THREE ROAMING AND TETHERING UPDATE - No caps tethering and HD video streaming when roaming in the EU amongst other updates in description. (Most from December update)

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Found 7th Aug
Following Ofcom UK's probe on Three and Vodafone, Ofcom have announced that all Three upgrading and new customers now recieve:

"Since we opened our investigation in March 2018, Three has confirmed that it has already:

* withdrawn restrictions which slowed down speeds of Peer-to-Peer and Virtual Private Network traffic for customers when roaming within the EU; and
* withdrawn restrictions on the use of handset SIMs in dongles and mifis.

Three has also confirmed that, from December 2018 (or earlier), it will:

* cease to restrict video quality to Standard Definition when its customers are roaming in the EU;
* remove any specific tethering or hotspot allowance for new or upgrading customers, to allow for unrestricted tethering (within the UK or EU);
* remove any requirements for customers to purchase a Data Passport to tether when roaming in the EU;
* allow customers on all Advanced Plans to tether without restriction; and
* allow customers on Essential Plans to tether on their current plan, or to migrate to the nearest equivalent Advanced Plan available at that time."

This means that we lose our 30GB tethering limit and our VPN usage in the EU and we can now put our mobile SIMs in personal hotspots/MiFi dongles.
We also lose the ridiculous SD Video streaming limit in the EU. Thanks Ofcom!

More details in the ISPreview article HERE
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Yeah, I heard about this - very good for Three SIMO customers!
Finally!! But I’ve already moved to EE. In my past experience Three’s data speeds while travelling in other EU countries were always appaling: 3G instead of 4G, long times to open even light webpages... to the point that I once gave up and bought a local data plan. On EE the speeds are much faster and I can actually use Google Maps, Spotify, even stream video without much trouble. Happy to hear that roaming experience will now improve for customers on Three. Thanks Ofcom for helping to enforce EU rules
melomanias14 m ago

Finally!! But I’ve already moved to EE. In my past experience Three’s data …Finally!! But I’ve already moved to EE. In my past experience Three’s data speeds while travelling in other EU countries were always appaling: 3G instead of 4G, long times to open even light webpages... to the point that I once gave up and bought a local data plan. On EE the speeds are much faster and I can actually use Google Maps, Spotify, even stream video without much trouble. Happy to hear that roaming experience will now improve for customers on Three. Thanks Ofcom for helping to enforce EU rules


Yep, roaming on Three is terrible in terms of data speeds! Can't even load a webpage.
melomanias3 h, 28 m ago

Finally!! But I’ve already moved to EE. In my past experience Three’s data …Finally!! But I’ve already moved to EE. In my past experience Three’s data speeds while travelling in other EU countries were always appaling: 3G instead of 4G, long times to open even light webpages... to the point that I once gave up and bought a local data plan. On EE the speeds are much faster and I can actually use Google Maps, Spotify, even stream video without much trouble. Happy to hear that roaming experience will now improve for customers on Three. Thanks Ofcom for helping to enforce EU rules



jamie0153 h, 14 m ago

Yep, roaming on Three is terrible in terms of data speeds! Can't even load …Yep, roaming on Three is terrible in terms of data speeds! Can't even load a webpage.


That is not three though is it, its the network your connected to, you need to select a different network for roaming, I was in France last month and it was perfectly fine better than an WiFi hotspot over there.
Edited by: "MrSprkle" 7th Aug
MrSprkle2 m ago

Thats not three though is it, its the network your connected too, you need …Thats not three though is it, its the network your connected too, you need to select a different network for roaming, I was in France last month and it was perfectly fine better than an WiFi hotspot over there.


I went to Italy and it used Three Italy, it was terrible.
MrSprkle6 h, 33 m ago

That is not three though is it, its the network your connected to, you …That is not three though is it, its the network your connected to, you need to select a different network for roaming, I was in France last month and it was perfectly fine better than an WiFi hotspot over there.


Totally not the case. I'm roaming onto Yoigo and Movistar in South East Spain, data speeds are appalling. My mother in law who lives out here and is on movistar gets data speeds 10x what I'm getting. Three massively throttle EU data.
Paddy_o_furniture1 h, 16 m ago

Totally not the case. I'm roaming onto Yoigo and Movistar in South East …Totally not the case. I'm roaming onto Yoigo and Movistar in South East Spain, data speeds are appalling. My mother in law who lives out here and is on movistar gets data speeds 10x what I'm getting. Three massively throttle EU data.


OK fair enough I can only go on my experience in France and I was on Orange with no issues and speed wasn't blazing fast, but was better than the Hot spots I found. I stand corrected then based on yours and others experience.
MrSprkle21 h, 51 m ago

That is not three though is it, its the network your connected to, you …That is not three though is it, its the network your connected to, you need to select a different network for roaming, I was in France last month and it was perfectly fine better than an WiFi hotspot over there.


Of course it was Three capping roaming data to 3G and throttling speeds. Otherwise I wouldn’t have bought a local data plan and got perfectly fast 4G speeds. Anyway, this was over a year ago because I’ve moved to EE since.

Do you really think Ofcom would have intervened if they weren’t capping the roaming data??
This means I can use my phone sim in a Mifi device?
I'm really curious to see how this pans out considering I have a really cheap unlimited data deal with a small tethering limit. I'm somewhat worried it will just be a one plan style shafting again.
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