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MacRumors
Aug 31, 2013, 12:36 PM
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http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/3_logo-250x316.jpgFollowing the launches of O2 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/o2-becomes-second-british-carrier-to-offer-4g-services/), Vodafone (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/07/vodafone-uk-announces-4g-service-rollout-begins-august-29/), and EE (http://ee.co.uk/)'s 4G LTE networks in the UK, mobile service provider Three has announced (http://blog.three.co.uk/2013/08/29/get-ready-for-4g/) that it is launching its 4G network within the region by December. Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

Three's LTE service is notable for being compatible with the iPhone 5's network bands, and will also allow consumers to select devices that are compatible with the new service. The company also announced (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23896896) earlier this week that it would abolish roaming charges for service in seven countries.I'm really pleased to announce, that in December, London, Birmingham and Manchester will see the start of our 4G roll out. That's not a bad early Christmas present is it? Even better than that, we'll be busy rolling out in a further 50 cities by the end of 2014. And by the end of 2015? Well we aim to have covered a massive 98% of the population by then. The carrier also plans to include its "All You Can Eat" data plans in its new 4G service at no extra cost. Three's service in the UK was originally launched in 2003, and had a total (http://www.mobile-ent.biz/news/read/three-uk-subscribers-up-by-1m-in-12-months/019881) of 8.8 million subscribers as of 2012.

Article Link: Three to Launch UK 4G Service in December (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/31/three-to-launch-uk-4g-service-in-december/)



The Samurai
Aug 31, 2013, 12:44 PM
Lasted 4 weeks on the Three Network and switched back to my old carrier.

Customer service = great
Signals = very very poor
Internet = okay'ish

I originally got the Three contract as they were offering wayyyy better minutes BUT the problem was, i never went above 2 bars. It was Christmas if I eventually for 3 bars or more. Even when I did get bars, the call quality was poor and often i'd have to dial twice or more to get the bell going. There would be issues when people would call up and couldn't hear me. Morale of story is, you can offer unlimited minutes but whats the point when your not going to be making calls due to the poor signals lol.

Quercus Alba
Aug 31, 2013, 12:48 PM
I cannot wait

davidjearly
Aug 31, 2013, 12:53 PM
Three are a fantastic network for just about everything.

The customer service has improved dramatically in recent years.
The signal is great (particularly within or close to cities).
The network speeds are unbeatable.
The data packages are unbeatable.

Having used all networks in the UK, Three are by far the best (IMO). Perfect coverage everywhere I have been/travel to (a lot of different areas).

leon44
Aug 31, 2013, 12:55 PM
3 was notoriously **** about 5 years ago, Alan Carr even had a specific stand up routine about how you couldn't get any signal on 3.
Now I can honestly say it's slowly somehow become the best network in the UK. Fast unlimited 3G almost everywhere and cheaper than anyone else. They're not wasting their money on free gimmicks and ridiculously high profile marketing campaigns, they're just undercutting everyone and being better. Nice one 3.

matjamca
Aug 31, 2013, 01:00 PM
Just as I suspected. Existing customers will get 4G at no extra cost, but new customers will be charged similar to EE, Vodafone and O2. I knew Three couldn't sustain Unlimited 4G for all customers. They just won't have the capacity.

Davmeister
Aug 31, 2013, 01:11 PM
Three are a fantastic network for just about everything.

The customer service has improved dramatically in recent years.
The signal is great (particularly within or close to cities).
The network speeds are unbeatable.
The data packages are unbeatable.

Having used all networks in the UK, Three are by far the best (IMO). Perfect coverage everywhere I have been/travel to (a lot of different areas).

This. This this this this this. Go and get a free SIM from them and try them out, you absolutely will not be disappointed, even without 4G. I love Three almost as much as I love Apple. Almost.

Jibbajabba
Aug 31, 2013, 01:15 PM
Three is great ... I am getting higher HSPA+ rates than my home broadband (16Mb/s compared to 3Mb/s).

Plus the unlimited plan is truly unlimited. Downloaded 69GB since Aug 4th :D

Ironduke
Aug 31, 2013, 01:20 PM
my contract is almost up with 3 and i will be leaving them, their signal is monkey ****, always dropping calls and text take like 10-20 mins to arrive

**** 3:cool:

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Three is great ... I am getting higher HSPA+ rates than my home broadband (16Mb/s compared to 3Mb/s).

Plus the unlimited plan is truly unlimited. Downloaded 69GB since Aug 4th :D

thats alot of porn sir:cool:

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Having used all networks in the UK, Three are by far the best (IMO). Perfect coverage everywhere I have been/travel to (a lot of different areas).

come to cheshire:(

parish
Aug 31, 2013, 01:27 PM
Well, I've just ordered a free SIM from them as they claim I can get 3G - not holding my breath though

CHMK
Aug 31, 2013, 01:27 PM
Very tempting. I might switch from giffgaff... Wish it did unlimited LTE at a fair price ... How much do u guys reckon unlimited LTE is around here? 25 a month?

yegon
Aug 31, 2013, 01:29 PM
Lasted 4 weeks on the Three Network and switched back to my old carrier.

Customer service = great
Signals = very very poor
Internet = okay'ish



I sympathise, but it really is dependent on location. In complete contrast to you, I travel around the northwest of England and get great signal and reliable, fast Internet. I'm on The One Plan and eat through nearly 10gb a month.

Pity it's December though, I want it now :)

H2SO4
Aug 31, 2013, 01:35 PM
Only question remaining is will the 5S have a multi band radio. 3 might be good now - but it might not always be the case.

bbfc
Aug 31, 2013, 01:40 PM
Just as I suspected. Existing customers will get 4G at no extra cost, but new customers will be charged similar to EE, Vodafone and O2. I knew Three couldn't sustain Unlimited 4G for all customers. They just won't have the capacity.

Where did you read that? I'd be highly surprised if that was the case.

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Three are a fantastic network for just about everything.

The customer service has improved dramatically in recent years.
The signal is great (particularly within or close to cities).
The network speeds are unbeatable.
The data packages are unbeatable.

Having used all networks in the UK, Three are by far the best (IMO). Perfect coverage everywhere I have been/travel to (a lot of different areas).

I agree. Quite simply the best network in the UK.

Data speeds are fantastic and on average are similar to what EE are offering with their 4G service.

hadleigh101
Aug 31, 2013, 01:40 PM
Only question remaining is will the 5S have a multi band radio. 3 might be good now - but it might not always be the case.

Of course they will 800mhz is supported by most carriers around the world and the current EE - Apple wont stop supporting it.

Plutonius
Aug 31, 2013, 01:44 PM
I thought the UK was ahead of the US in terms of cell service but it sounds like the UK was behind and is now catching up ?

hadleigh101
Aug 31, 2013, 01:48 PM
I thought the UK was ahead of the US in terms of cell service but it sounds like the UK was behind and is now catching up ?

Well we've had HSPA+ for a while now which you guys classed as 4G when is infant 3.5G, but we haven't had fully fledged until recently whereas you've had it a while now but we've still had speeds upto 25mb/s with HSPA+ with Three!

peterh988
Aug 31, 2013, 01:50 PM
I thought the UK was ahead of the US in terms of cell service but it sounds like the UK was behind and is now catching up ?


4G in the UK has been slow to roll out as we had to wait for the analogue TV service to close down in order to free up the bandwidth for 4G

LastLine
Aug 31, 2013, 01:55 PM
Three are a fantastic network for just about everything.

The customer service has improved dramatically in recent years.
The signal is great (particularly within or close to cities).
The network speeds are unbeatable.
The data packages are unbeatable.

Having used all networks in the UK, Three are by far the best (IMO). Perfect coverage everywhere I have been/travel to (a lot of different areas).

I can't deny their data's good, and their speed too.

Their customer service however? I find it diabolical. I mean genuinely god awful unusably bad.

That said, to each their own.

Moonjumper
Aug 31, 2013, 01:57 PM
I moved to Three at the end of last year, having been with all the other networks at some point.

Their prices are excellent, and despite some warnings about customer service, they have been great. The only problem has been signal strength. Initially I though it was a faulty iPhone (which got replaced eventually after lots of tests) because I never went anywhere with a good signal in the first few months (my home in Lincoln, and south Liverpool mostly, but I have since been to several areas with good signals. I have now been provided with one of their home signal boxes now.

I hope one of those 50 cities in my home city of Lincoln, but I don't expect it to be. EE 4G hasn't reached here yet.

Plutonius
Aug 31, 2013, 01:57 PM
4G in the UK has been slow to roll out as we had to wait for the analogue TV service to close down in order to free up the bandwidth for 4G

Makes sense. I can see that happening everywhere.

OS X Dude
Aug 31, 2013, 02:08 PM
I too used to think they were a useless, hateful network until I found out my girlfriend and her dad are both on Three and get as good a signal generally as I do on EE, and with unlimited data to boot. I didn't expect their customer service to stack up against EE's either, but apparently that too has come on leaps and bounds of late.

I'm sad to hear they'll be "competitive" with other network prices when it comes to new customers on 4G, although it's to be expected I suppose, and it's great they show loyalty to their current customers. I'll definitely check them out come 5S time.

yetanotherdave
Aug 31, 2013, 02:23 PM
with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

Where are you getting this from? I've never seen that said anywhere, all they've ever said is "4G at no extra cost".

dav465
Aug 31, 2013, 02:35 PM
It should be a well known fact that the signal bars on your phone are NO indication of the phone strength/quality.
The only time when it is, is when you phone says no signal/coverage. Then you can't make a call.

There are many articles about this, there is no standardisation on what the signal bars tell us.
I normally use it to tell roughly my 3G speeds, 5 bars -20meg, 3 bars like 8-10 etc.( this is not always true- sometimes faster or slower)
I constantly have like 1-3 bars and I make phone calls no problems and they never drop.

jjwarwick
Aug 31, 2013, 02:37 PM
For data, they are excellent. I've got my iPad on three, and it's much faster than my Sky broadband was. My business phone is on Vodafone, as the have the best coverage, and offer stuff like insurance, and I think that gives me the best of both worlds.

retrospek
Aug 31, 2013, 02:42 PM
I love Three.. For 18 pounds per month I get unlimited data, 2000 minutes and 2000 texts...

My only complaint is I wish they would implement Visual Voicemail !

Quu
Aug 31, 2013, 02:42 PM
I moved to Three several years ago when the iPhone 4S came out. Before them I was with O2 and the service is like night and day.

O2 just awful. Slow speeds, terrible customer service, very high prices for anything over 500MB of data. Overall just crap.

Three by comparison are just brilliant. The 3G speed I get today is 20Mb/s that is not an exaggeration just look at this speed test I did earlier this month: http://i.imgur.com/5fRTRiS.jpg (19.37Mb down / 2.42Mb up on iPhone 5 over 3G on Three).

The customer service is great I was even able to cancel a previous contract I had through an automated service without having any sales people or retention staff try to talk me out of it, the prices are great I get unlimited data, hundreds of minutes and thousands of texts a month for 12.50 - Bargain.

This network is just fantastic for the first time I'm with a telephone company that I don't feel is out to rape me of every penny I have and actually invests in their network properly.

paulgarb
Aug 31, 2013, 02:51 PM
There is a whole lot of horse poop in this thread - I live in rural Scotland, got an OK signal outside (at least as good as o2) but rubbish inside. Home signal box cured that one.
In cities (well good cities anyway - not NW England) the 3G is excellent & I get 4G for no extra cost. Winner.
Customer service is really good - not a problem they couldn't solve in a friendly, informed & helpful way.
AND I get truly unlimited data, a sensible roaming package (verging in unbelievable for some countries) and all from a company who actually understand how we use our smartphones.
I really can't understand the negative comments on two counts - firstly not in my experience & secondly who the **** is better. O2 not a chance, EE (Orange or T-Mobile) no way, Virgin (don't make me laugh) - maybe Vodafone? Have you seen their prices?
Give it a rest - these guys are good IF you know what you are doing & can be bothered to research and/or google stuff.
OK rant over but

Stuipdboy1000
Aug 31, 2013, 03:14 PM
I'm glad to see Three have finally unveiled their LTE plan. They've been talking about it for long enough!

Although it doesn't look like they're going to roll it out where I live in 2013 or even 2014, it's being rolled out in almost all of the major cities in Scotland (which I frequent quite a bit) so at least I'll get to try it out sooner rather than later!

I do have to agree that for the money, they offer a really good service and the signal and speed where I live is pretty darn good!

jmmo20
Aug 31, 2013, 03:38 PM
Lasted 4 weeks on the Three Network and switched back to my old carrier.

Customer service = great
Signals = very very poor
Internet = okay'ish

I originally got the Three contract as they were offering wayyyy better minutes BUT the problem was, i never went above 2 bars. It was Christmas if I eventually for 3 bars or more. Even when I did get bars, the call quality was poor and often i'd have to dial twice or more to get the bell going. There would be issues when people would call up and couldn't hear me. Morale of story is, you can offer unlimited minutes but whats the point when your not going to be making calls due to the poor signals lol.


I think the signal depends greatly on the network in each city. As far as I'm aware Three and T-mobile (now EE) share 3G network in some locations. I live in Cambridge and used to live in Milton Keynes and the signal in these two places is excellent and the internet connection is super fast already.

But in Brighton last week the connection was pathetic. Coincidentally I have a data only sim from tmobile for my ipad and I had exactly the same connectivy issues on my ipad, which looks like a hint to me that Three uses Tmobile network in Brighton.

Maybe it's the same situation in Glasgow?
With LTE that should not be the case as I think EE and Three are NOT sharing LTE, only legacy 3G and EDGE.

Sebby
Aug 31, 2013, 03:40 PM
I moved to Three about a month ago and am so impressed with the network. When you read the horror stories about their customer service you do worry, but having spoken to them on a few occasions now I can say that it is not bad at all. They are always very polite and helpful.

The best network, IMO.

jmmo20
Aug 31, 2013, 03:42 PM
Just as I suspected. Existing customers will get 4G at no extra cost, but new customers will be charged similar to EE, Vodafone and O2. I knew Three couldn't sustain Unlimited 4G for all customers. They just won't have the capacity.

erm.. probably I missed something but where do you get that information from? All i've read is that current customers don't pay extra and just need to wait for the software update to enable LTE...

afd
Aug 31, 2013, 03:43 PM
Lasted 4 weeks on the Three Network and switched back to my old carrier.

Customer service = great
Signals = very very poor
Internet = okay'ish

I originally got the Three contract as they were offering wayyyy better minutes BUT the problem was, i never went above 2 bars. It was Christmas if I eventually for 3 bars or more. Even when I did get bars, the call quality was poor and often i'd have to dial twice or more to get the bell going. There would be issues when people would call up and couldn't hear me. Morale of story is, you can offer unlimited minutes but whats the point when your not going to be making calls due to the poor signals lol.

I have opposite experience to you. Was on O2 for years, got an ok signal for calls and texts. When the iPhone came out I stuck with them through original iPhone, 3G and 4 and barely saw a 3G or EDGE signal unless I was in city centre where I neither stay or work.
Changed to three, now get a 3G signal at home and work and have unlimited data for phone and tethering. Since Sept. 2012 I have sent 9.6GB and received 98.9GB, data that would have taken decades to use at the GPRS speeds that I got with O2.
Definitely best to chose a network based on performance where you want to use it but have been very happy with change to three. Other than lack of visual voicemail. Why is that O2 only? Is it apple only letting O2 use it or is only O2 that is willing to pay cost of using it?

robpow
Aug 31, 2013, 04:12 PM
I was with Three for over a year until about six months ago. Their central London network was getting so congested that while I had full bars I could often not make or receive calls in the evenings. Switched to O2 and all was well again.

It will be interesting to see how they have dimensioned their 4G network.

Matt

matjamca
Aug 31, 2013, 04:48 PM
erm.. probably I missed something but where do you get that information from? All i've read is that current customers don't pay extra and just need to wait for the software update to enable LTE...

It says it quite clearly in the article posted by Macrumors....

Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

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Where did you read that? I'd be highly surprised if that was the case.

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I agree. Quite simply the best network in the UK.

Data speeds are fantastic and on average are similar to what EE are offering with their 4G service.

In the article...

Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

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REMEMBER
With Three, there is no 2 or 2.5G fallback. If you can't get a 3G signal you can't make calls.
With EE, they have the best 2/2.5G network so if 3G/4G isn't available you can still make calls.

When I was on Three, call quality was often poor. I've been on EE since January and its excellent.

dumastudetto
Aug 31, 2013, 05:01 PM
I've used Three when working in the UK. The service is generally very good in the larger cities and towns. It's generally pretty lousy in the smaller towns and villages as you'd probably expect. You really need to weigh up how much time you need service in these smaller populated areas to determine whether Three will work for you.

jmmo20
Aug 31, 2013, 05:12 PM
It says it quite clearly in the article posted by Macrumors....

Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

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In the article...

Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

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REMEMBER
With Three, there is no 2 or 2.5G fallback. If you can't get a 3G signal you can't make calls.
With EE, they have the best 2/2.5G network so if 3G/4G isn't available you can still make calls.

When I was on Three, call quality was often poor. I've been on EE since January and its excellent.

http://blog.three.co.uk/2013/08/29/get-ready-for-4g/

Nothing about existing customers. So it's just macrumors doing creative writing.

And regarding fallback, the other networks (namely EE but also O2) rely too much on this legacy network and failt to upgrade/improve 3G networks so often I have full 3G on three and I'm only able to get full EDGE (2.5) service on my tmobile sim card. Similar thing with O2 (I used o2 before three).

Three is the only provider that consistently gives me full internet and excellent signal pretty much anywhere I go. Signal for others (again: EE-O2) is patchy very often, and yes you can receive calls on their legacy networks but pretty much nothing else.

matjamca
Aug 31, 2013, 05:22 PM
http://blog.three.co.uk/2013/08/29/get-ready-for-4g/

Nothing about existing customers. So it's just macrumors doing creative writing.

And regarding fallback, the other networks (namely EE but also O2) rely too much on this legacy network and failt to upgrade/improve 3G networks so often I have full 3G on three and I'm only able to get full EDGE (2.5) service on my tmobile sim card. Similar thing with O2 (I used o2 before three).

Three is the only provider that consistently gives me full internet and excellent signal pretty much anywhere I go. Signal for others (again: EE-O2) is patchy very often, and yes you can receive calls on their legacy networks but pretty much nothing else.

EE are investing millions of pounds into their 2, 2.5, 3, 3.9 and 4G network. EE also have the most spectrum of any UK network.

Time will tell, but EE are getting better all the time.

Chrjy
Aug 31, 2013, 05:30 PM
I changed to Three when I bought my iPhone 4S and to be honest was a bit skeptical (was originally with O2) and didn't really want to lose visual voicemail but frankly I had quite enough of O2. Since that time I've never looked back, not only am I incredibly happy with the service but they seem to be improving all the time.

I bought my iPhone 4S outright so I wouldn't be tied to a contract (like I was with O2) but I'm so happy with Three I intend to start a 24 month contract once the iPhone 5S is released.

I personally think they have completely shaken up the market, no others can compete, take at look at their new PAYG prices....brilliant.

Gotta love Three and it's good to hear others appreciating them too...:D

jmmo20
Aug 31, 2013, 05:35 PM
EE are investing millions of pounds into their 2, 2.5, 3, 3.9 and 4G network. EE also have the most spectrum of any UK network.

Time will tell, but EE are getting better all the time.

Yes, so is everyone else, really. And as LTE becomes more popular, the fallback network will be 3G, not 2G, so all 2G services will probably be switched off in a few years anyway.

My "real life" test is easy: Three is the only network that allows me to play online radio all the way from home in East Anglia to London without a SINGLE dropout. That is completely impossible with both o2 and EE, I spend a good part of the journey on their EDGE network which obviously cannot stream any online radio.

hadleigh101
Aug 31, 2013, 06:20 PM
http://blog.three.co.uk/2013/08/29/get-ready-for-4g/

Nothing about existing customers. So it's just macrumors doing creative writing.

And regarding fallback, the other networks (namely EE but also O2) rely too much on this legacy network and failt to upgrade/improve 3G networks so often I have full 3G on three and I'm only able to get full EDGE (2.5) service on my tmobile sim card. Similar thing with O2 (I used o2 before three).

Three is the only provider that consistently gives me full internet and excellent signal pretty much anywhere I go. Signal for others (again: EE-O2) is patchy very often, and yes you can receive calls on their legacy networks but pretty much nothing else.

Exactly true, Vodafone I only get edge whereas Three I get 3G, do although they don't have 2G/Edge they always usually have 3G/3.5G!

peterh988
Aug 31, 2013, 06:24 PM
[/COLOR]REMEMBER
With Three, there is no 2 or 2.5G fallback. If you can't get a 3G signal you can't make calls.


I was under the impression that although Three don't have 2g capabilities, they 'buy in' 2g connectivity from other providers when 3g is unavailable. Which is why there's no setting to switch off 3g on the iPhone, and if you do do it, they give you a telling off.

jav6454
Aug 31, 2013, 06:33 PM
Is EE really that bad?

Pheo
Aug 31, 2013, 07:09 PM
But in Brighton last week the connection was pathetic. Coincidentally I have a data only sim from tmobile for my ipad and I had exactly the same connectivy issues on my ipad, which looks like a hint to me that Three uses Tmobile network in Brighton.

Maybe it's the same situation in Glasgow?
With LTE that should not be the case as I think EE and Three are NOT sharing LTE, only legacy 3G and EDGE.

Having lived in Brighton in various locations, it's not Three it's the topology. The TV signal is a
pain in the neck too!

I work in the city center and get an excellent data connection the majority of the time.

My personal experience on three is an excellent one, and I'm happy to trade a little signal for unlimited data and tethering for 15/month!

The only slightly annoying thing is it taking longer to reconnect to the network when it's been in a dead spot / in building propagation; but by all accounts this is a wavelength problem and there is naff all they can do about that...

jmmo20
Aug 31, 2013, 07:24 PM
Having lived in Brighton in various locations, it's not Three it's the topology. The TV signal is a
pain in the neck too!

I work in the city center and get an excellent data connection the majority of the time.

My personal experience on three is an excellent one, and I'm happy to trade a little signal for unlimited data and tethering for 15/month!

The only slightly annoying thing is it taking longer to reconnect to the network when it's been in a dead spot / in building propagation; but by all accounts this is a wavelength problem and there is naff all they can do about that...

it makes sense. I think it's also a side effect of architecture in the UK. In countries like Spain almost everyone lives in apartment blocks so the mast density has to be much higher to cover the building "topology". In countries like the UK and US, the majority of ppl live in houses so the density of base stations doesn't need to be as high. The side effect of course is that you have more problems indoors or in places like Brighton with lots of hills and valleys!

Quu
Aug 31, 2013, 07:59 PM
I was under the impression that although Three don't have 2g capabilities, they 'buy in' 2g connectivity from other providers when 3g is unavailable. Which is why there's no setting to switch off 3g on the iPhone, and if you do do it, they give you a telling off.

Three used to do this when they first launched. I was actually a customer on 3/3/2003 when they launched and bought the NEC e606 they had on offer for 200 (Reduced from I think 470). Anyway back then they piggybacked on the O2 network so if there wasnt 3G avaiability your device would use O2's 2G infrastructure.

Three stopped doing this a few years ago, possibly in 2009 or 2010. Now if you don't get a 3G signal you get nothing, cannot even make telephone calls. There is no longer any 2G or 2.5G fallback.

Now this may seem like a problem but I get 3G signal with Three everywhere I go. I can't think of a single moment over the past 3 years that I've had no signal in the UK, I will say though when I was in Greece this June I had no service at all, no roaming nothing. Maybe that was my fault for not calling Three and arranging it first hand but when I was in Greece in 2009 using O2 I had no need to setup any arrangement and the phone just worked..

Is EE really that bad?

Yes. Wildly overpriced. Their data caps are ridiculous too. Check out their website I'm seriously surprised at just how poor their offers (if you can call them that) are. We are literally talking 2-3x more money than Three for data caps of up to 20GB max when Three has plans for peanuts that are unlimited.

When EE first came about (before pricing was announced) I was sure they would be the best new thing with the best pricing. It just made sense, two very large established networks merging all their infrastructures and customers and yet all they did was raise prices to deliver 4G prematurely. Honestly it shocked me how much they charge for the pitiful amount of bandwidth you get a month, totally unexpected.

It seems like the faster the speeds we get the smaller the data caps become soon we'll all be on 1Gb/s 5G with 1MB data caps for 50 a month.

daneoni
Aug 31, 2013, 08:05 PM
Great voice signal, but data is terribly terribly spotty in my house which is not the same for ALL other networks who seem to cover me just fine.

Frequently clock 200kbs with Three and sometimes randomly it jumps to 3-7mbs.

Still living with it though because

a) Its the cheapest i've ever paid for a tariff and i get 1TB of data with Tethering included.
b) Voice signal good so i can still make calls/text
c) Home broadband is solid enough that i don't need my phone for data access.

But i miss O2, whilst not as fast, they were vastly more reliable in terms of data access and it was unlimited data too...plus there was the Visual Voicemail bonus.

If i had to choose again i'd stay put with O2 but alas i'm stuck with Three now so...yeah...

scottish
Aug 31, 2013, 10:34 PM
There is a whole lot of horse poop in this thread - I live in rural Scotland, got an OK signal outside (at least as good as o2) but rubbish inside. Home signal box cured that one.
In cities (well good cities anyway - not NW England) the 3G is excellent & I get 4G for no extra cost. Winner.
Customer service is really good - not a problem they couldn't solve in a friendly, informed & helpful way.
AND I get truly unlimited data, a sensible roaming package (verging in unbelievable for some countries) and all from a company who actually understand how we use our smartphones.
I really can't understand the negative comments on two counts - firstly not in my experience & secondly who the **** is better. O2 not a chance, EE (Orange or T-Mobile) no way, Virgin (don't make me laugh) - maybe Vodafone? Have you seen their prices?
Give it a rest - these guys are good IF you know what you are doing & can be bothered to research and/or google stuff.
OK rant over but

North Berwick is not a rural area.

iKaushal
Aug 31, 2013, 11:05 PM
well they can change their name to 4 in that case now :D

Jibbajabba
Sep 1, 2013, 01:46 AM
Where are you getting this from? I've never seen that said anywhere, all they've ever said is "4G at no extra cost".

Which in itself is competitive. When you compare current plans from Three with EE for example, you'll be always better off with Three. Current customer get 4G for free so compare high bandwidth 3G of Three and 4G plans of EE and others. That will be highly competitive.

brandscill
Sep 1, 2013, 02:04 AM
Three used to do this when they first launched. I was actually a customer on 3/3/2003 when they launched and bought the NEC e606 they had on offer for 200 (Reduced from I think 470). Anyway back then they piggybacked on the O2 network so if there wasnt 3G avaiability your device would use O2's 2G infrastructure.

Three stopped doing this a few years ago, possibly in 2009 or 2010. Now if you don't get a 3G signal you get nothing, cannot even make telephone calls. There is no longer any 2G or 2.5G fallback.


They do some 2g fallback with EE (left over from the orange deal they had) and this still works where I live rurally.

Number29
Sep 1, 2013, 02:47 AM
It should be a well known fact that the signal bars on your phone are NO indication of the phone strength/quality.
The only time when it is, is when you phone says no signal/coverage. Then you can't make a call.

Even that's not true! There have been a few occasions where my phone says 'no service' while I'm in the middle of a call.

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Three stopped doing this a few years ago, possibly in 2009 or 2010. Now if you don't get a 3G signal you get nothing, cannot even make telephone calls. There is no longer any 2G or 2.5G fallback.

That's not true; I have fallen back to 2G coverage on my iPhone 5 with Three a few times. You can instantly tell when it's happened because the signal strength suddenly changes and you can't use any data at all.

paulgarb
Sep 1, 2013, 03:23 AM
North Berwick is not a rural area.

Where I live IS a rural area - nothing but fields in all directions

James717
Sep 1, 2013, 04:08 AM
Geez Louis, we've had all u can eat and 4g since five years ago. UK really is behind Asia

H2SO4
Sep 1, 2013, 04:21 AM
There is a whole lot of horse poop in this thread -

Not really. Your experience is exactly that. Yours. We're not talking about something that would essentially be the same everywhere like the performance of an item that will be used by others in a very similar environment.
We are talking mobile phones, in case the highlight wasn't enough, the operative word is mobile. There's a very good chance that someone 100m away from a position you are in and having no trouble, could be having major issues.

I have no issues on Three and find it quite good almot everywhere that I go, but to suggest that others will/should be the same is just plain short sighted.

rikscha
Sep 1, 2013, 05:06 AM
I love Three.. For 18 pounds per month I get unlimited data, 2000 minutes and 2000 texts...

My only complaint is I wish they would implement Visual Voicemail !

This! So annoying I have to deal with their crap voicemail service.

peterh988
Sep 1, 2013, 05:46 AM
I have now been provided with one of their home signal boxes now.



Can you order one of these (how much?) or is it only sent out to those in need?

I'm trying to get the SWMBO onto iPhone/Three, but reception at her place is bad, I'd need a box from day one there.

Chrjy
Sep 1, 2013, 05:59 AM
This! So annoying I have to deal with their crap voicemail service.

Know what you mean but you might want to try HulloMail which is free for iPhone and essentially is visual voicemail. Not quite as nice as built in visual voicemail but I've used it since day one after I changed from O2 and I've always found it better than dialling Three voicemail.

stevielatphoto
Sep 1, 2013, 07:11 AM
Cant praise 3 enough. I get 14.5 MB on 3G (my mate on O2 gets 1.4MB). This week they have enabled full use of data and calls package to customers living in Northern Ireland (No more nasty roaming charges). Our whole family have switched. Bring on 4G

brandscill
Sep 1, 2013, 07:44 AM
Can you order one of these (how much?) or is it only sent out to those in need?

I'm trying to get the SWMBO onto iPhone/Three, but reception at her place is bad, I'd need a box from day one there.

I worked with the customer service team and eventually after 2 weeks I had a box. It took some escalation to the senior network team but it wasn't a battle. They agreed with my assessment and sent the box

winston1236
Sep 1, 2013, 08:03 AM
I thought the UK was ahead of the US in terms of cell service but it sounds like the UK was behind and is now catching up ?

No but the US is way ahead in charging way too much for it.

Moonjumper
Sep 1, 2013, 08:20 AM
Can you order one of these (how much?) or is it only sent out to those in need?

I'm trying to get the SWMBO onto iPhone/Three, but reception at her place is bad, I'd need a box from day one there.

The home signal box was supplied free, but they did a lot of tests first. But if you have already tested the signal there on your Three phone, then say you know one is needed when you phone up about the switch. Hopefully you will be able to get one from day 1.

Note that the box does need a wired internet connection because that is how it routes the calls.

Kissaragi
Sep 1, 2013, 09:13 AM
I might switch to Three soon. I've had one bad experience after the other with EE customer service.

tevion5
Sep 1, 2013, 09:33 AM
Good sign. 4G might reach Ireland within the decade! :D

vmistery
Sep 1, 2013, 10:03 AM
Last year I switched from O2 to Voda, this year it looks like it will be goodbye Voda hello 3 simply so I can use my iPhone 5 on 4G.

babyj
Sep 1, 2013, 10:53 AM
I switched from O2 to Three late last year, wish I'd done it sooner. Currently on a monthly sim only tariff, 18 for unlimited data and 2000 minutes - no one else comes close on pricing.

Found the signal to be far better on Three, plus it's actually a 3G signal rather than dropping back to 2G all the time. Don't think I ever got decent speeds on O2, at home on Three I get 20Mb which is three times faster than my broadband. As a result I'm really not bothered by 4G though I won't be complaining when they switch it on.

People go on about the loss of the 2G fallback network but I've never noticed it to be an issue. Plus I guess them not having to maintain a 2G network saves them a fortune which they can pass on to their customers.

juanmanas
Sep 1, 2013, 10:55 AM
Geez Louis, we've had all u can eat and 4g since five years ago. UK really is behind Asia

Until one moves to Australia. Then you realise what the third world in technology is.

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No but the US is way ahead in charging way too much for it.

The us is well behind the UK in mobiles.

vmistery
Sep 1, 2013, 11:32 AM
Geez Louis, we've had all u can eat and 4g since five years ago. UK really is behind Asia

What is especially annoying is that the UK is so tiny in terms of land area so why can't the coverage be good?! At the moment I'm lucky to see 3G let alone dream of 4G

Primus84
Sep 1, 2013, 11:42 AM
Their customer service will still be awful!

captain cadet
Sep 1, 2013, 11:43 AM
All these companies going on about 4G LTE or what ever but where I live I don't even have 3G on any service! 3 is useless and only Vodaphone and Orange have 2G for data! At least cover the country with 3G before covering parts with 4G! :(

babyj
Sep 1, 2013, 12:04 PM
Their customer service will still be awful!

Who Three? Not from my experiences.

I had a problem with reception at home, rang them up, they found a fault with the local transmitter, said they'd get someone out to fix it and credited my account with a month's line rental without me even asking.

Kept getting text messages and phone calls until I confirmed it was fixed, which took about a week. If anything they need to tone it down a bit, their politeness and the continual contact was a bit over the top.

Primus84
Sep 1, 2013, 12:14 PM
Who Three? Not from my experiences.

I had a problem with reception at home, rang them up, they found a fault with the local transmitter, said they'd get someone out to fix it and credited my account with a month's line rental without me even asking.

Kept getting text messages and phone calls until I confirmed it was fixed, which took about a week. If anything they need to tone it down a bit, their politeness and the continual contact was a bit over the top.

Every time I've had any kind of customer service interaction with Three it's been with someone who is based in India, who has extremely limited English and it has always taken multiple calls to get anything resolved. Their customer service is well known for being weak and I suppose it's the price you pay for them being cheaper than the competition.

trevnod1999
Sep 1, 2013, 12:24 PM
It says it quite clearly in the article posted by Macrumors....

Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

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In the article...

Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

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REMEMBER
With Three, there is no 2 or 2.5G fallback. If you can't get a 3G signal you can't make calls.
With EE, they have the best 2/2.5G network so if 3G/4G isn't available you can still make calls.

When I was on Three, call quality was often poor. I've been on EE since January and its excellent.

That's not true. They have an agreement with Vodafone to use their 2G network when that happens

Primus84
Sep 1, 2013, 12:26 PM
That's not true. They have an agreement with Vodafone to use their 2G network when that happens

They've withdrawn from that agreement in lots of areas where they *think* they have 3G coverage but they actually don't. So there are lots of occasions now where you would have previously dropped back to 2G where it won't now.

peterh988
Sep 1, 2013, 12:46 PM
What is especially annoying is that the UK is so tiny in terms of land area so why can't the coverage be good?! At the moment I'm lucky to see 3G let alone dream of 4G

Everyone wants good coverage, no-one wants a cell tower nearby. The default for local planning departments is "no", unless you can really, really convince them otherwise.

(I recall reading a while back that 65% of people on a petition objecting to a cell tower left a mobile as a contact number)

macnisse
Sep 1, 2013, 01:16 PM
Hope 3 has better coverage in UK then over here in Sweden. As soon as you get out of the cities you are bound to get dropped calls, and you cant switch to the old trusted gsm/2g to get coverage either. Think twice b4 u go w 3!

kaldezar
Sep 1, 2013, 02:35 PM
Geez Louis, we've had all u can eat and 4g since five years ago. UK really is behind Asia

Yeah but I'd rather be in London than anywhere in Asia!:)

vmistery
Sep 1, 2013, 04:00 PM
Everyone wants good coverage, no-one wants a cell tower nearby. The default for local planning departments is "no", unless you can really, really convince them otherwise.

(I recall reading a while back that 65% of people on a petition objecting to a cell tower left a mobile as a contact number)

Very true, I have one just a short distance over from my house and it's not exactly attractive, rather that than no signal however!

weegrim
Sep 1, 2013, 05:39 PM
Can you order one of these (how much?) or is it only sent out to those in need?

I'm trying to get the SWMBO onto iPhone/Three, but reception at her place is bad, I'd need a box from day one there.

It was pretty easy for me to get a box from them. They checked the signal I was getting at home, they could see that my phone wasn't connected to their network for the periods of time that I explained was at home and every where else was great. They passed it to the network team. A manager phoned me a day later and the box arrived two days later free of charge. Have it connected to my router and it's amazing full signal in my house. Even managed to add the other two people that have since moved to Three in my house since I got the box.

scottish
Sep 1, 2013, 05:56 PM
Where I live IS a rural area - nothing but fields in all directions

Well that does sound rural. I was basing my post on your location being North Berwick as it says in your profile.

According to the Scottish Government 2 fold Urban Rural Classification, North Berwick is actually an urban area. But now I'm being pedantic and off topic so I apologise.

rikscha
Sep 1, 2013, 06:19 PM
Yeah but I'd rather be in London than anywhere in Asia!:)

Only that there was no 4g five years ago..

Pez555
Sep 1, 2013, 06:34 PM
Was on 3 a few months ago and the signal was appalling. Lost all bars as soon as I went inside any building. When I went back outside - full bars. Tried it on several phones with several SIM cards and no dice, same results. Not expecting any change with the 4G roll out so unless they can convince me then ill stick to O2.

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Who Three? Not from my experiences.

I had a problem with reception at home, rang them up, they found a fault with the local transmitter, said they'd get someone out to fix it and credited my account with a month's line rental without me even asking.

Kept getting text messages and phone calls until I confirmed it was fixed, which took about a week. If anything they need to tone it down a bit, their politeness and the continual contact was a bit over the top.

That just sounds like any normal customer service route. Nothing special there.

zumajoe
Sep 1, 2013, 07:44 PM
Who approved that logo?

smeggsmeg
Sep 2, 2013, 01:04 AM
Geez Louis, we've had all u can eat and 4g since five years ago. UK really is behind Asia

But can you get unlimited 4G for a little over 10 a month (with cash back)?
I do agree with you though. We are still struggling to provide homes with good home broadband.

vmistery
Sep 2, 2013, 03:32 AM
Was on 3 a few months ago and the signal was appalling. Lost all bars as soon as I went inside any building. When I went back outside - full bars. Tried it on several phones with several SIM cards and no dice, same results. Not expecting any change with the 4G roll out so unless they can convince me then ill stick to O2.

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That just sounds like any normal customer service route. Nothing special there.


4g is much better at indoor penetration especially in the 800mhz range they bought into. Their problem has been having only relatively high frequencies available Until now (no 2G). However it's still going to be a couple of years before 4G is well rolled out so probably best to sit tight anyway. For me I get a good 3 signal all over my town, but then all our buildings are only a couple of stories high and made of the thinnest material the builders could find. I personal cant wait to switch as Vodafone don't seem to have bothered about 3G at all around here.

kyjaotkb
Sep 2, 2013, 04:30 AM
Three offers great unlimited data. Tethering to my iPad at no cost. Loads of minutes and SMS. That is, until I close the blinds.

Main advantage of Three compared to other carriers: automatically switches to "Do Not Disturb" mode when I get back home.

cambox
Sep 2, 2013, 04:36 AM
Everyone wants good coverage, no-one wants a cell tower nearby. The default for local planning departments is "no", unless you can really, really convince them otherwise.

(I recall reading a while back that 65% of people on a petition objecting to a cell tower left a mobile as a contact number)

In the UK you don't need planning permission to erect a coms tower for Mobile communications (or cells as you call it in the U.S), there is a much used part of legislation that permits towers to be erected as a national infrastructure policy.

irnchriz
Sep 2, 2013, 05:10 AM
Spotty reception in my area with 3 otherwise I would go with them as their prices are fantastic. Fun to watch my mate try to use his iPhone on 3 in my street as he literally has to hang out of a window to send a standard SMS let alone make a call.

I stick with O2 (iPhone) and Orange (iPad). Gives me full data coverage across the whole of Scotland.

declandio
Sep 2, 2013, 05:30 AM
Spotty reception in my area with 3 otherwise I would go with them as their prices are fantastic. Fun to watch my mate try to use his iPhone on 3 in my street as he literally has to hang out of a window to send a standard SMS let alone make a call.

I stick with O2 (iPhone) and Orange (iPad). Gives me full data coverage across the whole of Scotland.

Same here... in my suburb of SW London, O2 gives me around 6 Mbps on average, easily. When I try 3 (I have a payg sim so I can check it once in a while), I get no signal at all in my house and around 0.5 Mbps when outside. In Central London where I work O2 goes up to 12-15 Mbps which is nice, 3 is similar but I'VE never been able to get the much higher speeds that some others seem to... I've also been trying an orange payg sim and get 5 Mbps max, at either location...

Shaun, UK
Sep 2, 2013, 08:21 AM
Have been waiting for this as 3 is still the only network to offer unlimited data plans. I'm hoping this will be fast enough and reliable enough to replace my crappy Sky home broadband.

egoistaxx9
Sep 2, 2013, 09:02 AM
thank god! vodafone is the quickest adapter, three should learn to adapt quickly. i hope their LTE coverage wont be as bad as vodafone's.

steve-p
Sep 2, 2013, 09:25 AM
I thought the UK was ahead of the US in terms of cell service but it sounds like the UK was behind and is now catching up ?
The UK is way behind the US on the sheer quantity of towers and consequent unbroken blanket high signal coverage, in my experience of several months spent in NJ and NY over the last couple of years anyway. It may be different in Hicksville of course, but I never have anything less than full signal where I go (PA, CT, MD etc also). Over here in the UK, not so much. Which is why US automakers can be planning Internet radio in cars, whereas here it would be a complete joke. Networks are primarily fixated on offering the highest headline speeds in the big cities, without concerning themselves with the fact that outside of those areas, coverage and speeds can be awful.

On the other hand... maybe you get what you pay for. You can't get a monthly contract in the US with 200 mins/5000 text/unlimited 3G data for 10.75 ($16.75) a month plus tax, can you? Things like cable, broadband, cellphone contracts are generally very expensive in the US compared to the UK.

On the original topic, after a year with EE I just switched to Three recently and am pretty happy so far with the 3G data performance. EE was not a good experience. Neither was O2 prior to that. Three seem to be doing the right things with infrastructure investment. I don't see any particular need for 4G/LTE though, when DC-HSPA which we have already can give 42mbps on 3G.

kaldezar
Sep 2, 2013, 12:51 PM
Only that there was no 4g five years ago..

Hi you need to read my post, London rocks! Probably the most important city culturally in the world and has been for a very long time. All the 4G in the world can't compensate for having to live away from the wonders of London!
(Apparently the rest of the world agrees according to the latest IPSO-Gallup poll):)

AppleMark
Sep 2, 2013, 12:55 PM
There is a whole lot of horse poop in this thread - I live in rural Scotland, got an OK signal outside (at least as good as o2) but rubbish inside. Home signal box cured that one.
In cities (well good cities anyway - not NW England) the 3G is excellent & I get 4G for no extra cost. Winner.
Customer service is really good - not a problem they couldn't solve in a friendly, informed & helpful way.
AND I get truly unlimited data, a sensible roaming package (verging in unbelievable for some countries) and all from a company who actually understand how we use our smartphones.
I really can't understand the negative comments on two counts - firstly not in my experience & secondly who the **** is better. O2 not a chance, EE (Orange or T-Mobile) no way, Virgin (don't make me laugh) - maybe Vodafone? Have you seen their prices?
Give it a rest - these guys are good IF you know what you are doing & can be bothered to research and/or google stuff.
OK rant over but

Can't agree at all.

I live and work mostly in London and my experience is in line with the many detractors.

A couple of employees bought iPhones on 3, because frankly they are the cheapest and best value for money. This is good if you do not mind standing in the garden of your house to take/make a call, or calls going straight to voicemail if your phone is not close to the exterior window of the building.

In this part of London O2 is king. I have been on T-mobile [pre-iPhone] which had a similar service to 3 now and experience of Vodafone which was also [very surprisingly] not very good in buildings.

3 are good for Data and deals and I will consider giving a Nano sim a try in my new 128GB, Cellular & Retina iPad mini when it comes out....(wishful thinking..?;)).

I would give it a miss if you actually use your phone for talking or business. I know many people don't really do that anymore and so I can see why it suits the text and twitter generation.

PaulOBrain
Sep 2, 2013, 01:12 PM
Is EE really that bad?

No, it just seems like the in thing to bash EE these days.

Nightarchaon
Sep 2, 2013, 06:36 PM
when i can get 25 MBps download speeds on my iPhone on 3s 3G network, im seriously considering just tethering to my iMac at home and using it for internet access, its WAY better than the best home broadband i can get (currently maxing out at around 7MBps.)

Only downside with 3, our office has just moved , and the new location, in a field near manchester airport, has shockingly bad phone reception, back to dial up speeds in the sticks sadly.

i also miss Visual Voicemail, not had that since i had my "iPhone 1"

scottish
Sep 2, 2013, 06:39 PM
Spotty reception in my area with 3 otherwise I would go with them as their prices are fantastic. Fun to watch my mate try to use his iPhone on 3 in my street as he literally has to hang out of a window to send a standard SMS let alone make a call.

I stick with O2 (iPhone) and Orange (iPad). Gives me full data coverage across the whole of Scotland.

Sorry but that's just nonsense. Maybe you get full coverage everywhere you go but that is different to the whole of Scotland having data coverage which is not correct.

Nightarchaon
Sep 2, 2013, 06:46 PM
Hi you need to read my post, London rocks! Probably the most important city culturally in the world and has been for a very long time. All the 4G in the world can't compensate for having to live away from the wonders of London!
(Apparently the rest of the world agrees according to the latest IPSO-Gallup poll):)

Hi, Manchester calling, you know, the place that invented everything , was the centre of music in at least the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s,was and is a centre of science and study... With other important places like Liverpool and leeds nearby helped fuel the industrial revolution,

London may think its important, but its just full of self important people who got northerners to invent stuff and do all the hard work, then ponced of back down south and spent the money and congratulated themselves

:rolleyes::D:p

steve-p
Sep 3, 2013, 01:56 AM
No, it just seems like the in thing to bash EE these days.
It was awful for me - to the extent that I just cancelled my 12 month contract after 8 months due to No Service half the time at home, and no data half the time at work despite a 3G signal. It was fine when I first got it, but it went downhill a couple of months after.

brandscill
Sep 3, 2013, 02:29 AM
No, it just seems like the in thing to bash EE these days.


It's the in thing when even in the city of Manchester you struggle to get a stable 3G signal!

bp1000
Sep 3, 2013, 07:31 AM
The UK is way behind the US on the sheer quantity of towers and consequent unbroken blanket high signal coverage, in my experience of several months spent in NJ and NY over the last couple of years anyway. It may be different in Hicksville of course, but I never have anything less than full signal where I go (PA, CT, MD etc also). Over here in the UK, not so much. Which is why US automakers can be planning Internet radio in cars, whereas here it would be a complete joke. Networks are primarily fixated on offering the highest headline speeds in the big cities, without concerning themselves with the fact that outside of those areas, coverage and speeds can be awful.

I dont understand your post. I would also welcome full bars everywhere but the bit i dont understand is why this would be beneficial.

My speeds seem the same wether i have 2 bars or 5 bars. I still get 20Mbps + on three. I was in the sticks, south Devon recently and had no issues get 20Mbps, recently in North Wales too, near Anglesey and had the same speed, around 7Mbps on 1 bar or 4 bars depending on where i sat in the lodge.

I think the better coverage serves only to load balance capacity and where there is a lot of demand in built up areas.

Outside the city the capacity requirements diminish. I agree there are pockets where the cell towers backhaul needs upgrading or indeed towns that need more masts.

Overall since moving from o2 i've been very happy with three's coverage. I've had no coverage at all twice and i've been quite a few places. The amount of times my wife who is still on o2 has had no 3G when i have during this time i couldn't count of 2 hands.

I do feel o2 is perhaps slightly more reliable on the voice side but other than that three are great and coverage has been great for me too.

PaulOBrain
Sep 3, 2013, 07:44 AM
It's the in thing when even in the city of Manchester you struggle to get a stable 3G signal!

Strange as I frequently visit the city of Manchester yet never had an issue.

brandscill
Sep 3, 2013, 08:59 AM
Strange as I frequently visit the city of Manchester yet never had an issue.

Do you end up using their 4g though (iPhone 5) as this is a 4s being used

irnchriz
Sep 4, 2013, 01:04 PM
Sorry but that's just nonsense. Maybe you get full coverage everywhere you go but that is different to the whole of Scotland having data coverage which is not correct.

I travel to some pretty out of the way places and I can get data (not always 3G) on one or other of my devices. Most black spots are the on roads and motorways rather than where people stay.

JuicyPoloMan
Oct 1, 2013, 01:20 PM
Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/31/three-to-launch-uk-4g-service-in-december/)


Image (http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/08/3_logo-250x316.jpg)Following the launches of O2 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/01/o2-becomes-second-british-carrier-to-offer-4g-services/), Vodafone (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/07/vodafone-uk-announces-4g-service-rollout-begins-august-29/), and EE (http://ee.co.uk/)'s 4G LTE networks in the UK, mobile service provider Three has announced (http://blog.three.co.uk/2013/08/29/get-ready-for-4g/) that it is launching its 4G network within the region by December. Existing customers on Three's network will get 4G service at no extra charge upon launch, with plans for new customers being priced competitively against other carriers.

Three's LTE service is notable for being compatible with the iPhone 5's network bands, and will also allow consumers to select devices that are compatible with the new service. The company also announced (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23896896) earlier this week that it would abolish roaming charges for service in seven countries. The carrier also plans to include its "All You Can Eat" data plans in its new 4G service at no extra cost. Three's service in the UK was originally launched in 2003, and had a total (http://www.mobile-ent.biz/news/read/three-uk-subscribers-up-by-1m-in-12-months/019881) of 8.8 million subscribers as of 2012.

Article Link: Three to Launch UK 4G Service in December (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/08/31/three-to-launch-uk-4g-service-in-december/)


So wait. I just bought a iPhone 5... Does this mean i will get 4g? This is all very confusing.... ??

brandscill
Oct 2, 2013, 01:46 AM
So wait. I just bought a iPhone 5... Does this mean i will get 4g? This is all very confusing.... ??

Yes you will

imhereareyou
Oct 11, 2013, 02:11 AM
So wait. I just bought a iPhone 5... Does this mean i will get 4g? This is all very confusing.... ??

Yes sir!!! And LTE is super fast!!