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Is the 3 Network any good within London?

Hi everyone,
So my mobile contract has just lapsed and I have compared the market for a sim only month to month plan and found a really good deal at £10 per month, 30gb data& unlimited text and calls with a provider called Smarty who piggy back off the 3 network.
I'm currently with EE but they can't compete with that price as they are too big for their own boots.
My question is: Living in London, will I suffer with loads of data and coverage outages or is the network fairly stable within the M25 radius.
Also is there anyone who can vouch for the signal within buildings as I find EE signal does not penetrate alot of the newer insulated buildings which I work in alot of the time.
I believe this is down to the higher frequency of their transmitters. Higher frequencies travel further but do not penetrate dense objects. Any advice on this matter will be hugely appreciated and will aid me in my disision wether to switch providers or not.
I believe Vodafone and 02 both use lower frequency transmitters but not sure about the 3 network.
 

Mark.J

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ISPreview Team
The problem you have here is that mobile signal quality and performance will vary from place to place, so nobody can actually answer that set of questions with any accuracy. We might get closer if we had a postcode to play with, but even then there can be many factors that influence signal quality and network performance.

The only way to tell is by conducting tests yourself or asking your friends / family, on different networks, to come to your location and run a few speedtests. Also bare in might that MVNO providers don't always perform as well (data speeds) as their parent operators, at least that's been my own experience.

Generally speaking, Three UK, much like the other networks, does have fairly good coverage in London but that's to be expected. Your own personal experience may of course vary.
 

bulldog

ULTIMATE Member
Hi everyone,
So my mobile contract has just lapsed and I have compared the market for a sim only month to month plan and found a really good deal at £10 per month, 30gb data& unlimited text and calls with a provider called Smarty who piggy back off the 3 network.
I'm currently with EE but they can't compete with that price as they are too big for their own boots.
My question is: Living in London, will I suffer with loads of data and coverage outages or is the network fairly stable within the M25 radius.
Also is there anyone who can vouch for the signal within buildings as I find EE signal does not penetrate alot of the newer insulated buildings which I work in alot of the time.
I believe this is down to the higher frequency of their transmitters. Higher frequencies travel further but do not penetrate dense objects. Any advice on this matter will be hugely appreciated and will aid me in my disision wether to switch providers or not.
I believe Vodafone and 02 both use lower frequency transmitters but not sure about the 3 network.
Here is my 3 network using smarty unlimited data @£18 a month connected via tethering to my pc from mobile phone - good speed https://www.speedtest.net/my-result/d/89c60dc9-45dd-46ef-88da-927b1350016a

 

thebestrc

Member
I'm on Three having just moved to Wimbledon from Birmingham for work.
Signal in Brum was great with coverage all over. However where I'm based in SW19 the speed is poor even though I have full 4G signal.

I'll be looking to switch networks for something with better speeds.
 
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