Three mobile has over 4.4 million mobile customers in the UK, covering more than 97% of the country. It also offers all-you-can-eat mobile broadband deals for the most data-hungry customers.
Three bills itself as the network built for "internetting". That should tell you two things:
- Three doesn't really understand how language works.
- Three's main strength is mobile internet and it's central to pretty much everything it does.
Let's take a look at what the network has to offer. But before we do, remember you can compare phones available from Three, find the cheapest pay monthly, sim-only and pay as you go plans on our snazzy mobile page right here.
Three pay monthly
There's no shortage of choice when you pick a pay monthly price plan from three - if anything, the range of options can seem a little overwhelming. Here are the basic facts you need to know to navigate all the numbers:
- The main decision you have to make with a pay monthly plan is how many minutes and how much data you need. Options range from 100 call minutes and 500MB mobile data a month, to Three's completely unlimited "all-you-can-eat" minutes and data, so try to pick one that best suits your lifestyle.
- You get unlimited text messages with all Three pay monthly plans.
- The more minutes and data you have, the more you'll have to pay. Naturally.
- Contract length will also affect your bill. The longer it is - up to 24 months - the less you'll pay each month. Of course, the downside is that you'll be stuck with that plan - and potentially the handset - for a while, so you should think carefully about how long you want to commit to.
Three pay as you go
Three's pay as you go tariffs are pretty straightforward: calls are 3p a minute, texts 2p each and 1MB mobile internet costs a penny. 3, 2, 1 - see what they did there?
Alternatively, you can get one of Three's numerous add-ons, which gives you a set amount of talk minutes, texts or mobile data for a set fee.
Three mobile coverage
The Three network covers 97% of the population for calls, text messages and 3G. Use the Three coverage checker to see what sort of service you can expect in the areas you frequent.
Three 3G and 4G
Mobile internet is really what Three's all about. It's built a reputation for generous data limits, and it's one of the few national mobile networks to offer unlimited mobile data plans.
Three's 4G network isn't as established - or widespread - as other networks, like EE, but coverage is expanding. Unlike other operators, Three doesn't separate its plans into separate 3G or 4G ones - so long as you have a 4G-ready handset, like the iPhone 5S or HTC One (M8), and you're in a 4G enabled area, you can use 4G on your phone.
Should I get a Three mobile plan?
To Three or not to Three? That is the question.
The answer is, unsurprisingly, entirely dependent on what you want. So with that in mind, here are what we think are some of the best reasons to pick Three as your mobile network:
- You browse the internet a lot, use Facebook, download apps while out and about and more, and want a generous or unlimited monthly data limit.
- You want a popular handset like the iPhone with a relatively low upfront cost - bear in mind you'll pay back the cost and then some over the life of your contract.
- You want a wide choice of iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone handsets - Three carries tons of smartphones, so if you don't have any predetermined handset preference, you have tons of options.
- You want to pay as you go with straightforward tariffs and add-ons.
- You want be able to switch to 4G if or when it's available in your area.
On the downside, Three isn't necessarily the cheapest network to be on. If you have a particular handset in mind, it's definitely worth comparing your different options from other networks, to find the best deal possible.
How does Three compare to the other UK networks? Read our guides and find out the key facts about each: