Sponsor Message:
Non Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
UK Cell Phone Company Recommendations  
User currently offlineABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 873 posts, RR: 1
Posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

I currently have an iPhone 4S on Vodafone UK, and I am completely unhappy with the service. Vodafone's 3G coverage is practically non-existant outside of major metro areas, and I am frequently stuck with EDGE or GPRS speeds. In the areas where Vodafone does have 3G, the speeds are much slower than what I was getting on my Verizon iPhone 4 back in the States. Would it be worth it to pay the Early Termination Fee and go with another company, such as 3 UK or O2-UK?

The reason New Mexico is so windy is because Texas sucks and Arizona blows.
11 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineU2380 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2010, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2289 times:

I too had similar problems with Vodafone. I found their service to be dire at the best of times (I have an iPhone 4). I'm now with O2, and in my experience they are much better. Alternatively, if you're looking for a cheap deal with better signal than Vodafone, Tesco mobile use O2's network.


[Edited 2012-10-28 04:35:08]

User currently offlineFlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1400 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2258 times:

Weird, I have little to no problem with Vodafone's 3G coverage wherever I go besides maybe 1 or 2 blackspots.

If the issue is a home thing, why not get a Vodafone SureSignal; http://www.vodafone.co.uk/personal/p...and-coverage/sure-signal/index.htm though if its an out and about issue then this won't work so well for you.

Its also worth noting that o2 and Vodafone have now been given permission to merge their networks. The companies will stay separate but share signal which will mean better signal for both customers: http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/01/v...dafone-o2-network-merger-approved/
What the time scale of this operation will be I do not know however.

Possibly my other bit of advice would be to perhaps try getting a sim for another network and trying that out for signal before paying any early termination fees or the like as this will allow you to make sure you can get better signal with the other networks before spending any money doing so.


The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30084 posts, RR: 59
Reply 3, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Every network has black spots. I notice it alot when Im in the UK. Where my Mum lives has good O2 and rubbish Vodafone coverage. Other places its the opposite.

Sure signal is a good solution for just in the home but you have to shell out quite a hefty price for it . Once you have it though you do get full 3G throughout the house. Its also very light on your broadband allowance.

Should you be near to upgrade with your current company maybe say you are only willing to upgrade if they throw in a Sure Signal for free.

The idea of getting a PAYG SIM for another company to test their coverage is a good one before you make the same mistake and tie yourself into another 18/24 months contract.

Take a look at everything everywhere as they are offering 4G in key cities with some very attractive call and texts plans. In all other areas you will benefit from 3G on T Mobile and Orange networks.


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4817 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2230 times:

Just for what it's worth, I've used 3 for a year in the UK (Milton Keynes & London region), and apart from the Tesco Extra in Milton Keynes (Kingston) I've always had good signal! Even in remote places like Cranfield....  

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2222 times:

Go with T-Mobile - they have the best speed and coverage and likely a good value contract too. If you really want speed you could go with one of their iPhone 5 contracts and get 4G thrown in as well.

T-Mobile in the UK have the best coverage due to their parent company also owning Orange so it will switch between Orange and T-Mobile to give you the best signal (and this is at no extra cost).

User currently offlinebaldwin471 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2012, 363 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

Three. Good coverage, very good 3G Speeds.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30084 posts, RR: 59
Reply 7, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Three good 3G network , crappy customer care .

User currently offlinegingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 914 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2169 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Three good 3G network , crappy customer care .

Really? I've never had a problem with the customer care side of things.

Flown on: A306 A319/20/21 A332 B732/3/4/5/7/8 B742/4 B752 B762/3 B772/W C152 E195 F70/100 MD-82 Q400
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1586 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2161 times:

3 just seem like a Micky Mouse network to me.

I always tend to stick to the main 4 (or 3 now that T-Mobile and Orange have merged)

User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (3 years 7 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

With Orange and pretty happy with the service, especially since the merger. As of the last couple of weeks I have had the new EE network which has been fine. Orange customer service is quite good, and the online/app customer portal is really quite advanced as well.

On the whole, I would recommend them! Mind you, I live in Central London so I really can't comment on service anywhere north of Milton Keynes!

User currently offlineoffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 1201 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 7 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

I had a Virgin PAYG SIM for the Uk and they were OK. Then I got a Vodafone one. I ran out of credit and went on line to charge it back up. Problem was their site wouldn't accept my non-UK credit card. Tried to call customer service only to get a pre-recorded message saying that I didn't have enough credit to complete the call!   

To no one will we sell, or deny, or delay, right or justice - Magna Carta, 1215
Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Is Your Cell Phone Really 'smart'? posted Thu Jul 22 2010 07:27:09 by fxramper
Cell Phone In Middle East posted Sun Mar 28 2010 18:48:14 by jawed
New Cell Phone Advice? posted Fri Mar 26 2010 05:30:05 by Mudboy
New Federal Law Coming Soon On Cell Phone! posted Thu Feb 18 2010 22:37:26 by ProPilot83
New Cell Phone - Moto Droid Or HTC Droid Eris? posted Sat Jan 16 2010 17:59:20 by KaiGywer
Cell Phone Plans: Who Offers The Best posted Wed Jan 13 2010 18:58:05 by MCOflyer
Actor Stops Play To Chide Cell Phone Owner posted Tue Sep 29 2009 11:09:28 by DXing
European Cell Phone Help posted Sun Aug 9 2009 13:35:54 by Yanksn4
Cell Phone & Texting Fines posted Fri Apr 24 2009 15:13:50 by Propilot83
Driving A Car Without Hanging Onto Cell Phone posted Thu Apr 2 2009 16:46:06 by HT