Mobile operator Three UK has launched a new Mobile Broadband plan that bundles “unlimited data” with the very latest Huawei AICubeB900 router for just £25 per month, which adds Amazon’s Alexa (Echo) AI smart speaker technology alongside the functions of a mobile WiFi router that can handle 64 simultaneous users.
The Huawei AICubeB900 is said to be an LTE Category 6 speed device, which means that the 4G side can theoretically achieve a peak mobile data speed of 300Mbps (50Mbps upload), although Three UK’s network can be quite congested in a lot of areas and so you’re unlikely to get such speeds in the real-world.
On the WiFi side it supports the 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) specification via dual-band (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and we understand that this can run at a theoretical peak wireless speed of 1200Mbps. The router also features a Micro SIM slot on the bottom and a Gigabit LAN (Ethernet) port, although sadly there’s no port for an external antenna like on Three UK‘s Huawei B311 router.
Home users with an external antenna may thus prefer the B311, although this delivers a slower peak 4G speed but comes bundled with a cheaper £22 per unlimited month plan. The B311 is also hobbled by it’s lack of dual-band WiFi (2.4GHz only) and limit of 32 connected devices (most people won’t connect that many things).
The £25 plan (no upfront charges) also comes attached to a 24 month contract term, which is worth noting if you live in an dense urban area. This is because we expect ultrafast 5G services to start rolling out this year and there may be better hardware offered alongside related packages.