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uSwitch Award Fastest 3G Mobile Broadband Network Gong to Three UK

Friday, November 16th, 2012 (1:29 am) - Score 3,104

The annual uSwitch.com Mobile Awards 2012, which took place this week in London’s Covent Garden (Circus) area, have named Three UK as the Best Mobile Network and the Fastest Network for 3G based Mobile Broadband speeds. The operator was also crowned as the best network for roaming.

The runners up for Fastest 3G Network were O2 (2nd) and Vodafone (3rd). But oddly TescoMobile picked up the gong for Best Network Coverage with almost eight out of ten customers (78%) voting for them, which is despite the fact that O2 actually runs its network (O2 and Orange UK were apparently close contenders for the crown).

A full list of categories and their winners can be found at the link below.

uSwitch.com Mobile Awards 2012
http://www.uswitch.com/mobiles/awards/2012/

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10 Responses
  1. Avatar DTMark says:

    Fastest 3G network – have no doubt. 6Meg to 12Meg down, 2Meg to 3Meg up almost all the time though to be fair the normal performance is at the lower end of those ranges and I doubt that anywhere near a majority see those speeds often or ever.

    “Best mobile network” – I had Three on my mobile for a while, and the coverage is absolutely pants when out and about. It’s some time I was used to looking at a mobile and seeing “No Service” and I was amazed at how poor it was, like a trip back to the 1990s.

  2. Avatar Anand says:

    Three deserves the accolades. I live in a village in rural mid Wales and get fairly good, reliable reception with download speeds of 3mb – which is fantastic for the location. When I regularly travel to Maidenhead download speeds are an incredible 15-19mb! Customer service isn’t too bad either… Although it is not based in the UK all the reps i’ve spoken to have been very knowlegable and helpful. Well done Three!

  3. Avatar Phil says:

    I used to be with Three before join T-Mobile. As Three is awful slow internet as T-Mobile is faster than Three in my area, how come Three is the fastest mobile network award ?. What load of rubbish.

  4. Avatar Timeless says:

    l admit three has some UK signal blackspots but when l used them in areas that had reasonable signal.. they were rock solid and pretty fast especially outside of peak times.

  5. Avatar New_Londoner says:

    Let’s hope the methodology is more robust than the shamefully poor approach used by them to calculate the recent list of the “slowest streets for broadband across the UK”, which gives research a bad name!

  6. Avatar DanielM says:

    Am getting this on t-mobile now

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/2311022043.png

    and with three i get about 6 Meg. These so-called awards are silly. do they even share how the tests are done? As some network operators use compression (Which affects speed test results) and needs to be disabled for real testing.

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      Most speed tests tend not to be affected by compression as the data they test with is usually already heavily compressed to avoid such problems influencing the results.

    2. Avatar DanielM says:

      Am talking about the bytemobile compression thats on networks.

      aka the bmi.js script.

    3. Avatar DTMark says:

      Is that the script that gets automatically inserted into the page HEAD section which actually breaks some web pages altogether, and which (I guess) has to do with compressing images so they all look washed out?

      O2 (PAYG) and T-Mobile (PAYG) both have the image compression and T-Mobile has that nasty script.

      Three just works “normally” and doesn’t appear to do any of that.

      I found that speed tests (e.g. speedtest.net) didn’t actually work at all on T-Mobile, as if something intercepted the burst traffic and killed it.

    4. Avatar DanielM says:

      @DTMark

      Yes Correct.

      It can be disabled on t-mobile though (http://accelerator.t-mobile.co.uk). To disable it on o2 you need to modify the headers.

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