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Three launches 30GB tariff with one amazing perk



In a world dominated by content, data allowances are one of the most important caps that affect our daily lives.

Three has announced a new 30GB data tariff that launches in the UK today.

What’s exciting is that the entire 30GB allowance can be used on tethered devices, giving users an impressive amount of data to spend on their laptops or tablets.

It’s a boon to those who don’t want to buy into separate cellular plans for different devices, and will reduce user dependence on Wi-Fi networks when out and about.

It’s tough to say exactly how quickly a user will burn through 30GB of data, but Three reckons it’s good for (1) 85 hours of standard definition video, (2) 725 hours of music, or (3) 1,200 hours of browsing the internet.

Prior to today, Three’s tariffs consisted of 500MB, 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 12GB, and All-You-Can-Eat (AYCE) data allowances. The latter, unsurprisingly, only allows 8GB of tethering.

View now: 30GB data plans at Three.co.uk

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“At Three we’re constantly looking to extend the range of different plans we offer, addressing the needs of our customers and consumers, by providing them with as much choice as possible when finding a data plan that’s right for them,” says Danny Dixon, Three’s director of customer strategy.

Dixon continues: “The introduction of this new 30GB tariff aims to do just that. It’s perfect for smartphone lovers that don’t want to commit to an All-You-Can-Eat data plan but still want to get the best out of their device and have the peace of mind, without fear of going over their monthly data allowance.”

Three is currently offering 30GB of data with AYCE minutes and texts for £30 per month on a 12-month contract.

You can get the same deal for £33 per month if you elect to purchase a one-month rolling contract instead.

Are you interested in Three’s new tether-tastic tarrif? Let us know in the comments.


March 31, 2016, 3:40 pm

This deal looks good in relation to Three's recent offerings, Remember until mid 2013 from them you could get unlimited data with unlimited tethering, two thousand minutes, 5000 texts and the then new Note 3 for £32 pm. I did.
This one's too late for me now, Three.
I jumped ship because not only were EE doing better deals (November 2015) but they could actually deliver with a free tablet, real 4g at meaningful speeds where I live, not '2g plus' despite what your online maps, telephone sales and charts claimed.

I felt vindicated when one of your thugs in an Asian call centre argued with me for two hours about MY right to MY pac code for MY number, saying amongst other things "Offcom are wrong", that 'thirty days' is not the the time allowance for porting a number but a request by a consumer to extend the notice period, there was no supervisor available and he didn't care if the conversation is recorded.
I eventually got someone else who finally understood "I require my PAC code" and every variation of that statement in a comparatively rapid twenty minutes.
Now, if you've read this far;
My recommendation is, if you want this offer, dont take the contract in a store but deal online to guarantee your fourteen days right to cancel.
Thank you for listening.

Alex Walsh

April 1, 2016, 9:29 am

Woooh. I'm currently in the process of being booted off my legacy One contract, for which I paid £15 for unlimited data, including tethering, so forgive me if I don't get excited at paying twice as much for something that isn't as good :(


April 1, 2016, 10:31 am

I'm still on a truly unlimited tethering-allowed tariff with 3. To be honest I don't really do much tethering but if my home internet goes down I want to be able to connect everything through the 3G.

Paul Cox

April 1, 2016, 5:36 pm

There are far better deals than this if you threaten to leave. Maybe not 30gb tethering but unlimited handset data, 12gb of tethered and unlimited texts can be had a fraction of this cost.


April 1, 2016, 7:47 pm

I recently worked for 3 and I just know that they're going to be getting rid of the unlimited data soon. This is why they are rolling out these big data plans. This could be the tariff to end unlimited data. Best case, they'll probably release a 60GB tariff and call it a day for unlimited.

Also I bet the price is crazy compared to what they had before.


April 2, 2016, 7:26 pm

Can you tether your eg iPad to your 3 contract phone at a "Feel at Home" destination, such as Spain and make use of the new 30GB data allowance, or can you only tether in UK?



April 2, 2016, 10:58 pm

Unlikely. But most carriers these days will concede a small daily allowance for limited browsing with email checking, over and above calls & texts.


April 3, 2016, 12:57 pm

I'm with 3 (not on this particular tariff) and it specifies that the feel-at-home element does not apply to tethering. So I can use my full data allowance in France without extra roaming costs, but for ordinary mobile phone use only.


April 3, 2016, 1:18 pm

The whole thing about having to phone up and ask for a PAC number is ridiculous. High time Ofcom insisted that PAC numbers be made available online through a simple request that does nothing more than verify your eligibility and/or notifies you of contractual early termination fees.

I'm on a 30 day rolling contract with 3, but the only changes I can make online are those which ratchet up the cost. To drop down to a lower monthly plan I had to go into a store, and go through the whole palaver as if I were a new customer, proof of ID, forms printed and signed in duplicate, then put up with the litany of marketing texts they push out to new customers. And they wonder why I won't plump for an annual contract! Sharlatans.


April 3, 2016, 4:29 pm

Perfectly put!
I hadn't thought of online accessibility for PAC codes, good idea!
Ofcom of should be on this case instead of "working with government and carriers" or whatever their current mission statement is.
I phoned them recently on the matter, 'dozy' would be a fair description.

Also, requiring one's PAC code should not be confused with terminating a contract by the carrier that the phone number is parked with, the contract can continue regardless of the phone number it serves.
The admin procedure is simple enough, the number required is released and a new, or the original number is re-allocated, if the contract is still running.
I sometimes may want to do that, I have three live sims. Now none of them Three's!
Their own fault.

I ought to qualify that last paragraph since it relates to my own circumstances but it probably has resonance for many others.
I have a cherished memorable number, it's been my main number for at least twenty years, I port the number if I change supplier.
There is therefore a continuity of contact for me. It is my number not theirs.
Though I bought and paid for it especially I believe that if people have honoured and paid for their contract and want to take the phone number elsewhere, it should be facilitated without hassle for them.

Not locked in to decreasing value contracts, as Three's have been, for fear of losing contact with family, business associates and old friends.


April 3, 2016, 5:15 pm

Setting aside, for the moment, any 'abroad' issues, the whole tethering allowances malarkey is intriguing.
EE do not discriminate, stating on their website " you've paid for it, it's yours to do as you wish" hence among other things, like speed, my move from Three.
A Three salesman told me he sold contracts to small businesses in London by telling them that they could run all their office PCs on just the one contract! .
Maybe Three got burned.

To be fair, Giffgaff are equally nervy and I haven't examined any other carriers but I just don't get it.


April 3, 2016, 5:31 pm

3 lets you tether, and they let you use the data abroad (but not both together). EE lets you tether, but does not let you use your data abroad at all (it's whose data?).That's one reason to move from 3 to EE?


April 3, 2016, 7:52 pm

I did say, "setting aside 'abroad' issues" and then and moved onto the whole tethering allowances issue.
I thought.
Sorry if not clear.

To clarify:
My move from Three was because they cut down (a lot) the previously unrestricted tethering and their 4g speed is pitifull where I live, despite their maps.
In fact, if your interested, I disabled their 4g and got four times the speed with H+.

I also said/admitted that I don't understand the tethering restrictions from some carriers anyway, the real purpose of my post.
I cited EE's policy to highlight different thinking about tethering and (in a previous post) as another reason I moved to them, along with price, far better value and genuine deliverability!

As for abroad, EE, do in fact, allow some use on some plans btw but it was tethering here, not there and the whys and wherefores of allowances, that were my focus.
Hence the first line of that post.


April 3, 2016, 8:00 pm

So basically tethering in the UK is not a point of difference between 3 and EE, both allow it. As to 3's coverage, in their own language, it sucks!


April 3, 2016, 8:46 pm

Basically, tethering in the UK, 3 restricted but slightly less so on this new tariff.
EE completely unrestricted, cheaper some contracts but always 'better', for me.

Loved your last sentence. Brill!

Prem Desai

April 5, 2016, 12:47 pm

Not falling for this lark. This is to lure new customers into contracts. Half way (or less) through, there's nothing to stop them reducing this or coming up with some unfair fair use policy or similar nonsense.

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