Three offers 5G coverage in 154 UK towns and cities. A 5G service is available on SIM cards from £5/month, on phones like the iPhone 12 and on 5G home broadband.
At present, Three offers SIM-only deals from £5/month with access to their 5G network included. You can also buy a range of 5G-ready phones like the iPhone 12 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G, or you can get a 5G home broadband service from £24/month.
The following table shows the key things to know about 5G coverage on Three:
|Three 5G Coverage:||154 UK towns & cities|
|5G Phones:||Apple iPhone 12, Samsung Galaxy S20 5G and 19 more|
|5G SIM Cards:||From £5/month|
|5G Broadband:||From £24/month|
|5G Speed:||201Mbps average download speed (Q3 2020, Ookla)|
|5G Plan Features:|
|Other Coverage:||99.8% 4G coverage & 98.7% 3G coverage|
Three 5G Coverage Map
Three 5G Towns & Cities
Three has recently expanded their 5G network, with a 5G signal now available in parts of 154 UK towns and cities. You can see them by zooming in on the map above. Alternatively, the full list of locations with 5G coverage is shown below:
- Eastern England 21 locations now live on 5G
- Hemel Hempstead
- Kings Langley
- Lower Stondon
- St Albans
- East Midlands 15 locations now live on 5G
- Broughton Astley
- South Normanton
- London 1 location now live on 5G
- North East England 10 locations now live on 5G
- Ingleby Barwick
- Newton Aycliffe
- North West England 21 locations now live on 5G
- Ellesmere Port
- Northern Ireland 3 locations now live on 5G
- Scotland 12 locations now live on 5G
- East Kilbride
- South East England 27 locations now live on 5G
- Brookmans Park
- Hedge End
- Kings Hill
- Marlow Bottom
- Milton Keynes
- South Heighton
- South West England 11 locations now live on 5G
- St Blazey
- St Columb Road
- Wales 3 locations now live on 5G
- West Midlands 13 locations now live on 5G
- Burton upon Trent
- Shelly Green
- Yorkshire & The Humber 17 locations now live on 5G
- Royston Yorkshire
5G Smartphones From Three
You can access Three’s 5G network on any compatible 5G-ready phone.
If you’re looking to buy a 5G smartphone from Three, there are currently more than 20 handsets you’re able to choose from. This includes 5G phones from Apple, Google, Huawei and Samsung, along with smaller manufacturers like OnePlus, TCL and Xiaomi.
The following 5G-ready phones are available to buy from Three:
- Apple iPhone 12
- Apple iPhone 12 mini
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Google Pixel 5
- Huawei Mate Xs
- Huawei P40 Lite 5G
- Huawei P40 Pro
- OnePlus 8
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- OnePlus Nord
- Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
- TCL 10 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 10 5G
- Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro
All of Three’s 5G-ready phones are available on a choice of plans, ranging from 1GB of data per month to fully unlimited data. You’ll get access to Go Roam included as standard on all plans, along with tethering and inclusive personal hotspot.
5G SIM Only Deals
If you have a 5G-ready phone that you’ve purchased elsewhere, you can get a 5G SIM card from Three for as little as £5/month. This will give you access to Three’s 5G network at no extra cost.
The following table shows the best value 5G SIM cards currently available from Three:
All of Three’s SIM-only deals include access to Go Roam Around The World as a standard feature, allowing you to use your mobile phone at no extra cost in 71 destinations. You’ll also get inclusive tethering and personal hotspot.
In addition to their 5G mobile service, Three also offers a 5G home broadband service. This allows you to get all of your devices at home connected to the internet using Three’s superfast 5G network.
On Three’s 5G home broadband, you can access average download speeds of 100-200Mbps. This is all available without the need for a phone line or cable, or for an engineer to visit your home to set up the service. There’s also free next working day delivery available for your 5G Hub.
The following table shows Three’s 5G home broadband plans:
|Data Allowance||Contract Length||Upfront Price||Monthly Price|
|Unlimited Data||24 month contract||£0||£24/month|
|Unlimited Data||12 month contract||£0||£29/month|
You can also add an Apple TV 4K set-top box to your 5G home broadband service at a small additional cost.
For more information, see our guide to Three’s 5G home broadband.
5G Download Speeds
The average download speed on Three’s 5G network is 201Mbps, according to an Ookla analysis carried out in Q3 2020. This compares to 177Mbps on O2 5G, 152Mbps on Vodafone 5G and 135Mbps on EE 5G.
According to Three, they’re “building the UK’s fastest 5G network”. Their claim to this is based on the fact they have the largest amount of usable 5G spectrum: something that’s vital for transmitting data and for delivering high download speeds on 5G.
In total, Three currently has 140MHz of usable 5G spectrum. This compares to 50MHz on Vodafone and 40MHz on both EE and O2. As their 5G network is configured to use a single carrier of up to 100MHz in size, you can get download speeds that are up to twice as fast as what is available on other networks.
Three says they’re backing this up with a fully virtualised cloud-core network, multiple distributed edge data centres and next-generation radio access technology (64T64R Massive MIMO). This should help to give better 5G performance along with reduced latency and greater reliability.
All of Three’s price plans are offered without speed restrictions so customers can always access the fastest available speed. This differs from other mobile networks like Vodafone where you might need to pay a little more for uncapped download speeds on 5G.
5G Network Bands
In the UK, Three’s 5G network is using band n78 5G spectrum (3500MHz). If you’re using a 5G phone that was purchased outside the UK, you should ensure it supports 5G coverage at band n78.
Alongside their 5G network, Three also has a 3G and 4G network. This uses the following bands and frequencies:
|Three Coverage Type||Supported Bands & Frequencies|
For more information, see our full guide to Three’s network and coverage.
For more information about 5G on Three, please see the official Three website.