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Old 20-06-2013, 21:19
barker71
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Looking to either go with virgin orange or t-mobile on either payg or pay monthly sim only.

I know t-mobile throttle to 4mb sec but do the others?
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Old 20-06-2013, 21:25
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Virgin also throttle speeds at all times. Virgin will also throttle your connection to 384K if you use more than 3.5GB. Im not 100% sure about Orange but I am guessing they do also, im pretty sure they do.

Its widely known Three is best for data speeds, I get between 23-33Mb usually ranging around 27Mb.
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Old 20-06-2013, 21:30
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Looking for the fastest out of the ee network/mvno options as phone is locked to orange (and too cheap to unlock!)
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Old 20-06-2013, 21:53
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I guess your best bet is with T-Mobile and 4Mbps because Virgin limit speeds to 1.5Mbps.

Your best bet is to unlock to be honest if you wish to get speeds greater than 4Mbps and then sign up to Three, but I guess as you said you're too cheap.
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Old 20-06-2013, 22:56
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fastest least value - EE - 50mb down
fasted best value - Three - unlimited data and speeds of around 20mb where i live plus no extra cost for 4g when they launch
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Old 20-06-2013, 22:58
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Do orange throttle speeds then ?
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Old 20-06-2013, 23:07
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I don't believe Orange do, they tend not to offer as large an allowance instead I believe.

Speeds obviously will vary depending where you are but in my experience, Three are the most consistent.
I've had faster speeds on T-Mobile than I saw on Three but it's much more hit-and-miss.
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Old 21-06-2013, 12:02
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Orange or Three or T-mobile (if not on unlimited).

EE 4G at upto 80 is fastest but you seem to want the cheapest option seeing you mentioned Virgin.
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Old 21-06-2013, 12:04
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I get around 10-20 Mbs down in a local town near me with T-Mobile.
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Old 21-06-2013, 13:10
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I get around 10-20 Mbs down in a local town near me with T-Mobile.
What phone, please?
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Old 21-06-2013, 13:32
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What phone, please?
Nokia 920. Speed does obviously depend on the phone which (to be very positive) will only get better over time.
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Old 21-06-2013, 14:06
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Nokia 920. Speed does obviously depend on the phone which (to be very positive) will only get better over time.
Are you on the full monty plan though? im sure that's the one they throttle speeds on
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Old 21-06-2013, 15:03
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Are you on the full monty plan though? im sure that's the one they throttle speeds on
I'm on a 1GB plan with them.
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Old 21-06-2013, 15:38
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Oh, so t-mobile only throttle on the full monty?
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Old 21-06-2013, 15:39
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orange speeds vary very much, go with 3
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Old 21-06-2013, 15:46
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Oh, so t-mobile only throttle on the full monty?
i cant be sure, but as others are saying your best bet is to go with Three, you'll know you'll have great speeds and wont be throttled, just get your phone unlocked, it doesn't cost that much
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Old 22-06-2013, 14:15
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Speed is all subject to your local area conditions and level of network congestion, so everybody's experience is likely to be different. Three, do suffer from poor speeds in areas of high traffic but unlike a lot of the other networks they do indicate high levels of mast congestion on their coverage checker when you enter your postcode. This coverage checker will also show if the area is High Speed DC-HSDPA enabled.

I tend to travel around the country during the week and so I do have the luxury of trying my connection in various areas and from this personal experience, I tend to find that Three seem to offer the highest and most consistent speeds, especially in DC-HSDPA enabled mast areas. Followed by T-Mobile who seem to give usable streaming speeds most of the time.

The worst network i've ever used so far has to be Virgin Mobile, who really seem to struggle to give me more than 1 - 2 mb/s day or night in any of the areas i've visited and i've yet to see any upload speed from them exceed 0.4mb/s at any point in the last nine months.
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