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

3.1 stars
  satisfaction rating based on 463 customer ratings since 2017-05-29. See more Three Mobile customer ratings and reviews.

Details last checked on 2018-05-15

SIM Only

From £7 for 2GB to £20 for 20GB, nano SIMs available

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Dongles

Advanced 3G 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

Take advantage of 4G from Three on many deals

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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 £22 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 2018-05-15

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
    3.1 stars
  • Speed
    2.9 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.1 stars

Based on 463 customer ratings since 2017-05-29

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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.

Reviewer Location Reviewing Date Ratings
I took out a contract with 3 and couldnt make or receive calls in most of my daily locations. To cut a long story short. They lied to me. They cheated me and they robbed me. When i had finally heard enough falsehoods and broken promises, i stopped paying them and the sent debt collectors after me. Thankfully the debt agency investigated my dispute with 3 and cancelled my outstanding debt. I am grateful to them for this decision but ABSOLUTELY LOATHE 3 AND EVERYTHING THEY STAND FOR. GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Belfast Three Mobile  
The worst provider i ever experienced.. Signal never works,I live in central London and Im never able to use my services, I constantly need to connect any Wi-Fi wether i am at home or outside.
Recently i gave Birth and when it was time for me to rush to the hospital I tried to make a call to reach my husband but the signal was so pooooor that i couldnt get hold of him. Thanks god i could call via whatsapp using the Wi-Fi from another provider ... very disappointed with that company I have to wait for my contract to end so I can stop this ****

Also when I asked for an extension as my bill came so high they wouldn’t allow me ... real rubbish !
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Pereira Three Mobile  
Very poor customer service. I was phoning on behalf of my brother (had permission). I tried to buy a new phone literally giving them money and they messed up the details numerous times, passed me around to different people and left me hanging. Terrible customer service, they pass you on if they can’t deal with it.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
London Three Mobile  
I recently took out 12 month contract for 40g of data for £20.00 per.First month my son download some games on to his xbox and the data ran out within 2 days.Second month i allowed him to play on the xbox for 2 hours per day, within 3 days or 6 hours of playing on his xbox it had ran out again!.I contacted THREE, and the adviser told me it very easy to use this amount of data playing for that amount of time on a console like an xbox or ps4.I do not believe that a console like an xbox or ps4 uses that amount of data.I would not recommend THREE to anyone thinking of using THREE's mobile broadband should think long and hard.I will never use THREE again for anything.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
birmingham Three Mobile  
I am extremely unhappy with Three. I specifically asked for a cap of £80 when I made my contract. This was confirmed over the phone and later on I received a notification that I was close to my limit. I therefore expected it to stay this way.
Months later, I now receive a notification saying that I am close to my limit, so I check and it is at £209. How can this be if I had a limit of £80?
I called them and they denied any responsibility. I asked them to please check the call or speak to the person who made the contract with me. They said their calls are not saved longer than 12 weeks and the cannot speak to the person who makes the contract. I then asked for a manager and was told that I cannot be put through further than to the complaints department.
I asked if there is anything they can do as this is not my fault and was told that they can't do anything and I should be able to manage my usage better.
I had relied on the cap I had requested, which obviously was forgotten and Three is denying to take any responsibility or try to meet in the middle.

This is the worst service I have ever received
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
London Three Mobile  
I cannot login to their website and cannot use their app. They collect money through direct debit and so far I have not been able to see my billing info. Today I called their costumer service and she told me if I want to know the billing details of the number I am calling through I should hang up and she will call me back on it. I hung up and she never calls.
It is starting to feel like outright scam.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
Uxbridge Three Mobile  
Very bad customer service with three network. Very poor network coverage. Don’t buy from 3 network.after my contract finish 8 months to take cancel my contract. Totally disaster
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
London Three Mobile  
Truly shocking. Entered into a 12 month contract and was promised I could use my phone after a couple of days. One week later, I still couldn't use my phone despite numerous promises.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
London Three Mobile  
well im just inbetween serviceproviders so i bought this 3mobile wifi 4g modem...really fast.great reception,,plus you can watch netflix on your smart tv with out using your data allowance.im very happy over all
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
london Three Mobile  
Been with Three for over 5 years, but today has been a very bad day for our relationship...

Staggering display of incompetence by Three today; called 333 to get SIM from from Son’s phone blocked as it was stolen. Called them from my mobile, yet customer services representative (CSR) asked if it was my number I wanted blocked. I’m pretty sure they can see the number being called from so obviously it’s not this number. However, benefit of doubt given and told CSR that no, not my number, but the Collins number and provided my Son’s phone number. CSR then asked if I wanted a replacement SIM for the one being blocked. I said yes as ultimately we will replace stolen phone. CSR ordered phone and told me I had to £5+ for new SIM. I reluctantly agreed. CSR then says that was all done, though we also blacklisted the stolen phone too via IMEI, which I read out. I thanks CSR and hang up.

10-15 mins pass and I realise I need to call a customer and dial number on my phone. Recorded message tells me I can’t call that number. Odd, I think.. I’ll try another number. Same recording plays. It then dawns on me what’s happened. CSR has somehow managed to block my SIM, despite me specifically giving them my Son’s phone number.

I call 333 again (from Wife’s phone) and speak to another CSR and explain situation. They can see that block has been made but advise they can’t reverse it, as a new SIM has already been registered and sent out. I’d will have to wait the 4-5 days for new SIM to arrive. Not acceptable to me, as my number is an advertised business number used by me regularly and by customers to call me. It’s also part of various security systems whereby texts are sent to allow me to login to systems and to inform me of any security breaches on my vehicle and other systems. I can’t wait 4-5 days. I head to Three store and explain situation and get a new SIM. in store CSR completes migration of number to new SIM and tells me it’ll be working in around 30 mins.

1 hour passes, still no service with new SIM installed, so I contact Three again. First via Twitter support account and then via Webchat, at their request. Spend over two hours waiting for Chat CSR to read details from account and investigate solution. Told again there is nothing they can do, as new SIM is activated to my number and that’s in the post.

So now I have no phone, no mobile internet and no means to resolve it for days. What’s worse is this isn’t the first time Three have made an error like this either. Last time, I tried to upgrade my Son’s plan, as he needed more data. Again, CSR managed to mix mine and my Son’s accounts and changed plan on my phone, which was actually a downgrade, as I was on a much higher call and data plan. Again told me I’d have to wait for it to be fixed. That time is was a whole month, as it needed to wait until the next billing cycle.

Why are CSR staff not able to resolve such issues? I can’t believe that no one at Three/Hutchinson Telecom could have resolved this. But no one seemed to what to try and now I am leaving and taking all three mobile phone accounts with me.

“When stuff sucks... #makeitright”. Yeah, right!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
United Kingdom 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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