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    • techno79
    • By techno79 24th Sep 19, 3:23 PM
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    1 month rolling contract broadband with no phone line
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    • 24th Sep 19, 3:23 PM
    1 month rolling contract broadband with no phone line 24th Sep 19 at 3:23 PM
    I currently have a Virgin Media broadband only package at 100mbps. I'm coming up to the end of my term and the price will shoot up to a crazy £45 per month. The problem is, I'll be moving house within the next year and I don't want to tie myself into to a broadband contract. I don't want to get broadband that uses a phone line, so I was wondering if anyone knows what the cheapest 30 day contract is for broadband that doesn't use a phone line (either cable or mobile home broadband).

    I occasionally watch 4K Netflix/Prime video. I do play console games, but I don't really use online play (mostly use it for single player games). I do have Xbox Game Pass but not to fussed about download speeds as I can kick things off to download overnight.

    Therefore, I don't feel I need super low latency or high download speeds. Getting even 20 mbps would be fine (obviously more would be better).

    Any obvious solutions or offers that come to mind?
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    • bill888
    • By bill888 24th Sep 19, 4:02 PM
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    • 24th Sep 19, 4:02 PM
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    • 24th Sep 19, 4:02 PM
    fwiw, Virgin is your only option if you want cable.

    If you go for mobile broadband, have you checked coverage for your area by various networks? EE, Three, o2, vodafone.

    You may have to consider buying your own 4G wifi router (eg. Huawei B525 £120) and then test different SIMs from all the providers depending for coverage and speed. If you live in a poor coverage area for a particular network, don't be surprised if performance is terrible. eg. perhaps no more reliable netflix 4k streaming.

    Other readers may be able to offer more advice.

    Good luck.
    • techno79
    • By techno79 24th Sep 19, 4:06 PM
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    • 24th Sep 19, 4:06 PM
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    • 24th Sep 19, 4:06 PM
    fwiw, Virgin is your only option if you want cable.

    If you go for mobile broadband, have you checked coverage for your area by various networks? EE, Three, o2, vodafone.

    You may have to consider buying your own 4G wifi router (eg. Huawei B525 £120) and then test different SIMs from all the providers depending for coverage and speed. If you live in a poor coverage area for a particular network, don't be surprised if performance is terrible. eg. perhaps no more reliable netflix 4k streaming.

    Other readers may be able to offer more advice.

    Good luck.
    Originally posted by bill888
    Thank you. I have Three in my phone and get decent speeds so I'd be happy with Three. My phone only has 12GB which isn't enough and I don't want my house devices to be reliant on my mobile as I want my mobile on my person.

    I had a quick look at Huawei 4G home hubs to take a SIM card. The Huawei B525 seems good but it doesn't seem to have bridge mode. Is there anyway I can allow my existing Netgear WiFi router to be used with the Huawei 4G?
    • bill888
    • By bill888 24th Sep 19, 4:39 PM
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    • 24th Sep 19, 4:39 PM
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    • 24th Sep 19, 4:39 PM
    Sorry, I can't advise what 4G LTE routers offer bridge mode, if any.

    I notice there is someone offering a B525 with bridge mode on eBay UK. But general google search suggests bridge mode is not available on all B525 for reasons I do not know.
    • mgfvvc
    • By mgfvvc 27th Sep 19, 9:43 PM
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    • 27th Sep 19, 9:43 PM
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    • 27th Sep 19, 9:43 PM
    The Three Homefi package looks good, but requires at least a 12 month contract

    Alternatively a GiffGaff Always On goodybag with a suitable router, if you can live with throttling when you exceed 40GB?
    • Biggus Dickus
    • By Biggus Dickus 28th Sep 19, 10:21 AM
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    • 28th Sep 19, 10:21 AM
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    • 28th Sep 19, 10:21 AM
    ‘Three’ Home-Fi: Huawei B535 4g Router, unlimited data packages. 24-months, 12-months or 1-month contract. The 1-month contract is quite pricey though.

    http://www.three.co.uk/discover/devices/huawei/B535?memory=0&colour=White

    I’m just about to purchase the 24-month package myself.
    • techno79
    • By techno79 30th Sep 19, 11:00 AM
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:00 AM
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:00 AM
    Thanks everyone
    • mnbvcxz
    • By mnbvcxz 30th Sep 19, 11:29 AM
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:29 AM
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:29 AM
    ‘Three’ Home-Fi: Huawei B535 4g Router, unlimited data packages. 24-months, 12-months or 1-month contract. The 1-month contract is quite pricey though.

    http://www.three.co.uk/discover/devices/huawei/B535?memory=0&colour=White

    I’m just about to purchase the 24-month package myself.
    Originally posted by Biggus Dickus
    I hope you have spotted that if you go through quidco or topcashback the 24 month b535 package is discounted to £20 a month. You might get £60 cashback too!

    Its a tradeoff. Locking yourself in for 24 months is undoubtably simpler and cheaper. Buying your own router and self supporting would give more options and the ability to quit early but cost more. You could get a monthly card with unlimited calls though.
    • techno79
    • By techno79 30th Sep 19, 11:41 AM
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:41 AM
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    • 30th Sep 19, 11:41 AM
    I hope you have spotted that if you go through quidco or topcashback the 24 month b535 package is discounted to £20 a month. You might get £60 cashback too!

    Its a tradeoff. Locking yourself in for 24 months is undoubtably simpler and cheaper. Buying your own router and self supporting would give more options and the ability to quit early but cost more. You could get a monthly card with unlimited calls though.
    Originally posted by mnbvcxz
    I'm not sure how long I'd need this for, so I was going to buy the router outright (from Amazon or Ebay) and then get a 1 month rolling SIM card with unlimited data. This way, I can see how it goes without tying myself in for a year or two.

    Thanks again
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