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Three UK now selling mobile broadband WIFI router for use with a USB dongle

Mobile phone network Three UK is now retailing a home broadband device, which offers up Internet access from a mobile broadband USB dongle - with a cost attached of £39.99.

Three's mobile broadband WIFI hub allows for people to turn their existing mobile broadband dongles into a home WIFI router, with connections for up to 5 different devices.

This WIFI hub allows for products such as tablets, handheld games consoles, smartphones and laptops to use a USB dongle for Internet access, and all at the same time.

Three UK has a series of compatible dongles, where the latest version has access to HSPA+ speeds of 21.1Mbps downstream with Three being committed to have this technology rolled out to 80-percent of the UK, by the end of the year.

Existing USB dongles are also compatible with the mobile broadband hub, but these really only offer lower speeds - with the new product offering a lot more, in terms of bandwidth.

The list of compatible dongles are the Huawei E122, E1550, E156G, E169, E1750, E1820, E353u, E367u, ZTE MF112 and MF627.

Three's mobile broadband WIFI hub is available from Three Stores and on-line at, where the dongles are around on a 1-month rolling contracts from £4.99 for the standard version or £19.99 for the HSPA+ variant.

Rob Kerr is a journalist with more than 14 years experience of news, reviews and feature writing on titles such as Wired, PC Magazine, The Register, The Inquirer, Pocket-Lint, Mobile Industry Review, Know Your Mobile and The Gadget Show. The mobile phone world is his real passion and forte, having owned a handset as far back as 1994 where he has seen them grow from just a business tool to a necessity in everyone’s everyday life.