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3 Intros £2 a Day PAYG Mobile Broadband Offer


3 Intros £2 a Day PAYG Mobile Broadband Offer

Mobile network 3 has introduced a £2 a day mobile broadband Top-up offer. The networks said the deal would be perfect for those who mainly used their kit at home and only occasionally need to snack on mobile data when out and about.

You’ll need to already have bought a 3 PAYG mobile broadband dongle or iPad micro SIM, the cheapest deals being £19.99 for one month for the dongle or £7.50 for a microSIM, both with 1GB of data. After that, you can top up with the new £2 a day tariff, which will provide you with a reasonable 500MB of data, valid for that 24 hour period.

You can buy the Top-up online or purchase a voucher in a store. With the latter method any unused credit stays on the account, so for example, you could spend £10 for five Top-ups, and have it ready and waiting when you need it.

If you are an occasional mobile broadband user, it sounds pretty efficient and cost effective to us.

As a further sweetener, 3 is currently offering free access to Spotify Premium for three months, for those that sign up during October.


October 6, 2010, 3:09 pm

So what happens if you're not 'actively' using 3G but your e-mail client checks in and uses a couple of dozen kB? Certainly with an iPhone (so presumably also a 3G iPad), it will continually trickle data for various push notifications etc.

Is there a minimum threshold before the £2 charge is made, or do you have to activate it for a 24 hour period through some kind of gateway site each time you want to use it?


October 6, 2010, 3:47 pm

I'm not sure what the fuss is about. Vodafone charge 50p per day for PAYG data access or you can pay £5 for a whole month's bundle. Although they say its limited to 25Mb/day or 250Mb/month, I've never had a problem and last month used around 800Mb with no penalty.


October 6, 2010, 3:59 pm

An even better deal for the occasional user: I use a cheap Three INQ mini 3G (£30 from Savers store), a £5 top up gives 150MB internet valid 3 months. I use this as a dongle, either Bluetooth or USB; if I go beyond the 150MB my credit is used PAYG for additional data usage. I actually find the INQ phone to be a better as a dongle than when I used a proper Three broadband dongle (better interface, more reliable and faster connection). Plus I have a spare phone which is not that more difficult to throw in my laptop case than a proper dongle.


October 6, 2010, 5:54 pm

@Orinj: Vodafone's 50p per day is the cost for browsing on your mobile phone, which is why it's limited to 25MB/day (since downloading 25MB with a phone in normal use would be a challenge). You can't use that on a laptop, or if you did you'd be breaking their T&Cs. This package from 3 is for use with USB dongles, MiFis or an iPad SIM.

I've been waiting for this kind of package for years, since none of the existing packages suited occasional users. Glad to see 3 are finally providing what their customers want, and I feel like I'm getting fleeced a little bit less than I was before.

@John McLean: All of their PAYG packages are pre-pay. You have to buy the credit before you can use it, which you can do via the 3 website.


October 6, 2010, 6:28 pm

John McLean: no you pay your £2 and that gives you 500MB of data, there is no use so much get charged say 30p/MB and when you get to £2 you can use upto 500MB without charge. if you havent bought any add on then it won't use the 3G connection afaik, it is not like a pay and go phone where it is 30p/MB unless you have free allowance or an add on


October 6, 2010, 11:22 pm

Fantastic deal - Three UK are flying the flag high and mighty for innovative network and i think people are catching on even if fairly late.

I moved to 3 from o2 after ELEVEN years on that network, and it's a breath of fresh air i can tell you. Over summer at least seven people i know who had been with their network for 5 years or more moved to 3 - it just makes sense.


October 7, 2010, 3:09 am

Just moved to 3 after being with O2 and them offering me a brilliant offer of an Elm for £35/m through retentions..

Very happy with their prices, but less so with their 3G/HSDPA speeds, HSUPA seems brilliant, nearing 2mb/s, but with downloads maxing out at about 300kb/s while when I was on O2 I was getting about 10 times that!

Hoping that it's just a problem with my very local area and that elsewhere it'll be nice and speedy


October 10, 2010, 2:55 am

Been with 3 for 3 years or so and have been nothing short of thoroughly impressed. Considering they were once the butt of so many industry jokes and 'schoolyard' scourning, (mainly cause of the handsets!), you have to hand it to Three for consistently pulling out the stops with each new handset it takes on board.

Weirdwilli - you will find after a while your handset will 'stabilize' as it gets used to the areas you frequent. No, i haven't gone mad lol, it has happened on every handset i've had - and once you lock into the full '3.5g' part of the network, (basically the 'turbo charged' part of the spectrum as they call it!), get ready to fly. Just ensure you download a decent 3rd party web browser as often i find the inbuilt OEM one's are junk. I downloaded Opera Mini 10 for my Nokia and the rendering of BBC News, (a stern test for any phone i find), is superb.

One final thing, and Vodafone take note here. Three do not seem so hell bent on butchering the firmware with their own hideous designs, (anyone seen the Ericsson Satio firmware on Vodafone out of the box, yuk!!), and plastering livery over the phone. Just a little '3' sticker and a Three theme that can be switched out completely - it seems they've learnt a hell of a lot over the years....

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