3 is a mobile network owned by Hutchison Whampoa. The 3 network is built with 3G technology at its core and was launched in the UK in 2003, quickly growing into one of the nations largest networks.
Reasons To Choose 3:
3 Mobile offer two main types of pay monthly contracts. Standard pay monthly contracts include a new phone, with the cost of the phone covered by the monthly charges. Depending on the contract and phone selected, an up-front fee towards the cost of the handset is also sometimes applicable. SIM Only deals don’t include a new phone with the order, but generally have lower monthly fees and shorter, more flexible contract lengths since the cost of a new handset doesn’t have to be covered by the network.
Both standard and SIM Only contracts can be customised by selecting and purchasing Pay Monthly Add-ons. These are additional services such as extra inclusive text messages or BlackBerry email services that can be added to a contract for a monthly fee.
Like many of 3 Mobile´s services, their monthly contracts including a phone are built around internet connectivity. There are three types of contract available: ´Ultimate Internet Plans´, ´Essential Internet Plans´ and ´The One Plan´.
Each plan offered by 3 includes 5000 texts and a specified amount of inclusive minutes and mobile data along with a monthly fee, which is sometimes increased depending on the phone selected. 3 Mobile contracts which include a new phone have minimum durations of either 18 or 24 months.
‘The One Plan’ is a special tariff from 3 designed to provide more than enough texts, minutes and mobile data allowance for the majority of users. This tariff includes a large allowance of any-network minutes and minutes to 3 Mobile numbers, as well as unlimited ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ data.
´Essential Internet´ plans and ´Ultimate Internet´ plans are mainly differentiated by the amount of inclusive data they offer. Essential Internet packages all include a limited monthly data allowance, while Ultimate Internet packages include ´All-You-Can-Eat´ internet. Both plans are available with various amounts of inclusive minutes.
3 Mobile offer a range of Pay Monthly SIM Only contracts. These deals do not include a new phone and so are generally cheaper than standard Pay Monthly deals and are available with flexible short contract durations. SIM Only contracts are ideal for customers who already have a phone that they are happy with. A number of different SIM Only tariffs are available, designed to suit a range of different customers.
‘The One Plan’ is available as a SIM Only contract and includes large allowances of any-network minutes, 3 Mobile minutes, text messages and unlimited ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ data. This is a rolling monthly contract.
3 Mobile also offer ranges of Essential Internet and Unlimited Internet SIM Only plans. Both are available with various inclusive minutes allowances and in 12 month or 1 month durations. Essential Internet plans include a limited monthly data allowance, while Unlimited Internet plans include ´All-You-Can-Eat´ data.
Data allowances can be also added or expanded with contract Add-ons from 3. There are also Add-ons available for a range of other services, such as international minutes or BlackBerry services.
Pay As You Go (PAYG)
3 Mobile offer a single Pay As You Go tariff, designed to be suitable for all users. This tariff has two key benefits. Firstly, 3 credit a free data allowance to PAYG customers whenever they top up their account with any amount. This data allowance lasts for 30 days and is applied whenever a top up is made.
Secondly, 3 offer a range of Add-ons that allow PAYG customers to add services to their account. The most prominent of the available Add-ons are the unique ‘All-In-One’ Add-ons offered by 3, which provide a mixture of calls, texts, and mobile internet. Add-ons are also available to individually add either pre-paid texts, mobile data allowances or Three-to-Three calls. Most Add-ons last for 30 days.
If you’re moving to 3 Mobile from another UK mobile network, it is possible to keep your current number. The process is quite simple, and transferring your number usually takes just a few working days.
Firstly, select and sign up for your new 3 Mobile contract as usual. 3 Mobile will assign a new number to you along with our new phone or SIM card. To transfer your old number onto your new contract, you need to obtain a PAC (or ‘Port Authorisation Code’) from your previous network operator. Call your old network and ask for a PAC, and they should provide one either immediately over the phone or soon afterwards via text message.
Once you have a PAC, you can pass it on to 3 Mobile along with a few other important details and they will process the transfer automatically within a few working days. You can submit your PAC code at Three’s official site or contact them directly by phone.
|Free Skype-to-Skype calls
||Free||3 Mobile allow PAYG and Pay Monthly customers to make free Skype-to-Skype calls and send free Skype messages with compatible mobile phones through their 3G network. Customers must use the 3 Mobile Skype application to get free calls.||All|
|PAYG Transfer Reward
||Free||3 Mobile reward PAYG customers who transfer their old number to 3 with £10 of credit for free.||PAYG|
Mobile internet and 3G technology are central features of the 3 network and as such there are numerous options for mobile data available.
All standard Pay Monthly and most SIM Only contracts include a data allowance as standard. These data allowances range from 250MB per month up to the ‘All-You-Can-Eat’ unlimited data included with ‘The One Plan’ and ´Ultimate Internet´ plans. Customers on ´Internet Essentials´ plans can expand their standard allowance with data Add-Ons.
Pay As You Go customers receive a 150 MB allowance with every top up they make. This allowance lasts for 30 days and is applied every time a top up is made. PAYG customers also have several Add-on options for adding mobile data to their phones. The ‘All-in-One’ Add-ons from 3 Mobile include data allowances, or alternatively PAYG customers can purchase a data allowance alone as an Add-On. Data use outside of allowances is charged at per MB for PAYG customers.
To help you get an idea how far your data will go, take a look at our handy chart:
|downloading or streaming music||20 songs||100 songs||200 songs|
|downloading or streaming video||20 minutes||1 hours||2 hours|
|basic webpages ( text or mobile versions)||1,000||5,000||10,000|
|rich webpages (containing, rich images & flash)||300||1,500||3,000|
|emails with images or attachments||200||1,000||2,000|
Table represents approximate values.
Can I get a 3 Mobile signal in my area? Use the 3 Mobile coverage map to check if you´ll be able to receive 3 Mobile services in your local area.
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