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    (Original post by de_monies)
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    I don't think three has a 2g service at all, there sims never work in 2G phones. Think there pure 3G.
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    You can do that with most phones these days....
    Tethering is explicitly banned on most unlimited phone packages. If you start downloading large amounts tethered, you'll generally get it terminated.
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    (Original post by samba)
    Tethering is explicitly banned on most unlimited phone packages. If you start downloading large amounts tethered, you'll generally get it terminated.
    Three allow it on there "all you can eat data".
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Three allow it on there "all you can eat data".
    There was an amazing offer the other week, £11.99 24 month contract on EE with unlimited everything on 4g including tethering and an LG G2.

    The ****ing staff stole 90% of them though. (with their 50% staff discount ) I didn't get one personally.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    I don't think three has a 2g service at all, there sims never work in 2G phones. Think there pure 3G.
    No they dont. Three's infrastructure alwauys has been state of the art. In the beginning, it was flakey,but now it's quite reliable and sturdy

    Also, if you look here:

    http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/search

    Three has no cell broadcast towers (normally disguised as trees) that operate on the 2G network at all. They're all UMTS

    When I was talking to my mum, I gave her two options

    Stick with Virgin mobile and get a reasonably good signal at 3.5G (HSDPA)

    And have the same amount of minutes, data etc...

    Or pay £2-£3 more for less minutes and 4G access

    (Original post by samba)
    Tethering is explicitly banned on most unlimited phone packages. If you start downloading large amounts tethered, you'll generally get it terminated.
    That's true I guess. The question was a little vague though. It depends on how much you tether tbh

    Basically, OP what do you value?

    Do you value 4G NOW (The rest will definitely follow, and it's also a nice money maker for the tax payer)

    Do you want cheapness?

    Do you want reliability?

    Do you need unlimited data?

    Also, as per the above, it might be worth going here:

    http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/search

    To see what cell towers are close by to you

    Tesco mobile use three (I think)

    Virgin mobile use the EE network, which will show up as Orange and/or T-mobile at the cell broadcast stations
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    (Original post by de_monies)
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    The speed of Three's network has never been short of amazing for me, I have tethered 2 phones on it before and all 3 were fast.

    But i guess it varies where you live a lot to.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    The speed of Three's network has never been short of amazing for me, I have tethered 2 phones on it before and all 3 were fast.

    But i guess it varies where you live a lot to.
    Hene why I gave the Ofcom link

    At my house, I can easily get HSDPA on Virgin

    At my work place, the only network that actually works over there is Vodafone.. (Despite the place having MORE cell towers)

    Basically, the link is to give the OP an idea of the cell towers in there area

    Also, consider the location of the tower - we have MORE towers at the workplace, but they're in bad locations...
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    Hene why I gave the Ofcom link

    At my house, I can easily get HSDPA on Virgin

    At my work place, the only network that actually works over there is Vodafone.. (Despite the place having MORE cell towers)

    Basically, the link is to give the OP an idea of the cell towers in there area

    Also, consider the location of the tower - we have MORE towers at the workplace, but they're in bad locations...
    I didn't want to quote the above because it was too long so I'll quote this.

    I'm looking for reliability and cheapness definitely. I don't think I need unlimited data anymore, I can try and use wifi as much as I can!
    I'm not too sure about 4G now but if I get 3G or3.5G, how long will it take to get to 4G.

    Thank you for everyone replying, it's been useful!
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    (Original post by OnionRing)
    I didn't want to quote the above because it was too long so I'll quote this.

    I'm looking for reliability and cheapness definitely. I don't think I need unlimited data anymore, I can try and use wifi as much as I can!
    I'm not too sure about 4G now but if I get 3G or3.5G, how long will it take to get to 4G.

    Thank you for everyone replying, it's been useful!
    Virgin is pretty reliable. They used to use the T-Mobile network. They now use the EE network (Which is Orange & T-Mobile) AFAIK, they are the biggest network in the UK at the time being

    Because it's so large, it takes a bit longer to improve the infrastructure. I know how long things to take to even move things from one place to another in large organisations (It takes us around 6-8 months just to move some servers to another place in the same damn room, because of bureaucracy and risk)

    To roll out 4G would take a bit longer. That being said, they'll definitely do it probably relatively quickly, because the business case for 4G is compelling ie: the risk is worth it

    And with VM's EE partnership, Virgin media business can perhaps also sell some of it's services back to EE, to help move us forwards with 4G. It's a nice little domino effect

    Most networks offer 3.5G atm (or HSDPA)

    Are EE any good in your area? Also, it depends on the phone you have. I think my phone (Nexus 4) doesn't support 4G/LTE, but the nexus 5 does

    Older versions of iPhones don't support 4G/LTE either

    PErsonally, I find that 1GB is plenty for me

    I tend to use just under 3 hours of minutes each month (So around 180 minutes), barely any texts (cos WhatsApp), and around 500 - 900Mb/data per month

    As I said before, Virgin are bloody good for retention deals as well, especially if you're a Virgin media customer?

    tl:dr - If you don't need the "unlimited" data go with Virgin. In around 3 months time, tell Virgin that three gives me x y and z, for 10p less AND it's 4g. You'll probably get a discount ie: you'd probably pay aound 20-25% less than before

    If you have an android phone (Might also be an app for other phones), download "call metre 3G" or is it "call meter 3G" Any way, download that, to see exactly how many minutes you are using per month

    Currently I get

    Unlimited minutes
    Unlimited texts
    Unlimited VM to VM
    Unlimited calls to landlines
    Unlimited internet
    Nokia C3-01 (that I sold)

    For £17.49/month

    As I don't need Unlimited minutes, texts, VM to VM, landlines, or unlimited internet, I'm happy to go for the £10/month sim only rolling contract
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    Virgin is pretty reliable. They used to use the T-Mobile network. They now use the EE network (Which is Orange & T-Mobile) AFAIK, they are the biggest network in the UK at the time being

    Because it's so large, it takes a bit longer to improve the infrastructure. I know how long things to take to even move things from one place to another in large organisations (It takes us around 6-8 months just to move some servers to another place in the same damn room, because of bureaucracy and risk)

    To roll out 4G would take a bit longer. That being said, they'll definitely do it probably relatively quickly, because the business case for 4G is compelling ie: the risk is worth it

    And with VM's EE partnership, Virgin media business can perhaps also sell some of it's services back to EE, to help move us forwards with 4G. It's a nice little domino effect

    Most networks offer 3.5G atm (or HSDPA)

    Are EE any good in your area? Also, it depends on the phone you have. I think my phone (Nexus 4) doesn't support 4G/LTE, but the nexus 5 does

    Older versions of iPhones don't support 4G/LTE either

    PErsonally, I find that 1GB is plenty for me

    I tend to use just under 3 hours of minutes each month (So around 180 minutes), barely any texts (cos WhatsApp), and around 500 - 900Mb/data per month

    As I said before, Virgin are bloody good for retention deals as well, especially if you're a Virgin media customer?

    tl:dr - If you don't need the "unlimited" data go with Virgin. In around 3 months time, tell Virgin that three gives me x y and z, for 10p less AND it's 4g. You'll probably get a discount ie: you'd probably pay aound 20-25% less than before

    If you have an android phone (Might also be an app for other phones), download "call metre 3G" or is it "call meter 3G" Any way, download that, to see exactly how many minutes you are using per month

    Currently I get

    Unlimited minutes
    Unlimited texts
    Unlimited VM to VM
    Unlimited calls to landlines
    Unlimited internet
    Nokia C3-01 (that I sold)

    For £17.49/month

    As I don't need Unlimited minutes, texts, VM to VM, landlines, or unlimited internet, I'm happy to go for the £10/month sim only rolling contract
    Wow! Thank you so much!! I'm leaning very much to virgin now!
    I'm also happy to go with the £10/month sim only rolling contract (250mins, 1GB, unlimited texts)
    Do you have to renew it every month or can you pre-order it like 3 months ahead so renew it every 3 months instead?

    EE is good in my area and I'll be getting the moto g so I think 4G is available on that..probably not actually.
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    (Original post by OnionRing)
    Wow! Thank you so much!! I'm leaning very much to virgin now!
    I'm also happy to go with the £10/month sim only rolling contract (250mins, 1GB, unlimited texts)
    Do you have to renew it every month or can you pre-order it like 3 months ahead so renew it every 3 months instead?

    EE is good in my area and I'll be getting the moto g so I think 4G is available on that..probably not actually.
    Neither - rolling month contracts renew automatically unless you choose to cancel

    Could be worth googling if the Moto g has 4G or not tbh. For me, when network is pretty good (aside from the town I work in... but not working for much longer in) I'm happy to stick with Virgin

    I also hope to get this deal for around £6-£7 in three months time
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    Neither - rolling month contracts renew automatically unless you choose to cancel

    Could be worth googling if the Moto g has 4G or not tbh. For me, when network is pretty good (aside from the town I work in... but not working for much longer in) I'm happy to stick with Virgin

    I also hope to get this deal for around £6-£7 in three months time
    Thanks again! I've had a look just now and moto g has a 3G handset and a 4G one but if I choose the 3G, can u upgrade to 4G later on by updating the phone? I'm new to all this
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    (Original post by OnionRing)
    Thanks again! I've had a look just now and moto g has a 3G handset and a 4G one but if I choose the 3G, can u upgrade to 4G later on by updating the phone? I'm new to all this
    Basically, no

    AFAIK you'd need an actual 4G transmitter inside the phone - one of the costs associated with upgrading to 4G for the telecoms companies is the additional hardware (as well as licencing)

    For the end user (ie: you and me) you'd also need to upgrade your hardware ie: the mobile device, to receive 4G

    I guess with Virgin if you don't like them after a month you can switch to three if you want as well...
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    Basically, no

    AFAIK you'd need an actual 4G transmitter inside the phone - one of the costs associated with upgrading to 4G for the telecoms companies is the additional hardware (as well as licencing)

    For the end user (ie: you and me) you'd also need to upgrade your hardware ie: the mobile device, to receive 4G

    I guess with Virgin if you don't like them after a month you can switch to three if you want as well...
    Ahh ok I get it now! Thanks for your help and I'll consider three if I'm considering 4G
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    (Original post by OnionRing)
    Ahh ok I get it now! Thanks for your help and I'll consider three if I'm considering 4G
    Three has the best 3G network to tbh, just doesnt have 2G.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Three has the best 3G network to tbh, just doesnt have 2G.
    Is 2G any beneficial?
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    (Original post by OnionRing)
    Is 2G any beneficial?
    Not unless you have 10£ phone. Ones with no data service at all.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Not unless you have 10£ phone. Ones with no data service at all.
    Haha alright cheers!
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    (Original post by OnionRing)
    Is 2G any beneficial?
    Well kinda.

    What's meant to happen is that you're meant to drop down a band for each "loss of service" I think the rationale behind keeping all this existing, costly, legacy equipment is to ensure that end users can ring the emergency services when needed

    Basically

    No 4G (LTE) = drop to 3.75G (HSPA)
    No 3.75G = drop to 3.5G (HSDPA)
    No 3.5G = drop down to 3G (UMTS)
    No 3G = drop down to 2.5G (EDGE)
    No 2.5G = drop down to GPRS (2G)
    No 2G = drop down to GSM
    No GSM = emergency calls only

    Looking at the Ofcom site, it looks like three doesn't actually have any cell towers below UMTS, so not sure how their infrastructure would work, in comparison to other providers

    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Not unless you have 10£ phone. Ones with no data service at all.
    FYI
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    Virgin are BLOODY good for retention deals

    My mum had a contract for:

    £12/month

    1200 minutes
    Unlimited texts
    Unlimited calls to VM numbers
    1GB data
    12 months contract

    That now costs £8.74/month on a rolling month contract

    In November, I'll get a Virgin sim only contract (in my own name, instead of my mums) for the £10/month rolling contract, and then after three months, tell them it costs too much

    Have a look here:

    http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/compare/sim_only_deals/
    Ahah, thanks so much . My contract runs out in October - I'll deffo give it a looksie.
 
 
 
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