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Seamless 4G rollout for customers with compatible devices

As Vodafone and O2 prepare to offer 4G services at a premium, rival network Three has restated its plans to roll out LTE connectivity as standard for existing customers. In a statement given to UK blog Coolsmartphone, the operator said it was on-track to begin switching on 4G during Q4, at no extra cost to users, and without requiring a new SIM.

"We’re on track to launch in Q4 and we will offer 4G at no extra charge. When we switch on our 4G network well over a million of our customers will already have a 4G device, so they will get automatic and hassle-free access in 4G areas without the need to change plans or sim cards.

"Everyone on Three with a 4G device will be able to enjoy our 4G services as we roll out the network across the country to add capacity to what is already the UK’s fastest 3G network."

Three will deploy LTE on 800MHz (won at auction) and 1800MHz (obtained from EE) airwaves, which will be compatible with the vast majority of 4G-capable Android phones sold in the UK.

Should Three stick with its current policy of offering "All You Can Eat" data on many of its plans, it'll also be the only operator in the UK without 4G data caps. 

Source: Coolsmartphone; via: iMore


Reader comments

Three UK reaffirms 4G price promise, says Q4 launch on target


At least one of the major carriers is doing this whole 4g thing correctly. Shame that 3 still has terrible signal is anywhere that isnt a city.

I think i'm just going to stick to my Tmobile full monty package as i stream alot of sky go and EE's signal area is quite amazing to be honest, far superior than any other network ive been on.

I actually find Three signal marginally better sometimes outside of the cities. For example, in the middle of nowhere I've seen 22MB down on the Nexus 4, but in my city, or somewhere like London or Sheffield it's a quarter of that often

It is because bandwidth is shared like in normal Wi-Fi. In the cities you can expect more users connected to the same Cell Station...

I think Three are a lot better than they used to be. I was on T-mobile/Orange and switched to three and now I'm finding that I have about the same level of signal as I had before.

Also, with the 800Mhz spectrum, Three should have a lot fewer not-spots.

It's My understanding that Three falls back onto EE. And on EE I get signal everywhere. My Brother is on Three and gets signal everywhere I get it.

Where I live I'm lucky to get GPRS on the major carriers and a small amount of data, on o2 only 500mb per month. I recently switched to three and I get unlimited data on Hspa+ and HSDPA, faster than my house. It's just a myth, T mobile was the same before the EE merger, we could only use t mobile in cities.

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Finally, been waiting for this news for ages and very glad that they haven't changed their minds on the pricing!

Just switched to the One Plan. 3's signal is second only to Vodafone in my area so it's a no-brainer at £15 a month 'all you can eat' data just on 3G alone. Once it switches to 4G though, it will easily be the best value data package in the western world. Plus, the manager told me that they are upgrading all the masts now so that rollout, when it comes, will be across the whole network rather than just 2 or 3 cities at a time.

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I'm not going to be able to use 4G for a while where I am, my device has no 4G support and I live in a fairly rural area, three seems to have stronger signal in rural areas than cities oddly but I'm guessing it'll be the first to offer 4G here since it was first to offer 3G here

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People still don't appreciate, hello everybody this the company rolling out 4g service without a premium cost,

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OK time to top up my PAYG SIM, but only to see if reception has improved for me, in the areas I am likely to be using my phone, as this has been the only thing holding me back from trying 3 as a mobile service permanently.