Three UK hits the 4G switch in three cities plus offers free roaming in the USA

Three UK hits the 4G switch in three cities
By DJ Reyes on 4 Dec 2013 04:06 am EST

In the U.K., EE, Vodafone and O2 are currently the major carriers to offer 4G to their customers. Three is the only major network left to flip the 4G switch. They had announced that they would be launching 4G in December and that it would come with no extra premium to its customers. It seems that they have launched it ever so quietly. With no big fanfare, press release or public announcement, Three has launched 4G in London, Manchester and Birmingham. What's more it doesn't seem to be for all customers within those areas.

Browsing through tweets between Three and its customers, it looks as though 4G is available to several thousand customers within the three initial launch cities. Three are hoping to rollout 4G to 1.5 million of its customers, with 4G capable handsets, by February 2014. The reason for the slow, staggered rollout is to make sure it goes smoothly.

In addition Three are adding some extra locations to where their customers can roam for free, with the USA included - fantastic news. 

Commenting on Feel at Home, Dave Dyson, Chief Executive of Three, said: “We want customers to get the most out of their devices at home or abroad. High roaming charges stop people enjoying their phones while they’re away and Feel At Home is the antidote to that.

“Adding the USA to the mix is great news for our customers and shows our commitment to giving them the best experience in what is a popular destination. We plan to add more countries to the mix soon.”

Three is extending its Feel At Home proposition to the USA, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Macau. Feel At Home allows customers to use their UK allowances to use data, text, call home and receive calls from home when abroad in certain countries. Feel At Home now operates in 11 destinations around the world.

If you're a Three customer in those cities, are you getting 4G? Make some noise in the comments

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Three UK hits the 4G switch in three cities plus offers free roaming in the USA


I wonder if they will change the company name to Four, or Three and a Bit.

Bit short sighted naming your company after 3G when would always be superceded by something else eventually.

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Love that their Feel At Home deal is increasing. Makes Three a very good option for travellers.

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I went in store over the weekend and asked about the 4G switch over happening this month. This is what's happening:

1. 4G will be available to a select few thousand customers in December

2. In January the main switch over will occur, where the rest of us will get it

3. Let's hope someone who manages to get access will share the APN settings so the rest of us can binge

What does a lion, a thief and a jellyfish have in common?

Sharing the APN settings so we can 'binge' is exactly what Three is trying to avoid. Would you rather have it first and crappy or wait a little while longer and it actually work properly?

You tell me... Is having it first crappy? Or are you and your iPhone buddies enjoying the download speeds too much to share?

What does a lion, a thief and a jellyfish have in common?

The last part should read....
anyone got the APN yet lol

But yeah, no complaints on speed in glasgow. Streamed 2 series of breaking bad with no buffering using H+

I'm in Cardiff, we are still on 3G until the (hopefully) next roll-out in Jan. No complaints from me though, 3G is super speedy here - I've been taking advantage of the 79p movie offer in Blackberry World, so far I've downloaded 4 movies (approx 7gb) in 35 minutes! - How much better will 4G be I wonder???

No roaming charges in the US? I feel totally ripped off here in Canada now, but it's nothing new.

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