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Three's Human Hotspots help gadget lovers online
Friday 19 November 2010 10:20:24 by John Hunt

In the need of some Internet access? Look out for one of three's free 'Human Hotspots' that will be roaming the streets of London, and some other UK cities over the coming weeks. The Human Hotspot is a response to research that indicates that one third of Brits are planning to buy a mobile gadget as a gift this year for Christmas, whilst 60% already own one. Many of these gadgets work best with Internet access and you can connect to the human hotspot who will use Three's MiFi device to get people connected online through their 3G network.

The research showed that people now use mobile Internet in a whole variety of places, with on the toilet coming in 5th place!

1 In the living room 72%
2 In the bedroom 48%
3 At work 29%
4 On public transport 24%
5= On the toilet 14%
5= Walking 14%
7 In the bathroom 12%
8 In the garden 11%
9 At a bar/club 9%
10 While shopping 8%

"People are now using mobile internet as part of their everyday lifestyle, and we think it's important that we’re able to support our customers by providing them with reliable and fast connectivity for wherever they want to go online.

Three's 3G network was designed for the mobile internet, so we can give people the very best online experience with their mobile gadgets. This will be particularly important over the Christmas period as a third of people head online with their new mobile toys."

Matthew Halfin, (marketing manager mobile broadband) Three

The Human Hotspots will be out in London on Friday 19th November, Cardiff - Friday 26th November, Bristol - Saturday 27th November, Nottingham - Saturday 4th December and Newcastle - Saturday 11th December.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
MiFi's are fantastic, seen one in action. Trouble is they don't work in the final third. ie. much of the UK land mass where there is limited mobile connectivity. Bring on fibre to the masts. ;)
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
Perhaps you could use a MiSat out there :-)
Posted by herdwick over 6 years ago
"Trouble is they don't work in the final third" - they work anywhere there's a mobile signal from the relevant provider or (in Three's case) their fallback network.

"In the bedroom" - mPron ?
Posted by Somerset over 6 years ago
cd - again you are confused, it's the problem of high cost and low demand that means much of the land area is not covered. An Ofcom report explained this.
Posted by jumpmum over 6 years ago
CD Most masts have fibre already, it is only the very remote ones that are served by Microwave, these are unlikely to ever get fibre. I know some where the installation was done by heli, and there is no Mains electric. Get 34Mb from the Microwave which is plenty for the occasional house shepherd/ mountain walker to use for voice/data but not enough for video streaming.
Posted by john (Favicon staff member) over 6 years ago
@jumpmum not true. I live in South West London in a densely filled urban area. At least one of the 3 mobile operators on the roof here are using Microwave backhaul.
Posted by cyberdoyle over 6 years ago
herdwick, there's very little mobile signal in my area and its quite a large area we've covered. even as far as Leeds there is very patchy coverage.
Thanks John, none of the mobile masts round here have fibre, its all microwave. I asked the exact question to one of our local ISPs yesterday.
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