3 launches Mobile Wi-Fi service


3 has announced that its Mobile Wi-Fi offer will be available from September 17.

The service will be available via telesales and online at www.three.co.uk from this date, and in 3 stores across the country the following day.

At launch Mobile Wi-Fi will be available on two plans. ‘Broadband 5GB 1 month’ is a one-month contract that includes 5GB of data for £15 a month. With this deal the wireless modem costs £69.99.

For an upfront charge of £99.99, Mobile Wi-Fi will also be available as a ‘Ready to Go’ kit. The deal includes a wireless modem and 3GB worth of data that can be used over a three-month period. After the data has been used, the modem can be used on a prepay basis.

Mobile Wi-Fi, also known as MiFi, is a new service from 3 that connects to 3’s network, allowing users to create their own Wi-Fi connection. They get a wireless modem that sends out a Wi-Fi signal so that they can connect a range of Wi-Fi enabled devices to the internet without the need for wires or a USB connection. No fixed-line is required; users only need coverage from the operator’s 3G network to connect.

They can connect multiple devices to the internet at the same time. So for example, when they are checking emails on a netbook, they can also download a track from iTunes onto their iPod touch.

Users don’t need to install software and can insert a 3 UK SIM, switch on the wireless modem and connect to the mobile internet using a Wi-Fi signal. A Wi-Fi enabled device will automatically pick up the signal and ask for an eight-digit network key that users will have to enter just once for every new device they want to connect.

3 UK sales and marketing director Marc Allera said: “Mobile Wi-Fi is the future of internet access on the move and we’re bringing it to customers at price points that make it accessible and affordable. It’s the perfect gift for people after genuine wireless internet access on the go to complement the laptops and iPod touchs that will undoubtedly make their way onto Christmas lists across the UK this December.”