Hi there, I have been going through all the options with 3 and its data plans for home use as my home broadband is rubbish basically, and was hoping this forum would be able to answer some questions please?
Currently I am on a mobile broadband 15Gb/month sim with 3 and am using it with a Netcomm wireless router situated in my loft. We use it for home broadband as our ADSL speeds are so slow with BT. Infinity is available today and will give us about 7mb download speeds so still pretty poor! We are in a rural area with slow broadband so hopefully mobile broadband will be the answer, it's just the monthly caps are the 'problem'. With the wireless router with the sim we can get about 10mb download, sometimes more. It can sometimes hit 15mb download speeds, and hopefully more when 4g (IF!) comes to our area.
What I would like to know is if I can ditch my 15GB/month sim mifi plan, and get a 'normal' phone One plan (sim only) which has unlimited data allowance and use it in my netcomm router? I know that there is a 2GB 'cap' on the one plan for tethering, but it seems that sim only plans aren't affected with this limitation? I have a phone contract with 3 currently and it has unlimited tethering, but the indoor coverage is rubbish which is why I use a netcomm with external aerial setup to get a better signal rather than just use my phone tethering.
Basically, will a normal sim only one plan (meant to be used for phones) work in a router? I won't be making calls with it obviously, but would 3 care and would it be able to use the unlimited data solely or would 3 see it as not being used in a phone and stop the sim from working.
I am hoping that this would work as it would mean I wouldn't be tied down to the 15GB/month cap I currently have with their mobile broadband sim? I know that's what that plan is meant to be for but I don't want to be limited to 15GB if they offer an 'unlimited' plan, (especially if it is truly unlimited rather than limited to 2Gb) if the sim only plans are truly unlimited.
Sorry if it's a bit complicated, just wanted to see if anyone knew if it would be possible?