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Who is 3?
3 is a major mobile telecoms provider in the UK, pioneering new network and connectivity innovations in order to offer its customer base a comprehensive, effective and versatile service. The mobile industry experiences consistent advances in technology, with handsets, products and network coverage all going through revolutionary changes at a fast pace. 3 Mobile aims to be at the forefront of advances, and designs its service to move with fluidity through the mobile industry’s rapid evolution.
3 and 3G
3, or Three Mobile, began operating in 2003, and played a major part in bringing the revolutionary 3G network to the UK. 3G, which is an abbreviation of 3rd Generation, refers to a benchmark stage in the evolution of mobile telecoms services, or a point at which certain standards have been achieved and maintained. 3G can be used for voice and video calling, mobile TV and mobile web access, with access provided through mobile devices which are in line with 3G.
Whilst 2G was designed for basic low-quality web usage with calls and texts, 3G raises the bar, allowing for fast internet on mobile phones, greatly enhanced quality for calls and texts and compatibility with other devices such as a Mobile Broadband dongle or MiFi. A phone built for the 2G network will not be able to make use of the benefits of 3G, whereas a 3G phone will use the 3G network where possible, and revert to 2G if necessary.
The 3 network is 3G, and is not only compatible with phones, but tablets, laptops and computers as well. When you use a Mobile Broadband dongle from 3, and slot it into your computer, you can make use of the 3 network and its connectivity benefits. As part of remaining innovative, 3 continues to research and improve its network and technology in order to move with and inspire advances in the mobile industry.
3 Mobile Broadband
Using your mobile phone network for web coverage gives you broadband on the go; you take your phone out with you and you are actually carrying web access on demand. 3’s network covers over 97% of the UK, so the 3G availability for 3 customers is widespread and widely accessible. Since this network is not restricted to mobile phones, customers can use the 3G for 3’s Mobile Broadband services.
With Mobile Broadband you can use a dongle with built-in web connectivity, and attach it to your laptop, PC or Mac at any time. The device will use the 3G network and give you web access on the go. You can also get MiFi from 3, and use this with the 3G network; it acts like a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, utilising the 3G network for connecting different Wi-Fi-enabled devices to the web.
3 Mobile phones
3 offers a range of deals for 3 Mobile phones, with the latest and most popular models from Apple, Blackberry, HTC, Samsung and other manufacturers. You can choose to go for a pay monthly 3 Mobile contract with a phone included, or part paid for, and there are various tariffs available with generous allowances and benefits.
There are alternative 3 Mobile deals as well; you could pay for the handset outright and take Pay As You Go, so you only spend what you use, or choose SIM Only so that you cut the cost of your monthly bill, whilst keeping the inclusive benefits of a pay monthly agreement.