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Trade-in your old phone.

Last year we introduced trade-in, which allowed customers to trade-in their old phones for cash when they sent them in to us. But we’d always planned to get to a stage where customers would be able to use that money instantly in store towards their heart’s desire; that shiny new phone.

Today we’re pleased to be able to announce that you’ll now be able to do just that and get the value of your old phone there and then in the form of a giftcard that you can spend instantly in store. Just bring your old phone in and we’ll value it on the spot. If you’re happy with the price offered and you’re upgrading to a minimum 12 month contract or taking out a new minimum 12 month contact, you’re good to go. The gift card can be used for upfront fees, tablets, Pay As You Go phones, top-up credit and accessories.

To find out more about our fab new trade-in service, take a peek here.

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Greatness from small beginnings.

We’ve all dreamed about becoming a hero for the day, and now thanks to an exciting collaboration between us and Sony, Uncharted fans can become adventurers in a unique London treasure hunt hosted by the real Nathan Drake.

Treasure-hunters will be guided to a series of specific locations across the city, with Drake delivering each cryptic clue through their smartphones.

The very first person to complete this one-off treasure hunt will walk away with a brand new Sony Playstation. Other exciting prizes will also be up for grabs including a Z5 and Z5 Compact.

How can you take part?

  • Download the Recho app here
  • Listen to the first clue (below)
  • Follow the clues to claim your prize

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It ain’t over til it’s over….

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup final this weekend, we got in touch with our friend Cai Griffiths, a prop for the Ospreys (@Ospreys) rugby team in Wales. He gave us some top tips on how to make the most of the last weekend of what’s been an incredible and unforgettable six weeks of international rugby.

So it’s here, the Rugby World Cup final! Hope you’re as ready as me and the rest of the world… I’ve been waiting a long time for this great event. Being a Welsh man I’m obviously disappointed that we didn’t make the final, but I think this is the final that World Rugby supporters ultimately wanted; New Zealand v Australia!

These two teams have been on top of their game throughout the competition – from the All Blacks destroying France 62 –13 in the quarter finals to Australia showing their class in their pool A game against the host nation England, and then again versus Argentina in the semi-finals. This is truly going to be a MASSIVE match between two giants of the game.

As a player and a fan I thought I’d give you my (and Three’s) three essential tips for Rugby World Cup final enjoyment;

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#LGPumpkin

We’ve all seen those grainy photos of beautifully carved pumpkins in the lead up to Halloween. You have to take a picture in the dark in order to show your beloved creation off in all it’s candle-lit glory. Then, naturally, you want to share your efforts with all of your family and friends online. But we all know that some smartphone cameras aren’t up to the job of taking decent low light photos, hence the plethora of grainy pumpkin shots in newsfeeds all over the land as Halloween approaches.

That’s where the LG G4‘s camera comes to the rescue; with it’s wide aperture (f/1.8) which basically means it lets in tons of light,  your pumpkins will look as amazing as you intended.

If you fancy getting your hands on an LG G4, all you have to do is carve an amazing, competition winning pumpkin (easy, right?), take a pic of it, and yes we will accept grainy entries, then tweet it with #LGPumpkin and wait for the judges to decide which they think is the bees knees! You’ve got until Friday afternoon to submit your entry.

And no cheating folks, we won’t be accepting photos of pumpkins that you’ve found on the interwebs!

Good luck and happy carving!

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New spectrum will boost speed and reliability.

We recently told you about the roll out of 4G Super-Voice on our network, when we became the first UK Operator to use 4G for voice calls. We also rolled out our low frequency 800MHz spectrum, meaning you guys are able to make calls, send texts and get online in more places than ever before.

As part of our programme to further improve reliability on our data network, we’re really pleased to announce that speeds on our network will now increase by up to 50% with the roll out of additional spectrum, namely 5MHz, within the 1800MHz spectrum.

This extra spectrum will help to increase the performance, speed and capacity of our 4G network, and will also help to further improve reliability by adding some much needed capacity in congested areas.

We use the 1800MHz to carry 4G on our network, and the extra 5MHz within this is already live across Northern England, the West Midlands, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The rest of the UK, including London, will receive access to this additional spectrum when the roll out is complete.

This will definitely come in handy as we’ve recently learned that we carried 42% of UK mobile data traffic in the year-ending March 2015. With average data use per customer reaching 4.65GB per month in June 2015. Wowsers.

To get a better idea of the amazing ways people are using our network every day, just take a look at the other impressive stats, below. For example; 215 million Whats App messages are sent by our customers, every day. That’s 215 MILLION.

We process a huge amount of data on our network for customers every day and that’s why they’ve rated us as the UK’s most reliable for each of the past five quarters, according to YouGov research.

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Sony Xperia Z5 & Z5 Compact available now. Also, competition!

The Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact are out now and available to buy on Three. And they’re quite something, particularly when it comes to the camera specs.

Sony have kept the design of these phones simplistic yet elegant, with the back of the phone being made entirely from frosted glass. They certainly look pretty smart. Despite their elegant design, Sony have managed to pack a powerful processor into both phones (Qualcomm Snapdragon 810), so together with our 4G network, you’ll be able to reach new levels of performance for video, photography and gaming with the speed you need 🙂

S0 on to the camera. Ahh yes, the camera. Enjoy a mobile camera experience unlike any other with the very latest 23MP sensor – it delivers auto focus speeds faster than the blink of a human eye. We like good facts like this!

Both phones feature fingerprint sensors, a first for Sony. It’s interesting to note that the Z5 Compact features most of the same key specs as the Z5, the main compromise being size and display.

And to top these impressive new phones off, the new ‘remote play’ feature gives gamers the ability to transfer their PS4 gaming action from their TV screens to their mobile phones,  allowing them to continue where they left off in the game. A-MAZ-ING.

Speaking of which, when you choose to buy a Z5 or a Z5 Compact with us, you’ll get a cool £120 knocked off the price of a PS4*. *Amazing offer Klaxon*

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Downton Cabby

Fancy being ferried around London like Lady Mary or Lord Grantham? Well, now you can…

On Friday 18th September workers, shoppers and tourists alike will witness a blast from the past when the vintage Beaford hits the streets of the capital on Friday, delivering Downton lovers from A to B entirely for free.

Passengers will be welcomed by a chauffeur dressed head-to-toe in authentic 1920’s attire and whisked away to their desired destination in a vehicle that’s actually been occupied by some of the show’s top stars over the years.

For a chance to hail a ride in the vintage cab all you have to do is tweet @ThreeUK using #DowntonCabby, with your request for a lift and details of your central London location.

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4G Super-Voice is here.

Back in April we told you about our network plans this autumn. We’re really pleased to be able to tell you that the roll-out of our latest network enhancement is well underway; named 4G Super-Voice. This is a roll-out of low frequency 800MHz spectrum that allows mobile signal to travel much further into buildings and rural areas, removing many current coverage ‘blackspots’ across the country.

It’ll allow customers to make calls, send texts and go online in places they may have previously had poor or no signal.

This addition of the low frequency spectrum to our network, will enable our 4G network to carry voice calls, using VoLTE technology, as well as texts and data. We’re proud to be the first UK operator to launch VoLTE technology 🙂

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