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Networks using Three

3rd April 2019

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Three is one of the four main networks in the UK and a number of MVNOs (Mobile Virtual network Operators) make use of its infrastructure and spectrum for their services.

That means wherever Three has coverage these networks do too. So why would you choose them instead of Three? Well, from different prices to different extras there are a number of ways they try to stand out.

With that in mind we’ve created this guide, highlighting the MVNOs that use Three’s infrastructure and detailing the main ways that they differentiate themselves, not just from Three but from all of the other UK networks.

iD Mobile

iD Mobile

iD Mobile’s main selling point is arguably data rollover. That means you can roll over unused data from one month to the next, giving you a second chance to use it. iD Mobile isn’t the only network to offer this, but not many do.

iD Mobile also has quite affordable plans, and it offers Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE (Voice over LTE). Those two services are offered by the four main networks, but not by many MVNOs.

The network additionally lets you set a spending cap and has a full suite of plans, including Pay Monthly, SIM Only and Pay As You Go.


Freedom Pop

FreedomPop used to stand out through offering a free basic tariff, but this has been discontinued, leaving the network slightly less notable in the process. However, it still has low-cost plans and the most basic one is very cheap at just £3.49 per month.

FreedomPop also has a range of optional extras like data rollover and visual voicemail. These all cost extra, but can be added to any plan, so you can tailor your plan more than most networks allow. The main downside to FreedomPop – and it’s a big one – is that the network doesn’t let you roam at all on any of its current plans, so you won’t be able to use your phone abroad without a Wi-Fi network.

Ctrl Mobile

Ctrl Mobile

Ctrl Mobile is one of the newer MVNOs to emerge and right now it’s quite a basic one, offering just three SIM Only plans and no Pay Monthly and Pay As You Go. Data limits are low but so are prices, and its plans only last 30 days.

The network also offers tethering and spending caps, which you can set to an amount of your choice, and like most networks it lets you roam for free across the EU. It also promises UK-based customer service around the clock.


SMARTY is another network that just offers SIM Only plans, but at the time of writing it offers slightly more than Ctrl Mobile and with higher data limits, including one with unlimited data. However, SMARTY mainly stands out through essentially refunding you for any unused data.

Any data you have left over at the end of the month gets discounted against next month’s plan at the price you paid for it, so as long as you keep using SMARTY you’ll never be paying for data that you don’t use.

If, however, you find that you need more data than your plan comes with then you can also buy extra, which is priced at the same rates, making the network simple and fair.

SMARTY also offers tethering and roaming, and all of its plans are just 30 days long.

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