Apr 242010

Today I changed my mobile provider after a number of problem-free years with T-Mobile to Three who have a good deal on at the moment for a 30-day contract SIM only with ‘unlimited’ (1Gb/mo) data for £15. I had a T-Mobile G1, but bought a SIM free Nexus One from Google a couple of months ago. Now that my 12 month contract with T-Mobile has finished, I grudged paying them £35 per month. The best deal they could do on a 30 day contract with unlimited data was £20/mo according to their website.

The new Three SIM was enabled within an hour of purchasing it but, although I could make and receive calls, I had no network access. In order to get access, you need to set up an APN with these settings:

  • Name – 3
  • Apn – three.co.uk
  • proxy – not set
  • port – not set
  • Username – not set
  • Password – not set
  • Server – not set
  • MMSC – http://mms.um.three.co.uk:10021/mmsc
  • MMS proxy – mms.three.co.uk
  • MMS port – 8799
  • MCC – 234
  • MNC – 20
  • APN type – not set

To set up the APN on a Nexus One do Menu > Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile networks > Access Point Names > Menu > New APN

Update: This morning, I called T-Mobile to get my pac code and to terminate my contract with them. To tempt me to stay with them, they offered me a £5/mo contract with 1Gb Data allowance, 100 minutes and 100 texts on a 24 month contract. I was extremely tempted, but didn’t want to be tied into a long contract, the rep then said he could do exactly the same deal but leave me out of contract – that means I can still cancel with 30 days notice! This is the best deal I’ve had from a mobile phone operator – good work T-Mobile! Anybody else paying less than 17p per day for their mobile service?

I called Three to cancel my new contract and they were also extremely helpful. Cancelling my account and promising that I would only pay pro rata for the 23rd to 26th of May (30 day notice required) – I expected to have to pay the full £15 for the month. Excellent service from Three too!