TJ Skywasher

Is the 3 network any good for iPhone/iPad?

I'm thinking of ending my contract with O2 as it's up soon. Wondering if 3 is any good for the iPhone and also if I was to get a SIM for my iPad. I don't get 3G at home or work on my iPhone on the O2 network and want to change network. 3 were always criticised for poor reception years ago, has this changed?

Most Useful Answer indhf  Aug. 3, 2011 at 22:21

Try the postcode checker, then ask a neighbour who has a three phone about the quality of signal.
Anything else?

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indhf  Aug. 3, 2011 at 22:21

Try the postcode checker, then ask a neighbour who has a three phone about the quality of signal.
Anything else?

chancooluk  Aug. 4, 2011 at 00:32

If it's a fast and reliable 3G signal you are after then the 3 network is the best in the UK (O2 offer the worst). 3 also connect their users to Orange in more remote areas of the UK to use their 2G networks (as 3 do not run a 2G network). It would be worth checking the 3 coverage checker on their website for the most popular places where you use your iphone/ipad.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 4, 2011 at 10:41

Skywasher, pick up a three SIM card from store or order from online. Both are free of charge. Do not put any money on it. Put it into your phone and see if it gets good singnal or not. If you have coverage Three is very good. If you don't have signal Three is not for you.
Three does not roam of Orange anymore. Since Everything Everywhere sharing rules changed and I cannot get my phone to register on Orange. Emergency calls only.

TJ Skywasher  Aug. 4, 2011 at 19:55

Thanks, I'll try and pick up a free sim and see if I get coverage. I've checked the coverage on the 3 site and it's a bit touch and go, I live in a small village and work on the outskirts of another small village where data signals on all the networks seem to be poor. 3 seems to be the one that has the best coverage though for 3G. At the moment if I don't get a 3G signal on O2 it falls back to the slower EDGE network and makes calls on the 2G network, how does this work on 3?

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 5, 2011 at 08:18

Three does not have 2G network. You either have service or you don't. You need 3G phone to use Three.

TJ Skywasher  Aug. 5, 2011 at 20:48

I don't know anyone else with a Three phone, I tried the postcode checker and generally I can get signal for calls and broadband, it might be a bit hit and miss at home. I'll see if I can get a free sim as suggested and give it a try. Failing that Orange seems to be pretty decent for calls and data after checking the coverage, although I was with Orange many years ago and the signal was poor. Perhaps things have changed since then.


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