Recently moved from o2 for my iPhone contact to Three with the release of the 4S.
To say I'm impressed with the service is an understatement. Amazingly good value -- £99 upfront on the 'one' plan when I signed up, but £150 quidco back which was paid swiftly. For 2000 minutes, 5000 SMS and unlimited data it's a steal.
Three have some fantastic deals which is why I stayed with them so much.
Coverage is *vastly* better than o2 in Edinburgh and on the main train lines (to Glasgow; east coast and west coast). I wasn't expecting such an improvement with it being 2100MHz vs 900/1800 for o2, but they've obviously done something right.
I'm genuinely really shocked about this. I hover between London and Sheffield and honestly my 3 coverage has been terrible in both places. 3 doesn't cover my home in Sheffield - well it does but with 1 bar going in and out... In London I was constantly getting 1 bar even in giant populated areas such as shopping centres. Even in parts of Westfield shopping centre. o2 has consistent near on full signal in these same areas.
I've also not had a single dropped call on three yet, something which was a massive issue at peak times on o2.
I've just switched from 3 to o2. I used to get 'call failed' all the time with 3. Dropped calls are often caused by a lack of masts around you. So the local mast just gets over busy.
E.g. your mast can support 100 calls (this is an example). You switch over to this mast and you are the 101st caller. Your call drops. o2 is generally very good in this respect as o2 has lots of masts. So usually you just switch to another mast seamlessly and there's not a dropped call. 3 on the other hand often don't have an alternative mast within range so the call just drops.
It's probably just a case of 3 have far less customers than o2 so you're fine for now..
In London with so many people having 3 and 3 only installing the bare minimum number of masts there's very often a capacity issue and a dropped call. o2 on the other hand seem to have masts on every building in sight.
At times on 3 I was getting 0.1mbps down and up in London. o2 is better than this hands down...
And the speeds on HSPA+ are very impressive indeed. I'm currently using my iphone as a hotspot (which is inclusive in the package as far as I can tell) as o2s home broadband service is horrendously congested. Getting over 950kB/sec vs 20kB/sec on o2.
Yes 3 allow you to tether. I used to do it lots. They do operate a fair usage system nowadays though so don't go absolutely wild.
Glad to see you're happy with Network 3. The ONLY thing I miss about 3 is the almost constant 3g coverage. That said it very often had no coverage whereas my o2 always at least has GPRS.
Each to their own. 3 is very good in some areas. I just don't believe they can handle their customers in some areas. In particular London it feels very congested and awful to use.
Edited by ukhardy07 (Tue 07-Aug-12 01:45:01)