on 27-02-2016 04:09 PM
on 27-02-2016 05:30 PM
on 03-03-2016 12:01 AM
A few more things to add based on recently visiting the UK:
1. Even without an AYCE top-up, the 500MB data add-on works fine on the UK network.
2. Roaming does not work on 4G. 3G data speed is ok, e.g. BBC News Video clips struggle to play.
3. It can be tricky ensuring the phone stays on the sister Three network, as it will roam on another if the signal is weak.
The third point is important as I've been caught out a few times with my phone switching to O2 UK while browsing the web, resulting in data roaming charges. Even with a manual network search, most phones will still roam on to another network when the signal is weak.
on 03-03-2016 08:55 AM
on 04-03-2016 09:42 AM
Yes - When I was in the UK last month, I went into my phone's Settings -> Mobile network settings -> Choose a network operator. After a seconds, it displayed a list of operators and the modes.
Initially I tried "3UK 4G", but it said that my SIM is not allowed on this network, so I then tried "3UK 3G" and it registered.
However, whenever I was in a weak signal area such as a shopping centre, the phone would automatically switch over to O2 UK.
When this happened, I would repeat the above process to put it back on 3UK, but as I mentioned above, the phone does not stay on that network even when manually selecting the phone. Neither did my previous two Android phones over the past few years. As long as the signal was weak (1 to 2 bars), the phone would switch back to O2 UK automatically.
As stevo-dtm mentioned above, the best solution I had was to turn off data roaming.
It's also a similar issue here in Ireland, even if I manually select the Three network, it will still roam on to the O2 Ireland 2G network when I'm in an area with weak 3G reception. At least there's no charge for using the former Irish O2 network, unlike the UK O2 network.
on 05-03-2016 11:01 AM
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