3 Network - Not Brilliant!

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  1. journeyman

    journeyman Read Only Funster

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    I've had a "3 network" all you can eat data/phone contract for 4 months on an Iphone 5. Having now completed 5 trips in the van, i've not been overly impressed with the "G" coverage. Admittedly they are in rural areas, but its not exactly at the end of the earth. At the majority of sites I failed to pick up 3G or its intermittent and deathly slow. I had visions of using the phone as a hotspot for myself and the OH, but at the moment its not an option.

    This last weekend we went to Anglesey(Lligwy beach). My mate had a 3 MIFI in his van and was happily picking up the signal, although again it was intermittent. I'm thinking that either the Iphone has a poor antenna or 3's signal is not particularly strong.

    Wonder if I could get them to do a deal on a MIFI, within my existing contract!

    Disappointed

    Jmn
     
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  2. tofo

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    probably against their rules i

    but if you got a mifi could you put your 3 sim in it

    then youse your i phone 5 as a i pod without the sim in it

    to conect to the mifi

    yes i know you wont get calls

    but its quite sinple to pop the sim in and out

    its what i would try if pushed


    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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  3. Peter & Elaine

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    iPhone are crap on signal strength we use them at work and all of us carry a old Nokia and swap sims when can't get a signal it nearly always works in Nokia
    Surprised at 3 I have voda phone Elaine is on 3 and she always has better coverage than me especially in rural areas
     
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    Not just the west coast, 3 on the east coast is crap too, towns along the Norfolk and Suffolk coast are totally without 3 coverage. Can be a pain in the bum.:Sad:
     
  5. Phill D

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    sorry ... only true data sims will work in a mifi unit:Sad:
     
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    iPhone really is CRAP on signal strength, that will be the problem. Try Samsung!

    IMO
     
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  7. Merle

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    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note on 3, no complaints in almost 2 years. It regularly out performs my work Nokia on signal strength
     
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    have two

    I have a three mi-fi with a vodafone sim in it and I have a three sim in my iPhone
    I generally get by between the two of them and random wifi, although I am speaking about the places I go to work because I haven't done much motorhomeing yet
     
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    Bummer:Doh::cry:
     
  10. beerdrinker1

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    I got a 3 dongle following the Newark Show ( after paying a fiver for 1 days connection from the Newark site supplier ! ),

    To date it has worked perfectly everywhere I have been parked up, with just one exception . . . . during my stay in the Forest of Dean, ziltch . . . . apparantly the signal on virtually every network is crap in that area,

    Its usually very quick to pick up the signal and connect everywhere else, so I am very pleased with it, apart from the £15.99 a month that is !
    :cry:
     
  11. Peter & Elaine

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    Look on eBay 3 gig data sim for about 12 quid lasts me about 2 months
    Weekends away away and a bit of use in hotels when I am away with work
    Same one from 3 shop 20 quid
     
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    Hi Peter,

    You are absolutely correct, as usual I rushed into things without thinking, I had read all about buying the WiFi Huawei plus the 3 gig sim ages ago here on Motorhome Fun, and thought it was a great idea, but got distracted in my line of thought whilst in the 3 shop in Newark, by the lovely lass Scarlett ( even the name has an effect !!!!! ) serving me,

    After signing up for the dongle, I was then informed that it will only work on Windows so that rules out everything apart from the laptop which has about 2 hours battery life unlike the 8 hours from the Asus tablet,whereas the MiFi tethers up to 5 units, am I a dickhead or what
    :Doh:

    Ah well time for a :drink::drink::drink:
     
  13. Peter & Elaine

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    Check eBay for a unlocked or a 3 mifi
    Your sim should work in that so you can connect any thing with wifi
    Should be able to pick one up for about 40 quid

    If that's your biggest boo boo don't fret you want see some of the cock ups I made in past cost me a fortune over years
     
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    Yeah you are right, £40/ 50 for the mifi . . . . and I now only have 23 months to go on the dongle contract at £15.99 . . . . wow :Doh:

    But you are right, alongside some of the big bollocks I have made along the way, this is nowt
    :thumb:
     
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  15. Peter & Elaine

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    Elaine's just reminded me of a certain timeshare deal
    Don't even ask 500 quid down drain
    She still gives me grief over it not her fault though even if she was at side of me
    Never done owt daft my beloved
     
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    Not many problems with 3 reception on my galaxy SII even in parts of rural Scotland, and 3 internet usually works much faster tethered on my lappy than on my home broadband.:Rofl1:

    Like the man said get a Samsung Galaxy if you want decent reception and a big screen :thumb:
     
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    I have got an iPhone 4S on Vodafone. Either the phone, Vodafone or both , are rubbish.:Sad:
     
  18. Welsh girl

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    I have a galaxy note and couldn't pick up any signal for 3 months after getting a new 24 month contract with talk mobile on another phone (galaxy ace) it uses Vodafone.my note is unlocked and I prefer my note (long story)
    I complained to Samsung and they agreed to take a look under warranty.
    Since having it back the signal has been great everywhere, currently using orange in France I have got high speed internet in the remotest of places all over France, in the Dordogne area at the moment and we don't expect it to be any difference here.
    So I conclude that the antennae in the phone must have been insufficient and they have fixed the problem.
    Good old Samsung!!
    Didn't realise iPhone was so bad with reception!
    Good job I didn't get one of those!, don't like being tied in with the apps either.
     
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    We have Samsung S2 and Iphone 4S both on 3. It is not just the iphone, both dont have a signal in many east coast towns and villages. I also have a Nokia on Orange which never has a problem.
     
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    I! was born and brought up not gar from there and you cant get 3G even in the towns...
     
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