ABQ747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 850 posts, RR: 1 Posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1396 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?
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U2380 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2010, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1387 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.
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.
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OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27034 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1344 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.
JRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4702 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 1328 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....
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AF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1235 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!
offloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 886 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 11 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1172 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!
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