The Three MiFi device and other portable mobile routers have proved popular, and now Three is entering the arena of mains powered 3G mobile broadband routers - the Web Cube.
The HSPA+ device supporting typical speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps and a maximum download speed in excess of 10 Mbps in faster areas will be available in a few cities (Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh) initially until Three is confident with deploying the device around the country. Two tariffs are to be offered, both at £15 per month, a one month rolling contract product with 10GB a month allowance and a £59.99 one off charge. The second contract will carry a 24 month term, in return for a higher 15GB allowance and no upfront cost.
The Web Cube will come all configured, just requiring people to plug it into the mains and enter the WiFi details on their computer to connect to it. Some experimenting may be needed to find the optimal position for the Web Cube in a property, but its big advantage is with renters, students and other people who tend to have six or nine month tenancy agreements, making wired solutions difficult and expensive when they keep moving from one address to another. The requirement for a mains connection will stop most road warriors using, but the well prepared digital traveller probably already has a mains inverter for charging a laptop hidden in their boot.