Why choose a Three pay monthly mobile phone?
Three are a bit different
Three may not be the largest mobile network in the UK, but they make up for their smaller size by their generous and innovative services. They introduced free roaming in various international destinations before many of their rivals did, and they introduced text alerts, which automatically informs customers when they're about to run out of minutes or data. They also offer dedicated seven-days-a-week customer service, helping customers should they ever have any questions or issues.
And chief among the unique selling points of a Three pay monthly mobile phone deal is the fact that Three are one of the few operators to offer customers an unlimited data allowance. Many other providers do offer unlimited calls and texts, yet they don't go so far as giving their customers the ability to download as much as they want each month. This arguably makes Three the network of choice for those who value data and downloads more than anything else, since it saves them from having to worry about whether they're on the brink of exceeding their cap or not. Of course, they should be aware that, with unlimited data, there generally comes a higher monthly subscription fee.
Feel at Home with Three
Quite some time before the EU made roaming free for European mobile phone customers, Three were already treating theirs to something very similar. Yet a significant distinction with Three is that they also offer free roaming in international destinations beyond Europe, including the United States, Australia and Singapore. While this list is occasionally liable to change, it nonetheless enables customers to use their call and data allowances in foreign nations just as they would back home in the UK.
Plenty of handsets to choose from
Three offer customers many of the latest models from the major smartphone manufacturers, most particularly Apple and Samsung. This makes them a good option for tech aficionados who like to have the latest gadget, or for those who simply need a high performance device for work purposes. Added to this, they also offer a broad range of other handsets, from alternative smartphones to more traditional "dumb" phones, making them also ideal for those who mostly want to make calls and check their emails or the news.
Things to remember
How much data do I need?
While it's often tempting to just go for the unlimited data allowance Three offer, this can be expensive, so it's important that customers consider just how much data they need and can afford to pay for before ordering anything. For those who use their phone's internet connection for occasionally checking emails, social media updates and the news, one of the smaller allowances would most likely be enough. However, for those who use their phone's internet often and heavily, particularly for work purposes, then a bigger allowance would be more advisable.
Is tethering allowed?
The short answer to this is yes, tethering is allowed with a Three pay monthly mobile phone deal. This enables customers to use their phones as a mobile wifi network, something which comes in very handy if they happen to find themselves somewhere with their laptop or tablet that doesn't have a working or reliable network of its own. However, one thing to be wary of is that Three impose a cap on the amount of data that can be download by other devices via tethering. This is generally set at 30GB, although customers can top it up by purchasing extra data.
For the most part, Three pay monthly mobile phone deals require a 24-month contract to be taken out. This locks the customer into their contract for two years, meaning that they can't leave without paying an exit fee, which can sometimes be quite expensive. However, aside from the yearly price increase in line with inflation (as measured by the retail prices index), such contracts do work out cheaper overall than the rolling 30-day contracts offered by some operators.
While Three's 3G network covers almost the entire UK population, their 4G network is currently not quite as extensive. Because of this, customers who want 4G are advised to go to the coverage checker on Three's website, which enables them to see whether their postal area is serviced by the operator's 4G network.
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