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4g Unlimited broadband with B535 - £30 per month with £29 upfront (1 month contract) @ Three
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4g Unlimited broadband with B535 - £30 per month with £29 upfront (1 month contract) @ Three

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Posted 3rd Apr

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No TCB or quidco. I know there are better SIM only deals but for a one month contract with the upfront router cost I thought it's worth sharing.

Supports external antenna s and reasonable spec device.

Huawei B535 Specs
FDD-LTE Cat7: 300Mbps(DL), 100Mbps(UL) @ 20MBW
TDD-LTE Cat7: 220Mbps(DL),20Mbps(UL) @ 20MBW
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz 2*2 & 5G 2*2 (Up to 64 simultaneous users)
4 x RJ-45 for Gigabit Ethernet (1 WAN)
2 x SMA external antenna interface for LTE
1 x SIM card slot (3FF)
1 x power interface
1*Hi(WPS) KEY / 1*Reset KEY / 1*Power KEY
Parental Controls
Dimensions 219mm (W) x 138mm (H)
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I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.

My broadband was great when I first got it, I was getting 38mb which is 3 times faster than what but could do, but in the last few months Three have been shocking, I’m lucky if I get 1.5mb download speeds, a lot of dropouts and over the last few weeks pages won’t load, error and then reload when you refresh

Complained to the CEO office which isn’t handled by Glasgow and dealt with offshore in Customer Relations who won’t deviate from the script and try to solve the issue by crediting my bills

Avoid like the plague!
I've heard it can be hit and miss depending on location. For the price it looked like a good deal even to just get the router which I can't find for £59 new.
rye00703/04/2020 21:05

Mine seems to have really good signal during the day about 20 download and …Mine seems to have really good signal during the day about 20 download and then most of the time between 6 and 10 struggle to get 2


That's because of contention (other users), as the radio signal, and its fibre back-haul to the network itself has finite bandwidth which has to be shared between everyone connected to it. Bizarrely I get a much higher upload speed than download most of the time, though the download speed can be quite high in the wee small hours. This is exacerbated of course by the current situation and far more people staying home during the day and using the network.

I'm gutted that less than a month ago I paid >£100 for the Huawei B525 router from Amazon, plus another £20 for a 1 month unlimited SMARTY SIM to go in it (uses Three's network but cheaper and no contract) - this would have been a much better deal and there's a good chance the SIM will work in it anyway as I think Three own SMARTY. Suffice to say, I've voted it hot and ordered one for myself, though I'll be cancelling the contract straight away.

Now about the speed: I've got a choice of Virgin cable or ADSL service over a BT phone line where I live, or a marginal signal on Three. Virgin is fast but expensive, they lock you into at least a 12 month contract, put the price up twice last year (gave me a discount the first time but refused the second) and I had to call them four times for over an hour each time, only to be hung up on by customer (dis)service when informing them I wanted to cancel.

ADSL services are pretty much a non-starter because, in BT's own words, the cabinet serving my house is at the end of the line from the exchange some four miles away, so speeds are between 1-2Mbps and our village isn't enabled for VDSL ('fibre') yet. Of course, you need to pay for line rental in addition to whatever your broadband plan is, but it's going to total at least £20/month. And I'd need to pay a reconnection fee on top because the line is currently dead.

Three, including all the MVNOs that use it such as SMARTY & ID have terrible or no signal inside my house, however by ordering one of the free data SIMS (200Mb/month free of charge without any top-ups or contracts - ideal for testing or little-used devices) and sitting in my attic with a USB dongle I was able to get something between 8-20Mbps download speed which is sufficient for my needs. I plumped for the Huawei B525 router which gets a better signal than the USB dongle, plus a SMARTY SIM giving a one-off cost of £105 and a monthly cost of £20. Putting the router in the attic and attaching a high-gain LTE ariel to it nailed to the highest joist I can, I'm happy with the result; the price of ADSL, the freedom of no contract and the speed of low-end fibre.

The point of this overly-long post? Get a free Three data SIM or stick a tenner on a PAYG one and give it a try in a USB dongle or smart phone (use the hotspot feature), sited where you'd put this router - you may find it's a viable alternative to cable or telephone-line based connections.
Edited by: "dkj255" 3rd Apr
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I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.

My broadband was great when I first got it, I was getting 38mb which is 3 times faster than what but could do, but in the last few months Three have been shocking, I’m lucky if I get 1.5mb download speeds, a lot of dropouts and over the last few weeks pages won’t load, error and then reload when you refresh

Complained to the CEO office which isn’t handled by Glasgow and dealt with offshore in Customer Relations who won’t deviate from the script and try to solve the issue by crediting my bills

Avoid like the plague!
turtleparadise03/04/2020 19:56

I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.My b …I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.My broadband was great when I first got it, I was getting 38mb which is 3 times faster than what but could do, but in the last few months Three have been shocking, I’m lucky if I get 1.5mb download speeds, a lot of dropouts and over the last few weeks pages won’t load, error and then reload when you refreshComplained to the CEO office which isn’t handled by Glasgow and dealt with offshore in Customer Relations who won’t deviate from the script and try to solve the issue by crediting my billsAvoid like the plague!


Same. First month was ok then now i hardly get 3mbps. Pages wont load, same i need to refresh a few times to enter a website. Unfortunately the place where i live doesnt have fibre. Dont buy!
bnone03/04/2020 20:01

Same. First month was ok then now i hardly get 3mbps. Pages wont load, …Same. First month was ok then now i hardly get 3mbps. Pages wont load, same i need to refresh a few times to enter a website. Unfortunately the place where i live doesnt have fibre. Dont buy!


I can’t get fibre where I live either, thought this would be better, goes down once more then I will be cancelling the contract and going with standard broadband, actually a coat hanger and string would be better than Three.
I've heard it can be hit and miss depending on location. For the price it looked like a good deal even to just get the router which I can't find for £59 new.
bnone03/04/2020 20:01

Same. First month was ok then now i hardly get 3mbps. Pages wont load, …Same. First month was ok then now i hardly get 3mbps. Pages wont load, same i need to refresh a few times to enter a website. Unfortunately the place where i live doesnt have fibre. Dont buy!


Is it some sort of fair use policy they are invoking?
Three are dreadful where I live, I get a full 5 bars of signal but often the internet speed is like the old fashioned dial up in comparison my Voxi (Vodafone) sim only gets 3 bars but averages 9Mbps but sometimes hits 35Mbps.
I don't live in a heavily populated area either so It's basically crappy Three network.
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Edited by: "PaulandPam" 3rd Apr
Would this router be unlocked?
turtleparadise03/04/2020 20:03

I can’t get fibre where I live either, thought this would be better, goes d …I can’t get fibre where I live either, thought this would be better, goes down once more then I will be cancelling the contract and going with standard broadband, actually a coat hanger and string would be better than Three.


I use this Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 Cross Polarised 4G Omni LTE Antenna with mine and works very well
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You can save £2 by going through the 'Existing Customer Offers' area of the site.
So this is basically the router for £59 with a month's unlimited internet? If you cancel straight away are there any penalties?
Note the B535 does not have a telephone socket where as the B525 does. Real shame, can't understand why Huawei left it out.
endofdays03/04/2020 20:31

So this is basically the router for £59 with a month's unlimited internet? …So this is basically the router for £59 with a month's unlimited internet? If you cancel straight away are there any penalties?


No experience but contractually I don't see how there could be.
DON'T DO IT FOLKS!!
I got this with the B535 also few months back. My average speed is around 1mb and that's no lie. You ring them and they just get you jumping through hoops rather than fix the problem. Absolutely atrocious service. I thinks it's definitely throttled cos three network is not usually that bad but these home broadband Sims feel different (it's apecial sim that don't work in a phone)
40284269-nfZzV.jpgThis is the result of a test I've just done. And before you ask, I have full reception bars on my router
DannyCouzens03/04/2020 20:19

I use this Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 Cross Polarised 4G Omni LTE Antenna with …I use this Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 Cross Polarised 4G Omni LTE Antenna with mine and works very well


I was thinking of getting one of these antennas for my Huawei B525 but the Amazon reviews are a bit worrying.
Did it make a noticable difference to your signal and speed.
PaulandPam03/04/2020 20:35

I was thinking of getting one of these antennas for my Huawei B525 but the …I was thinking of getting one of these antennas for my Huawei B525 but the Amazon reviews are a bit worrying.Did it make a noticable difference to your signal and speed.


It did yeah quite a bit of difference had 2 bars of signal without it full bars with it and speed increase by about 10mps. Buy from amazon you can easily return if it doesn't work for you.
PaulandPam03/04/2020 20:35

I was thinking of getting one of these antennas for my Huawei B525 but the …I was thinking of getting one of these antennas for my Huawei B525 but the Amazon reviews are a bit worrying.Did it make a noticable difference to your signal and speed.



Unless you can mount the antenna outside forget it as the 5m lead fitted swallows a lot of the signal.
turtleparadise03/04/2020 19:56

I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.My b …I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.My broadband was great when I first got it, I was getting 38mb which is 3 times faster than what but could do, but in the last few months Three have been shocking, I’m lucky if I get 1.5mb download speeds, a lot of dropouts and over the last few weeks pages won’t load, error and then reload when you refreshComplained to the CEO office which isn’t handled by Glasgow and dealt with offshore in Customer Relations who won’t deviate from the script and try to solve the issue by crediting my billsAvoid like the plague!


I am having the same problem and pretty much the same speeds now. Going to try calling them tomorrow. Last time a called they said I could cancel anytime as the signal was so bad in the area. It's annoying as it was so much quicker than our fibre broadband when I got it.
Mine seems to have really good signal during the day about 20 download and then most of the time between 6 and 10 struggle to get 2
sul03/04/2020 20:35

DON'T DO IT FOLKS!!I got this with the B535 also few months back. My …DON'T DO IT FOLKS!!I got this with the B535 also few months back. My average speed is around 1mb and that's no lie. You ring them and they just get you jumping through hoops rather than fix the problem. Absolutely atrocious service. I thinks it's definitely throttled cos three network is not usually that bad but these home broadband Sims feel different (it's apecial sim that don't work in a phone)[Image] This is the result of a test I've just done. And before you ask, I have full reception bars on my router


To be fair this is the reason you check coverage in you're area first. If I change networks I get a pay as you go sim for a few weeks before I change. 3 is very good where I live but 02 and Vodafone rubbish
DannyCouzens03/04/2020 21:34

To be fair this is the reason you check coverage in you're area first. If …To be fair this is the reason you check coverage in you're area first. If I change networks I get a pay as you go sim for a few weeks before I change. 3 is very good where I live but 02 and Vodafone rubbish


I did check coverage and it shows as Very Good, it's always shown the coverage as very good. I get full signal, I always have had full signal on the router and it was excellent for about a month, then downhill from there, I've read on other forums it's to do with Relish who Three bought out, not sure the ins and outs

Even Three's service status page was down for a month, and when it works, I either get a message everything is fine, or there's an issue in the area and yet the issues persist regardless
rye00703/04/2020 21:05

Mine seems to have really good signal during the day about 20 download and …Mine seems to have really good signal during the day about 20 download and then most of the time between 6 and 10 struggle to get 2


That's because of contention (other users), as the radio signal, and its fibre back-haul to the network itself has finite bandwidth which has to be shared between everyone connected to it. Bizarrely I get a much higher upload speed than download most of the time, though the download speed can be quite high in the wee small hours. This is exacerbated of course by the current situation and far more people staying home during the day and using the network.

I'm gutted that less than a month ago I paid >£100 for the Huawei B525 router from Amazon, plus another £20 for a 1 month unlimited SMARTY SIM to go in it (uses Three's network but cheaper and no contract) - this would have been a much better deal and there's a good chance the SIM will work in it anyway as I think Three own SMARTY. Suffice to say, I've voted it hot and ordered one for myself, though I'll be cancelling the contract straight away.

Now about the speed: I've got a choice of Virgin cable or ADSL service over a BT phone line where I live, or a marginal signal on Three. Virgin is fast but expensive, they lock you into at least a 12 month contract, put the price up twice last year (gave me a discount the first time but refused the second) and I had to call them four times for over an hour each time, only to be hung up on by customer (dis)service when informing them I wanted to cancel.

ADSL services are pretty much a non-starter because, in BT's own words, the cabinet serving my house is at the end of the line from the exchange some four miles away, so speeds are between 1-2Mbps and our village isn't enabled for VDSL ('fibre') yet. Of course, you need to pay for line rental in addition to whatever your broadband plan is, but it's going to total at least £20/month. And I'd need to pay a reconnection fee on top because the line is currently dead.

Three, including all the MVNOs that use it such as SMARTY & ID have terrible or no signal inside my house, however by ordering one of the free data SIMS (200Mb/month free of charge without any top-ups or contracts - ideal for testing or little-used devices) and sitting in my attic with a USB dongle I was able to get something between 8-20Mbps download speed which is sufficient for my needs. I plumped for the Huawei B525 router which gets a better signal than the USB dongle, plus a SMARTY SIM giving a one-off cost of £105 and a monthly cost of £20. Putting the router in the attic and attaching a high-gain LTE ariel to it nailed to the highest joist I can, I'm happy with the result; the price of ADSL, the freedom of no contract and the speed of low-end fibre.

The point of this overly-long post? Get a free Three data SIM or stick a tenner on a PAYG one and give it a try in a USB dongle or smart phone (use the hotspot feature), sited where you'd put this router - you may find it's a viable alternative to cable or telephone-line based connections.
Edited by: "dkj255" 3rd Apr
DannyCouzens03/04/2020 21:34

To be fair this is the reason you check coverage in you're area first. If …To be fair this is the reason you check coverage in you're area first. If I change networks I get a pay as you go sim for a few weeks before I change. 3 is very good where I live but 02 and Vodafone rubbish


In the first couple weeks I was getting on average 26mb. Was more than happy with that. But all went downhill soon after the cooloff ended
turtleparadise03/04/2020 21:42

I did check coverage and it shows as Very Good, it's always shown the …I did check coverage and it shows as Very Good, it's always shown the coverage as very good. I get full signal, I always have had full signal on the router and it was excellent for about a month, then downhill from there, I've read on other forums it's to do with Relish who Three bought out, not sure the ins and outsEven Three's service status page was down for a month, and when it works, I either get a message everything is fine, or there's an issue in the area and yet the issues persist regardless


I never go by the coverage check 02 comes up brilliant on the coverage check yet put a sim in realise its rubbish ring them up to be told a mast is down (has been for 2 years alegedly) said but you're coverage checker says 98% in my are and was told they go by the top score in the last 5 years! There should be a not fit for purpose way out of a contract on them basis.
Can you keep the router after you cancel the contract after 1 month?
turtleparadise03/04/2020 19:56

I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.My b …I wish I’d gone for the rolling 1 month deal instead of 12 months.My broadband was great when I first got it, I was getting 38mb which is 3 times faster than what but could do, but in the last few months Three have been shocking, I’m lucky if I get 1.5mb download speeds, a lot of dropouts and over the last few weeks pages won’t load, error and then reload when you refreshComplained to the CEO office which isn’t handled by Glasgow and dealt with offshore in Customer Relations who won’t deviate from the script and try to solve the issue by crediting my billsAvoid like the plague!


I have the smarty sim and all through the eek it’s fine come Friday night then it’s down to a crawl then back up to full speed come Monday morning
they deny they throttle
Edited by: "thedvdmonster" 3rd Apr
Yeah that sounds like some sort of traffic shaping or throttling.

I've got a Three payg sim with some credit on it, and just done a speedtest and got 26mb, put the broadband sim back in the router 1.6mb

I'm convinced it's down Three Mobile and 4G Broadband running through different infrstructure, not the masts, but rather the backend and servers, otherwise if it was all one network, speeds should be the same

I don't use my 4g broadband for anything other than browsing, so I'm not using huge amounts of data, according to last month I used 8gb
Sim only deal with vidaphone 10mbps £14, or £18 unlimited speed unlimited data. Hot spit you phone, normally is faster than a cheap separate device.
DannyCouzens03/04/2020 22:11

I never go by the coverage check 02 comes up brilliant on the coverage …I never go by the coverage check 02 comes up brilliant on the coverage check yet put a sim in realise its rubbish ring them up to be told a mast is down (has been for 2 years alegedly) said but you're coverage checker says 98% in my are and was told they go by the top score in the last 5 years! There should be a not fit for purpose way out of a contract on them basis.


Threes coverage gives me 5 bars of excellent signal in my house and often less than 0.5Mbps of internet speed (see my speed tests in my last post) basically Three is over subscribed so they just throttle the speeds.
Edited by: "PaulandPam" 3rd Apr
I wish this had been posted before I ordered this router fee days ago second hand to be delivered tomorrow for £77 this is cheaper and it’s new, I ordered the previous model b525 from eBay last year for £90 and it stopped working after 4 months so I’d much prefer new this time and I also bought the tenda router that was recommended on here but that turned out to be crap and just keeps freezing all day long I’m sick of buying routers I’ve lost so much money on them all
PaulandPam03/04/2020 23:02

Threes coverage gives me 5 bars of excellent signal in my house and often …Threes coverage gives me 5 bars of excellent signal in my house and often less than 0.5Mbps of internet speed (see my speed tests in my last post) basically Three is over subscribed so they just throttle the speeds.


When I questioned this after a few emails the woman got quite abrupt with me saying they do not throttle then said there was a mast issue in my area
got cracking speed right now (6.30am) but I guarantee come lunchtime it will be back down to unusable
All networks are saturated atm. Try changing your phone and router settings down to 3G rather than 4G/Auto reset in connection settings and you may find significant improvement as fewer are using the mast 3G modems. If mast connection to outside world is saturated then directional antenna may make a difference. See mastdata. Com or out of date sitefinder for masts and operators in your area
Here's a quick review how this has been for me.

I'm on a 24 month contract. At £17 per month. Initially, the service was poor for like a week. I stuck with it, Three put on £35 of credit. Then the signal improved, after two external SMA connectors. Which boost my signal up to 30mpbs in the day time. At night I get 45mbps to 50mbps.

In Jan 2020, my signal was poor for whole week. Three put on another £20 credit. So £55 in total.

Since then, the signal has been spot on, I stream 1080p - 4k films all the time. I probably use around 70gb of data a day. There are days where my signal is awfully slow, that's 4g signal, drops to like 1mbps ;/ but then I switch to 3g and get like 15mbps.

I left virgin after joining them as telewest broadband in 2001 I believe. Now it isn't even virgin the company is using virgin brand.

I lost them because of their extremely poor customer service team. Constant failures, extreme pricing, throttling which was next level. I was on 200mbps, and direct download on top servers with full downlink speeds were being limited to like 2mbps. With 3 I've been downloading at 15mbps.

I'd say buy a pay as you go sim, or 1 month sim and try it out solid before comitting long term.
riggercom04/04/2020 14:20

All networks are saturated atm. Try changing your phone and router …All networks are saturated atm. Try changing your phone and router settings down to 3G rather than 4G/Auto reset in connection settings and you may find significant improvement as fewer are using the mast 3G modems. If mast connection to outside world is saturated then directional antenna may make a difference. See mastdata. Com or out of date sitefinder for masts and operators in your area


I thought this, but my signal is better durin corona
Yeahh, I'd say go for a rolling contract or get a router and just try their cheaper sims. Have a 5G router and worked great for 3 months, but last week the speed literally dropped from 180Mbps to 5Mbps.
Quit a techie so have gone over various troubleshoots and know for a fact that location of the router is not an issue (reception from the nearby tower and actual WiFi channels are great and quite empty) - have given all the data to the three people but only get runaround and copy/paste answers.
I live in an area that actually has less people right now so that's also not an issue. They'd need to send someone to take a look at the mast but believe that won't happen. Will be going and trying for a unpaid cancellation if no update in the next week. Right now on Vodafone and am getting around 100Mbps on bloody 4G.
Thumbnail04/04/2020 16:41

I thought this, but my signal is better durin corona


By any chance do you live near businesses/universities/schools that are closed?
jnm2104/04/2020 22:30

By any chance do you live near businesses/universities/schools that are …By any chance do you live near businesses/universities/schools that are closed?


No. We recently had some mast work done in our area.
DannyCouzens03/04/2020 20:19

I use this Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 Cross Polarised 4G Omni LTE Antenna … I use this Poynting 4G-XPOL-A0001 Cross Polarised 4G Omni LTE Antenna with mine and works very well


Ive got full 4 bars and still have 3mbs average. By 13.43 today ive got 0.01 mbps. 2 weeks left then im leaving three.
bnone05/04/2020 13:44

Ive got full 4 bars and still have 3mbs average. By 13.43 today ive got …Ive got full 4 bars and still have 3mbs average. By 13.43 today ive got 0.01 mbps. 2 weeks left then im leaving three.


I had a pay and go sim for a few months before I signed up would never go into a contract without a good test first. Make sure you're next network is checked out thoroughly these providers don't care if it works or not.
DannyCouzens05/04/2020 13:48

I had a pay and go sim for a few months before I signed up would never go …I had a pay and go sim for a few months before I signed up would never go into a contract without a good test first. Make sure you're next network is checked out thoroughly these providers don't care if it works or not.


40307381-U0q2T.jpgThat's mine at the moment pretty slow but everyone is indoors I guess
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