Three Web Cube
Broadband in a box. A saviour for sufferers of slow fixed line broadband connections?
Price as reviewed £59.99
- HSPA+ 21.1Mbps
- Max 5 Connected Devices
- Initial Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh focus
- Pre-pay or contract data bundles
The launch of the new iPad highlighted one thing in particular to UK consumers: the country’s continued lack of LTE, which is now unlikely to arrive before the end of 2013. LTE remains a dream for many smartphone and laptop owners, but even more so for those suffering fixed line broadband woes all over the country. So bad are these for many that a high quality 3G network could actually still be a relative saviour.
Step forward the Web Cube. Made by Huawei and sold by data friendly network Three, it aims to improve the lives of those either a) hindered by slow fixed line broadband speeds, or b) looking to break dependency from a fixed telephone line completely. The concept is simple: plug the ‘Cube’ into a power socket, connect to the WiFi hotspot it creates and enjoy the ‘up to’ 21.1Mbit HSPA 3G speeds it provides. So is the reality any more complicated?
Life would be boring if we dealt in absolutes, and once again we fall back on a familiar answer: yes and no, but it does make a super first impression. Unpack the Web Cube and two things immediately draw attention. Firstly the Web Cube almost exactly lives up to its name measuring 100 x 100 x 95mm, and secondly it pays a stylish homage to Apple’s legendary iMac G3. Much like Apple’s transparent racing helmet-esque desktop, the Web Cube also offers a cloudy look through to its internals and is finished off with a tasteful white top and bottom. In short if Web Cube stands out against your home furnishings then it is your decorative skills that are at fault.
Beyond the styling the Web Cube is well thought out. Away from a tattoo-style Three logo and branding on the top, this surface also doubles as a signal indicator showing one to three bars of network signal strength. Two removable slots on the sides of the white top pull away to expose a reset button and a sim card slot.
Things get no more complex when it comes to setup. Continue reading