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Why should we care about making the air fair?

Oh, sweet phones. Always there for us. They are life. They’re attached to our hands, they sleep in our beds. They put us in touch with friends who are oceans away, and even teach us how to code or speak Finnish in our spare time.

We can’t exist without our phones. Or the airwaves that let us have conversations, send messages, watch our favourite videos, listen to our music and so much more.
Spectrum – aka our national airwaves – isn’t something most of us think about in our daily lives… or, well, ever.

But we really should. Considering the role our smartphones and tablets play in every aspect of our daily functioning, spectrum is a vital resource (possibly not as essential as the air we breathe, but pretty darn close). Spectrum is responsible for a network’s reliability, speed and service. Not to mention the cost of your monthly phone bill.

Consider this: in the whole of the developed world, only Thailand and Malaysia have a larger imbalance of the airwaves amongst mobile operators when compared to the UK.

You may have seen the recent news that Ofcom, which will be selling a slice of our national airwaves next year, has blocked BT – who already owns approximately 42% of the mobile spectrum – from acquiring any more 2.3 Ghz range airwaves in the 4G spectrum.

However, no measures have been put in place to stop BT from increasing its share of spectrum in the future, or to cap BT from bidding for higher 3.4 Ghz, 5G frequency at a later date.

The truth is, BT/EE already own too much. And when we conducted a YouGov survey*, 65% of UK customers told us they support a proposed cap on how much spectrum one company can own.

We’re petitioning for a fairer split of the mobile spectrum, and Three UK has joined forces with TalkTalk, CityFibre, Federation of Communication Services and Gamma to get behind a campaign to urge Ofcom to ensure that no network can own more than 30% of all mobile spectrum

This campaign, known as Make the Air Fair, asks all supporters to send a letter supporting the 30% cap on network airwaves to Ofcom CEO Sharon White (#TellSharon).

This will mean faster speeds, lower prices and greater coverage regardless of your provider in the future. If Ofcom doesn’t address the imbalance at next year’s auction, patchy coverage, poor service and rising costs might become an everyday reality.

And that’s something we can’t even bear to think about.

To keep our airwaves fair, you can tell Ofcom to do something about it by signing the consultation at maketheairfair.org.

*Three and YouGov conducted a survey into consumer attitudes towards service providers. All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2171 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken October 17-18, 2016. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

Three’s immense Black Friday competition.

This festive season, live by the immortal wisdom of Tom and Donna from Parks & Recreation:

Treat. Yo. Self.

Yep, that’s our mantra this year: we’re all about spoiling ourselves and indulging a little (or maybe a lot. Yes, we’re looking at you, jet black iPhone 7). Once we’ve treated ourselves, then we can get to everyone else on the Christmas list.

Thank goodness for Black Friday deals – we can buy all the snazzy new tech we’ve been lusting after and saving up for at slashed prices, so we still have some cash left over to buy those Christmas presents next month (and the best part is, we don’t even need to leave the comfort of our home/sofa /bed to do it).

This November at Three, there’s a deal for everyone out there, no matter your personality, style or level of tech-savviness.

We’ve got all the latest devices, from the must-have Samsung S7 edge to every kid’s new obsession; the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
Check out the amazing offers available, for this ONE WEEKEND ONLY.

And… there’s more.

We’re so into the whole “spirit-of-giving-is-better-than-receiving” thing that we’re also giving away some fabulous prizes to lucky winners throughout Black Friday, including a Samsung S7 edge, an Amazon Kindle Fire Kids’ Edition tablet, a Fitbit Charge HR (yep, that’s the one with the heart monitor) and an iPhone SE.

All you have to do is tweet us a snap of yourself chilling out, relaxing, enjoying life… pretty much doing anything except queuing all day, or elbowing customers in shops, or climbing on top of other people in your quest to get those rose gold Bluetooth headphones to match your handset. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #win to be in with a chance.

Since we’re giving you what you need this Black Friday, you can sit back and leave the hassle of in-person Black Friday shopping to someone else.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to enter to win one of our four amazing prizes, without so much as moving from your desk (or Westworld-binging spot, in case you’ve bunked off work to shop).
Just keep a close eye on @ThreeUK to see when the item of your dreams comes up for grabs. Winners will also be notified via Twitter.

And don’t even think about giving your prize to anyone as a Christmas gift. Sometimes, ’tis simply better to receive. Enjoy.

Terms and Conditions

1. The competition (“Competition”) promoter is Hutchison 3G UK Limited, Star House, 20 Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 1EH (“Three”).

2. The Competition will open at 10am and close at 6pm on Friday 25 November 2016 (“Competition Period”).

3. The Competition is free to enter and open to UK residents aged 18 or over with a Twitter account. Proof of age may be required. Employees of Three or their families, its agents, contractors, consultants, or anyone professionally connected with the Competition and all affiliates of such companies may not enter the Competition. Three reserves the right to disqualify any entries which it deems, at its sole discretion, to contravene the spirit of the Competition and any prize, if awarded, must be returned immediately.
4. To qualify for entry, entrants must tweet a photo of themselves lounging at home, including the hashtag “#win” within their tweet, during the Competition Period. The entrant’s submission must meet the challenge posted and not contain any nudity and/or obscene content or depict any images which may be deemed offensive, defamatory or what appears to include unauthorized use of third party intellectual property (“Qualifying Entry”). Incomplete entries and entries that do not satisfy the requirements of entry will be disqualified and will not be counted.

5. Four winners will be drawn from the Qualifying Entries at random throughout the day on Friday 25 November 2016 by an independent adjudicator (“Winner”).

6. Four prizes are available. Winners will receive either: 1 x Fitbit Charger HR device, 1 x Samsung S6 handset, 1 x iPhone SE handset or 1 x Amazon Fire Kids Edition device (“Prize”). One Prize will be awarded to each Winner as determined at Three’s sole discretion. The Prize will be sent to each Winner by registered post approximately one week after the end of the Competition Period.

7. Three will notify the Winners via Twitter (“Notification”). The Winner will be required to direct message Three via Twitter or e-mail to accept the Prize and provide the following information within 48 hours of the Notification: full name, age, phone number, contact email and residential address for delivery of the Prize. Should Three be unable to contact the Winner by 5pm on Friday 25 November 2016, the Winner will forfeit the Prize. Three reserves the right to award the Prize to another entrant. Three’s decision is final and binding in all respects on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.

8. The Winner may be required to submit valid identification before receiving the Prize.
9. Details of the Winner’s name and county will be available for one month after the close of the Competition by writing to Three at the address set out in clause 1 above, stating the name and closing date of the Competition.
10. The Prize is not transferable, non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered. Three reserves the right at any time to substitute the Prize with an alternative prize of similar or greater value. Three reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or suspend the prize draw (including altering the Prize).
11. The Prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions, including but not limited to Three’s terms for service. The Winner agrees that the cost of and the responsibility for complying with such terms and conditions will be borne solely by the Winner. All third party terms and conditions relating to the Prize are beyond the control of Three.
12. By entering the Competition, all entrants warrant and undertake that they are the legal and beneficial owner of all intellectual property rights in their entry (including all text submitted by the entrant as part of the entry process), that their entry is their own original work and does not infringe any third party rights.
13. By entering the Competition, all entrants warrant that their entry does not infringe English law. Three reserves the right to remove any entries or comments which Three decides, in its sole discretion, contravene the spirit of the Competition. These include any entries which include nudity, depict obscene images or may be deemed offensive, defamatory or what appears to include unauthorized use of third party intellectual property. Any such entries will automatically be disqualified.
14. By entering the Competition, all entrants agree that any entry they submit may be used by Three and their selected sub-licensees for Three’s marketing and promotional purposes in perpetuity, throughout the world in any and all media whether now known or hereafter invented without further remuneration (“Permitted Purposes”).

15. By entering the Competition all entrants waive and agree not to assert (and warrant that all individuals featured have waived and agreed not to assert) any moral rights in and in connection with the entry.
16. By entering the Competition all entrants agree, at the expense of Three, to do such other things and execute such other documents as are reasonably requested of them by Three in order to allow Three to use their entry for the Permitted Purposes.
17. The Winner agrees to allow Three to use their name and general location for advertising and publicity purposes without additional remuneration.
18. Information that entrants supply when entering the Competition will be used only in accordance with Three’s web privacy policy (three.co.uk) and these terms. Our use of such information will also be subject to the privacy notice contained at Section 13 of the terms and conditions governing the use of Three services. See www.three.co.uk.

19. Please note that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter. By entering the Competition, you acknowledge that Twitter bears no responsibility for the Competition and you release Twitter from any liability whatsoever in connection with the Competition.
20. Under no circumstances will Three (or its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies) be liable (except in the case of death or personal injury arising from its negligence or in respect of fraud) for any losses, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the Competition or for any prize connected with the Competition and liability is excluded, to the fullest extent permitted by law for any loss or damage caused to the Winner arising out of or in connection with the Prize.
21. Entry of the Competition signifies your acceptance of these terms. Three reserves the right to amend the Competition terms at any time. These terms will be governed by English law and you irrevocably agree that the Courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Competition.

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#holidayspam with Joey Essex.

As many of you probably know, right now with Three if you’re a Pay-As-You-Go or Advanced plan customer you can use your phone abroad at no extra cost in 18 amazing destinations. And these destinations aren’t restricted to Europe. They include the USA, Australia and Hong Kong.
Now 18 is a pretty good number. But 42 sounds so much better doesn’t it? Well from September 42 is exactly what you’ll have. We’re adding a further 24 destinations to Feel At Home including Germany, Portugal and Greece **new destinations dance**. Check out the full list below.

So there’s not much longer to wait folks, soon you’ll be able to Instagram your bratwurst and snapchat the Acropolis. Epic #holidayspam awaits.

Why not turn the camera around this year though, selfies are so 2015! This year it’s all about the holiday frontie. For the uninitiated, that’s a normal, front facing photo. Yep, we say bring back the holiday frontie! A massive 68% of Brits say they can’t remember what they did on holiday because the only photos they have are of their faces, obscuring the famous landmarks and amazing scenery.

Even Joey Essex has had enough. The self confessed selfie addict has had an epiphany. He can’t even remember where he’s been on holiday, all he has is photos of his own face. He’s leading our cry to end the reign of the selfie. Check out his video…

To get you all started, we’re hosting a competition and giving away a holiday a day. If you’ve got a great holiday frontie, post it on any of our social channels (Twitter, Facebook or Instagram) using #holidayspam and if yours is the best that day, you could be in with a chance of winning. Tune in from Monday to find out where you could be jetting off to. So get snapping, and remember, frontie’s only! 😉

Germany
Poland
Portugal
Netherlands
Belgium
Cyprus
Greece
Czech Republic
Bulgaria
Croatia
Hungary
Romania
Malta
Lithuania
Slovakia
Estonia
Latvia
Iceland
Slovenia
Luxembourg
Liechtenstein
Gibraltar
Guernsey
Jersey

Competition Terms and Conditions

1. Promoter: The competition is organised by Hutchison 3G UK Limited trading as Three, Registered Office: Star House, 20 Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 1EH (“Three” or “we”). The Prizes (see 7 below) are administered and provided by LMnext UK Ltd who own www.lastminute.com.
2. Dates: The Competition opens on Thursday 11 August 2016 at 9:00BST and closes on Monday 22 August 2016 at 16.30 BST.
3. Eligibility: To be eligible to enter the competition, entrants must be a UK resident aged 18 years old or over (“Eligible Entrants”). Winners may be required to submit valid identification in order to receive a Prize. This competition is not open to employees of Three, its agents, contractors, consultants, or anyone professionally connected with the Competition (including LMnext UK Ltd).
4. Entry: Eligible Entrants may enter the competition via their own Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account by following the steps set out below. Failure to follow all the steps detailed will result in failure to enter the competition. Only one entry per Eligible Entrant per day will be considered by Three and entered into the competition. Your entry must not be a selfie. Entering an image taken as a selfie will not be considered an eligible entry.
a. Facebook entry: Post your best and most epic holiday image (remember, not a selfie!) together with the hashtag #holidayspam in the comment section on Three’s Facebook page at [https://www.facebook.com/ThreeUK/].
b. Twitter entry: Tweet your best and most epic holiday image (remember, not a selfie!) together with the hashtag #holidayspam and Three’s Twitter handle [@ThreeUK].
c. Instagram entry: Post your best and most epic holiday image (remember, not a selfie!) together with the hashtag #holidayspam via your own Instagram page ensuring to tag Three’s Instagram account [@ThreeUK].
5. Images: Entrants must ensure that images taken and submitted as an entry to the competition are taken from the entrant’s device and must not:
a. include images of people under the age of 18 or people over 18 who have not given their permission to the entrant to feature in their entry;
b. infringe any intellectual property rights of any third party (including copyright); or
c. contain nudity, or language or imagery that could be construed as harmful or offensive.
6. Disqualification: Three may, at its sole and absolute discretion, disqualify entries which do not comply with these terms and conditions, or are contrary to the spirit or intention of the competition and withdraw any Prize awarded.
7. Prizes: Each day for the duration of the Competition, Three will offer one chosen winner a package holiday for two people organised, followed by a period of a week where Three will offer one chosen winner £2000 of holiday vouhers. These will be administered and provided by LMnext UK Ltd via www.lastminute.com. Each day for the duration of the Competition, Three will advertise on its Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/ThreeUK/], Twitter page [@ThreeUK] and Instagram page [@ThreeUK] details of the holiday package to be won that day, which will consist of:
a. Thursday 11 August 2016: outbound and return economy flights for two people from a UK airport to an airport in or accessible to Berlin and 2 nights in a hotel of Three’s choice in Berlin (one room only).
b. Friday 12 August 2016: outbound and return economy flights for two people from a UK airport to an airport in or accessible to Paris and 2 nights in a hotel of Three’s choice in Paris (one room only).
c. Saturday 13 August 2016: outbound and return economy flights for two people from a UK airport to an airport in or accessible to Lisbon and 2 nights in a hotel of Three’s choice in Lisbon (one room only).
d. Sunday 14 August 2016: outbound and return economy flights for two people from a UK airport to an airport in or accessible to New York and 2 nights in a hotel of Three’s choice in Manhattan (one room only).
e. Monday 15 August 2016: outbound and return economy flights for two people from a UK airport to an airport in or accessible to Ibiza and 2 nights in a hotel of Three’s choice in Ibiza (one room only).
f. Tuesday 16 August to Monday 22nd August: £2000 of holiday vouchers.
8. Selection of winners: Each day at 4.30pm the competition for that day will close. Entries received after this time will not be eligible. Each day at [5pm] the competition entries will be judged by a panel of judges at Three and the image considered most epic and original by the panel for that day will be selected as the winner of the Prize for that day. The decision of the panel of judges will be final and Three will not enter into any correspondence over the decision. Every day for the duration of the competition, Three will announce the winner of the Prize for that day and include his/her entry on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.
9. Contacting the winners: Reasonable efforts will be made by Three to contact the winner of the each Prize. If the winner of a Prize cannot be successfully contacted, does not claim the Prize within 24 hours of notification, or is unable to comply with these terms and conditions, Three reserves the right to offer the relevant Prize to another Eligible Entrant. Failure to respond or failure to meet the eligibility requirements may result in forfeiture of the Prize.
10. Winner contact information: By entering this competition, you accept and agree that, from time to time, your personal data, including your name and email address provided to Three will be shared with LMnext UK Ltd, who is responsible for delivering your Prize to you.
11. Redeeming your Prize: LMnext UK Ltd will contact winners as soon as possible with details on how the winner may redeem their Prize. Winners may redeem their Prize within 6 months of winning the Prize. Three cannot accept responsibility for LMnext UK Ltd, the redemption process, and/or the arrangements and fulfilment of the Prize, which is beyond Three’s control. The Prize may be subject to additional terms and conditions, including those of LMnext UK Ltd. Each winner agrees that the cost of, and the responsibility for, complying with such additional terms and conditions will be borne solely by them, and that all third party terms and conditions relating to, and delivery of, the Prizes are beyond Three’s control.
12. General:
a. The Prizes do not include any other additional expenses including, for example, travel insurance, excess baggage charges, meals, transport to and from airports, Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), spending money etc.
b. Travel arrangements for each winner of a Prize will be made by Three’s chosen partner, LMnext UK Ltd. The winners of a Prize must engage with LMnext UK Ltd in order to arrange the details of the Prize (including by providing all required information in order for the flights and accommodation for the winner and his/her chosen friend to be booked, and arranging how the Prize (or aspects of it) will be provided). Travel arrangements such as dates, times, outbound and return airports, hotels, hotel room types are beyond Three’s control. Three reserves the right to offer a Prize to another Eligible Entrant if a winner is unable to travel on the required dates or fails to engage and cooperate with LMnext UK Ltd to arrange the details of their Prize.
c. The Prizes are not transferable. No cash alternatives will be offered. Three reserves the right at any time to substitute an alternative prize of similar or greater value. Further, we reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition (including altering the Prizes). No communications will be entered into by us regarding this.
d. This Competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
e. The winner of a Prize will cooperate with any reasonable requests made by Three relating to any post-winning promotional activity (including his/her first name and entry being used in any and all Three marketing activity across all media).
13. We cannot accept responsibility for entries lost, corrupted, or delayed in transmission.
14. Under no circumstances will Three (or its parent, subsidiaries and affiliated companies) be liable (unless such liability cannot be lawfully excluded) for any losses, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the competition, redemption process, or the Prizes (or any aspects of them), and Three excludes liability, to the fullest extent permitted by law, for any loss or damage caused to a winner of a Prize, his/her companion, arising out of or connected to the Prize or this competition.
15. Entry into the competition signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions. We also reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice. Any changes to the terms will be published at www.three.co.uk/terms. These terms are governed by English law.

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Just the essentials.

At Three, we know that not all of our customers are international jet-setters, hopping on a plane to foreign climes at the drop of a hat. Some of you are home bodies who spend most of your time in the UK rather than abroad. Being able to use your phone abroad at no extra cost is great, but what if you don’t really need that? What if you’re not seeing the benefit?

We get that. Which is why we’ve launched a new range of Essential plans – a cost-effective set of plans that give you great value and flexibility as well as the freedom to choose a plan based on what you need, without having to pay for the stuff you don’t.

These ‘no-frills’ plans include 4G at no extra cost and are available for a range of different phones as well as on 1 and 12 month SIM plans. You’ll also have the flexibility to make both short and long term changes to your plan throughout the contract.

What the Essential plans don’t include is our Feel At Home service, tethering (using your phone as a hotspot) and inclusive calls to customer service numbers. Not everyone needs to tether, just like not everyone needs to be able to use their phone abroad. Pay for the stuff you need, not the stuff you don’t.

In addition to the Essential plans, our existing plans are getting a bit of a makeover. They’ll now be known as the Advanced plans. These offer everything the Essential plans do, but also include Feel At Home and the option to use your phone as a personal hotspot.

In even more exciting news, as of today any new customers to Three will receive an Amazon voucher, ranging from £25-£50 depending on which plan they choose. Hurry though, this offer won’t last forever!

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30 is the magic number.

30 is indeed the magic number. Especially when it comes to gigabytes on your phone. Today we’re really pleased to announce our latest plan which includes a tasty 30GB of data.

We’ve taken the decision to add this new 30GB plan in response to customer demand. With 30GB, you can stream up to 85 hours of standard definition video, 725 hours of music, or spend as many as 1200 hours browsing the internet*. The new plan is perfect for heavy smartphone users who don’t want to worry about exceeding their monthly data allowance when they’re catching up with the latest Netflix drama on the morning commute, or playing games online when they’re out and about without Wi-Fi.

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Lucky Number S7.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are the latest members of the Galaxy S series and we’re pleased to announce that they have now landed in stores and online.

Both phones offer premium styling with a robust 5.1” screen, increased battery capacity and wireless charging – ideal for people who love using their phones on the go.

Samsung have reintroduced the dust and water resistance feature to the 4G-enabled Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, after removing it from the S6 last year.

Both phones have a 12MP camera equipped with low light functionality, perfect for capturing special moments whatever the light conditions, thanks to a brighter lens and larger pixel image sensor.

The dual camera is one of the fastest on the market, so with this and the return of the much-loved micro SD slot, you never have to worry about being too snap happy as both phones can support an additional 200GB of storage.

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Three and iam+ announce partnership.

We’re really pleased to announce a ground-breaking partnership; we and i.am+, the company founded by will.i.am, have aligned under the banner that unites us: to challenge the status quo of the tech world. Our commitment to making things right in the mobile industry made us the perfect partner for will.i.am and his i.am+ vision; to set people free from the constraints imposed by today’s technology.

Debuting at London Fashion Week last night, i.am+ unveiled “AneedA,” a voice-enabled Artificial Intelligence platform with personality and intelligence that really simplifies the way poeple interact with the mobile Internet and experience music. You’re not simply served Google results, AneedA goes a step further; ask her about Adele gigs and she will tell you the dates and locations of all the up-coming gigs. Ask what the latest Adele news is and you’ll be told a selection of the latest stories about her.

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Edd Kimber’s Merry Birthday pudding.

In our bid to celebrate the poor souls who’s birthdays fall in December, we’ve enrolled the help of Great British Bake Off winner Edd Kimber and a specially designed “Merry Birthday Pudding” a one-off cake creation to celebrate everyone with a December birthday.

On first appearances the cake looks like a traditional Christmas pud, but break the surface and you soon realise that what looks like dark fruit cake is actually a chocolate ganache and white chocolate cream façade that covers a colourful, sparkly sponge more like a tradtional birthday cake. That’s not all – the centre is bursting with colourful sweets that scream Happy Birthday and not Merry Christmas.

Watch Edd’s step-by-step guide to making the pudding above and if you want to download and keep the recipe, you can find that here.

Edd’s cake is just one of our festive Merry Birthday films. Our other film follows the story of Noel whose birthday, like many others across the UK, falls on Christmas Day – and boy does it suck! Watch Noel’s film here.

If you know someone like Noel who has a Christmas time birthday then the Merry Birthday Pudding is the perfect gift to get their birthday off with a swing this December.

 

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