Orange vs. 3

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by RawMuk, Sep 19, 2012.

  1. RawMuk macrumors newbie

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    Already ordered an iPhone 5 32GB £600,

    But I'm just curious... and I might buy it on contract on 3,

    What's 3's Network Like

    Advantages and Disadvantages of both companies
     
  2. daveishere macrumors 6502a

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    Never been on either network but hearing a lot of positive things about 3 (like unlimited data and a great 3G network)

    However, orange i'm hearing are very expensive and network coverage is poor.
     
  3. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    I get good coverage at home, about 4 bars on average with 3. Download speeds are good. I haven't tried Orange though.
     
  4. RawMuk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm on orange due to o2 not working in my home..

    But I'm thinking of switching to 3, due to cheap tariffs, unlimited data
     
  5. Scott006 macrumors member

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    Three's coverage isn't as extensive as oranges, however it's not terrible as three shares T-mobiles 3g masts, and apparently should share oranges too soon.

    Three was more reliable a number of years ago when they had oranges 2g signal to fall back on, that deal stopped around the time EE was formed but to their credit I believe 3 has built a lot of masts to make up for that. Still three's coverage leaves much to be desired if you leave city areas.

    In summary, three is a good network with very good deals, their coverage is good in populated areas but lags behind when it comes to getting a signal beyond that. As for orange, I live in a town and orange claimed perfect signal, turns out it was terrible and I dropped calls often. My personal recommendation would be vodafone or o2 for signal reliability, but no LTE with this version of iphone :(
     
  6. bp1000 macrumors 65816

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    Three is almost perfect and their 3G is good if not great but venture further outside a town or city and you have no reception at all.

    I don't get a signal at my parents house at all which is less than 5 mins for 2 big towns and a city.

    That's the only downside, zero coverage if you don't get 3G. Not being able to make calls or receive messages seriously sucks.
     

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