Over 3 million are now using Three 4G - double Vodafone, equalling O2

Three may be the smallest of the four major mobile networks in the UK, but its 4G coverage is impressive, with over three million customers now using 4G on Three - double that of Vodafone and the same as O2, despite having launched 4G six months later.

EE, whose 'Bufferface' adverts you may have seen on TV recently, was the first UK network to offer 4G, launching it in 2012, and it remains ahead of the pack when it comes to popularity, with 5.6 million 4G customers.

Three was the last of the major networks to offer 4G when it started making it available just over a year ago. However, unlike rivals EE, O2 and Vodafone, Three automatically migrated its eight million customers to 4G at no extra charge provided they have a compatible 4G phone and are in an area covered by Three 4G.

Three says almost half of the UK's population can now get Three 4G and that it remains on target to extend coverage to 98% by the end of next year. It'll be installing equipment to boost coverage in rural areas too.

Dave Dyson, chief executive at Three, said: "The roll-out of new capacity is progressing well and, most importantly for me, customer satisfaction is higher than ever. With an advanced 3G network already in place all our customers are able to benefit from a reliable and high-performing network."

EE was the first UK network to offer 4G, launching it in 2012, and it remains ahead of the pack when it comes to popularity, with 5.6 million 4G customers.

To find out if Three 4G is available where you live, work and generally do your existing, use the coverage checker at www.three.co.uk or even UK communications regulator Ofcom's fancy-Dan new interactive communications map.

Sources: Mobile News, The Drum

Click here for the latest mobile news

Are you on Three 4G? Let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Stay up to date with the latest news: Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

Want more from Kelvin? Contact him on Twitter, Google+ or by email

How would you rate broadbandchoices? Help us improve by writing a review

Suggested Pages

  • Can I use 4G for home internet?

  • The best 4G smartphone deals today

  • 4G mobile deals

  • Vodafone CEO: 4G reliability more important than speed and coverage

  • Successful trial of next-generation 4G by EE sees major speed boost

  • Faster and cheaper 4G on the way

  • Vodafone CEO: 4G reliability more important than speed and coverage

  • Successful trial of next-generation 4G by EE sees major speed boost

  • Faster and cheaper 4G on the way

  • UK has worse 4G coverage than Romania or Peru

  • Nyoom: Fastest 4G speed record broken

  • Which country has the best 4G in the world?