Three Mobile Broadband 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.

Recent Customer Ratings for Three

  • Satisfaction
    3.1 stars
  • Customer Service
    3.3 stars
  • Speed
    3.1 stars
  • Reliability
    3.1 stars

Based on 337 customer ratings since 2018-05-22 (Show all time ratings)

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145 Customer Reviews for Three Mobile

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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
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
london Three Mobile  
I went into the Three shop in Highcross, Leicester, with queries and problems that I had with my new phone. The two staff who helped me were outstanding; with so much knowledge and such a wish to help. They sorted everything, and it wasn't a quick fix, taking 2 minutes, but they had patience. So, thank you to Three. I would not hesitate to use them again.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
Leicester Three Mobile  
I studied abroad in the UK for a year and found Three to be the cheapest phone company with the best and most reliable service. I would highly recommend their monthly all you can eat data plan, especially if you plan on traveling, because the nearly unlimited data usage allows you to tether, create hotspots, (a pleasant surprise), as well as message and call your friends through Facebook messenger, which I thought were all well worth the cost of 18 pounds per month. That being said, I did run into a few issues with being charged for data I didn't use and calls while abroad that were incorrectly charged. However, customer service was able to solve both issues and reaccredit my account (though it took a bit of digging). While I had to ask for a manager in both instances, the management level of their customer service team was both professional and helpful and I wish I had requested to talk to them earlier, as the representatives that answered both of my calls, while pleasant, didn't have much power.

The only major issue I had with Three as a company was their international payment plan. It took me over 1 month to figure out how I was supposed to pay my 18 pound bill after I had terminated both my UK bank account and address because once you close your account with them, you aren't able to access your My3 account (a technical mistake they should fix). The system is very out of date and they only accept transfer payments from your bank which, if you live in the US, is an additional $45-$50. For an 18 pound payment, that wasn't worth the cost at all. After quite a few transfers and being on the phone for over an hour, I talked to a customer service manager and the issue was resolved. The way upper management handled my dilemma was to my satisfaction and the reason I'm giving the company 4 stars. However, if you are planning on moving out of the UK or are studying abroad, make sure you end your contract a month in advance. In my case, I needed my data for the last month but if I had to do it again, I would probably opt for a prepaid sim card from Virgin and end my contract early. Until they update their system, paying from abroad is a pain.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
United States Three Mobile  
After spending hours on the phone trying to resolve disgusting behaviour, advice and as far as I'm concerned theft with (Three) competitor for my son. I realised just how lucky my experience with (Three) has been.
I as a total novice went to my local store 2yrs ago and asked for unlimited use. Groundbreaking idea! Bingo! I got just what I asked for. Never any issues and good connection the majority of the time.
I believe if a company does something right by me I should say thank you. So here goes. Thank you Three! My bill rarely goes over unless I phone abroad or 0845 numbers

This is a genuine review from a happy customer.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Essex Three Mobile  
Excellent service! I purchased the mobile broadband device online to use whilst Virgin were down due to roadworks. It arrived the following day with too many bits of paperwork but I got it activated within a couple of hours. Every advisor I spoke to was very courteous and helpful. It was a pleasure to do business with 3 !!
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Welwyn Garden City Three Mobile  
With Three Mobile, I am getting around 75 Mb/s download speed and 9 Mb/s upload speeds, in semi-rural West Yorkshire.

Reliability has generally been very good, and I now have an external (omni) antenna mounted on my roof (connect to my Huawei B593 router) so I expect reliability to be even better now.

Customer service is usually very good or excellent, with the odd exception. But I find they generally look after me very well.

Definitely recommended.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    5 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Holmfirth Three Mobile  
Unlike a lot of people here, I have always found 3 great. No problems with connections, minor problems with coverage when I'm out in the sticks, speeds OK. reliable connections, and I have always found customer service to be excellent. I've just negotiated a preferential deal on a new contract and they have given me a very good deal. Can't understand why there are so many bad reviews.....
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Manchester Three Mobile  
I have been with Three for over a year now and have been very happy with them. I was previously with O2 and my bills varied from month to month - lots of small charges for things. But since moving to Three my bill each month has been exactly as promised.

The transfer was smooth and any support issues I have raised have been dealt with efficiently. And network coverage seems pretty good to me too. So, all in all I would recommend Three.
  • Satisfaction
    5 stars
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Glasgow Three Mobile  
Very happy with service, speeds around 3.0 mb. Not had the joy of customer services yet, and hopfully never will
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Plymouth Three Mobile  
This review is for the 3 HomeFi package on the Unlimited Data 24 month contract.

Been having ongoing issues with landline broadband for months. Despite trying 3 different providers, 4 different routers, both copper and FTTC connections (unfortuantly FTTP or Virgin lines aren't an option) I was only getting speeds of <1mb/s and constant connection droptouts yet my providers saying I was getting speeds of >40mb/s on their system. After Openreach engineers couldn't find any faults I decided to cut the landline and go 4g. Been with 3 HomeFi for about 2 weeks now and so far it's been the best decision I've made.

With this package you get a Huawei B311 router with a 3 SIM card inserted that when up and running works like any landline router. There are however some pros and cons to this packagage so I'll break my review down and highlight some of the pros/cons:

Hardware: As said the router is a Huawei B311. It's quite small so doesn't stand out like the monstrosities my previous 2 landline providers supplied. However it is quite lightweight and feels a little flimsy so I'm not sure about the lifespan of the hardware. That said though it looks pretty simple to buy a 4g router and just insert the SIM into that one if this ever breaks down. This is definetly a plus as although anyone on landline broadband can use a third party router it isn't always a simple task. With 4g broadband though it is a simple plug and play. Infact some might prefer to buy a router and data SIM seperatly (3 are currently offering a 12 month SIM only contract with unlimited data for £20 pm). The router is pretty basic compared to the ones supplied by landline providers though. It has a power and WPS switch and lights that show the stuatus of power, mobile network, ethernet, WiFi and mobile signal. However it only has one Ethernet port which was a bit of a let down intitially. Also 3 seem to have stripped down a couple of other features. It has a phone socket port so you should be able to connect a landline phone and make/recive calls via the SIM, but although the socket is present it has been disabled and I can't find a function in the router UI to activate it. There's a removable panel on the back of the router that reveals a SMA socket to attach an external antenna which can possibly boost mobile reception (and potentially download speeds too). However I get the impression by the size and shape of the removable panel and the fact that many 4g antenna are sold in pairs that there should be 2 SMA sockets and one seems to have been removed. But one absolute bonus to this router over a fixed landline is portability. All you need to get broadband up and running is electricity and a 3 signal so this router can be placed anywhere in a home (it may take a while to find the position with strongest signal though) and can even be taken on holiday (looking forward to not having to use hotel WiFi any more). Even though this router is a little basic there hasn't been a function it can't do that a landline router can't as you'll read below.

Software: As with any router you access the UI by typing the IP address into a web browser and it is very straight forward to navigate unlike some of the landline routers. It shows you the usual router settings that can be changed but also shows your current up/download speeds, number of devices connected, mobile signal and some other statuses. It also allows you to set data thresholds so you don't exceed any download limits. Additionaly you can download a UI app so you don't have to access it through the IP address and you can also set up a my3 account to keep track of data usage/spending and can download a my3 app too.

Connectivity: According to the manual you can connect up to 32 devices at a time and here's how I've found the different connection types. WiFi - The Wifi works like any other router by searcing for the connection on your device and entering the password. The range of the WiFi is brilliant, I can get a better connection 2 rooms away than I could from my landline router (back when I had working broadband that is). But this router only offers a 2.4ghz WiFi connection which can be very congeseted (not just by users connecting through your router but by other nearby routers) and doesn't have a 5ghz WiFi connection which pretty much comes as standard with fibre routers these days. Ethernet - As said this router only has 1 Ethernet port which initially was a bit of a disapointment. However it's ended up being something of a bonus. I repurposed an old landline router to work as a network switch and placed it behind my TV so I have the Ethernet cable from the router going to this switch. I then have 3 cables going from the switch to 2 games consoles and a Roku box so with the switch being conveniently hidden the 1 cable leading from the router doesn't look as untidy. WPS - This is the only connection type tht has been a headache. According to the manual to set up a WPS connection you just hold down the WPS button for 2secs until the WiFi light on the router starts to flash. However no ammount of pushing could get this light to flash. So setting up my WiFi printer was a bit of a mission. The printer was unable to find the network by pushing the WPS button or enabling WPS in the router UI. I was able to find the printer using the network settings on a laptop but it was unable to connect. In the end I had to delete the printer drivers from the laptop, reinstall and set up a WiFi connection by connecting the printer to the laptop using a USB cable and then enabling WPS through the router UI. But now it's set up it's working fine. SMA - As said there's a SMA connection that can be used to connect an external antenna to boost mobile reception. I haven't used this yet but do plan on buying an antenna to see if it boosts signal/speeds. You could also by an SMA cable so the antenna can be installed in the place of the strongest signal yet the router placed near the devices it needs to conenct to. Phone - It is somehting of a let down that the phone socket on the router has been disabled as although I rarely use a landline it was always nice to know it's there as a back up.

Speeds/Signal: One downside to mobile broadband is you don't get the minimum guaranteed download speeds that many landline providers offer. Although the router can in theory provide download speeds of upto 150mb/s you are never going to get anywhere near this and you will find that the speeds fluctuate rapidly. I have had download speeds in the range of 2mb/s with only 1 device connected via Ethernet but have also had speeds >20mb/s on a device connected by WiFi 2 rooms away with multiple devices connected at the same time. The reason the speeds can be so inconsistent is there are more variables to consider than through a landline connection. Signal strength and proximity to mast, router location, network congestion and even the weather play their part as well as the usual variables such as router channel and other other interferances you get with a landline router. It's for this reason that I've only scored 3 for speeds. However the upload speeds and ping rates always seem pretty stable. The uploads are consistently in their teens and the ping rates are usually holding in the 50's which is very respectable. Despite the varying download speeds it hasn't been an issue with using the data and I've had only one dropout in connection in the 2 weeks which is why I've scored 5 for reliability. With the router fresh out of the box I wanted to see how far I could push the connection so I had a Roku box streaming a film 2 rooms away, another streaming live TV 2 rooms away, a tablet streaming YouTube 2 rooms away and a mobile and a laptop browsing the net all while my son played Fortnite on the Xbox in the same room as the router. There was absolutly no buffering and crystal clear picture quality on the devices that were straeming and only a very slight lag on the Xbox which was fine because I'm never going to be transferring this much data on this many devices normally. The only time the inconsistent speeds have been an issue was when my son was downloading a 12gb game on the Xbox, it took hours and the display on the screen showing live download speeds showed you just how varied they can be with them jumping between 15mb/s and <1mb/s quite rapidly. This is the only time I've had a connection dropout as I tried to stream on a Roku box at the same time as this download and the router just couldn't handle it. So downloading large amounts of data is an issue but the speeds are fine for streaming and online gaming. The mobile signal the router recives will play a big part in the speeds you're getting as throetically the stronger the signal the higher the speeds. So the location of the router is imperative and ideally close to a window to pick up the signal easier from a mast. I checked the 3 signal for my address both on their website and the Ofcom website before purchasing and this is something I strongly advise as like I've said there are no guarantees for speed. You can also download apps that can show where the signal is strongest around you and like I've said there's also the option of installing an antenna (even outside and connecting to the router via cable) to get the optimal mobile signal. I'd also recomend keeping an eye on the signal strength in UI as the light on the router shows the strength by 3 bars and my signal has never dropped below 3. However the strength is shown using 5 bars on the UI and this was showing between 3-4 bars when I first set the router up despite the light showing full signal. I've now got the router in a positon where it's showing full signal on both the UI and the router.

Customer Service: I've scored quite low in this area as I have concerns about the customer service 3 provide if I ever needed it. Being mobile broadband this type of contract doesn't come with the guarantees that an equivilant fibre broadband contract comes with. As said there are no guaranteed minimum speeds. Also my last two providers offered 60 and 30 day guarantees that allowed me to leave the contract within this time without any early exit fees if I wasn't happy with the connection and both these guarantees were worth their weight in gold with the issues I'd been having. With HomeFi though there is no such guarantee. However you can return the equipment within 14 days providing it's unused and the small print even goes on to say that they will still consider the device unused if you've switched it on to make sure it works but haven't yet started using it fully. However it's important to note that this returns period is only granted for online/phone sales and if you were to buy the device/contract in a 3 shop you wouldn't get this guarantee. The contract with 3 also states that you only enter the contract once you insert the SIM into the device and it activates. So with this in mind I ordered a free PAYG SIM and loaded it with 2gb data @£10 so that I could check the router worked, could pick up signal and connect to my devices. I figured that doing this would be considered turning it on and checking it worked but if 3 disagreed and I wanted to exit the contract I would be able to as I hadn't actually gone live with my contract yet so would only liable for the cost of the router. I did need to contact customer services whilst setting up the router and it's because of this they've scored low in this area at the moment. When I put the PAYG SIM in it activated and picked up signal wihtin 5mins. But when I put the contract SIM in there was still no signal after an hour so I called 3 customer services. This ended up being a bit of an issue as the number that was printed on the SIM packaging was not recognised and finding a number for 3 customer services online was a bit of a mission. Once I did find a number that worked I was on hold for ages, when the call was finally answered the operator told me that as it's a broadband device she'd need to transfer me to the broadband team as she's in the mobile phone team, fair enough but I was then on hold for ages again. When I was finally put through I was told I'd need to speak to the faults team and yep you guessed it... back on hold. Whilst I was waiting for this call to be answered though the router finally picked up signal so I just hung up. It was obviously just the case that it took a bit longer for the contract SIM to activate than the PAYG one. So although it wasn't a major issue on this occasion I can see myself being given the runaround if I ever need to contact customer services in the future.

Summary: This router and contract has been a lifesaver after the issues with landline broadband that I've been having and at £22 pm it's comparable to a basic fibre broadband cost. However if you can get a decent fibre connection this isn't likely to be a viable alternative as the cost for fibre broadband also includes line rental so you can use a homephone which like I've said has been disabled on this router. There's also the fact that if you can get a decent fibre conection you'll likely have far higher and more stable speeds. But for someone in my position the speeds I'm now getting are a lot better and more stable than on my shoddy Openreach line. And the portability of this router is a massive bonus that makes up for some of the downsides this router has compared to a landline one. There are a lot of variables you might want to consider before entering into a contract of this length, not least the strength of the 3 signal in your area. If you don't want to enter into a lengthy contract though there are other options with shorter contracts. However these come with data caps, can be more expensive p/m and may also require a partial or full payment of the router. With this contract being £22 pm including the router yet a SIM only plan being £20 pm this does seem to be one of the few mobile plans that include the device for free rather than adding the cost onto the contract price. This is considering that although you'll be paying £2 pm less on the SIM only plan you'll need to buy a router yourself and the starting price of a 4g router on Amazon at present is £69.99 (TP-Link - reduced from £99.99 so it could go up again). That said the 4g routers on Amazon come with more features than this one such as extra Ethernet ports, a working phone socket and 5ghz WiFi signal as well as the 2.4ghz. So it could be worth the extra cost in buying the SIM and the router seperatly just due to the added features. For me though despite the basicness of this router I have been very impressed with how well it compares to a fibre router.
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
Chesham Three Mobile  
I have rigged up a homemade antenna on the roof to get the most signal - 4/5 bars - and this mobile internet is still SLOW. During the weekend and after 5ish on weekdays, it gets noticeably worse, which means pretty awful. It is certainly better than having no internet at all, but I don't see this as being an alternative to proper BB. The CS is fine, but they obviously can't do anything about this. They say that they are doing a signal upgrade sometime next year, but who knows?
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
Hackney Three Mobile  
When it works, it's fine. Strong connection and steady.

Occasional irritant is the struggle to get the wifi connection working.

And why THREE different buttons to switch it on?! When do you only want this partly on?
  • Satisfaction
    4 stars
  • Customer Service
    4 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
London Three Mobile  
Poor security meaning that my account was hacked- this was eventually rectified after a painstakingly slow and complicated process of getting passed from pillar to post within a disorganised team which appeared to have no internal communication or common sense. The customer service team are very polite, but from my experience of phone calls with them they are not helpful as often quite poorly informed of the information I require and unless you go through to the cancellation team it takes a very long time to get through to anyone. Also infuriatingly slow to get call backs on issues I have had with more recently with their service and still having to chase them. Needless to say that after about 8 years with them I am now actively looking to move!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Three Mobile  
The customer service line is obsoliutly useless, to say the least!! I am not a demanding or picky person myself. However, this was just unbelievable! I was staying on the line for over 2 hours on Monday evening and for over an hour on Tuesday morning. The staff had a very poor knowledge, kept me on hold or transfering me all over the departments and eventually made me cry and spoiled my day. While, all I wanted was to keep my old phone number. I was not even switching providers! I just changed the contract, got the new sim card and therefore kindly asked to keep my old number. Until some gentelment under the name Sunny has assisted me in the best possible way, dealing with a Three customer service was the biggest nightmre and a waste of time!!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    5 stars
manchester Three Mobile  
Do not use three they lie to in the there shops I've been lie to over and over again by them bad customer service about as bad as 02 don't us three am going to EE a hell of lot better come every body don't yes three
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Leicester 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
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
United Kingdom Three Mobile  
Terrible customer service.
Terrible customer service. Twice now Three has taken the money from my account to early. I changed the date to the 1st of every month and they have continued to take it later. Spoke to an adviser that assured me it will be taken on the 1st next month and again its been taken to early causing me to go over drawn twice and be charge by my bank. When I called Three there solution was to have me call my bank to cancel the diret debt and pay manually from now on (Which I bet there is an extra charge on).

Awful service for there mistake as I've effectively been lied to by an adviser who assured me the details have been changed and now I'm being charged extra AGAIN due to there incompetence or lying just to get rid of me quickly. Once my contract is up I will be leaving Three and I'll tell anyone not to go with this network.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    4 stars
Harlow Three Mobile  
Would not recommend! Bought a 1 month dongle plan for £19.99 and the bill came to £25 when i used about 2gb max. I then couldnt access my My3 account to pay the bill because it was blocked - because i wasnt aware of the bill - so i had to call customer services many times to try to work out how to access my account. I ended up paying the £25 bill over the phone but then still couldnt access my account to top up as the sim is for a dongle so cant receive texts which the password would have been sent to. When trying to contact them to change the password they were no help at all and i still havent been able to access my account after trying for a week. I am now on EE which i highly recommend!
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Essex Three Mobile  
I have a deal with a speed of up to 3.6mbs, but through testing the speed from different speed test sites, I have an average of 0.5 mbs, with a low of 0.36mbs and a high (occasionally) of 0.8mbs. I am well aware that the speed will depend on how many subscribers are on line at one time, but would have thought that the ISP would have upgaded their service to cope with this, and fulfill their obligations of providing somewhere near the speeds promised.
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Northern Ireland Three Mobile  
Terrible signal and connection on phone network I have with them it took me a year to sort out numerous of phone calls and live chat to be disconnected or hung up on regular bases I had some very very rude and abupt staff over the phone to me patgonzing me down the phone and speaking to me like I'm a stupid person. I once was on my phone for four hours and spoke to 6 different people including the relation customer service team several times to be told oh well there is work going on in your area
  • Satisfaction
    3 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Lincolnshire Three Mobile  
i live in tower hamlets in east london. three 4G is very weak and very slow. all the time signal is very weak and not fast 4g ongoing problem. three masts are too congested in our area. left three network after 6 months. every singla day and night i had problems with their 4G speeds.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    5 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
East London Three Mobile  
Be warned Three Mobile are allowing third party companies to commit fraud in my eyes and this is why. Three mobile suddenly took out an extra £27.52 out of my account on my bill, I was soon on the phone to see what is going on. They say that another company called Tap2Bill has charged me through my mobile for a service that I have taken out, I know nothing about this at all and told them that this is wrong and obviously fraudulent. They answer telling me that I need to cancel this subscription that I know nothing about and continue after several calls to say this. They tried on one point to do a conference call with this company and was not successful as the phone kept going dead, after a lot of angry words and calls they refunded me this amount but say they should not do this. I ended my two phones with them and now they are saying I owe more charges from this imaginary subscription hence why I am going to advertise this as much as possible because everyone needs to know that this can happen to anyone and if you look online there is hundreds of people having the same problems and getting charged for it and not getting their money back. We as customers are not told from the start about any third party companies that can charge us via our Three mobile. Also be aware that the regulators are aware of these problems yet do not seem to do anything and just say it is between our self and Three. I have now joined BT who on email have stated there will be no extra charges as they do not allow this to happen and have capped all phones to zero so we get no surprise charges (Well done to BT) Be aware people and will update on further communications with Three mobile, a company that in our eyes allows third party companies to defraud their customers and just do not seem to care. Please look out for lots of other reviews and publications and pass on to friends and family of how they do business and how they can do the same to anybody.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Essex Three Mobile  
i would say that the mobile broadband service from the 3 network is very poor , the download speed i have is no more than 100kbs on average this really is not broadband, its not much better than dial up.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    3 stars
brynithel, abertillery Three Mobile  
Worst provider ever. I hardly go a two month period without the system running slow or not being able to connect at all.

The customer service is about a useful as a chocolate fire tea cup. Every time I got in touch with them, I got someone in another country who didn't understand what I was trying to say, and i usually didn't understand them.

On more than one occasion I was told to take my laptop and drive to somewhere where i could get a better signal. They did not even try to resolve my issues. Ive been with them for three years because they where all that I could afford at the time.

My contract runs out soon and I will not be renewing it with them. as i can now afford a better service.

Would not recommend three to anyone.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
Manchester 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
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
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
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    3 stars
Manchester Three Mobile  
im suppose to have 3.60 mbps but only have 0.13 mpps from 3 g mobile here in ireland pay as you go
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
Ireland Three Mobile  
I have been a Three Mobile customer for quite a few years now. I have managed to develop 5 websites on a Three Mobile dongle so I can't really complain about the usage, but I will say that the Customer Support is certainly challenging.
We have had an issue with the dongle recently so we needed to get in touch with Three. We went to their support page many times and left messages as suggested, but we never heard from them. It may seem a bit strange, but the customer support on Twitter is excellent. Unfortunately it is limited, because they then transfer you to the Three support page where nobody gets in touch. However, if you call customer support they will try hard to sell you another contract. Be careful. A few years ago, I agreed to a 12 month contract and they put me on a 24 month contract. As I was a loyal customer at the time, I accepted it because I fixed the problem I had then myself. Unfortunately, customer service recently has been shocking.
We try not to call customer service if we can help it because we are unable to understand the people on the other end of the phone.
Many years ago, I did ask to speak to a Manager or Managing Director, who was very kind and was very helpful, but to be honest it should never get to that stage in the first place!
As I use the internet alot, for business, I am now looking for another service provider with excellent support. I doubt I will find anyone who can match the deal I have which was made with the Managing Director, but I guess customer service has now become my top priority.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
East Sussex Three Mobile  
the worst customer service in the world. I could right a book on that. 92 min and 3 calls for something that could have been resolved in 3 min. This is just one of the examples. Thanks.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Three Mobile  
3-MOBILE are not trustworthy!
I do not advise people not to deal with them but to knows this fact from someone with three years experience!
PHONES
On paper everything looks the best in the market but I experienced intermittent mobile broadband signal failure join my phone and have left now to pay more elsewhere in three hope of better quality and lesso lies about " network upgrades etc". I also suffered dozens of nuisance calls for weeks from their Retention team owing me hot deals when I got a PAC code to leave...and that was a torturous process that took ages. As I told them, if only you valued and really looked after your existing customers instead of chasing new business so much you might not piss them off so much they just want to get away at all costs! Many upgrade offers are just old stock they are trying to get rid of for a fast profit...always shop around and NEVER accept what you are initially offered. That is 3-Mobile's game in a nutshell, as is apparently anything something but afterwards secretly giving less our not doing it. They rely on talking customers into submission and on their innocence and/or apathy! It is the Eastern way!
USB Broadband
Half decent service but with intermittent failure. Lost it completely for a month. Sometimes.Indian customer service may say we will put a credit on your account but thry will not...shocking liars, comes naturally, will say anything really but it rarely comes to pass, though the USB dongle people are better than the phone side.to be fair.
I agreed a deal for a laptop + MiFi yesterday but am calling back to check the entire deal & the vfull specs of the machine as I smell a rat. If so I will cancel and never deal with them again.

Your MUST take notes of everything you are told in detail and keep them all as back up for your case in future with 3-Mobile...a very tricky company indeed. I spent time in the East and know what they are like...not to be taken at face value I assure you!
Conclusion: DODGY
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    3 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
Purley area (south of) Three Mobile  
Three mobile simple doesn't work in the City of London or in buildings. They can show you 4G sign from time to time but you won't be able to open a website or to check your email for less then 2-3 minutes. The speed and coverage is the worst I've seen ever.
To be honest broadband works a bit better in the country, outside London. But never you will get anything even close to 4G seed.
The prices are quite competitive and free roaming is the best advantage.
There must have the worst network in the UK.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
London Three Mobile  
crap . very bad experience with three. don't sign with them!!! costumers service is based in India, you can't even understand them. after 3 days of internet, they cut me off saying I used too much data which is untrue as it was a 40 Giga contract (which is usable for 32 people) and the bill was outrageous. I always have been under usage with my former providers. i called the customer service a thousand times and they tried to bribe me into giving me Giga.i had enough allowance left, they tried to steal money but saying i run out of it. Shame on three! DON'T sign with them, they are thieves!
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    4 stars
  • Reliability
    1 star
london Three Mobile  
I regret signing up with 3 mobile. They emphasize that they offer "unlimited broadband" - but what is the point when it is so slow you just give up attempting to use it? I swapped a 3-Mobile SIM for an O2 sim and the time to load the same page on a website went from 17 minutes to 3 seconds. Only use 3-Mobile if you want usable connectivity before 2pm in the day.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Torquay Three Mobile  
This technology has been over-hyped by slick advertising. Dongles are over-rated and unreliable. The network signal is poor even in urban areas. My dongle frequently fails to connect to the internet.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
Leeds West Yorkshire Three Mobile  
3 Mobile have what must be the worst customer service going. When you eventually get through it is very difficult to understand their foreign customer service, they don't acknowledge problems and don't resolve long standing technical issues. We have 3 phones on SIM only Top-Up basis. Initially package prices were very good, but they increase without notice. Also Top-Up is fraught with technical problems whichever way you do it and once you add funds it is frustrating try to buy the correct Add-On package. Lastly why are they unable to generate an historic summary of account transaction and usage? To cap it all recently we have experienced problems with the voice service coverage, internet service still appears OK. In short we will be moving to another provider.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Lancashire Three Mobile  
I went to three for mobile broadband march 2014, everything was fine and i received a good overall speed,

12 weeks ago i started having problems with the speed, very slow, sometimes near impossible to even get up a text page, used to watch clips from youtube
but that is near impossible now as it keeps buffering and cutting out

have rang the three team a few times but they just say that they will perform checks on the local mast and get back to me, there is nothing done at all, they told me to take my dongle into a three store to have it checked, when i took it they said that they could not check it as they do not have laptops in store, i use a desktop so why not check it on the shop computer

i have been in touch with them again today ( 8 may 2015 )

lets hope i get better results this time , keeping my fingers and toes crossed.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    3 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
oswaldtwistle lancashire Three Mobile  
I had previously been a loyal customer of three; I left them once before (on good terms) only because I found a better deal. So based on my previous good experience of Three I had no hesitation in returning to them. Sadly second time around and the service is dire. I started having problems with my mobile phone (iPhone) very early on in the contract, phone kept freezing and calls kept dropping, texts sending multiple times even though an alert popped up stating message failed to send. I phoned Three Customer Services several times on this issue within the first 12 months; each time they fobbed me off telling me I need to do a factory reset, reboot or install new software. Despite all of this the problems did not go away. My phone contract is now 1yr and 39 days which means that my 1 yr Apple warranty has lapsed but I am still within my 2 year warranty with Three (as I found out today). To rectify the issues which as mentioned have been on-going for the past year; three are now telling me that I need to take my phone to Apple and pay the £300 to have it repaired and only then will they re-imburse me under warranty if the fault is not down to damage. Yet had they dealt with the issue correctly when I first reported it my phone could have been repaired without me incurring any up front costs. My dealings with Three since returning to them has shown Three to be incompetent with poor knowledge, bad record keeping and dire customer care (each phone call taking around an hour of my time). I would not recommend Three to anyone and I will be leaving them never to return as as soon as my contract permits.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Bromley 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
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    2 stars
London Three Mobile  
I took up the offer of phone + european coverage as it fitted my needs. Firstly its not very clear that you have to call 3 customer service to enable "roaming" - and I found out when I travelled over there. After having to call from friends phone (waiting about an hour) at premium rates they assured me that my phone will be enabled between 1-4 hours. Nothing! They didn't even respond to an email I sent later that day threatening to cancel my contract. Upon return to UK you are sent through a maize of telephone options only for you to be told to call back later. I only got listened to when I went through cancellation line! Don't bother with 3, they promise lots and deliver an awful service.
  • Satisfaction
    1 star
  • Customer Service
    1 star
  • Speed
    2 stars
  • Reliability
    2 stars
Kent Three Mobile  
my story is a tale of two halfs im 12 months into my 15 gig a month contract,i spent the 1st 10 months losing signal unable to download or view video etc,in short it was a disgrace,and i suspect underhanded play to prevent customers using there full allowance,however in the last two months i have had decent service signal and download speeds my sis works for ofcom and has asked me for info,so i will wait and do a proper review in 6 more months to be fair to 3 they do seem to have rectified alot of probs.but you cant advertise 15gig then not have the facilities in place to allow the customer to use it.myself kids and partner are all 3 payasugo phone customers,7 in total spending roughly 350 a month,if 1 goes we all go.
  • Satisfaction
    2 stars
  • Customer Service
    2 stars
  • Speed
    1 star
  • Reliability
    1 star
manchester uk Three Mobile  

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