UK - Best carrier for signal

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    I'm looking to buy an Ipad 2 soon and plan to use a sim only plan and after looking at other threads I am interested in either a 3 plan, the T-mobile internet booster or maybe using my existing o2 sim only plan.

    I am moving to Sheffield for 6 months for work and won't be getting a phoneline and hence no wifi, but I definitely want the internet so I think an Ipad might be the solution. My main concern is the reliability of the network, I've had a few issues with my iphone 3g on o2 as sometimes i don't always get texts or calls fail, I've heard that 3 have stopped using orange's 2g service so the signal reliability can be poor and I don't know much about T-mobile.

    For the above reasons I am not tying myself into a 24 month contract so it looks like sim only is the option for me but I don't want to waste time and money checking out each network myself, so if anyone can give their opinions it would be great. More specifically for Sheffield and Leeds if possible.

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    I am using the t mobile 6MONTHWEB booster and it performs brilliantly. T mobile also shares their signal with orange so there has never been a place where I can't get a signal. The only weak spot is at my parents in the New Forest, but luckily t mobile drops down from 3G to EDGE & GPRS when there is no 3G. GPRS is really slow, but it's better than no signal at all.

    My booster has only cost £20 for 6 months usage so is a bargain, but when this runs out I am going to buy the £15 iPhone sim which will give a years free Internet.

    I hope this helps :)

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    I'm with the 3 network in the uk and it works just fine in most of the south and south west of the uk. I am on a 2 yr contract which provided me with an iPad 2 16g and 3G and 15 gb data each month for £25/ month. I am very pleased with the package. I have also bought a wifi dongle which I use my sim card in....it allows me to watch itv/c4 catchup, interestingly I cannot play bbc Iplayer as it still detects 3 g...the others do not.
     
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    With the £15 micro sim do you have to top it up each month to get the Internet or is that it for £15??

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    £15 for 12 months....... That's it :)

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    I have just bought a t mobile sim card for use in my iPad, do I have to enable first in a iPhone before using it in a iPad ?
     
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    Any phone will do. You have to wait for a text saying the deal has been set up, but a lot of people aren't getting the text, so they have to phone TM to get them to apply the deal.

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