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    Giff gaff £12.00 - Unlimited internet like 1000 texts, 250mins

    Or Three network (although check if your area is covered)
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    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



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    Fair play. I hadn't a clue about that to be honest I always thought 3G carries voice and data, but 2G would cover further ?
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    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



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    Awesome cheers for the info!
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    (Original post by ILovePancakes)
    Ahah, thanks so much . My contract runs out in October - I'll deffo give it a looksie.
    No probs. I kinda did a whole module on mobile comms

    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Fair play. I hadn't a clue about that to be honest I always thought 3G carries voice and data, but 2G would cover further ?
    2G does carry data, but it's not very good at carrying data (I remember when I did have GSM) Terribly slow, but certainly had internet

    (Original post by OnionRing)
    Awesome cheers for the info!
    No probs

    Also slight mistake there. GPRS and GSM are both 2G
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    Tesco had some fairly good plans http://shop.tescomobile.com/pay-monthly/sim-only - if you want to avoid o2 (I'm on them and don't have any major issues) you could also try calling them and getting them to price match (ask for the number porting code)
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    Also 30 day deals are worse value than 12 month ones
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    (Original post by brilld)
    Also 30 day deals are worse value than 12 month ones
    That's not necessarily true. Virgin's sim only deals are ONLY 30 day deals, yet still beat 12 month deals on other networks

    Virgin doesn't do 12 month sim only contracts

    For othe providers, perhaps, but then phone them and haggle and say "But but x provider only charges this much. Waaah" and you'll probably get a better deal
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    That's not necessarily true. Virgin's sim only deals are ONLY 30 day deals, yet still beat 12 month deals on other networks

    Virgin doesn't do 12 month sim only contracts

    For othe providers, perhaps, but then phone them and haggle and say "But but x provider only charges this much. Waaah" and you'll probably get a better deal
    three are probably better than virgin

    free 4G
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    three are probably better than virgin

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    ky
    Define "better"

    Three are relying on Virgin Media business to actually support its 4G infrastructure atm

    Virgin mobile use EE. Both EE and Three are good. Again, it's going to take EE longer to adopt 4G, just due to it's sheer size

    Not only that, but you need a 4G capable phone as well....
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    ky
    Define "better"

    Three are relying on Virgin Media business to actually support its 4G infrastructure atm

    Virgin mobile use EE. Both EE and Three are good. Again, it's going to take EE longer to adopt 4G, just due to it's sheer size

    Not only that, but you need a 4G capable phone as well....
    Hmmm true

    Which you prefer...Virgin or Three?
    Are Virgin 4G?
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    Hmmm true

    Which you prefer...Virgin or Three?
    Are Virgin 4G?
    They're both pretty good but it depends on what you want tbh. Virgin use the EE network, so dont have 4G just yet

    Whilst three are relying on Virgin media business to roll out 4G, Virgin mobile use EE's infrastructure to provide services

    It doesn't have it's own infrastructure. Virgin is pretty cheap in the UK. Three is pretty cheap abroad (in 16 countries you pay the same as at "home" )

    Swings and roundabouts really
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    (Original post by de_monies)
    They're both pretty good but it depends on what you want tbh. Virgin use the EE network, so dont have 4G just yet

    Whilst three are relying on Virgin media business to roll out 4G, Virgin mobile use EE's infrastructure to provide services

    It doesn't have it's own infrastructure. Virgin is pretty cheap in the UK. Three is pretty cheap abroad (in 16 countries you pay the same as at "home" )

    Swings and roundabouts really
    Hmmm thats true

    Not sure if i should take a phone contract with virgin or three
    I do have broadband, phone and tv with virgin so maybe see what deals they have
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    (Original post by xxvine)
    Hmmm thats true

    Not sure if i should take a phone contract with virgin or three
    I do have broadband, phone and tv with virgin so maybe see what deals they have
    If that's the case, definitely give them a bell and ask what they can do. I mean my mum's bill is £8.74 this month for a £12 contract


    Includes:

    1200 minutes
    Unlimited texts
    1GB data

    (She needs around 600, but there's no £11 contract)
 
 
 
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