Three's customers have now been able to get 4G for years - but coverage is still increasing, and while much of the UK now has Three 4G, some areas are still waiting for it.
With that in mind we've put together a guide to help Three's customers establish whether they can currently get 4G, and if so how they can begin to enjoy unlimited 4G at no extra cost.
Three has so far brought 4G to over 63% of the UK population, across numerous towns, cities and smaller communities. These include all the major urban hubs, like London, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Liverpool, among hundreds of other locations.
However, even if you live somewhere with coverage you still may not be able to always connect to 4G, because Three's 4G coverage doesn't extend to all areas of the 4G-enabled locations. Signal strength also differs whether you are indoors and outdoors, so that's also worth considering.
This is a problem faced by all the networks though, and blackspots are being filled in all the time, especially on Three, which uses 4G Super-Voice to extend coverage into areas which would otherwise struggle to get a signal. To get a comprehensive look at Three's 4G availability you can check Three's 4G coverage here.
To be able to get 4G you need to have a "4G Ready' device supporting the 800MHz or 1800MHz spectrum band. You can check whether your Three device supports 4G over on the Support Page here (by entering your device name).
If you didn't get your smartphone or tablet from Three you'll need to check on your manufacturers website to see whether your device supports 4G LTE (on the 800MHz or 1800MHz band).
However, the good news is that the vast majority of 4G phones and tablets sold in the UK will support those bands, so this is unlikely to be an issue, and most handsets, even cheaper ones, now support 4G.
Three has also stated that you need to check that your device's software is updated to the latest version to ensure 4G support. You should go into the settings on your smartphone or tablet and check you've got the latest operating system and firmware updates.
Three themselves might also need to send you a software update to your device to enable 4G. You will receive a notification when the update becomes available, which you should accept and install. Please note that you may need to turn your device off and back-on to activate 4G. Note though that unless you've only just moved to Three you probably already have this update.
With all that done you should be ready to go - and Three offers 4G at no extra cost, so you don't need a new contract, just keep an eye out for the 4G symbol on the top edge of your device's screen.
If that's there you should be getting the extra speed 4G allows, if not, double check you're in a 4G signal area with a 4G device, and have followed the steps above.
Have you managed to get 4G on your Three devices? Let us know your experience so far by leaving a comment below.
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