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3 Network - Any good?

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NetworkGuy Wed 26-Jun-13 18:13:42

Have used Three for the past 5 years (3 in Wrexham, N Wales, mostly from home for data - 15 GB/month) but more recently during 2012 on mobile with 600 minutes and 3000 texts, unlimited data...

I switched to T-Mobile in February but EE are "removing duplication" of Orange/T-Mob masts and for the past 2 months I've had rotten signals ('Emergency calls only' 'Not registered on Network' calls dropping part way, streaming radio {nothing fancy, just BBC R4} dropping every 10 minutes) so have taken out a fresh 2 year contract with Three.

I got a refurbished BlackBerry Curve 9320 (because I already have other mobiles I can use for Three) and that was the cheapest deal (100 minutes, 5000 texts, unlimited data, for 13 pounds/month) I could get.

I was after the unlimited data, rather than talk time. However, if you are after an Android mobile I think it would be good to mention what you've seen and at what price before you choose a deal and then find it has limits...

For example, I've used the Samsung Galaxy Ace, Europa and Mini, and while they are 'adequate' for a few apps, I would be happy to suggest getting a much newer Sony Xperia Tipo (60-80 quid on PAYG at T-Mobile or O2) and getting it UNLOCKED, then using it with a SIM ONLY deal from Three (or getting that Blackberry deal, and using the SIM in the Sony Tipo).

Why the Sony Tipo ? It's running Android v4 (not 2.2 or 2.3) and it has bags more memory for storing Apps, so won't give constant "low storage" warnings like the Samsung Europa or Ace.

Later Samsung models like the Ace 2 would probably be fine, but I don't know what sort of budget you have and whether you are being pestered for a Blackberry or Android smile

The refurb model I went for was on > < and was about 3 pounds cheaper per month than the brand new models sold via the 3Store or web site.

bruffin Tue 25-Jun-13 19:13:30

I have 3 and its not a problem where we live ( a couple of junctions from you on the M25) but its awful where my mum lives in Norfolk. I cant get a signal in her house at all. Also cant get a signal at Roydon station when I stop there in the morning on the train on the way to work

ICantRememberWhatSheSaid Tue 25-Jun-13 18:51:02

you can check coverage here it is quite accurate. I have three and its great for residential areas but, sometimes, I can lose 3G in the countryside.
It just depends on your area.
Vodafone 3G didnt work at all in my house or garden but Three works throughout.

hollyisalovelyname Tue 25-Jun-13 17:59:14

3 has taken over 02 in Ireland. I hope they are good!!!

dalek Tue 25-Jun-13 17:56:32

I am thinking of getting dd a phone on the 3 network as it's so reasonable compared to others. We are in St Albans.

Does anyone know what the coverage is like around here? And generally what the 3 netork is like.

All replies gratefully received.


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