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What's Three like as a network?

Does anyone have any experience of using Three as a network? What are they like these days?

Most Useful Answer CTPAHHIK  May. 29, 2012 at 12:50

Three has only 3G coverage and no 2G coverage. You would require a 3G enabled phone. In densely populated areas Three is Oversubscribed and slow. With All-You-Can-Eat data plans it's not hard to use all available bandwidth on cell tower and make internet unusable for everyone else. Calling itself is not affected, but for data it can get to the point that there is no data icon on the phone at all.

If you plan to use Three in non-metropolitan area and you have good coverage there it should be OK. Otherwise, stay away.

Three gives out free SIM cards. You would need to top up £15 to get call and unlimited data. I think it worth a try before getting into any contract with them.

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CTPAHHIK  May. 29, 2012 at 12:50

Three has only 3G coverage and no 2G coverage. You would require a 3G enabled phone. In densely populated areas Three is Oversubscribed and slow. With All-You-Can-Eat data plans it's not hard to use all available bandwidth on cell tower and make internet unusable for everyone else. Calling itself is not affected, but for data it can get to the point that there is no data icon on the phone at all.

If you plan to use Three in non-metropolitan area and you have good coverage there it should be OK. Otherwise, stay away.

Three gives out free SIM cards. You would need to top up £15 to get call and unlimited data. I think it worth a try before getting into any contract with them.

AhmadCentral  May. 29, 2012 at 12:56

Three have improved a lot since their days when they launched as a 3G network. So much so that they have turned off roaming with Orange in certain areas because the signal is so strong now.

they are definitely a network to consider now due to the 'one plan' which includes unlimited data at a price less than all other operators offer. (some don't even do unlimited data. Three have upgraded their network heavily in the past two years and as a result of that i've seen speeds up to 17mbps and have rarely dropped signal at places i go to.

They are quite cheap when compared to other network and they have good support via their stores/facebook/twitter. Bad things i'd say is that their customer service in India isn't the best. Especially when there is a major issue, they'll be slow to sort it out. Minor things they're excellent at though. Also Three do have unlimited data with no fair use policy, but they have a traffic management policy which slows down p2p or really really high users at peak times.

To be honest it all depends what phone you want to get, and whether you have three signal at you postcode. Best way to check is online, or in store (because they have a system checker which is more accurate). Also if you can get a PAYG sim so you get a real experience.

There sim only prices are second to none btw. I'm on Three, T-Mobile and O2. I get better o2 signal at my home, but everywhere else Three always comes out on top in terms of signal strength and internet speed. I recommend them, but like i said above, make sure you get signal yourself, and that the phone you want is at a good price.

Also Three are part of MBNL which means that Three, Orange and T-Mobile all use the same masts (they have their own equipment on each) so Three now have access to a lot of Orange masts and over 4000 new ones will be added to Three by 2014.

CTPAHHIK  May. 29, 2012 at 13:29

Ahmad, you should work for sales. ;)

I'm looking to switch to T-Mobile or Orange as soon as good deal shows up.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 29, 2012 at 14:13

I'm looking to switch to T-Mobile or Orange as soon as good deal shows up
Can't blame you, especially as EvEv now actually prioritise your network by fastest signal, they don't use your actual network's 2G before using the other network's 3G anymore. Which means it's simply a price thing whether to go with Orange or T-Mobile, there's no need to force your phone to use just the other network if that was the only one that got 3G in your area.

AhmadCentral  May. 29, 2012 at 14:13

Haha, i used to work in sales :)

T-Mobile's full monty looks great ^ I'd only suggest orange if you want swapables/orange wednesdays.

Seeing as how T-Mo and Orange are the same network now and even more so in the future, then t-mo is a no brainer for the price/allowance. Really like how fast EE have done the seamless smart signal thingy.

Treab  May. 29, 2012 at 19:54

The network was fine for me when i used it till january just be warned their customer service is totally utterly appalling i lost all respect for them because of that.

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