5 Best MiFi Deals UK | Mobile Wi-Fi Devices | 4G & 5G

Looking to get online using a mobile Wi-Fi (MiFi) device?

In this article, we’ve reviewed the 5 best MiFi deals in the UK in 2024.

We’ve also explained how these mobile broadband devices work, and how to find the right MiFi plan for your specific needs.


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TCL 4G MiFi Device

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R228t MiFi device

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5G Mobile Hotspot

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Best MiFi deals

Below, we’ve tested and reviewed 5 of the best MiFi deals you can buy in the UK right now.

1. Three TCL MiFi Device

Three TCL MiFi device with box contents.

If you’re looking for a MiFi plan, it’s hard to go past Three at the moment.

They have the best prices of any of the major networks right now. You can get their TCL mobile broadband router with unlimited data for a reasonable price, and 10GB/40GB plans are also available if you don’t need unlimited usage.

From our testing, this device offers download speeds of about 40 Mbps, which is quite good for a 4G internet connection. Plus, you have the choice of a 1 month, 12 month, or 24 month contract. If you choose a 24 month contract, Three will often waive the upfront cost, which is nice.

The Wi-Fi signal strength is also solid, and the battery lasts for about seven hours of concurrent usage, which is plenty. You can also choose to keep it plugged in all the time, if you’d prefer.

Given what it costs, it’s hard to go past Three’s MiFi device. The only downside is there aren’t many data plans to choose from. It would be good to see a tariff with a 50-100GB monthly data limit, in case you don’t quite need unlimited data.

Read our full review of Three MiFi to learn more. It’s also worth mentioning that Three also sells a 4G Hub router for a similar price, which isn’t as portable, but comes with unlimited data, and offers better Wi-Fi signal.

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  • Great value.
  • Good speeds and Wi-Fi signal.
  • Solid battery life given its size.
  • Good choice of contract lengths.


  • Would be good to have more data plans available.

2. Vodafone R228t MiFi Device

Vodafone R228t MiFi device with box contents.

If the Vodafone network has good signal where you live, you might also like to consider their R228t MiFi device.

The advantage of the R228t over Three’s MiFi device is its battery lasts longer. We were able to get 12 hours of usage out of it, in our testing.

You can also connect up to 32 devices to the hotspot at once, although your speeds will begin to go down when multiple people connect to the internet at the same time. If you want to get online on more than 5-10 devices at once, we recommend looking at a plug-in router instead.

When we used this MiFi device, we were able to get quite good speeds – about the same as what Three offers. Which provider is fastest will depend on which has the best signal where you live.

Vodafone’s prices are generally very competitive, especially in terms of their monthly costs. However, their upfront fees are a little high on their pay as you go plans.

Read our full review of Vodafone 4G MiFi to learn more.

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  • Fast download speeds.
  • Great battery life.
  • Can connect up to 32 devices to Wi-Fi at once.
  • Low monthly fees.


  • Upfront costs are a little high.

3. Vodafone 5G Mobile Hotspot

Unlike most other MiFi devices on the market, this hotspot connects to 5G rather than 4G, giving you much faster download and upload speeds.

Using 5G mobile broadband with Vodafone, you can typically get download speeds of at least 100 Mbps, and often up to 300 Mbps or even greater.

Plus, this MiFi device supports WiFi 6, giving you better signal and speeds, and you can get online with up to 32 devices at once. Most other MiFi routers, like Three’s, only support 10 concurrent connections to the hotspot.

The downside is Vodafone’s 5G MiFi deals are very expensive, purely because the device itself is so costly.

They have a good range of plans to choose from, including unlimited data options. However, if you choose a pay as you go tariff, the upfront cost will be extremely high.

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  • Ultrafast download speeds.
  • Good range of tariffs to choose from.
  • Supports WiFi 6.


  • Expensive.

4. EE 4G WiFi

EE 4G WiFi MiFi device.

EE’s biggest strength when it comes to MiFi is its 4G network.

They have the best 4G coverage and speeds of any of the big four mobile carriers. This makes them a great choice when travelling to rural areas where other networks might not offer strong 4G signal.

Also, EE’s 4G WiFi device is quite a good bit of kit. It has a very good Wi-Fi range for a MiFi device, and offers fast download and upload speeds.

However, there is a big issue with EE MiFi – it’s very expensive. You’ll pay a lot more for the same amount of data with EE compared to Three or Vodafone.

Also, there aren’t many contract lengths to choose from. You only have the choice of a 1 month or 24 month contract. The range of data plans is quite good though – you can choose between 5GB, 25GB, 125GB, or unlimited monthly data.

Read our full review of EE MiFi to learn more.

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Overall value


  • Great 4G coverage.
  • Good Wi-Fi signal strength.
  • Fast download speeds.


  • Expensive.

5. O2 Alcatel Pocket Hotspot 4G

O2 sells an Alcatel MiFi device that performs similarly to the TCL hotspot offered by Three.

It has an eight-hour battery life, or up to 300 hours on standby, which is great, and it offers average download speeds of around 30 Mbps on the O2 network.

One thing that O2 does differently though is they include benefits for new 4G broadband customers. You can get free Apple Music for example if you buy a pay monthly contract. Plus, you’ll get double data on your MiFi deal if you’re an existing Virgin Media Broadband customer, as well as a speed boost on your broadband plan.

Also, O2 gives you the ability to build your own data plan. You can choose exactly how long you’d like the contract to be, how much you’d like to pay upfront, and how much monthly data you need.

This flexibility can be quite good to have, especially if you’re not sure about committing for 24 months.

However, unfortunately there are no 1 month pay as you go packages available with this MiFi device.

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Overall value


  • Very flexible plans.
  • Comes with benefits for new customers.
  • Excellent battery life.


  • No 30-day contracts available.

What you need to know

In this part, we’ve explained what you need to know when shopping for a mobile Wi-Fi plan to buy.

How MiFi devices work

EE 4GEE MiFI device.

MiFi devices connect to the internet using 4G or 5G, just like your mobile phone.

They are battery-powered, and take a SIM card, allowing them to wirelessly access the internet from anywhere with a mobile network signal.

Once your hotspot device arrives in the mail, you’ll need to set it up before getting online. Fortunately, this is very easy to do. All you need to do is insert the SIM card and the battery, turn it on, and connect to Wi-Fi.

How MiFi devices are sold

MiFi deals are currently sold by each of the four major British mobile networks.

Normally, the router itself is bundled with a SIM card attached to a data plan, which you will need to get online.

When you buy a MiFi deal, you’ll have to choose:

  1. How much monthly data you want. Most providers have plans with a data limit of around 5GB, 50GB, or 100GB, as well as an unlimited data option.
  2. Whether you want a pay monthly or a pay as you go contract. Unlike with traditional fibre broadband, MiFi contracts are very flexible, and you don’t need to commit for a long time, if you don’t want to.
  3. How long you want to commit for, if you choose a pay monthly contract. Normally, 12 month, 18 month, and 24 month contracts are available. On the other hand, pay as you go contracts always renew on a monthly basis.

4G vs 5G mobile broadband

5G network mast.

While most mobile hotspot devices can only pick up a 4G signal, some MiFi routers are 5G compatible.

5G MiFi is significantly faster, but the devices are much more expensive. This means that when you buy a 5G MiFi deal, you can expect to pay a very high upfront cost, most of the time.

Using 4G, you can expect a download speed of about 30-40 Mbps on average. On the other hand, with 5G, you might be able to get download speeds of 300 Mbps or more, if you have good 5G signal.

If you have a 5G-compatible device but go somewhere that 5G isn’t available, your router will connect to 4G instead.

Most of the time, 4G MiFi is a better choice than 5G. 4G Mobile Wi-Fi devices are much cheaper, and they still offer plenty of speed for downloading files, streaming HD movies and TV, and using social media.

Remember, before buying a MiFi device, it’s important to ensure that you have good 4G or 5G coverage at your address. You can check this by using a network coverage map. Here is Three’s, as an example.

What speeds will I get with MiFi?

Three mobile broadband speed test result.

While the numbers we mentioned above are a good rule of thumb, it can be hard to know exactly what download and upload speeds you’ll get with a mobile Wi-Fi device before buying.

A good way to find out is to do a speed test on your phone, if you’re on the same network you’re considering joining. You might also like to borrow a friend’s phone, if you’re not using the right network, and you know someone who is.

Also, if you want to test your 4G speeds, make sure to turn off 5G on your phone before doing a speed test.

How to save money on MiFi

If you’re on a budget, here are some ways to save money on your mobile Wi-Fi plan:

  • If possible, choose a longer-term pay monthly contract. In general, the longer you commit for, the lower your monthly and upfront costs will be.
  • Buy a 4G mobile broadband deal, rather than a 5G-compatible device.
  • Use the Three network – they are almost always the cheapest option.
  • Only buy a plan with the data limit you really need. If MiFi isn’t going to be your main way of getting online at home, you probably don’t need to pay more for unlimited data.

Using some of these money-saving measures, you should be able to get a MiFi plan for about £20-£25 per month.

But if you need unlimited monthly data or 5G download speeds, or choose a more expensive network, you can expect to pay £30-£50 per month or more.

How much monthly data do I need?

Three Huawei 4G Plus MiFi device from Three, with included accessories.

If you are using mobile broadband as your main way of getting online throughout the month, you will most likely need unlimited data.

With the amount of TV streaming most households do, many of us use up quite a lot of data each month. Unless you only use the internet to view websites, read emails, and scroll social media, you might find yourself using a lot more than 100GB of data each month.

Fortunately, all of the major networks that sell MiFi plans offer packages with unlimited data, if you’re willing to pay more.

On the other hand, if MiFi will not be your main way of accessing the internet, or you don’t get online very often, you might be able to get a plan with a data limit.

  • A 5-10GB monthly limit is enough for occasional usage every few days for a single person, with very limited file downloading or video streaming.
  • A 20-50GB monthly limit is enough for daily usage for one to two people, with only very occasional video streaming.
  • A 100GB monthly limit is enough for regular internet usage for one person who is only online for a few hours a day. It is enough to watch a bit of TV in the evenings on apps like Netflix. However, it’s not enough for most couples or families, unless you only spend a few hours online a day, and don’t watch many videos or use social media very often.

Which network should I choose?

Here is a table comparing the relative performance of each major British mobile network, when it comes to mobile broadband.

Network4G coverage4G speeds5G coverage5G speedsPricesCheck your coverage
ThreeGoodGreatGreatGreatLowCheck on Three
EEGreatGreatGreatGoodHighCheck on EE
VodafoneGoodGoodGoodGreatMediumCheck on Vodafone
O2GoodGoodGoodGoodMediumCheck coverage


  • Three is a great all-round choice, especially if you want to save money. They have good speeds and coverage on their 4G MiFi deals, and are the cheapest of the big four networks.
  • EE is expensive, but has the best 4G signal in the country.
  • Vodafone has good 5G speeds, if you want a 5G MiFi plan.
  • O2’s network performance is about average – their main advantage is the flexibility of their plans.

Can you get online with MiFi when travelling, or when overseas?

Huawei E5 MiFi device.
Photo by HuaweiPress licensed under CC-BY-SA 2.0.

Mobile Wi-Fi is a great choice if you’re looking for a way to get online when travelling around the UK, as long as the places you’re going to have good 4G signal.

You can also use MiFi to get online in foreign countries, however, you may face usage restrictions with certain providers – you will normally only be allowed to use a certain amount of your allowance, typically around 20-50GB per month.

Roaming is often free of charge inside Europe, with most carriers. However, outside of the EU, you will generally have to buy a roaming add-on before you can use your mobile internet overseas.

Alternatives to MiFi devices

Apart from MiFi, there are some other types of mobile broadband solutions that you might like to consider using as a flexible way to get online.

  1. 4G and 5G routers are like MiFi devices, except they are bigger and less portable. They plug into a mains power outlet, and don’t have a battery, but still take a SIM card and connect to the mobile network. The advantage of these types of routers is they offer better speeds and Wi-Fi signal. They’re better suited to getting online on multiple devices at the same time, but aren’t a good choice when travelling, unless you’ll have consistent access to mains power.
  2. Dongles are very similar to MiFi devices, except they plug into your computer’s USB port, rather than having a battery and creating a Wi-Fi network. This means that you can only get online on one device at once. While dongles are very easy to set up, their inability to create a Wi-Fi hotspot is a major drawback.
  3. You might also like to get online using your phone hotspot in some cases. Nearly all smartphones can create a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to share your mobile data with other devices. This isn’t a good way to get online in the long term though, because your speeds won’t be the best, and you will wear down your phone’s battery if you keep your hotspot switched on for extended periods on a regular basis.
  4. Satellite broadband can be a good way to get online if you live in a static caravan, or in a remote area with no fibre broadband. However, it can be very expensive due to the cost of installing a satellite dish, and it also has quite a high latency, meaning it’s not a good choice for internet activities that are ping-sensitive, such as online gaming.


For most use cases, we recommend Three’s TCL MiFi device. It offers good speeds and signal, and is very reasonably priced, compared to most other networks’ deals.

Not sure which mobile broadband device to buy? Leave a comment below, and we’ll get back to you.

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18 thoughts on “5 Best MiFi Deals UK | Mobile Wi-Fi Devices | 4G & 5G”

  1. We are visiting the U.K. and need temporary (7 weeks), portable broadband access for 2 phones, a laptop and an iPad…any suggestions?

    • Hi Fiona,

      We think you’re on the right track in looking at MiFi devices for this purpose. Since no providers offer 6 month contracts, you’re probably best looking at a 30-day deal and renewing it each month. For those devices, you will probably need about 30-50GB per month, but you may need more (up to 100GB or even unlimited) if watching many videos and/or downloading big files.

      We would recommend the Three or Vodafone MiFi devices, as both can be purchased on 30 day plans.


  2. Hi Tyler
    Great article and very informative! I travel a lot in motorhome and get very frustrated by site WiFi being poor and not being able to connect devises. MiFi or 4G router??? Contract or PAYG, help me out!! Cheers

    • Hi James,

      Thanks for the feedback, glad it was helpful! To summarise the two choices:


      4G router if you have multiple pieces of hardware to connect and want a slightly more permanent solution. What I mean is, if you don’t want something you have to charge all the time – something you can keep plugged in to get online anytime.

      MiFi if you have only one or two devices to connect, want to save a bit of money, and don’t mind charging it up every so often.


      PAYG if you’ll only be using the device infrequently and have another main way of getting online.

      Contract if this is your main way of getting online and will use the device for a year or more (this sounds like the best choice if you’re travelling a lot).

      Three’s MiFi device or their 4G Hub router are good choices, and are reasonably priced at the moment. If this is your main way of getting online, you will probably want unlimited data, especially if it’s for more than one person. However, if it’s just you, and you won’t be using the internet too much, you can probably get away with a 100GB data limit or thereabouts.


  3. Hi Tyler, I found the information and reviews you have provided very useful.
    I am currently a three customer for my mobile phone and am happy with them as a service provider. We recently purchased a static caravan in a rural area, when visiting for weekends want to use a smart tv, watch movies on netflix and connect a laptop, what would you recommend. Currently we are using an old mobile phone and a sim with unlimited data. The phone has stated to become unreliable, do I use another old phone or opt for a Mufid device and if so which one.
    Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you

    • Hi Josie,

      Thanks for the feedback, glad some of the information was useful.

      It sounds like the best choice for you would either be Three’s MiFi device or Three’s 4G router. Both will create a WiFi hotspot you can connect to with multiple devices, and you can get them with the same Three unlimited data SIM.

      To choose between them, consider:

      • Whether you want something battery powered and portable (MiFi), or something you can just leave plugged in all the time (4G router).
      • Whether you have a large caravan and need a stronger WiFi signal, which 4G routers offer.
      • Whether you’d prefer a short-term contract or don’t mind signing up for 12/24 months. You need to commit for at least a year with Three’s 4G Hub router. This should be OK if you visit your caravan year-round.

      We actually have a dedicated guide to caravan WiFi, which you can view here: https://broadbandsavvy.com/best-caravan-wifi-devices/

      Ultimately, it sounds like a 4G router would be a better choice given your usage. With a MiFi device, you’ll have to charge it constantly, and Three’s 4G Hub will be slightly better in terms of WiFi signal strength. which can be helpful with multiple devices.


  4. Thank you for this, I have checked the coverage and 4g is not available but three have recommended the Mifi device so looks like my decision is made, thanks again for your help

  5. Hi Tyler,
    I am looking for a remote connection to my wifi afterburner heater in my campervan through a MQTT. I was looking for the cheapest option MIFI, what do you suggest as I only need minimum data?

    • Hi Fergie,

      The cheapest option with minimal data is probably going to be Vodafone, as they offer a 4GB plan. Three is also very cheap, but since their minimum plan is 10GB, they cost a tiny bit more.


  6. Hi Tyler,
    I am struggling to decide the best option for me. I visit the UK three or four times per year and need wifi inside the house to connect 3 phones, 1 laptop, 1 ipad, 1 Hive, and stream Netflix on TV and NOWTV. Also when my daughter will visit she will have a laptop and 2 phones.
    We had SKY wifi and TV but I cancelled it as I don’t want to be paying every month when I am not there. We then had Three wifi with a Huawei hub but the signal was so poor we couldn’t do anything and they let me get out of the contract. Now I have nothing and need to set something up without paying every month. I was thinking to get a MiFi. If I purchased an open MiFI I could get a 30 day data sim with any network (probably EE as the signal is good in my area). I have no idea if this would work for me, the most important thing is to get the TV working again. I dont know how much data I need and if I need 4g or 5g. Can you please offer me some advice?

    • Hi Sheryl,

      It sounds like you have quite high data demands and will need a decent amount of bandwidth. Therefore, going down the route of getting a 4G/5G router as you did before might be worth looking into, as they will be able to better handle having multiple devices connected at once. We have a guide to 4G routers you can view here: https://broadbandsavvy.com/best-4g-router-deals/

      If the Three 4G Hub didn’t provide good signal, it’s a good idea to switch networks. To test, try and do a few speedtests on 4G or 5G in your house. This will give you an idea of what other networks will be able to provide.

      The issue is, with these devices (MiFi/4G/5G routers) Three is by far the cheapest at the moment. If you go with EE, they’ll be relatively expensive, especially when it comes to the upfront cost of sending the router. The upfront cost is much higher on pay as you go contracts.

      5G would be good to have, especially if you have multiple devices streaming video at the same time. However, if you get a consistent 20-25 Mbps or more from 4G (as you’ve tested from your phone) you should be OK. Just avoid having more than one device stream 4K video at once.

      You may also like to consider NOW Broadband. They offer month to month contracts, offering speeds of up to 67 Mbps, which will be plenty.


  7. Hi Tyler
    I’m looking for a good option for streaming (Netflix) on my narrowboat. The steel boat structure acts as a faraday cage so the signal can be poor at times, so looking for something I can plug an external aerial into when needed (magmounted on the roof). Currently using an unlimited 3mob mifi unit (bluetack’d to a window when necessary!), but it has no aerial port to help when moored in a poor coverage area. Any suggestions pls?

    • Hi Dave,

      I think upgrading to the Three 4G Hub or 5G Hub (if you can get 5G) would be a good choice. They both have the ability to be used with an external antenna I believe.


  8. Hi Tyler,
    Thanks for such informative article….still, have one query.
    Next week onwards i will be moving to G73 1JU. At this point of time i am not looking for broadband connection so what could be alternate option. Can i go for Three’s mifi device? I have enquired for Vodafone and Virgin/O2 mifi devices as well…but confused …
    Any suggestons ?

  9. I have a mobile Huawei device through the SMARTY provider which is actually 3 network. It’s great in UK as it provides me with a secure private hotspot as opposed to using public or other private wifi which might not be as secure as I need. My problem with it is using it abroad. It acts like a mobile phone sim with limited roaming usage before expensive charges. Also I found their customer service virtually impossible to deal with. In future would I be better just to buy a local PAYG sim for it or swap to 3 itself?

    • Three’s SIMs should be a good choice in most overseas countries, although they will still have a fair usage limit. The issue with buying a local SIM each time is it might be a bit time consuming finding one that’s compatible with MiFi.

  10. Hello,

    I had worst experience with the TCL provided mifi device. After 2 weeks of usage this device stopped working .Even though the lights were on in the device wifi was not showing in any of my phone and laptop. I got it replaced with another TCL mifi device. Again the same problem happened after 2 weeks with the replaced mifi device


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