3Unlimited Broadband - any good?

Discussion in 'Service Providers' started by michaelm, 11 Feb 2019.

  1. michaelm

    michaelm Frequent Poster

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    Following Virgin's latest price increase I'm looking for a reasonable alternative. I only need broadband for the house . . not bothered about TV or phone.

    3Unlimited Broadband with a Huawei B525 router @ €30/month looks interesting. Does anyone on here use same for their home broadband? How is it for reliability and speed?
     
  2. RedOnion

    RedOnion Frequent Poster

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    It really depends on mobile reception in your area.
    I used a Vodafone equivalent and it works perfectly well, but that house is in a 3 blackspot.

    If you have a 3 mobile, and can get 4G reception, it should work for you.

    If you haven't already seen it, great info in the following thread:
    https://www.askaboutmoney.com/threads/phone-hotspot.205846/
     
  3. michaelm

    michaelm Frequent Poster

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    Thanks. I may be able to borrow a 3 router and sim to test it out. I expect it won't work too well and that I'll be stuck with Virgin until SIRO arrives in my area.
     
  4. peemac

    peemac Frequent Poster

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    There's a mapping site that shows all the 4g transmitters. If you are within 2km and have reasonable line of sight of the mast, you'll be fine.
    http://siteviewer.comreg.ie/#explore

    I've had it for over a year now and whilst sometimes it drops below 2mb, it's generally 6-10mb

    But it really depends on your location relative to the mast.
     
  5. AlbacoreA

    AlbacoreA Frequent Poster

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    The problem with three is that it can be oversubscribed and it suffers at peak times.
    You'd have to check that as well as reception.

    You can haggle with VM for a better price. There's a big thread on boards about it going for years.
    In the past its been 50% off for 9 months. They don't seem to doing that good a deal this year.

    I had to cancel mine and on the last day of the 30 days then they offered a deal on broadband and phone.
    Couldn't get a deal with the TV so I've cancelled that part.
     
  6. yildun

    yildun Registered User

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    Hi I am in the offaly are and 3Irl provide a 3g service only here at my location never 4g
    seems for the last year they are Roaming on Vodafone network in my area and cant provide a full 4g service
    allthough they can charge for one.

    Its a slow BB service and prone to dropouts

    3 will post you out sim and you can try the network on ur fones hotspot without buying the the router
    also other routers will do the same job like the Dovado tiny or Dlink dwr 921 The 921 is about 70e and I have seen the
    B525 for about 100e unlocked online I think the B525 is free with the 750 GB deal from 3 which is a of data however my guess
    is with 3irls contention factor and poor service streaming or an internet fone might slow

    good luck