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FOR MOBILES WITHOUT THE OPTION TO SOLELY CONNECT TO 2G THIS CAN BE THE ONLY OPTION FOR COVERAGE IN AREAS THREE CLAIMS TO BE COVERED (WITHOUT REFLASHING THE MOBILE). Three Mobile is meant to have th… Read More
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FOR MOBILES WITHOUT THE OPTION TO SOLELY CONNECT TO 2G THIS CAN BE THE ONLY OPTION FOR COVERAGE IN AREAS THREE CLAIMS TO BE COVERED (WITHOUT REFLASHING THE MOBILE).

Three Mobile is meant to have the ability to swap to the 2G network where there is no 3G coverage. The network it turns to for this is Orange. The menu options on newer phones only lets us select the 3G network, or to use both, not just chose to not connect to 3G.

According to the Three coverage map, I am in an area of the best coverage, with an area of only "good" coverage about 25m from my house.

Things have been getting so bad recently that often texts cannot even be sent or received - yet the phone never swaps to the 2G network. I would guess they are not keen to do this, as they will have to pay for the calls made and received when its not their network producing the goods. Effectively losing the money you have paid for your contract to Orange, seems to be considered as a far worse option of offering you no coverage at all.

I had bought an unlocked "Quidco special" for a tenner with a tenners Vodafone credit to take on holiday with me - to take advantage of the no roaming fees, and to get an extra charger - which left the phone unused when I returned.

So I shoved the Three sim into the cheapo mobile which can only use the 2G network, and all the voicemails and texts withheld due to the dire coverage today suddenly appeared. The call quality was good too, and not even any competing with Zebedee in the background.

The only downside being I now have loads of texts on the wrong mobile which I will have to text to myself and open them after I swap sims back - well I guess every silver lining has to have a cloud!

Lastly, it seems if you do this constantly for two weeks, after receiving a warning to use a 3G mobile, your sim will be suspended. So only use it when you know you will be able to get reception again in the near future on the 3G network. Therefore not recommended to try while camping in mountains for three weeks etc (or visiting my house long term).

The mobiles that will do this are any old or cheap non 3G Orange mobiles - or any unlocked mobiles that do not support 3G .
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#1
v2drinkers
Or you could just switch your 3G phone to GSM reception - it will then cost you mothing


There are two modes on both our three phones. 3G is one - and "both" is the other.
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buy nokia 1650 for £20 from carphone warehouse and its unlocked to any network and you get £10 free credit
#3
v2drinkers
then you need to flash the phone with the generic firmware and get all the options back - unbranding

I have 3 three phones and not unbranded them and I can change the setting - which phone have you got



Nokia E71 and Skypephone S2.

I had thought about unbranding the Nokia as the firmware is the original when it was released last year, despite getting it at Easter - so two or three versions old. It seems this version also restricts it to an 8 gig card, although 16gigs are still disproportionately expensive. Its mentioned in many of the forums the Nokia software is better than the bundled versions, but I have been short on time, and have not got round to figuring how to reflash from a Linux server yet.

The skypephone is a very recent purchase (since they dropped the price last week), and is really used as a modem/house phone (but where the coverage is brilliant).

I would suspect the options have been removed so they are not losing as much revenue to the Orange network. Its a bit sad that 'progress' comes with having poor coverage here for the first time since 1997, and the first time I have been unable to send texts here since their introduction.


Daddyd1976
buy nokia 1650 for £20 from carphone warehouse and its unlocked to any network and you get £10 free credit



It was a Nokia 1661 for a tenner with a tenners credit, which I picked as charger matched my E71, and the credit was used while roaming on 'passport' (so free incoming, and a bundle of minutes and texts outgoing).
#4
My LG viewty often switches to the 2G network when it has a better signal than the 3G network - not as often as my Sony Ericsson one did mind - that spend most of its time roaming.
I don't see how this is a deal?
#5
I've got a Sony Ericsson K660i on 3 which has terrible reception at my house unfortunately. If I choose 'Select Network' I get a list of networks:

3: Has a picture of a house and a box with 3G in it (This is the one that's currently selected)
3: Has a picture of what looks like a mast
vodafone UK: Red circle with a cross through
O2-UK: Red circle with a cross through
T-Mobile UK: Red circle with a cross through
T-Mobile UK: Red circle with a cross through on top of a box with 3G in it
3: Box with 3G in it

Would I be better switching to one of the other options to obtain better reception (I'm guessing the only other one I can use without charges or issues is the 3 one with the mast picture, but what does the mast mean)

Thanks for any help.
#6
Bloke
I've got a Sony Ericsson K660i on 3 which has terrible reception at my house unfortunately. If I choose 'Select Network' I get a list of networks:

3: Has a picture of a house and a box with 3G in it (This is the one that's currently selected)
3: Has a picture of what looks like a mast
vodafone UK: Red circle with a cross through
O2-UK: Red circle with a cross through
T-Mobile UK: Red circle with a cross through
T-Mobile UK: Red circle with a cross through on top of a box with 3G in it
3: Box with 3G in it

Would I be better switching to one of the other options to obtain better reception (I'm guessing the only other one I can use without charges or issues is the 3 one with the mast picture, but what does the mast mean)

Thanks for any help.


It's NETWORK *MODE* you need to change, three will however have blocked it so you can't swithc to 2G (i.e. GSM) so you need to debrand your phone first.
#7
Three's PAYG T&Cs allow them to disconnect you if you persistently use a 2G phone (or configure your 3G to only connect 2G). To continue you must return to a Three store and buy a new phone & SIM. Your credit then transfers (ouch!). Use Google to assess your risk.
#8
rash
It's NETWORK *MODE* you need to change, three will however have blocked it so you can't swithc to 2G (i.e. GSM) so you need to debrand your phone first.


Thanks for that, might have guessed 3 would block it!

I'm still intrigued as to the option in the network selection that says it's 3 but with a mast symbol rather than the house/3G picture?
#9
I don't see how this is a deal?

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