If you want to slash your monthly broadband bills – while still enjoying fast download speeds, the latest deal from Three is easy to recommend. And that’s before the company decided to upgrade its home broadband deal by including a 32-inch LED TV designed by LG for free. The telly, which is worth £249, is completely free to anyone who signs-up for either of Three Mobile’s broadbands plans, which cost £11.50 or £15 a month. Of course, if you’re already happy with the telly in your living room, this LG-built set will be superb for a bedroom, kitchen, or home office. Or you could sell it on Facebook Marketplace or eBay and use the profits to pay for your broadband bills for the next year or so.
LG’s Smart TV is only with a 32-inch screen size as part of the deal. However, it should be more than good enough to watch your favourite shows. This set supports Dolby Audio, which is a global audio standard designed to offer a cinema-like sound experience. LG has also fitted its panel with an advanced image processor designed to adjust colour for richer, more natural images in the background. There’s also three HDMI ports, including one with support for HDMI ARC for a soundbar. Sadly, the TV only supports up to 1080p Full High Definition, so you won’t be able to watch movies or sports in 4K UHD.
The freebie is available with Three’s 5G unlimited home broadband service, which costs £15 a month for the first six months of your new contract. Rather than rely on the copper or fibre-optic cables running underneath your street, this option leverages the superfast 5G network. This is the same network used by the latest smartphones, including the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3, and offers average download speeds of around 100Mbps. For comparison, the average home broadband speed in the UK was measured at 70Mbps earlier this year.
So, you’ll be able to download films, stream binge-worthy boxsets, and make video calls faster than the cables in your street.
If you’re looking to slash your monthly bills down to new lows, you’ll be pleased that – for the first time – Three Mobile is also including the free telly bundle as part of its cheaper 4G Hub broadband plan. Just like the plan above, this uses a SIM card to beam internet into your home. However, the older 4G network is a little slower, so Three doesn’t offer an approximate average download speed. However, in the small print, it reveals that customers can expect to see between 50Mbps – 100Mbps when downloading. While that’s more than enough for one person to stream boxsets from Netflix in crisp 4K Ultra HD, it’s probably not quite enough for busy households with multiple people watching movies, streaming music, uploading their photos to social media, downloading software updates, and more.
While the method of delivering those broadband speeds is a little unusual, the result is exactly the same as a traditional broadband contract. The speeds delivered by the 5G SIM are beamed out as a local Wi-Fi network, so you can connect all of your gadgets. But unlike a traditional router, you’ll be able to unplug and move Three’s 5G Hub around the house without any hassle. Since there’s no broadband cable to connect, you can move the hub around the house – and even take it to a friend’s house for the afternoon!
Those who sign-up for either Three’s 5G unlimited or 4G unlimited home broadband service will be treated to an impossibly simple set-up too. Three will mail out the Wi-Fi hub – and that’s it. You won’t need a landline or have to book an engineer appointment for the installation, simply plug it in and it’ll be ready to use.
If you’re not sure about trying Wi-Fi beamed to your house with 5G signals, live in an area without a strong 5G signal, or want to compare the latest deal against the competition, Express.co.uk has rounded up some of the best broadband deals around…