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Old 11-09-2013, 22:39
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Wow, looks like Three and Apple have done a deal. On the Apple UK website when you go to the pre-order for any new iPhone 5 it refers to the phone as 'Ultrafast' and even has the Three logo on and is advertising a Three PAYG price plan including unlimited data!

http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-iphone/iphone5c

http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-iphone/iphone5s

This could really increase Three's customer base.
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Old 11-09-2013, 22:45
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Wow. Three are really getting some clout of late.
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Old 11-09-2013, 22:45
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I think you're confusing two things together.

-Apple have always referred to "Ultrafast Wireless" as their LTE solution. This has been going on since the iPhone 5 was introduced. It is not a reference to Three's DC-HSPA+ network.
-Three have officially dropped the "Ultrafast" marketing as i mentioned they would and are now marketing DC-HSPA+ as "Advanced 3G" with their main focus being on the "4G Ready" moniker.
-Three have been the network of choice for the iPhone for quite some time now usually being shown at the end of TV Adverts or advertised on the website.

So the ultrafast is nothing to do with Three.
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Old 11-09-2013, 22:48
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Ah right, I have never seen them refer to it as ultrafast before. Quite good to see the Three logo on the pre-order page and a PAYG unlimited data pack at 15 next to the sim only section. I have seen the logo after the TV ads too, it's just good to see.

If you order it on PAYG from Apple you get the Three package it seems.

Where can I get a micro-SIM or nano-SIM card?
If you choose Pay as you go when you buy a new iPhone from the Apple Online Store, it will arrive with a micro-SIM or nano-SIM pre-loaded with call minutes, texts and data. Or you can get a micro-SIM or nano-SIM card from any carrier offering iPhone plans.
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Old 11-09-2013, 22:53
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Ah right, I have never seen them refer to it as ultrafast before. Quite good to see the Three logo on the pre-order page and a PAYG unlimited data pack at 15 next to the sim only section.

I have seen the logo after the TV ads too, it's just good to see.
Yeh i agree. Three will be the partner of choice once again this year.
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Old 11-09-2013, 22:59
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It is good to see at least Apple got one thing right hehe. Hopefully this boosts customers for Three. I think it's a bit of a shame they dropped ultra fast marketing as it was less confusing for customers who didn't know what 4G properly is. I know it sounds stupid but a fair few people honestly don't know what it is.
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:18
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three is one risky provider
they look good but not sure if they are actually good
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:24
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three is one risky provider
they look good but not sure if they are actually good
Risky?
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:39
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poor customer service
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:44
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Well Three's customer service is currently rated higher than EE 4G, Orange and T-Mobile. In fact if you look at Ofcoms customer satisfaction surveys and online polls Three comes out in the middle to top section all the time. So customer service is definitely improving. But tbh all phone networks have pretty crappy customer services apart from O2 in my experience.

Reception is much better than a number of other networks. Three currently have 98% 3G coverage with plans to expand to 99.2% by the end of 2014. 4G coverage is going to be 80% by the end of 2014. That's better than what O2 and Vodafone are quoting so based on those facts alone Three should have the best 3G signal in the country.

Obviously signal varies everywhere and it may just be your area that's bad.
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:48
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Well Three's customer service is currently rated higher than EE 4G, Orange and T-Mobile. In fact if you look at Ofcoms customer satisfaction surveys and online polls Three comes out in the middle to top section all the time. So customer service is definitely improving. But tbh all phone networks have pretty crappy customer services apart from O2 in my experience.

Reception is much better than a number of other networks. Three currently have 98% 3G coverage with plans to expand to 99.2% by the end of 2014. 4G coverage is going to be 80% by the end of 2014. That's better than what O2 and Vodafone are quoting so based on those facts alone Three should have the best 3G signal in the country.

Obviously signal varies everywhere and it may just be your area that's bad.
Nope, im on EE but thinking of leaving...for 02 or maybe even three
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:56
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I think the whole we cover xy% is misleading.

I could give most of the UK really poor signal, but can still say I cover them.

What I've found from using 3 is that I rarely get full signal unless I'm in a town centre.
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:57
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I think the whole we cover xy% is misleading.

I could give most of the UK really poor signal, but can still say I cover them.

What I've found from using 3 is that I rarely get full signal unless I'm in a town centre.
how are you finding three?
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:58
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I think the whole we cover xy% is misleading.

I could give most of the UK really poor signal, but can still say I cover them.
Agreed. what the networks quote is population coverage. Not actual land mass coverage. And the percentage includes low signal areas as well.

But still, Three have better overall 3G coverage compared to other operators
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Old 11-09-2013, 23:59
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Wow, looks like Three and Apple have done a deal. On the Apple UK website when you go to the pre-order for any new iPhone 5 it refers to the phone as 'Ultrafast' and even has the Three logo on and is advertising a Three PAYG price plan including unlimited data!

http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-iphone/iphone5c

http://store.apple.com/uk/buy-iphone/iphone5s

This could really increase Three's customer base.
It has been like that for a number of weeks now on the apple website.
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Old 12-09-2013, 00:00
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Well Three's customer service is currently rated higher than EE 4G, Orange and T-Mobile. In fact if you look at Ofcoms customer satisfaction surveys and online polls Three comes out in the middle to top section all the time. So customer service is definitely improving. But tbh all phone networks have pretty crappy customer services apart from O2 in my experience.

Reception is much better than a number of other networks. Three currently have 98% 3G coverage with plans to expand to 99.2% by the end of 2014. 4G coverage is going to be 80% by the end of 2014. That's better than what O2 and Vodafone are quoting so based on those facts alone Three should have the best 3G signal in the country.

Obviously signal varies everywhere and it may just be your area that's bad.
How are they planning get 99.2% 3G coverage [Assume you mean outdoors]. That is even higher that than what they quoting by the end of 2015 for 4G coverage which makes no sense as 4G is a lower spectrum bit puzzling that. It would be amazing if they did manage that by end of next year though. I know that is when MBNL is meant be complete 3G upgrades by but had no idea it was that high a percentage. Hope Three does get that strong 4G signal by end of next year i had expected a slower rollout then that.
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Old 12-09-2013, 00:02
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How are they planning get 99.2% 3G coverage [Assume you mean outdoors]. That is even higher that than what they quoting by the end of 2015 for 4G coverage which makes no sense as 4G is a lower spectrum bit puzzling that. It would be amazing if they did manage that by end of next year though. I know that is when MBNL is meant be complete 3G upgrades by but had no idea it was that high a percentage.
I assume i mean outdoors as well. But what i've been told is 99.2% total 3G coverage by the end of 2014.
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Old 12-09-2013, 00:05
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I assume i mean outdoors as well. But what i've been told is 99.2% total 3G coverage by the end of 2014.
If they manage that it will be impressive. Certainly no need for 2G backup signal except maybe indoors purely for penetration reasons. But expect it will be fully switched off by then anyway. Specially with 4G in most places by then as well.
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Old 12-09-2013, 00:07
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I'm sure Mr Wonk should be in this conversation. Where did he go?
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:57
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I think you're confusing two things together.

-Apple have always referred to "Ultrafast Wireless" as their LTE solution. This has been going on since the iPhone 5 was introduced. It is not a reference to Three's DC-HSPA+ network.
-Three have officially dropped the "Ultrafast" marketing as i mentioned they would and are now marketing DC-HSPA+ as "Advanced 3G" with their main focus being on the "4G Ready" moniker.
-Three have been the network of choice for the iPhone for quite some time now usually being shown at the end of TV Adverts or advertised on the website.

So the ultrafast is nothing to do with Three.
Three are still wanting PAYG where as Voda/EE are trying to get away from it. Can't imagine them getting huge numbers via the Apple store (s) I've heard that people (apple store staff) who buy unlocked sim free 9 times out of 10 have existing contracts. good to see Three making a push though.

All networks are advertised on the Apple TV ads. EE gets a slight preference at the moment though.

Everything you say about Ultrafast is correct.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:58
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If they manage that it will be impressive. Certainly no need for 2G backup signal except maybe indoors purely for penetration reasons. But expect it will be fully switched off by then anyway. Specially with 4G in most places by then as well.
That is still only about 82-86 % coverage in NI/Wales/Scotland...
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:03
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poor customer service
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Just bought out my Vodafone contract to switch to Three (only had a couple of months left).
I bought a Three Sim a week or so ago in order to see whether their network was any good before I switched. The thought of having to go back to Vodafone and their piss poor data connection was awful, so I decided to switch immediatley.

Connection is better than VF where I am, and their data is a hundred times better as it actually works, unlike VF's does.

Customer service isn't brilliant but it's not as bad as Orange's used to be when I was with them.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:30
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I don't have to get that one, do I? First you say they have got poor customer service and poor reception and then suddenly you mention you are thinking of moving to Three?!
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:33
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That is still only about 82-86 % coverage in NI/Wales/Scotland...
That was a reply to jabbas about 99.2 percentage 3G coverage of the UK by end of 2014 I was saying if they manage make that there will be no need for 2G anymore.
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Old 12-09-2013, 14:45
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Three is the best network in London imo.

If you live in the countryside all networks are rubbish.

Move or deal with it.
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