When looking for a new mobile phone its always more of a challenge for customers who use the Three (3) Network. The most common question is, "will this phone work with Three?". This guide will help give you an insight into what you need to look for on the phone specifications and features to understand if it will work with Three (3).
The network was called Three because it only operates over 3G signals, because of this you need to make sure the phone you are looking to buy supports 3G network capabilities. 3G has faster network transmission and is often known as mobile broadband for mobile phones and more recently available in products such as the iPad and USB Dongles for laptops etc.
When choosing a phone that will work with the Three network you need to look at the phone specification under network/connectivity. Some specification will state something which will be a little more straight forward such as:
2G: 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz (Quadband)
3G: 900/2100 (Dual-band) - If you see this you know the phone will work with the Three network as it states 3G network support
Sometimes it may show up as HSDPA or HSUPA, this is another way of confirming 3G network support
HSUPA (2.0 Mbps)
If you see these on the phone specification then you can rest assured your Three network sim card will work with the phone. If you do not see any HSDPA, HSUPA or 3G support on the phone specification then the phone will not work with Three.
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HSUPA - (High-Speed Uplink Packet Access) - a 3G Mobile Network Protocol
HSDPA - (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) - an enhanced 3G Mobile Network Protocol