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10.02.2005

Advantages:
Potentially very cheap, easy and fast to top up, and the 3 - live service is excellant

Disadvantages:
Does not come with free games, reception is generally poor, and unless you have a debit card the above are not true

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3 is the tariff I have had with my last two mobile phones; the NEC e313 and the Motorola A835 (Both of which I have also reviewed if you fancy taking a look-see?). It is, so far, the best tariff I have seen so far.

As I am too young to have a contract phone, I have to go for the pay-as-you-go services. I wanted a camera phone, which is what 3 is famous for providing. So I went for it.

Unlike most pay-as-you-go services, 3-pay offers bundles as opposed to "straight" credit. For example, the most common way to top up is to buy a 15 pound voucher. From this you can get:

50 voice calling minutes + £5 credit
OR
100 texts + £5 credit

This can be a little bit annoying though, as you do not know whether you will need texts or minutes. Credit can be used for anything, be it texts, minutes, or using it on 3 services like ringtones or videos. The costs are as follows:

Call -20p per minute
Text - 10p per text

3 services can vary from 25p onwards.

There are many options available to top up. There are vouchers that come as £15, £25, and £35, and add-ons as well. The add-ons are:

£5 for 75 texts (about 6-7p per text)
£5 credit
£10 for 200 texts (This is usually what I get. 5p per text)
£10 credit (Another that I get to use for calls)
£10 video value (Allows you to view videos in 3 services for free)

Topping up is as standard, if you prefer it that way. I personally use my debit card to top up through the 3 services. As long as you have a little bit of credit left you can use addons, so I top up with £20 each time for 200 texts and a tenners credit.

The 3 services, that I have talked about, are fantastic. Similar to WAP, it connects you to a limited internet where you can browse pages. It does not have as many pages as WAP does, and only special 3 pages can be viewed. Never the less, it is free to connect and browse, although downloads are expensive. There is a large variety of stuff to view and download, including news, music videos, the weather, celebrities, football goals, and even porn (although you need to be over 18 so I haven't used this yet). The costs are quite expensive though, for example ringtones are £2.50 each. You can also top up uour phone through these services, as I mentioned before.

Going onto the bad points, the reception is terrible. In my house I am lucky to see higher than two bars of reception, and when I went to Oxford I was lucky to see any at all! Also, if someone messages you when there is no reception, it takes ages for the texts to come through; indeed, there have been occasions where it has taken days for a text to come through while the phone has been idle. Also, your credit runs out after 30 days, and you get no money back.

All in all, a good service if you use your phone a lot and cant get a contract phone. I give it the thumbs up.

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pinkelephantuk 29.03.2006 00:10

A good review - I have been wondering if the 3G PAYG is any good for a relative.

reddragonflame87 30.03.2005 19:04

I dont know to be honest. I dont live in oxford but I havent heard of any mobile tower thingys being built in that area, so its doubtful. It was very poor when I went there a few months back

peterkinxl5 30.03.2005 16:41

I've been very happy with Three as per my review but I'm just wondering if the network has improved in Oxford recently?

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  2. hottybabe
  3. purplelynne

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