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Following the launches of O2, Vodafone, and EE's 4G LTE networks in the UK, mobile service provider Three has announced 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 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 of 8.8 million subscribers as of 2012.

Article Link: Three to Launch UK 4G Service in December
 

The Samurai

macrumors 68020
Dec 29, 2007
2,040
721
Glasgow
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.
 

davidjearly

macrumors 68020
Sep 21, 2006
2,253
342
Glasgow, Scotland
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

macrumors 6502
Jun 17, 2010
356
175
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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

macrumors 6502
Jan 2, 2013
271
286
St Helens, Merseyside, England
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

macrumors 6502
May 7, 2009
334
87
London
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

macrumors 65816
Aug 13, 2011
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2
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

Suspended
Nov 12, 2006
1,364
266
England
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:(
 

CHMK

macrumors regular
Sep 3, 2012
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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

macrumors 68040
Oct 20, 2007
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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

macrumors 603
Nov 4, 2008
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6,392
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

macrumors 68040
Oct 22, 2011
3,454
1,127
Newcastle, England.
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

macrumors newbie
Aug 28, 2013
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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.
 

hadleigh101

macrumors newbie
Aug 28, 2013
10
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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

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Jun 5, 2011
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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

macrumors 65816
Aug 24, 2005
1,312
21
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

macrumors 68030
Jun 20, 2009
2,696
2,758
Lincoln, UK
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.
 

OS X Dude

macrumors 65816
Jun 30, 2007
1,080
467
UK
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.
 

dav465

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Oct 11, 2011
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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

macrumors newbie
Nov 11, 2007
17
0
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.
 
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