Updated 22/08/07 15:50
3 have now announced pricing in line with the speculated figures published by TheRegister. The service, now launching on the 4th September, will give customers up to 2.8Mbps download speeds with 1GB of data transfer for £10 per month (inc. VAT). Higher data allowances are available as detailed below. If you use more than the tariff you are on, a charge of £0.10 per megabyte (or about £100 per gigabyte) will be levied. This charge will seem high in terms of broadband pricing in general, however it is quite competitive in the mobile Internet market--Just remember not to start streaming movies. The USB modem is only free on the higher bandwidth products and longer contracts.
Updated 22/08/07 13:23
3 have contacted us with more information on the new services to be launched on 3rd of September. The new broadband products will offer speeds of up to 2.8Mbps, and on launch, will be available to approximately 50% of the population, increasing to 90% (3's current video coverage) by July 2008. They are also releasing a USB modem to connect your laptop to the '3Turbo network' which will be free for existing 3 customers. Full pricing information is expected closer to launch.
TheRegister's speculative pricing indicates a low cost mobile broadband package offering 1GB of data transfer for as little as £10 a month. More data is available with 3GB for £15 and 7GB for £25. 3, however, insist that this pricing is inaccurate.
T-Mobile, currently the cheapest provider, offer their Web'n'Walk service with 'unlimited' (fair usage policy of 3GB a month) data from £23.40 a month, which should give speeds up to 1.8Mbps (Megabits per second) where HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) or '3.5G' is available. The technology does allow for up to 14.4Mbps but no networks or handsets currently support this. Current phones being released in the UK generally allow upto 3.6Mbps but most networks limit the speed to around half that. This does leave room for growth over the next few years, and we are looking forward to seeing real competition between mobile operators using HSDPA and WiMax, and traditional fixed line providers offering DSL and cable.