HSPA+42, in case you’re unfamiliar, is like turbo-charged 3G – some call it 3.5G, in fact, and as the name suggests it offers theoretical download speeds of up to 42Mbps (with Three labelling it “ultra-fast”).
Though of course, as always – and particularly with mobile coverage – the actual speeds you get will vary considerably, and you can expect more in the order of 5 to 15Mbps, typically (from what we’ve read of testing). Which is still pretty impressive for a non-LTE service.
Three is currently rolling out its HSPA+42 network, and it should cover half of the UK by the end of 2012.
Bryn Jones, CTO at Three, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer the advanced Huawei E3256 dongle because when it’s connected to our HSPA+42 network, customers will be able to enjoy ultra fast internet access for better streaming, browsing and downloading.”
The company notes the dongle has a “premium” finish, and a rotating head with a USB connector, which tucks in, and swivels out when you want to use it, like a miniature aerial.
Are you sold? Check that you have HSPA+42 coverage live in your area first, mind, but if that’s the case, you can bag the Huawei E3256 for £24.99 up front on a one month rolling contract, offering 5GB per month for £15.99. Or you can fork out £44.99 up front for a PAYG dongle (with 1GB of data), and top up as necessary.