Looking for a mobile broadband tariff with no commitment period?
In this guide, we’ve looked at four of the best mobile broadband offers with no commitment, including 4G and 5G tariffs, in 2023.
We’ve also explained what you need to know when shopping for mobile broadband with no binding period.
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Let’s begin our reviews.
In this section, we’ve looked at some of the best mobile internet offers you can buy right now that have no binding period.
If you want unlimited mobile broadband with no commitment period, Chili is a great choice.
They have a range of different offers available, but rather than choosing how much surfing you need, you get to choose the speed you want. Each tariff comes with unlimited surfing.
The best thing about Chili is you can choose to get full 5G download and upload speeds, for only a slightly higher monthly cost. There is also a 10 Mbit/s and a 100 Mbit/s tariff available, if you’re looking to save a bit of money.
Chili’s monthly costs are reasonable, especially for the first few months after you join them, but they’re not quite as cheap as some other providers that have a surfing limit on their tariffs. There are no setup costs though, which is great.
Overall, if you want fast mobile broadband with no long-term commitment, and also need unlimited surfing, Chili is a great choice.
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Hallon has some of the cheapest mobile broadband offers in Sweden. You can get online for as little as 150 SEK per month.
The catch is, each Hallon mobile broadband tariff comes with a surfing limit. You have to choose the usage limit you’re willing to pay for.
On the plus side though, you can save up any unused allowance you have left over each month, up to 200GB. This is very helpful if you only use mobile broadband occasionally, and often have a lot of surfing left over.
There are no binding periods or upfront fees on any Hallon mobile broadband offers, and you can also change your surfing limit whenever you need more usage, which is great.
However, you’ll only get 4G broadband speeds with Hallon. You won’t be able to get more than 100 Mbit/s, since 5G isn’t available.
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Tre’s main mobile broadband deals have a 24 month commitment period, and come with a 5G router. However, they also have SIM offers with no binding period that you can choose to buy instead.
Rather than paying for a certain amount of surfing, you’re charged a different amount each month based on how much you surf.
Tre’s tariffs are very flexible – you will only be charged based on the amount you use, although there is a minimum fee you’ll pay each month. The issue is, Tre’s surfing tiers are quite restrictive. Once you use more than 50GB of data in a month, you pay the maximum amount – the same amount you’ll pay if you use 500GB.
Rather than using this flexible tariff, you can also choose a specific unlimited surfing plan, which will reduce your monthly cost if you consistently use more than 50GB of surfing each month.
You can use your Tre mobile broadband in other EU countries, up to a 60GB roaming limit, which is good if you often travel to other European countries.
Also, Tre’s monthly prices are reasonable, especially on their unlimited tariff, given that they include 5G speeds. You can even get a discount if you’re an existing Tre mobile customer, depending on the subscription you have.
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They only have one offer available without a binding period. It’s a 4G broadband deal, meaning it’s not super fast, but it does come with unlimited surfing.
Given that unlimited usage is included, Comviq’s prices are very reasonable. Plus, there’s no upfront fee.
If you like, you can choose to commit to Comviq mobile broadband for 24 months in return for a lower monthly cost. Comviq will also throw in a 4G router if you decide to do this.
For those looking for broadband with no minimum commitment period, the main reason we recommend Comviq is their prices. Compared to Chili’s unlimited 4G tariffs, Comviq is often cheaper.
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Key things to consider
In this part of the article, we’ve explained what you need to know when shopping for a 4G or 5G broadband package with no long-term commitment.
Which mobile broadband providers offer tariffs with no commitment?
Currently, the following mobile broadband providers offer tariffs with no binding period:
- Tre (24 month contract is also available, comes with a 5G Wi-Fi router)
- Comviq (24 month contract is also available, comes with a 4G Wi-Fi router)
How much should I expect to pay for mobile broadband?
The exact amount you can expect to pay for mobile internet depends on the speeds you’ll be entitled to receive, as well as your monthly surfing allowance.
- For a plan with a small surfing limit of 20-100GB or so, you can expect to pay about 150 SEK per month.
- For a plan with a high surfing limit of 100-200GB or more, you can expect to pay about 250-300 SEK per month.
- For a plan with unlimited surfing, you can expect to pay about 450 SEK per month, or slightly more if you choose a 5G broadband offer.
Note: the above assumes that you choose a mobile broadband offer without a binding period. If you decide to commit to a certain provider for 12 months or more, you can expect to pay about 10-20% less per month.
Mobile broadband notice periods explained
Even if you have a tariff with no binding period, you still need to consider the notice period on the contract.
When you want to cancel a mobile broadband plan, you will have to give a certain amount of notice – normally one month – before you can leave the provider and stop paying the monthly fee.
This means that if you cancel your mobile broadband connection in the middle of October, you might not be able to leave until the end of November.
In practice, this means that you might have to pay for an extra month’s worth of broadband after you cancel the subscription. Most of the time, this is not a huge amount of money, but it’s important to be aware of before buying a mobile broadband offer.
How much surfing do I need?
If you will be using 4G or 5G internet as your main way of getting online at home, you will most likely need unlimited surfing, unless only one or two people are in the house full-time, and you don’t use the internet much.
If you’ll only be using mobile broadband occasionally, such as on the weekends at the summer house, or as an internet backup, you can probably get away with a 100-200GB surfing limit as a family with children, and a 50-100GB limit would be suitable for most couples.
In most cases, we recommend paying a bit more for unlimited surfing, if you can. With the amount of data that we use on the internet today, it’s very easy to hit your surfing limit quickly.
For example, streaming a high-definition movie that’s two hours long will use around 6GB of data. Even more common activities such as browsing social media and watching YouTube can also use up huge amounts of your allowance very quickly.
I’ve ordered a mobile broadband plan: now what?
With most mobile broadband offers without a binding period, once the first payment is made, the provider will send you a SIM card in the mail.
Once the SIM card arrives, you’ll need to install it somewhere in order to get online. Some common options are:
- A phone – once the surfing SIM is installed, you can use your phone’s hotspot or tethering to get online on other devices.
- A 4G or 5G router – these devices work in a similar way to a fibre broadband router. Once the SIM is installed, they will connect to the mobile network, and create a Wi-Fi network you can connect to.
- Mobile hotspot devices – similar to 4G and 5G routers, except they’re smaller, and come with a battery, making them very portable. They create a Wi-Fi hotspot, and don’t need to be plugged in all the time, but don’t offer as good Wi-Fi signal as a proper router.
If you’re looking for a router, this will typically cost around 2000-5000 SEK, depending on whether the hardware is 4G or 5G enabled. Mobile hotspot devices are a bit cheaper, although 5G options are relatively expensive.
4G vs 5G mobile broadband
One of the main factors that determines how much you’ll pay for mobile broadband is the connectivity on offer: 4G or 5G.
Most wireless broadband offers with no binding period only come with 4G, although you can pay more for 5G mobile broadband with Chili.
But what’s the difference between 4G and 5G, in practical terms?
- With 4G, you can expect to receive a download speed of about 50 Mbit/s on average (100 Mbit/s maximum), if you have good signal.
- With 5G, you can expect to receive a download speed of about 500 Mbit/s on average (1000 Mbit/s maximum), if you have good signal.
5G is significantly faster than 4G, meaning it’s a better choice for activities such as working from home. It’s also better for large families, who need more bandwidth to support multiple video streams or file downloads at the same time.
Exactly what speeds will I get with mobile broadband?
Before you buy, most mobile broadband providers will give you a speed estimate based on typical 4G or 5G download and upload speeds, similar to what we described above.
However, there are two ways to get a more accurate idea of what speeds you’ll get with mobile internet.
- Put your postcode in on a network’s website, and see what signal you can expect to receive. Here are Chili, Hallon, and Tre’s coverage checkers, as an example. Sometimes, these coverage maps will give you a more accurate estimate of the speeds you can expect to receive.
- Do a speed test at your house, on the network you’re considering using. This can give you an accurate idea of what download and upload speeds you can expect to receive. Consider borrowing a friend’s phone if you’re not using the mobile network you’re considering for mobile broadband at the moment. Also, ensure that you have 5G turned off on your phone before beginning the speed test, if you’re planning on buying a 4G internet tariff.
This is the end of our no-commitment mobile broadband buyer’s guide.
The best way to save money on mobile broadband if you don’t want a commitment period is to choose a 4G tariff, most of the time. Providers like Hallon have the cheapest prices on the market if you don’t need a large surfing allowance.
Still not sure which mobile broadband provider to choose? Leave a comment below, and we’ll get right back to you.
I’m Roger, and I’m the founder of Broadband 4 Europe.
I grew up in Switzerland but live in Germany now, and also lived in South Tirol for a while in the past.
I have a background in IT and have performed extensive research into the broadband markets of most major European countries. Learning about fixed-line broadband markets is my nerdy hobby, but I’m also excited by the possibilities that 5G (and eventually 6G) broadband will provide us in the future.
When I’m not researching broadband companies and their networks, you’ll find me playing volleyball or the piano.