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Today Three in the UK announced that starting this December, London, Birmingham and Manchester will see the start of our 4G roll out. That’s not a bad early Christmas present is it? Even better than that, Three will be busy rolling out in a further 50 cities by the end of 2014. And by the end of 2015? Well we aim to have covered a massive 98% of the population by then.

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“Every Three customer with a 4G Ready device will get a 4G upgrade at no extra cost. It’ll be easy to switch over too, all that’s required is a simple software update. You won’t even need to go in to a store. There’ll be no new contract to sign, no new SIM and no tariff change. We really want this transition to be as easy as possible for our customers.”

Not only that, but Three famous All You Can Eat data offering will still be available on 4G

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Have you or someone you know had problems working out the price for  Pay As You Go is the past. Then Three UK believe in keeping things simple as well as offering the customers great value for money.

Three don’t believe you should have to convert your credit to get the most for your money (not unless you want to anyway!)  Neither do Three think you should have to pay high base rates just because you choose not to buy an add-on. That’s why we’ve decided to go back to basics and make things as simple as 3-2-1.

Thomas Malleschitz, marketing director at Three said: “Consumers are forced into choosing where they want best value – whether that’s calls, texts or internet. Our new rates strip things right back to basics with a simple, clear and transparent rate for calls, texts and internet use that offers clear value across the board. It’s important to us that our Pay As You Go customers can use our Ultrafast network to chat, text and enjoy the internet without making a trade-off on value. This is Pay as You Go in its purest form.”

As top-up plans were originally, You will pay 3p for each minute of talk time, 2p a text and 1p for 1MB of data. That’s it. And every penny of credit you add to your account will go to paying for those functions. “Credit lasts until every penny is spent,” claims the Three. The new 3.2.1 Pay as you go starts today (1st July).

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Three UK today made a public commitment to offer Ultrafast services as a standard feature on all its smartphone price plans.

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LTE, otherwise known as 4G, will be added to Three’s Ultrafast network later this year. Unlike some other UK mobile operators, it will be available across all existing and new price plans without customers needing to pay a premium fee to ‘upgrade’.

Three’s Ultrafast network, currently supported by DC-HSDPA technology, already covers 55% of the UK population with an initial focus on 50 towns and cities. It will reach 80% population coverage by the end of March and in the second half of this year it will incorporate 1800Mhz spectrum already acquired by Three to add even more coverage and capacity.

Any customer with an Ultrafast ready device can already enjoy great speeds on Three’s Ultrafast network without paying a premium or needing to swap SIM cards or price plans. LTE will be available as standard with all customers’ price plans when the roll-out begins later this year.

Customers with Ultrafast ready devices, including the Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z, Apple iPad mini and Apple iPad with Retina display, can already enjoy Three’s Ultrafast network and will also be able to use the 1800Mhz spectrum when it is added later this year. Device choice is growing rapidly with new Ultrafast ready LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II being launched on Three within the next month, and the BlackBerry Z10 launching mid-February.

Today Three posted a new video showing the Nokia Lumia 920 running on their network. So Three network looks like it will be the first to have the Nokia Lumia 920 running after the Timed Exclusive with EE ended.

Nokia Lumia 920 on Three

Three has been carrying only the HTC Windows Phone 8, to expand that range Three is going to add not only the 920 but the eagerly awaited Lumia 620 too.

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Bidding in the UK’s planned auction of spectrum for fourth generation (4G) mobile will get underway in January, with the new services expected to launch in summer 2013.
Ofcom will oversee the sale of the largest amount of spectrum in the British history, enabling more mobile operators to offer 4G services to consumers.

As more and more people use mobile devices connected to the internet every day, it is considered vital that the UK upgrades to a faster network technology.
4G offers speeds on smartphones and tablets comparable with home broadband connections. It is also more ideally suited to high-bandwidth data services, such as streaming high-quality video, watching live TV or downloading large files.


Ofcom expects that a typical 4G user will get a download speed of around 5-7 times faster than existing 3G networks. This means that a music album will take around 3 minutes to download on a 4G phone, compared to 20 minutes on 3G.
Existing 3G speeds are around 1Mbps, and the average 4G speed is around 6Mbps, although the network technology can go much higher depending on a number of variables, such as distance to the cell tower.
EE, the joint venture of Orange and T-Mobile, is already offering 4G mobile to consumers after repurposing its existing 1800MHz spectrum.
The company is retailing a number of 4G phones, such as the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S3, along with 4G contracts, although the service is only available currently in 11 cities (with plans to extend to 17 by the end of the year).

Ofcom will oversee the sale of the 800MHz spectrum that was previously used for analogue television in the UK, and the 2.6GHz band, so that other providers can get into the 4G market.
The new spectrum will be used to deliver superfast 4G mobile speeds to people in cities, towns and villages across the UK, with 98% coverage expected in 2014/15.
Ofcom has said that December 11, 2012, is the provisional deadline for the submission of applications and an initial deposit from prospective bidders, such as O2 and Vodafone.
The regulator will then qualify the applications to determine who will be permitted to take part in the auction, before the bidding begins in January 2013.
Bidding could take “a number of weeks” and it will be run online over software built specifically for the auction.
Winners will be handed 4G licences in February/March, and it is expected that new services will be launched in May/June.
Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards said: “Today marks an important shift from preparation to the delivery of the auction, which will see widespread 4G mobile services from a range of providers. “The entire industry is now focused on the auction itself, with a shared goal of delivering new and improved mobile services for consumers.” Ofcom has set the reserve price for the spectrum that is being auctioned at a combined today of £1.3 billion, although it is thought that the sale will actually bring in more than £4bn for the UK government.

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The Samsung GALAXY S III is now available on Pay Monthly from all Three stores or online at Three.co.uk.

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The Samsung GALAXY S III is inspired by nature and designed for humans. It has a stunning design with gentle curves, is easy to hold and comes in marble white and pebble blue. It’s able to make calls by simply moving the phone towards your ear, tags your Facebook friends automatically after taking a photo and can wake up from the lock screen with a simple voice command. Add to this a screen with stunning clarity and colour, superfast processing and you get an amazing experience all round.

The Samsung GALAXY S III has a large 4.8” HD Super AMOLED screen which brings videos, web pages and games to life. Boasting Samsung’s first quad-core processor, the GALAXY S III is also incredibly speedy, so people won’t be left waiting for their favourite TV programmes to stream or apps to load. In addition to the powerful processor and stunning screen, Samsung’s flagship device has a big battery life too, so people can make the most of this phone and its features.

Nigel Field, Director of Devices at Three said: “From top specs, top design and intuitive features, the Samsung GALAXY S III is an incredibly well thought out smartphone and really does have it all and along with our highly competitive One Plan, we’re confident that customers using the Samsung GALAXY S III on Three will have the best experience.”

The Samsung GALAXY S III is available for free on Three on The One Plan for £34 per month, offering a fear-free mobile internet experience, with a guarantee of no surprise out of bundle data charges.

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Three has announced that it will beselling the new Sony Xperia U on Contract and Pay as You Go.

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The Sony Xperia U has a stylish, premium design with an attention grabbing transparent strip that illuminates the phone, changing colour as the user scrolls through their photos, music and apps. Its impressive five megapixel camera has Exmoor R sensor technology so capturing picture perfect images is easy, even in low light, it also boasts a HD video recorder. With a 1.0Ghz dual core processor, the Sony Xperia U is great for people who want to move quickly between apps and effortlessly explore the internet on the move.

As you’d expect from Sony, entertainment is at the heart of this handset and it comes loaded with powerful features including a 3.5” FWVGA Reality Display with Mobile Bravia Engine.

Speaking from Barcelona, Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three commented “The Sony Xperia U is a great addition to Three’s extensive range of affordable smartphones. It’s perfect for image conscious people who want the latest in smartphone technology at a great price as it teams stylish looks with impressive functionality. With its 1.GHz dual core processor the Sony Xperia U is superfast too and together with our 3G network built for the mobile internet, users can enjoy a brilliant smartphone experience.”

Key features:

  • Unique, stylish design
  • Five megapixel camera and 720 HD recording
  • 1.0GHz dual core processor
  • 3.5”FWVGA Reality Display with mobile Bravia Engine
  • Colour matching illumination
  • Exchangeable colour caps

Pricing and availability will be announced shortly.

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Three has announced that it will be selling the new Samsung Galaxy Ace 2. The handset will be available on contract or Pay As You Go from Three stores or online.

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The slim, stylish Android Smartphone looks great and there’s more to it than good looks. With an 800MHz dual core processor the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 gives users a super-fast and seamless mobile internet experience allowing them to download apps and surf the web effortlessly. The pocket sized phone has a large 3.8inch WVGA screen which is perfect for viewing photos and with Samsung’s Hub services customers can access their favourite music, games and social networks in an instant.

Capturing unmissable moments is easy with the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2’s HD video recorder and there’s plenty of storage giving users the freedom to take photos, download their favourite apps and store music worry free.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Handsets at Three said: “The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 is a great phone for people who want a stylish, quality handset that offers the latest in smartphone technology at an affordable price. It comes loaded with all of the impressive features you’d expect from Samsung and its large touchscreen is perfect for exploring the web on Three’s award winning network that was made for the mobile internet.”

Key features:

  • 3.8 inch WVGA screen
  • 5MP camera with Auto Focus
  • Front facing VGA camera
  • Fast 800MHz dual core processor
  • Large 4GB internal memory
  • HD video recording @ 720p

Information on pricing and availability will be announced soon.

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Three has announced that it will be selling the new Samsung Galaxy mini 2. The handset will be available on contract or Pay As You Go from Three stores or online.

Galaxy Mini 2 front

Designed to impress, the Samsung Galaxy mini 2 has a compact, urban style that stands out in the vast smartphone crowd. It has a 3.3 inch HVGA screen that brings everything to life with vivid colours and its vast 3GB of usable memory gives users the freedom to download their favourite apps from the Android market, take photos and store music without having to worry about running out of memory. The phone’s super-fast 800MHz processor allows users to quickly switch between apps and explore the mobile internet.

Sylvia Chind, head of handsets at Three said: “The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is a fantastic handset for those who want a compact, stylish smartphone that offers quality as well as great value. The Samsung Galaxy mini 2 is all about speed and it comes with a 800MHz processor that’s great for people who want to enjoy Three’s award winning 3G network quickly and effortlessly”.

Key features:

  • Urban-stylish design
  • 3.3 inch HVGA clear and vivid resolution
  • Fast 800MHz processor
  • 3MP Camera with flash
  • Large 3GB internal memory

Information on pricing and availability will be announced soon.

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The BlackBerry Bold 9790 is the latest handset in the Bold series and combines the best of both worlds with a 2.45” touchscreen, made from super-tough Gorilla glass, and BlackBerry’s iconic QWERTY keyboard – and it’s now available in the UK on Three.

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Slim in design, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 comes with BlackBerry OS7 which offers a number of improvements. These include a 40 per cent faster browser, the integration of Wikitude Augmented Reality allowing users to see objects of interest through the camera view, and BBM6 which allows users to view and chat to their contacts from within other apps – including games – without ever having to leave the app.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Handsets said, “BlackBerry’s latest smartphone with it’s sleek and compact design looks and feels great. It comes packed with apps and now gives the option to pinch & zoom maps using the touch screen. Our award winning 3G network will bring the updated operating system to life so that our customers can be free to browse the web quickly and efficiently.”

The BlackBerry Bold 9790 will be available from £28 or £35 a month on The One Plan with all-you-can-eat data, 2,000 anytime, any network minutes and 5,000 texts.

PAYG customers can get the BlackBerry Bold 9790 for £319.99. All in One 15 costs £15 and gives 30-days access to all-you-can-eat data along with 300 any-network minutes and 3,000 texts. All in One 25 costs £25 and offers 500 minutes, 3,000 texts and all-you-can-eat data for a 30-day period.

Key features:

  • Slim & sleek design
  • BlackBerry OS7
  • 5MP camera with flash
  • 1GHz processor
  • Access to BlackBerry Services such as BBM, Email and App World
  • Backlit QWERTY keyboard and 2.45″ touch screen
  • NFC technology
  • Maps with Augmented Reality & GPS support

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