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Three introduces Web Cube to provide broadband in a box experience
Wednesday 01 February 2012 20:18:56 by Andrew Ferguson

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.


Posted by mitchja over 5 years ago
So what's the difference between this and any other MiFi device, other than it has to be plugged into the mains?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
This is brill, hope it works in rural areas. We are having a lot of success with the Wibe and the mifi on three 3g in areas where we thought there was no signal, because the phones couldn't pick it up. We get ours, with support and money back if it doesn't work from
Its great in the car/quad with the inverter when you're out in the fields, you can livestream quite well in most places. Its also great for youngsters who don't want the added cost of a landline when they prefer mobiles.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
At a guess, size means supports several antenna or at least a better one.

Router may cope better with multiple users.

More designed for leaving on 24/7.
Posted by Somerset over 5 years ago
cd - is that what we call a 'field trial'?
Posted by pcoventry76 over 5 years ago
But the curent mifi can be left on 24/7 in it's holder. Im using one now to post this!

Three need to work on data on dongles. WHY is it that I can only get 15GB on my mifi but i can use 100GB + on my mobile!? It's all wrong. They need to address that!
Posted by vicdupreez over 5 years ago
On the one plan from Three, your iPhone / iPad can have unlimited data. You are also allowed to tether. They will not tell me if there is a fair use policy, and I am sure that if I dig deep enough, I will find that unlimited actually means it is not a whole lot at all, but still... Why is this good enough for the iPhone, but not for users that uses it as a wired replacement?
Posted by hypertony over 5 years ago
vicdupreez - because you are "more likely" to download more data when using laptop/PC compared with mobile phone, so they are trying to control the bandwidth usage... which is very sensible.
Posted by hypertony over 5 years ago
mitchja - with a MiFi you have to leave your laptop switched on to allow sharing with others. With this box, it's designed to be left on 24/7.

However if you're the only one using the MiFi, then it's good for you.
Posted by ro2778 over 5 years ago
All of this is a bit pointless until LTE arrives.
Posted by ruralbroadband_ over 5 years ago
I'm looking forward to seeing one and comparing with both the MiFi and the WiBE. This device looks like a mains powered MiFi with a clear box and a bright blue LED as far as I see.
Posted by ruralbroadband_ over 5 years ago
We do need big data packages from all the main mobile players. With those in place then some of the basic BT etc home phone line packages would begin to look old fashioned.
Posted by otester over 5 years ago

Some HSPA+ sites are now down to 1Mbps at peak times, allowing dongles into the unlimited field would be the nail in the coffin.

What would make this worse is that HSPA+ is actually a decent alternative to land-lines (lower ping ~70ms).

I expect when LTE comes along or maybe HSPA+ 42/84 they will consider it.
Posted by hectorgraham over 5 years ago
I thought that rolling contracts had been banned as of the 1st January this year? maybe they're still allowing rolling contracts as long as they are no longer than 1 month.
Posted by danielmec over 5 years ago
re inverter, and/or a direct cigarette-ligher to laptop universal adapter, which also doubles up as an airline seat power cable ;-) DC-DC is so much more efficient than the losses from the inverter to AC and the original AC to DC laptop adapter. Came with a range of tips & drop in links to set the correct voltage and polarity. From Maplin, but I'm sure there are other vendors out there.
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