Three Roaming Data - Includes France (& others) from 1st July

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  1. Addie

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    News from Three on Thursday - As of 1st July France is now included in the ‘Three Like Home’ destinations as well as Finland, Norway and Switzerland.

    This means that if you have a Three SIM card, including PAYG mobile broadband deals, you will be able to use your allowance in France exactly the same as if you were in the UK.

    You can now use your package in a total of 9 European countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. This is on top of Australia, Hong King, Indonesia, Israel, Macau, Sri Lanka and USA.

    On PAYG (not contract) the following packages are available:
    £2.99 for 500MB – Valid 24 hours.
    £10 for 1GB – Valid 30 days.
    £15 for 3GB – Valid 30 days.
    £25 for 7GB – Valid 30 days.

    Or, just purchase multiple SIM cards and discard the old one once it has been used up :thumb:

    It is also possible to purchase a 12Gb SIM card which is valid for 12 months for around £70, however this may be a risk as it only takes one slip up and you could lose all of your data and so in my mind the 30 day deals are better unless you are exceptionally disciplined with your data usage.

    We are now able to offer you Three SIM cards. If you already have an unlocked MiFi device, you can purchase a SIM card to go in it. You can get these from Amazon for around £9.28 or we have them for £8.71 including delivery. Links below:
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0047GJI9W
    http://www.motorhomewifi.com/product/three-1gb-payg-sim-9eu-countries-10-for-1gb/

    The Small Print:
    Three Like Home doesn’t include tethered usage - so you can’t use your phone as a hotspot, you would need a mobile broadband SIM in a MiFi device. There is a maximum of 25Gb/month which can be used either paid for or if you are on an ‘All You Can Eat’ phone contract tariff.

    It might be worth clearing up that the ‘All You Can Eat’ unlimited data contracts available from Three are only valid for use in a mobile phone handset. Three employs IMEI lookups which detects what device you are using with the SIM and charges you if that device is not a phone.

    Three also state "Feel At Home is designed for UK residents who are on holiday or business trips abroad, not for extended periods abroad.” - the actual T&C's state that you can use it for a maximum of 60 days in any 365. So you would need to have multiple SIM cards to take advantage of this deal over 2 months if you spend a lot of time in these countries.

    Other SIM Cards:
    EE recently announced that it is giving customers 100MB of data for £3/day. Our EuropaSIM is far more generous or if you are in a ‘Three Like Home’ country then the Three deal is better. EE might be worth considering if you are an existing customer.

    Vodafone also announced recently it was lowering Europa Traveller from £3/day to £2/day to use your UK allowance abroad - but is for handsets only.

    What about EuropaSIM customers?
    Well, EuropaSIM is still the best deal for the rest of Europe but for France I would suggest that this new announcement from Three could be better depending on your usage. Also remember the 60 day maximum with Three. If you are concerned, send me an e-mail and I can clarify what deal might work out better for you.

    To summarise, we’re inching our way closer to the ‘end of roaming charges’ which is set to be 15th December 2015. There are some other changes due in on the 1st July and we will be writing a blog post about those and a new comparison between all UK and EU roaming tariffs once the remainder of the networks publish their revised offerings.

    As ever, I will try and answer any questions as best I can.

    Adam
    Motorhome WiFi
     
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    Hi Adam
    So if I have a 3 Mifi contract which I use at home and whilst in the motorhome, we will be able to use this in France? if so do I need to let 3 know?
    thanks
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    Hi Val,

    You will be able to take advantage from 1st July. You don't have to do anything, just turn it on and enjoy 'like home' when in France.

    Adam
     
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    That's great, we go to France 29th June, so just in time:thumb:
     
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    Hi Adam

    Thanks for the inf, we have 3 phones 2 are on 3 network and the other is on Tesco we also have an unlocked Ipad. We are heading to denmark, Norway and Sweden this July if I read it right does that mean we can use 2 phones as normal and could put a PAYG sim in the other or Ipad both phone and ipad unlocked.

    Thanks
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    Your Three phones will work 'like home' so calls to a UK number will be the same cost to you (ie out of your inclusive minutes) and data usage would be the same as back in the UK in those countries.

    The same goes for data usage. Just make sure not to tether (share an internet connection) from a phone or the iPad to a laptop or other device.

    Adam
     
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    Hi Adam

    I have just bought (for the second year running) from 3 Three a 12gb for 12 month sim for my MIFI which we use on our ipad whenever we are away, so again this can be used as normal when we are in France (after 1st July)?
    But can you explain further what you mean about the possability of losing data, what dumb thing would i have to do for this to happen?? and do you mean by this that the whole 12gb could be lost in one foul swoop?

    many thanks
    Andrea
     
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    Just got around to buying a europa sim not even used it yet.....what a waste of time:cry:

    Presumably the 3 1 gb data sim at £3.99 from pc world is now cheapest way to go

    David
     
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    Hi Andrea

    I'm no expert but I think he might mean if you forget to disconnect and leave the laptop to something connected to Internet this may use all your data.

    There again I could be totally wrong it has been known :Rofl1:
     
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    Last week I took out a 3 rolling 1 month contract .
    Can I take advantage of all you mentioned?
    The shop salesman said that they were negotiating a deal with France so it has happened then?
    So what happens to the 60 day rule then?
    Would I on contract be able to use mine or should I go payg when we go to France to get the benefits?
    The contract mentions that you have to be a customer for 3 months to get the abroad benefits.
     
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    I have got a 3 sim somewhere and a mifi thing.

    Not used it yet and a bit confused about tethering etc.

    If I switch my mifi on and my iboost, would my iboost lock onto the 3 signal and could I then tether via the iboost?
     
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    You might be fine using this just on an iPad. It would be activities like performing updates, watching video or tethering your connection to other devices that could see your data go down faster than expected. Yes, you can use it in France from 1st July.

    Only for France and the other EU countries listed. For Spain, Portugal, Germany and so on the EuropaSIM is presently the best deal.

    Hi Terry, for contract customers you must have been with Three for 30 days I believe. You will be able to use your contract in France, but only for a maximum of 60 days. Quite how that usage is calculated I’m not sure - so I guess you might get a text message alerting you.

    You would not use your iBoost system in conjunction with a MiFi device - there would be no benefit.

    Your MiFi device already has the ability to share its own WiFi signal with between 5 and 10 devices (depending on the model) and so you can just use the MiFi.

    Adam
     
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    A bit 'off topic' but just to say we've been using I-boost very successfully this trip to France.Getting Wi-Fi in van,when others are having to go bar or reception.And,connecting 3 devices for the price of one :thumb:.

    Thx Andy,:BigGrin:
    Mike
     
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    According to the salesman in our local 3 store you have to ensure you have international use activated even though you would be using inclusive minutes. I believe you can activate the international via your on line account access
     
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    Yep:
    Log into your Three account online
    Click on International Settings
    Select "UK and Abroad"
    Click Save
     
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    having just returned and traveled through at least 6 different countries i would still recommend the europasim it worked a treat 3e a day except in italy which was 2 e a day but remember in italy the speed after 500mb dont slow down they charge u 2e for each 50mb over :thumb:
     
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    Hi Adam

    Thanks for this news - very helpful. Just to be clear, my £8pm Three data-only MiFi contract will work in France just the same as at home and provided I don't exceed my 5Gb monthly allowance, without additional cost? Thanks, Peter
     
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    Would appreciate if you could answer this one. Supposing I have two Three phones away with me in France. Can I use the phones France to France or Three to Three or would this incur a international tariff. Reading the literature it says using your to phone to phone the UK.This could catch some users out.
     
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    Bump.....this was a genuine enquiry. When I go the the US in September will I be able to use my Three phone to call US numbers and 3 to 3 calls using my package.
     
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    Sorry buttons, I missed your reply.

    The deal is Three 'Like Home'. Therefore the prices are the same in France as in the UK. That means that in France and you have two handsets on Three it is both free to make a call on one to a UK number and to recieve it on the other - just like in the UK.

    Calling UK numbers is the same price as being in the UK - what you can't do is call a French number just because you are in France. Calling a French number in France will cost you the same as calling a French number in the UK.

    Hope that makes sense.

    Correct, for a maximum of 60 days use in 365.
     
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