Three Mobile: 900,000 new customers, but no rush for 4G

Three Mobile: 900,000 new customers, but no rush for 4GUK network Three is having a pretty sweet time of things at the moment, having bagged 900,000 new customers in 2012, and notching up two years in the black.

However, despite the near-million noobs (bringing its total to a healthy 9.1 million), Three says it’s in no rush to roll out a 4G data service. Oh it could; it just doesn’t want to.

Essentially, Three is confident that its existing 3G network is awesome enough to keep customers loyal. Of course, there’s also that promise of 4G at no extra cost when it does roll out.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Chief Exec Dave Dyson screamed: "We have the opportunity to move quite quickly with the 800Mhz spectrum that we acquired in the auction. However, realistically, I think it's going to be towards the end of the year before you see us launch (4G) LTE as a technology.

But Dyson, won’t people be tempted to jump ship and go with EE’s ultra-expensive 4G service?

"Our network stacks up very well," explains Dave. "Right now the latest version of 3G and the early versions of LTE are not dramatically different and I am very confident that our customers are getting the right experience."

Yeah, it’s pretty good. Except when I, like, go inside buildings and stuff. Hmm. Still, at £6.90 per month, I can’t really complain.

via: Reuters

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matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:04

Still, at £6.90 per month, I can’t really complain.
Well, you can...paying more or less doesn't buy you a better or worse signal; even if you were paying £40pm on Three, your signal would still be just as sh*te.

AhmadCentral  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:29

Still, at £6.90 per month, I can’t really complain.
Well, you can...paying more or less doesn't buy you a better or worse signal; even if you were paying £40pm on Three, your signal would still be just as sh*te.


Bit harsh^ I've been on Three years now and it's much better than O2 and Vodafone and on par with EE.

Besides, for internet it's the best network to go for-
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAJ4gtKCUAA5L1o.jpg:large

Plus unlimited 4G on standard price is a bargain. Count me in.

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:44

Still, at £6.90 per month, I can’t really complain.
Well, you can...paying more or less doesn't buy you a better or worse signal; even if you were paying £40pm on Three, your signal would still be just as sh*te.


Bit harsh^ I've been on Three years now and it's much better than O2 and Vodafone and on par with EE.

Besides, for internet it's the best network to go for-
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BAJ4gtKCUAA5L1o.jpg:large

Plus unlimited 4G on standard price is a bargain. Count me in.

I think you may have misunderstood the point of my mini-rant. I was trying to say that paying less doesn't mean you should put up with a crappy signal (or that by paying more you'd get a better signal, whichever way you want to look at it), the fact Lewis is with Three is purely coincidental, my point stands for any network...hell, if you pay for EE's 4G, you're deliberately paying more for a worse signal hahahaha :p!

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:45

Well, it always depends where you spend most time, doesn't it?

lcurdie / MOD  Mar. 27, 2013 at 12:49

Still, at £6.90 per month, I can’t really complain.
Well, you can...paying more or less doesn't buy you a better or worse signal; even if you were paying £40pm on Three, your signal would still be just as sh*te.


Point taken, Matthew! But personally - personally - it's a small price to pay for having a small price to pay ;) It's a minor inconvenience at worst. For example, not being able to text when I'm in da local club wiv da honeys. It's a dead zone.

Andy247  Mar. 27, 2013 at 14:05

9.2 Million customers, almost 50% of which are pre-pay, almost 60% of which are inactive.

mightyforest  Mar. 27, 2013 at 14:22

been with 3 since go live back in the day when i had my motorola a920 (brick)
wouldnt touch any of the other carriers these days

Dougal1709  Mar. 27, 2013 at 15:15

I moved to Three from O2 and I've yet to find a place that doesn't have a better signal. I have found Three to be a massive improvement in every way.

AhmadCentral  Mar. 27, 2013 at 20:17


I think you may have misunderstood the point of my mini-rant. I was trying to say that paying less doesn't mean you should put up with a crappy signal (or that by paying more you'd get a better signal, whichever way you want to look at it), the fact Lewis is with Three is purely coincidental, my point stands for any network...hell, if you pay for EE's 4G, you're deliberately paying more for a worse signal hahahaha :p!


Think i did haha.

I agree with ya mate.

Throttle  Mar. 27, 2013 at 22:33

I've been with 3 years but i find the signal going more downhill in my excellent rated area according too there site and it used too be.
I have a 3G iPad with them which ive cancelled my contract due too problems over the months and when i spoke to the cancelation team asked why i was why i was leaving, I pointed out as network wasn't as good and i wasn't using as much so i didn't want be paying out so much to which response i was offered.
The current latest iPad and same tariff i had for a extra £15 on top per month !? So my iPad contract is going no logic paying so much more for poorer that it was signal and i got iPad with price i have now included..

Samsung S3 with them that's got the sudden death fault it's been twice too them and returned exact same so I give up and have sent it direct too Samsung now and been without a handset for a month now..

I can't wait too leave sooner my phone contract is up the better there prices are good but service and CS are not, O2 which my son has seems better and much easier to deal with even if price is that bit more..

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2013 at 00:03


I think you may have misunderstood the point of my mini-rant. I was trying to say that paying less doesn't mean you should put up with a crappy signal (or that by paying more you'd get a better signal, whichever way you want to look at it), the fact Lewis is with Three is purely coincidental, my point stands for any network...hell, if you pay for EE's 4G, you're deliberately paying more for a worse signal hahahaha :p!


Think i did haha.

I agree with ya mate.

I should make my rants clearer, I think I've been talking to Jan too much ;).

ian2606  Mar. 28, 2013 at 12:54

I was with 3 network for years with no network problems at all....now I'm with O2 its dropping all the time and their 3g is appalling.....I am only with O2 as I get 30% discount for working for them but they are rubbish.....I had less trouble with T-mobile also, never got bad coverage with them.....

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