Three Mobile

Competitive mobile broadband offering low prices, higher usage allowances and excellent 3G coverage

  • Higher usage allowances than many providers, up to 15GB
  • Pay as you go or pay monthly with contracts ranging from 1 month to 24
  • Choose between USB dongles or MiFi personal hotspots
  • All tariffs will include 4G at no extra monthly cost as this rolls out
  • 4G currently in 30 towns and cities, rising to 50 by the end of 2014

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Three Mobile Personal WiFi
£8.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 1GB usage allowance
  • Connect up to 5 devices
  • Free setup
  • 24 month contract

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Three Mobile Highest Usage
£22.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 20GB usage allowance
  • Free USB dongle
  • Free setup
  • 24 month contract

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Three Mobile Dongles
£8.00 per month
24 month contract

No upfront cost

  • 1GB usage allowance
  • Low monthly cost
  • Free setup
  • 24 month contract

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Reasons to choose Three

  • 97% coverage for 3G mobile broadband data
  • All tariffs are 4G-ready at no extra monthly cost
  • Dual channel Advanced 3G with 80% coverage allows compatible dongles to connect at double speed
  • Highest maximum usage allowance of any 3G provider (EE has higher on 4G)
  • 1 month contracts and pay-as-you-go mobile broadband tariffs available

Possible downsides

  • No 2G data, only available in the 97% of areas with 3G coverage
  • 14 day returns policy requires the hardware to be as new and unused
  • Extremely expensive out of usage allowance data
  • Largest inclusive usage allowance only available on a 24 month contract

Features at a glance

  • Up to 7.2 Mb download speeds, double speed Advanced 3G and 4G with more areas being rolled out

  • Contracts from pay as you go up to 24 months

  • Usage allowances from 1GB to 15GB

  • 24 hour technical support by phone or online

  • Free or subsidised tablets with some deals

  • Use Skype on your computer anywhere, giving you free calls to Skype users anywhere in the world

  • Free mobile broadband dongles with some deals

  • You will be charged at 10.2p per MB you use over your monthly allowance

3.4 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 606 customer ratings since 2016-01-23. See more Three Mobile customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2017-01-23

SIM Only

From £7.50 for 1GB to £21 for 20GB, nano SIMs available

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Dongles

Mobile broadband deals from £8 a month

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Personal WiFi

MiFi deals from £8 a month

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Short Contract

1 month contracts available from £10 with 2GB usage

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4G

4G deals available from £9 a month

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Pay As You Go

From £10 for 1GB for 30 days, cost includes 1GB free

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Highest Usage

Up to 20GB usage from £21 on a 24 month contract

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Tablet Bundles

From FREE on a 24 month contract to full price on cheaper tariffs

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Check Coverage

4G coverage 63%, 3G coverage 98%, Advanced 3G 80%

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Details last checked on 2017-01-23

Customer Reviews

Sometimes the best way to get a feel for a broadband provider is to read what those who are already customers think of the service they're receiving. Below are all the reviews we've received for Three Mobile.

Customer Ratings Summary

  • Satisfaction
    3.4 stars
  • Speed
    3.2 stars
  • Reliability
    3.2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.4 stars

Based on 606 customer ratings since 2016-01-23

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Ratings are left by users of our speed test as well as by reviewers. Recent star ratings summarise the last 12 months of ratings or the last 100 placed, whichever is largest.

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I've been a Three mobile customer for 4 years and for 3 years I used to have unlimited data, this year I went to the shop and the guy told me to change it for 17 G instead keeping the unlimited contract. That's fine! It's cheaper and my average is 12G per month. However since there it becames a nightmare!!! EXTREMELY SLOW internet, internet goes out all the time... so annoying! Another thing on the day that i changed my contract they told me buy this and that and we will give you a £150 voucher for amazon. I was happy with that. £150 voucher who does't like it?? however when i checked it online they say the voucher will be redeemed after first payment (no problem) and then amazon could take 2 to 3 month to send the voucher...this was in August 2016 5 months passed and nothing!!! I wrote a complain to three and they ignored me!!! Very disappointed!!! I pay every month £55 for an useless service!!!!! Can't wait for next August to finish my contract.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Wembley Three Mobile  
I got a 300 minutes + 3000 texts + 12GB data to which cost me GBP20.

My problem are :
1. There are too much slower of data connection
2. There are too ofter 'disconnect' issue during surfing online
3. There are too much often 'NO SERVICE'.

It's not good to complaint, besides its not type of people who like to do so but all I can say here is.. I made a mistake when I thought that UK has its all the most highly quality both of services and performance. It's so embarrassing when I realise that is just wast't true at all

This is would be the first, and the last I'd use this ISP.
The most worst ISP that I would not recommended it to other service user.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Newport Three Mobile  
Never have I experienced such appalling customer service, misinformation and zero value for loyal customers. As a whole Three is one of the worst broadband networks out there. They overcharge extensively even though they reassure you the data usage is capped and do not notify when this changes. Resulting in paying hundreds of pounds extra from what you expected to pay. Putting customers at a loss at their gain. If you're thinking of joining 3 and do in the future incure a problem please expect: long telephone calls, repeating yourself to multiple call handlers, with the end result being a waste of your time and money. Completely unprofessional.
U.K. Three Mobile  
I did cancelled my contract with them twice and they charge me £35 after my first cancellation (i did pay and i cancelled a second time the same contract) and they keeps calls me 5 times a day because?i did not cancelled my contract and i need to pay them £40.ive got a few letters from a debt collectors.it was a horrible experience.if you would like to cancel a contract make sure they understands you.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
chester Three Mobile  
I did cancelled my contract with them twice and they charge me £35 after my first cancellation (i did pay and i cancelled a second time the same contract) and they keeps calls me 5 times a day because?i did not cancelled my contract and i need to pay them £40.ive got a few letters from a debt collectors.it was a horrible experience.if you would like to cancel a contract make sure they understands you.
no Three Mobile  
I wish there were 0 stars but unfortunately, I can rate minimum 1 star. I used this operator from January, and I am from overseas, when I asked them if I will or will not pay for when I am not here they said there will be no problem, you will be paying pay as you go, but then gave me monthly, so I had to pay all year even the 4 months which I was not in the UK. When I told them that they said it is not their problem, I have to go to the store where I bought it. Afterwards, this month they did not give me my new bill, so my usage this month added up to last month bill, so I had pay 30 pounds extra. Anyways, maybe it is cheap but the worst customer service and telephone operator I have ever seen.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Three Mobile  
Very Very poor customer service. call center just pss you irrelative department and spending your time at least 3 hours to solve issue. they are not helpful. they do not know.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
Manchester Three Mobile  
I decided to join three mobile and get a contract SIM. Worst thing I could have possibly done. The first 6 months was meant to be half price. £11.50! But, they charged me that PLUS the full amount. They admitted to charging me too much and would not refund me. So, therefore, I cancelled the contract SIM. They are now threatening me with an outstanding balance of £213!! For cancelling. Threatening to take me to court etc. Keep sending letters, emails, you name it. I don't believe I should pay this money as my actual mobile did not come from three it was just the SIM card and they are expecting me to pay this for their mistake. Just don't go with three it's the worst and they do this to everyone and the signal with them are rubbish anyway I'd recommend going with something like virgin network rather than three.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Fife Three Mobile  
I had contract with 3 uk for last 10 months was slow i rang up soo many times to solve this issue however, it was always ended up "making so many excuse and not taking it seriously so i got feed up from keep calling at them!
At the end up 10th month i got £40 extra charge than normal i rang up the excuse was that i have used extra data even though from beginning i was allowed to use (all you can eat data) so i remind the person i was on the phone to he sayed sorry we won't charge you extra anymore and will not going to charge you for next month payment so i waited one more month on the start of next month again this happened i have been charged even 50 extra this time so i have cancelled the contract! Unfortunately i ended up with losing over 100 pounds and 50 for the cancellation policy. This is how they treating their customers! I have made a complaint for refund but nothing has been done since last month. Please please reconsider if you getting pay as you go or contract with 3 as i swear to god you will regret it. As all they want is ur money bland not giving you anything back!
Herne bay Kent Three Mobile  
I'm so sick of them, leaving after being a long time customer.

They refuse to help me, and I've had numerous emails with rude and arrogant staff. They've doubled their prices on some contracts, and I'm not prepared to pay it.

Clearly Three don't give a damn about their customers, and people seem to be leaving like rats off a sinking ship. Personally I'm glad to be rid of them, and don't recommend them to anyone at all.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Devon Three Mobile  

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National Average Speeds March 2016

Average mobile broadband speeds rising in 2016 while fixed line home broadband speeds coast at late 2015 levels

Posted on 2016-04-08 16:59 in Announcements News 4GEE EE Hyperoptic Vodafone Three Sky Virgin Media BT Post Office

Each month hundreds of thousands of broadband customers test their speeds with our broadband speed test. Since the end of 2015 there's been little change in average speeds from home broadband with average download speeds for March 2016 coming in at 20.41Mb and average upload speeds at 3.73Mb.

However, our test also supports users testing on tablets and smartphones, meaning we can report on mobile broadband speeds from 4G and 3G networks. While home broadband has been stable, mobile broadband average download speed has risen by a full 2Mb since December and upload speed by 1.6Mb, the average mobile broadband speeds for March 2016 were 15.31Mb download and 3.71Mb upload.

When the big mobile broadband and home broadband providers' average speeds compete on the same table, it's only Virgin Media's DOCSIS 3 cable broadband that outperforms mobile broadband, clocking in 46.95Mb, with upload speeds at 5.9Mb. 4GEE is ahead of BT Broadband with download speeds clocking in at 18.71Mb, faster than BT by 1.07Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 2nd and 4th places beating all home big broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media, with Vodafone's 16.26Mb average mobile download speed only 1.38Mb behind BT.

Of the home broadband providers Post Office Broadband still has the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 4.38Mb average downloads and 1.67Mb average uploads, well below the average speeds expected for copper phoneline broadband. Three tested with the slowest mobile broadband at 12.09Mb downloads, but this still beat home broadband offerings from Sky and EE.

When the supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) is included we can see that fibre to the building provider Hyperoptic tested as the fastest broadband overall with 91.7Mb average downloads and 77.3Mb uploads.

Read more Broadband Speed Test Results for March 2016

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National Average Speeds December 2015

Average fixed line download speeds remain stable over December 2015, average mobile broadband speeds see minor increase

Posted on 2016-01-08 12:21 in Announcements News 4GEE Hyperoptic Vodafone TalkTalk Three O2 Virgin Media BT Post Office Plusnet

December 2015 saw average download speeds for fixed line providers recorded by users of our broadband speed test remain stable in comparison to the results from November, coming in at 20.56Mb. Average upload speeds saw a 0.15Mb drop to 3.68Mb.

Of the big 5 home broadband providers, Virgin Media remained in first place but their average download speeds appear to have levelled out since rolling out their 200Mb service, remaining stable at 46.57Mb, with upload speeds at 5.66Mb. BT Broadband retain second place with average download and upload speeds steady at 17.58Mb and 4.42Mb respectively. TalkTalk move up to third place, with download speeds stable at 12.8Mb and upload speeds dropping by 0.21Mb to 1.86Mb. Plusnet drop into fourth place, dropping by 0.59Mb to 12.6Mb for average download speeds with a 0.39Mb decrease to 2.85Mb for average upload speeds. Finally, Sky remain in fifth place with a 1.1Mb fall in download speeds to 10.92Mb, while their upload speeds decreased by 0.41Mb to 2.47Mb.

Results from users testing with mobile-enabled devices including phones and tablets suggests that mobile broadband speeds saw an overall rise since November. Taking mobile broadband separately from home broadband, EE Mobile retain first place, with download speeds increasing by 1.1Mb to 17.55Mb and upload speeds holding at 3.87Mb. Vodafone are in second place, seeing download speeds fall slightly by 0.19Mb to 13.76Mb and upload speeds steady at 2.82Mb. O2 are in third place with download speeds at 11.78Mb - a respectable 1.4Mb increase over last month - and upload speeds at 2.53Mb. Three are still in fourth place, with average download speeds of 9.84Mb and upload speeds of 2.56Mb.

When mobile broadband and home broadband average speeds compete on the same table, 4GEE is head-to-head with BT's second place with a difference of only 0.03Mb. 4GEE and Vodafone mobile broadband sit in overall 3rd and 4th places beating all home broadband providers' averages bar Virgin Media and BT. This suggests that 4G broadband may have higher uptake levels relative to 3G compared to uptake of the fastest possible fibre broadband products relative to cheaper options.

This month's supplementary broadband providers table (see page 4 of the report) found Post Office Broadband had the UK's slowest broadband speed overall with only 2.55Mb average downloads and only 0.33Mb average uploads. Hyperoptic was fastest overall with 102.1Mb average downloads and 92.13Mb uploads.

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Three Mobile Buyers Guide

Can I get Three mobile broadband?

Unlike other mobile networks, Three doesn't have any 2G GPRS or EDGE data service, so you'll only be able to access Three mobile broadband in areas with 3G or better coverage.

If you're in rural or remote areas and using a mobile phone handset, you may be able to roam onto Orange's network, but this is only in selected areas and only provides calls and texts, not access to Internet data. However Three have one of the country's largest 3G networks with other 97% coverage, so it's rare for towns and cities, and many major transport links, to have no 3G coverage.

Three offer a coverage checker that allows you to test any UK postcode for coverage on Three's 3G, Advanced 3G or (from 2014) 4G network, with colour coding showing which areas have strong coverage indoors, and which will only get good signal outside buildings.

Advanced 3G

Three cover 80% of the UK population with their Advanced 3G service, which uses dual channel 3G to provide double the speed of a 3G mobile broadband connection.

In order to enjoy Advanced 3G you must choose a premium Three dongle or MiFi personal hotspot, or own an existing device with DC-HSDPA support.

Get ready for 4G at no extra cost

All of Three's plans plans include 4G speeds at no extra cost. This is in stark contrast to other mobile broadband providers who require you to pay extra for a 4G or 4G-ready tariff.

However, you must own a 4G/LTE capable device in order to enjoy the 4G speeds your tariff will include after Three's roll out. Depending what tariff and contract length you choose, 4G-ready devices can be more expensive than Three's standard dongles and MiFis, which only support 3G or Advanced 3G.

Largest 3G usage allowances

Three offer a 15GB usage allowance on some deals making their Advanced 3G service a viable alternative to a fixed line home broadband package for moderate users.

There's no separate line rental for mobile broadband so when making like-for-like comparisons with fixed line broadband remember to add the £10 to £16 line rental changes to the fixed line figures before comparing with mobile prices.

If you don't use your landline for calls and you get good quality Advanced 3G connection from Three, switching to Three mobile broadband could free you from the need to pay for a landline.

Things to watch out for

As Three have a requirement that their hardware be 'new and unused' in order to qualify for the 14 day returns period, it's more important than usual to be sure before committing to a long contract.

Be careful to check all the postcodes where you're likely to use your mobile broadband to ensure there's good coverage. Especially make sure that places where you'll be inside a building have strong indoor coverage. If you're planning to use Three as your main broadband connection for the home, make sure that you have strong indoor Advanced 3G coverage - standard 3G speed can be surprisingly slow in built up areas at peak times as it depends on how many other people are using the service at the same time.

Be sure to check that your monthly usage is less than the amount you're planning to sign up for. This is especially important if you're on Three's largest allowance of 15GB as there'll be no higher option to upgrade to should you find you use more. If you go over your monthly usage allowance, you'll be charged 10.2p per megabyte (more than £100 per gigabyte), which can very quickly add up - however Three should inform you before you exceed your allowance.

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