August 10, 2015

EE Mobile Broadband – Dongles and MiFi on EE

EE Mobile Broadband

Why we love EE mobile broadband

  • Stay connected wherever you are
  • Share internet with up to 10 devices
  • UK’s fastest and most reliable network
  • Unparalleled 4G speeds of up to 50 Mbps with 4G+
  • Wide range of Mobile WiFi and dongles available
  • Plans from just £10 a month

EE Mobile WiFi and Dongles

All you need to get connected is to choose the mobile device below that best suits your needs, and away you go.


EE Osprey 2

– Share internet with up to 10 devices
– Up to 15 hours use from a single charge

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EE Osprey 2 Mini

– Share internet with up to 10 devices
– Up to 6 hours use from a single charge

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EE Buzzard 2

– Share internet with up to 10 devices

– Plugs straight into your car

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Mobile Broadband Help

  • Getting started with EE Mobile Broadband
  • A wide range of devices in store
  • Generous allowances
  • Mobile Broadband is similar yet very different to home broadband
  • EE Mobile Broadband helps you play away
  • Super high speed 4G data
  • Like tethering, but better
  • Biggest, fastest and most reliable mobile network
  • A potential home broadband replacement

Getting started with EE Mobile Broadband

downloading films via mobile broadband

To get 4GEE WiFi you simply need a mobile broadband device and an active data SIM for it. EE sells a range of Mobile Broadband devices at different prices and for different circumstances, so just pick the one you want, start it up and activate your SIM card.

The exact setup will depend on the device, but it’s usually barely more complicated than starting it up.

To connect other devices to it you’ll need to know the network name and password, both of which should be displayed on a card you’ll get with it. Easy.

A wide range of mobile devices

Currently EE sells four different 4GEE WiFi devices. There’s the Osprey 2, which can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously and is battery powered so you can use it anywhere, and the Osprey 2 Mini, which is similar but more compact, so you can easily slip it in a pocket.

Then there’s the Buzzard 2, which plugs into your car’s dashboard and brings Mobile Broadband to any devices in the vehicle.

The Huawei E3533 Mobile WiFi Dongle, which plugs into any device with a USB port to bring 4G to it. So whether you want to connect one device or many, in a car or elsewhere, battery powered or juiced up by your vehicle there’s an option to suit.

Generous mobile broadband allowances

You can get anything from 1GB to 25GB of data per month and there are both 30 day and 24 month plans, so it’s very flexible in terms of both allowances and contract lengths.

Whether you just want to use it for an upcoming trip or access mobile data all year round and whether your plans are limited to a little email or serious streaming there’s a tariff to suit you.

Mobile Broadband is similar yet very different to home broadband


Mobile Broadband can be used on basically any device which is capable of connecting to a Wi-Fi network. You don’t need a SIM card slot in the device, so in that sense it’s very similar to home broadband, but it differs in two key ways.

For one thing it’s mobile, so rather than having a plugged in router which only provides internet to your house or office, you can take an Mobile Broadband device with you and bring data to everything in the vicinity.

The other main difference is that it relies on 4G (and when 4G isn’t available 3G), so in that sense it’s more like the mobile data you get on your phone, except you can use it with other devices too and connect more than one device to it at once.

EE Mobile Broadband helps you play away


There are any number of situations where you might want to use Mobile Broadband. You can turn your car into a WiFi hotspot for example and keep your kids entertained on long journeys, or bring internet to the train or any hotel which doesn’t offer affordable WiFi, so you can work or stream videos away from home.

Basically any time you or anyone you’re with might want to get online on something other than a phone when there’s no Wi-Fi available mobile broadband could be the answer.


It can be less hassle than public Wi-Fi too, as you don’t need to find an open connection or fill out login pages. As it’s password protected it can also be a little bit more secure and you won’t get stung with hefty data costs, as you can only use what you’ve paid for.

As it gives you the full power of the internet you can use it for any number of things. Streaming and downloading music and videos, engaging with social media, checking your email, working, communicating, downloading and using apps, even online gaming. It empowers you to do more in more places.

Super high speed 4G data on EE

4G Speeds

Mobile Broadband is as fast or slow as EE’s mobile data is in any given area, but as EE has the fastest and most widespread 4G network in the UK it tends to be very speedy. In fact speeds top out at around 90Mbps in areas with 4G+.

Even where 4G+ isn’t available its standard and double speed network keeps it safely speeding ahead of the competition in most places.

Like tethering, but better

Tethering explained

Many phones and networks already allow you to share your smartphone’s data connection with other devices through what’s typically called tethering.

4GEE WiFi differs from this in that you’re not using your phone’s data allowance, which is handy if you have restrictive data limits. You’re also not draining your handset’s battery, which you could through tethering, so if you’re a fan of tethering you’re sure to be a fan of mobile Wi-Fi.

Biggest, fastest and most reliable mobile network

EE continues to lead the way as all the UK networks see improvements

EE is a great choice for mobile Wi-Fi. For one thing it has wider spread 4G than any other UK network, so you’ll be able to take advantage of speedy data in more places.

There’s already more than 90% UK population coverage for 4G so you really can use it almost everywhere.

Get a 4GEE Extra plan (which the higher data allowance plans tend to be) and you’ll also get 100MB of free data in the EU each month and double speed 4GEE where available, keeping you connected in even more places and at even higher speeds.

A potential home broadband replacement

Depending on your circumstances 4GEE Wi-Fi could even replace your home broadband. If you have a 4G signal on EE but can’t get very good broadband in your area as is the case in some rural locations for example then it could be a great fit.

If you can get speedy broadband though then there’s probably little reason to switch. 4G still often isn’t as fast as the highest speed home broadband connections and your data may be more limited.

But if you don’t want to be tied into a long term contract, perhaps because you only have a short term let for example, it could still be ideal.

Plus this could save you money as it doesn’t require a landline and even if you stick with your standard broadband it could still be worth considering as a home broadband backup.

Unlike home broadband there’s no installation hassle either, as it’s straightforward and you can set it up yourself, usually in a matter of minutes.

  • HairyCheese

    I moved into an area with no sign of fast broadband. Current speeds are 0.7mbps. So after 1 year of suffering; I purchased a 2 year contract SIM with Osprey mini. I knew my oneplusone mobile on EE could get 50-60mbps so this still felt like a gamble as sometimes the network would switch from LTE to 4G or even 3G. It worked very well, but my home network has many devices. So after a few months I replaced the Osprey mini with a

    Huawei Unlocked E5186 LTE 300 Mbps Wireless Mobile Wi-Fi Router – Black for under £200. Boom! 64 devices supported, placed in the loft for a better signal, mostly 60mbps. Also this is a CAT6 device, so when LTE-A turns up, I could get a higher speeds of 300mbps (real world speeds may be lower as the promise that LTE could be 150mbps & I only get 60mbps).

    Fast internet for networked (cat5 + wifi) devices at home

    Youtube works, Amazon Prime works, everything works including online gaming without me snoring! My ping is 35ms, so not under 10ms as I’d like, but it’ll do :)

    Working from Home is now perfect; no lag!

    I dumped my landline + broadband; as an existing customer and getting a deal for 50gb pcm over 2 yrs, I pay £24.50pcm and my mobile gets 10gb pcm on top of my existing contract too! That is cheaper than my landline rental + broadband for a telephone I never used!

    You can buy more data if you need it

    50gb pcm! With kids and youtube (thanks minecraft videos), you get thru data! Also, where youtube at 0.7mbps would choose 240 or 360, my connection means my devices mostly choose 1080 if available!!!! More data! I’ve explained to my kids consuming internet is like consuming water. Running the taps at full speed means you can run out of water and need to buy more! So they are now aware of scaling down videos as one morning my 8yr old consumed 8gb!

    3G – yup – I get the odd occasion where my line will drop to 3G, it’s rare but does happen. I just go with it and remember I used to have a 0.7mbps connection!PS4 standby means sometimes a game will download a fricking huge patch overnight! You goto bed with 30gb left on your account. In the morning you wake up with 22gb! I now shutdown my PS4 and sometimes link it to my 10gb available on my mobile account (tether the oneplusone) to take downloads!
    You can buy more data if you need it, but it works out more expensive then you’d hope!

    I can’t go back to 0.7mbps! It was killing me; I’d rather have my 50gb limit pcm and buy extra data on the odd time I need it. The fact I can watch Amazon Prime & Youtube instantly without issues is reward alone. Websites are almost instant compared to watching page loads on 0.7mbps. This changed everything. My recommendation is test it out; even if you borrow or PAYG for a month or so and run regular speed tests to get an idea of your environment. Think outside the box; do you need an antenna or better location for the device? You will not regret faster internet.

    • Stephen Pilson

      Hi really interesting read, i live in rural area with bt speed 1mpbs but also have an ee account for 25 meg mobile BB with an ee kite get between 10 to 20 mbpsbut drops to 3 g now and then i am on double 4g with ee so would this router give me 60 mbps ?
      thanks for your review

      • HairyCheese

        I could’ve sworn I responded to this 7m back! Oh well. Sorry!
        The router location and mast strength will depend on this. I think you’ll still get the same as your kite (20mbps, perhaps less dropouts).
        The main reason for me to switch to a quality router was the number of connections.
        I have 40+ MAC addresses that connect to my router (20 concurrent).
        The EE equipment can’t handle more than 10 and even then it’s switching. EE is still my only rural solution until someone stumps up some cash for microwave technology (1gbps is possible, 100mbps is likely). It’s far too expensive and there is no return on investment for a company to put in fibre (and the distance from the exchange may mean we’d only get 20mbps, not 70mbps). ADSL could be chased back to the exchange and new copper could give a max of 2mbps.
        KODI works well too!