Is the 3 SIM card any good for touring UK

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I was thinking of using a 3 SIM card when touring the UK. I have one of these mifi things sitting idle and figured I might be able to get some use out of it with one of these SIMs.

They seem to have an unlimited data plan for £15 per month with no contract.

Couple of questions.

Is it really unlimited?

Are 3 any good in the kind of remote locations where you get camp sites are will I not get a good signal?

Any advice much appreciated.
 

Cal54

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I have 3 but not good in remote locations at times, struggle at Sandringham, Clumber Park, Malvern, Garlieston CC site Scotland, and Windermere C&CC site. Good deals but coverage is haphazard. Seriously thinking of changing when my contract due for renewal.
 
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yorkieman
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I have 3 but not good in remote locations at times, struggle at Sandringham, Clumber Park, Malvern, Garlieston CC site Scotland, and Windermere C&CC site. Good deals but coverage is haphazard. Seriously thinking of changing when my contract due for renewal.
Thanks for that feedback. I figured that might be the case. Last time I was on 3, which was a few years back now, that's how it seemed then. I just wondered if it had improved any.
 
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3 very strange it's either no signal or full internet in my experience but never had much trouble with it apart from this
 
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I find 3 ok in uk only once had no signal in Porthmadog but its mountainous there, but found it very poor in France and data got eaten up quickly there.
 

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I have a 3 sim card in my mifi and the signal is very hit and miss in remote areas. More often tun not it's a miss. Also have a phone on EE mind you at that can be the same.

Where did you get the unlimited data deal on sim only for your mifi?
 

Eyeinthesky

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I think 3 are no better or worse than the rest...coverage in very rural areas is poor with most of them, mainly due to the fact that they all cater for the masses.

The good thing with 3 is that they are generally cheaper than the rest...the recent 'feel like home' offer where roaming charges are scrubbed in several countries is very welcome.
 

Bertie Bassett

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I think 3 are no better or worse than the rest...coverage in very rural areas is poor with most of them, mainly due to the fact that they all cater for the masses.

The good thing with 3 is that they are generally cheaper than the rest...the recent 'feel like home' offer where roaming charges are scrubbed in several countries is very welcome.

It doesn't come cheaper than Giff-Gaff but you're right about rural areas, Giff-Gaff (carrier is 02) is rubbish where I live and where I work 122 miles away. My classification for rubbish is getting an on screen 'No Network Connection' or 'Emergency Calls Only' for the bulk of the day and some of the night.
 

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3 were lousy a few years ago but are quite good now. Reading old postings on here I took a few months testing out in most areas north of Birmingham to north of Scotland with an old payg 3 phone and found the network had improved. I bought a 3MiFi unit and its been brilliant including some of the sites mentioned above that were nogoers. The only sites I recall not getting any workable signal was at Sherringham in Norfolk and Bedgellert (C&CC Site) in North Wales where nobody was getting a signal.
I have found coverage on a par with O2
 
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