Updated: November, 2016
Introduction to Three 4G
Three has a 4G mobile network, however it purchased the least amount of 4G frequency spectrum in the UK’s 4G auction. It was also the last major network to launch 4G, but it aims to hit 98 per cent population coverage with 4G ultimately. Right now it has over 63% UK population coverage and according to OpenSignal its customers can get a 4G signal 39.77% of the time in the UK.
Three 4G Network Overview
Types of 4G from Three:
- Standard 4G – Around 5 times faster than a standard 3G network.
4G from Three uses the following network frequency:
- 800 MHz (0.8 GHz) and 1800 MHz (1.8 GHz)
Find out more about 4G frequencies in the UK here.
Three 4G Coverage
Three now has over 63% UK population coverage with 4G. In fact, it might have far more than that, as it hasn’t updated the figure in a while. Towns and cities with partial or full coverage include: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Coventry, Derby, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Gloucester, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Luton, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Southend On Sea, Stoke On Trent, Swindon, Watford and York.
Three 4G Super Voice
Three is the first and currently only UK network to offer a Voice over LTE (VoLTE) service. Called 4G Super Voice, the service allows customers to make calls over 4G. This improves call quality among other things and is rapidly being rolled out across the UK, with around 65% of the UK population already covered indoors.
Three in depth coverage guide
For deeper insights into Three’s 4G footprint, speeds and reliability on both a local and national scale head over to our Three 4G: Speeds and footprint guide.
Use Three‘s 4G coverage checker to find out more about Three’s 4G coverage in your area, including signal strengths and details on both indoor and outdoor coverage.
Three also offers services abroad, allowing you to continue to use your data, minutes and texts at no extra cost. Currently this is available in 42 different locations, specifically Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Lanzarote, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
That list is growing all the time and the network recently asked its customers where they wanted inclusive roaming added next, with Germany, Cyprus and Portugal coming out on top, so hopefully we’ll see Feel At Home in these locations soon. However be aware that currently only 3G is offered by Three in Feel At Home locations and that free roaming isn’t included on Three’s Essential plans .