matt101101

What's 3's Network Coverage Really Like?

I'm considering moving to 3 since T-Mobile are doubling the cost of their unlimited text package on PAYG from April 2nd 2012.

3 are the only major UK network which I've never used, I was just wondering if I could get a feel for what their network is really like (especially now they have little to no 2G back-up) from people who have or do use the 3 network on a day to day basis. I realise it all depends on where you live, but real-life stories are always nice to hear when considering such a move.

Thanks in advance for any help :).


Oh and a little side note, before anyone points it out, yes, I have looked at 3's coverage check for my house/work/other places I tend to spend time.

Most Useful Answer johnch  May. 2, 2012 at 22:14

I dont wanna look like im barging in here, Three would offer a FREE signal booster which is similar to vodafones sure signal box, if your coverage is poor in the house, it does wonders.

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Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 12:17

Never had a problem with coverage... certainly no worse than any other network... and tbh too much issue is placed on their lack of 2g... most companies have issues with their phones flicking between 2g/3g three dont have that issue...

blizzard7  Mar. 11, 2012 at 12:41

Why don't you just get a PAYG SIM and try it out? That's the only real way you're going to find out if it's good enough in your area.

Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 12:45

you can get one from amazon for 1p ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 11, 2012 at 21:11

Cheers guys, I've ordered a PAYG SIM from 3 themselves for free :), I'll stick it in my S2 and see what kinda signal I get when I'm out and about.

Treab, fair point about other networks having issues switching between 2G and 3G effectively. I think I've just been spoilt by the T-Mobile/Orange signal sharing scheme.

Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 22:07

typical lawyer... always a spoilt child... :p

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:06

At least you started off with useful advice before you went off topic ;).

Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:12

At least you started off with useful advice before you went off topic ;).

always do :p unless the question has been answered ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:17

Before this descends into the realm of total useless. What happens if you put a 3 SIM card in a 2G only phone?

Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:20

It says phone not compatible... or no sim something like that... basically tells you to buy a better phone...i.e one built in the last 10 years so better than your new one ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:23

Damn...I might go with Orange but force a T-mobile signal all the time...why does proper T-mobile have to be so bloody expensive for data :(?

Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:25

they all are tbh. best bet mate is a 12 month contract sim...

i,e check out this dealo... http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/600-mins-3000-texts-1gb-data-12-month-sim-only-deal-12-month-fiver-5-01-after-tcb-1160257

depends on what you want but some are cheaper still ...

PAYG is for chumps 99% of the time...

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:26

Oh and what about when I'm abroad? I'm not sure some of the countries I visit have a 3G network...

Treab  Mar. 11, 2012 at 23:27

buy a local sim? dunno...

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 12, 2012 at 12:37

PAYG is great (up until the 2nd of April) on T-Mobile, I get unlimited data and unlimited texts for £8.33 a month. I don't want mins so paying extra for them seems totally pointless. As of the 2nd of April the cost of unlimited texts is doubling from £5 per month to £10 per month, pushing my monthly spend to £13.33 per month, which is more than I'm willing to spend.

On a SIMO T-Mobile contract data is an expensive add-on (£5 a month for 750mb) so that makes a T-Mobile SIMO contract £8.50 for unlimited texts and 100 pointless mins and an extra £5 for 750mb of data, totalling £13.50 per month...eugh.

3 seems like a decent option so far, tbh.

AhmadCentral  Mar. 12, 2012 at 17:54

Three is the best for data in the uk.

Go to a three store and ask them to use the system coverage checker (not the one on the website) to show you the town/area you live in. If the majority of the town is covered with a green or blue colour then you will have excellent signal everywhere.

Three now do AYCE on their sim only contracts from £15pm with 600 mins/3000 texts. (£12pm for just 1GB) Quidco is around £60-£80 if i remember correctly.

johnch  May. 2, 2012 at 22:14

I dont wanna look like im barging in here, Three would offer a FREE signal booster which is similar to vodafones sure signal box, if your coverage is poor in the house, it does wonders.

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