dongles work in a very similar way to MiFi, in that they also use the mobile network to get online, and are sold with a SIM card. However, rather than creating a local Wi-Fi hotspot, dongles plug straight into your computer in order to get online. This means that they are more simple to use, but can’t connect multiple devices to the internet at once, and don’t work with games consoles or tablets. They don’t need recharging, which is good, but most people prefer MiFi for its ability to help you get online with multiple devices at the same time.
4G routers are sort of like an upgraded version of MiFi. They offer a stronger Wi-Fi signal, and can connect more devices to the internet at once. At the same time, they still use the 4G network to help you get online, meaning that they can be used almost anywhere. However, 4G routers must be plugged in at all times, since they don’t have a battery. This means that they’re not the best option when travelling, unless you have a single place that you’d like to get online from, like a caravan.
Watch our Three 4G Hub unboxing and review to learn more about how 4G routers work.
You can also use your phone hotspot to get online on the go. You can either plug your phone into your device directly, or turn on your Wi-Fi hotspot, and connect multiple devices. By doing this, you’re avoiding the need to buy another piece of equipment to help you get online. The downside is that you’ll use a lot of your phone’s data allowance, especially if doing a lot of large downloads, such as streaming videos. Therefore, you may need to upgrade your SIM plan, to get a larger data allowance. Also, when using your mobile hotspot, your phone’s battery will drain quite quickly, so you’ll need to keep it on charge constantly.
This is the end of our buyer’s guide.
Remember, to test how a MiFi device will perform before buying, you can set up your phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot, and connect your devices to it.
Doing this will give you a good indication of the sorts of 4G speeds you’ll get, as well as any latency you might encounter, as long as you use a relatively modern smartphone.
If you have any questions about MiFi, or which device to choose, please feel free to leave a comment below, and we’ll get right back to you.
About the author
Tyler built his first PC at the age of 12, and since then, he’s become obsessed with all things networking and internet-related. He’s a massive gamer, loves Rocket League, and also plays Sunday League football.