warning: this is a shameless plug for 3.
Back in Feb 2014 having got hacked off with my landline (BT), broadband (Zen) and mobile (Vodafone) never working or hobbling along at 8Meg on a good day (this is in London), crackly landline, 300 mins, some texts and no data a month and costing me about £70 a month all told, I binned the lot and took a 3 £28 a month contract which included a Nokia 925, 5000 texts, 5000 3to3 voice mins and 2000 other voice mins a month, unlimited data and no thou must not tether hoo-ha.
it's now June and blimey I'm sitting here on my tethered laptop getting 37Meg over 4G, no drop outs that involve me checking if my neighbours have bought new Xmas lights, DVD players or having to buy a new router, filters, cables and all that tosh to satisfy tech support and have only contacted 3 customer service twice at the beginning (who were brilliant), I finally feel I'm in the 21st century and apart from biling me, my interactions with 3 are zero which is how it should be.
I feel I can post this because the contract I'm on isn't available anymore (you now get nailed after 2Gb tethering a month AFAIK). but the way I see it, the gov could have just given some of the "superfast" cash to 3 to get more masts, given everyone in the country a smartphone, the finger to BT and built hospitals with the change.
Apologies for the plug but I'm impressed.