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Three mobile phone content censorship

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I have had three for 3 years now. They though ban connection to adult websites routing you instead to their top shelf. So no escort sites, PN or **.

There was a way around, and that was to install Opera on the mobile phone. This works fine.

I complained several times, spoke to managers and they came back normally with crap like Oftel, of IWF rules.

Two weeks ago I wanted to upgrade to Android phone, and I felt I really should change to a provider who did not censor my content. I did not really want to leave 3, because they do seem to provide the best coverage of the country for internet connection.

So I asked for my PAC, explained why. Had deal after deal suggested. I said no good, unless you remove the censorship. Finally got the PAC and could almost here tears from the operator.

30 minutes later I was called, and the censorship problem was resolved. There is another internet phone package they sell. They normally bundle in Internet Max which is advertised. You have to ask for the X Series Silver Internet Package This gives you uncensored access.

So yes it works, my phone can now browse all the porn I want

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So what is the deal? How much etc.

Should be the same price at Internet Max.

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I'm with T-Mobile, and regularly log-on from my mobile, have done for ages. No problems! As an experiment, after reading this, I logged onto the Babylongirls website. No problems! I believe one might say, with reasonable impunity, that T-Mobile internet is punter friendly.

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I left 3 a couple of years ago because of poor service although I found the network coverage was excellent.

I'm with O2 now and happy with both coverage and customer service.

No problem browsing adult content either.

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I left 3 a couple of years ago because of poor service although I found the network coverage was excellent.

I'm with O2 now and happy with both coverage and customer service.

No problem browsing adult content either.

I had to pay O2 the princely sum of £1 to access escort sites. The excuse was that being able to pay £1 with a credit card was O2's way of testing I was over 18...

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I had to pay O2 the princely sum of £1 to access escort sites. The excuse was that being able to pay £1 with a credit card was O2's way of testing I was over 18...

Alternatively you can pop into any O2 store with a valid proof of age (passport, drivers licence, HM Armed Forces card, firearms licence) and they will remove the age restricted content block on the spot with no fee incurred.

Despite the system being open to abuse (eg kids nicking their parent's credit card and hoping they don't notice the £1 charge - it can be done online, or getting someone over 18 to do it for them), the current age verification protocol is the most effective tool in attempting to prevent underage users accessing adult content. I'm sure most users would agree that the mild inconvenience is trivial compared to the risk presented otherwise.

*jumps off soapbox*

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I had to pay O2 the princely sum of £1 to access escort sites. The excuse was that being able to pay £1 with a credit card was O2's way of testing I was over 18...

I phoned free the other day as was having the same problem

the offered me a add on for £5 a month, I told them to stuff it & cancel my contract

& whoopy doo I got the app for free

Now just need to keep an eve on my bills in case they try that trick

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I had to pay O2 the princely sum of £1 to access escort sites. The excuse was that being able to pay £1 with a credit card was O2's way of testing I was over 18...

They had to repay you the £1. It's standard industry practise to do this test shot. If they didn't, call them ASAP.

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I have my contract with Virgin. (Yes Virgin:mellow:)

I had a problem with censorship but a quick enquiry on google found you simply have to set preferences online. Its a parental guidence thing

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Never had any problem accessing adult content on my O2 iPhone. Never had to pay them the pound or any other nonsense. Has worked from the word go.

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I had to pay O2 the princely sum of £1 to access escort sites. The excuse was that being able to pay £1 with a credit card was O2's way of testing I was over 18...

I think you will find the £1 is credited to your bill so it actually costs nothing except your time.

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Just in case it's of any use to to anyone, Three seem to have come to the conclusion that bowdlerised web access isn't desirable any longer: Three Adult Website Policy

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I'm with 3, had to ring them twice to get access to other adult sites

First person i spoke to i said i want external internet, they didn't know what i was talking about, said they'd phone back but i had to call them, got it sorted after the second call within 4 hours

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Just in case it's of any use to to anyone, Three seem to have come to the conclusion that bowdlerised web access isn't desirable any longer: Three Adult Website Policy

Still need to prove you are over 18.

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Still need to prove you are over 18.

It was actually very straightforward. I just rang them up and asked them to remove the content restrictions. As I'm on a contract it was done there and then, no proof needed. It just took then a couple of hours for the account setting changes to filter through.

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It was actually very straightforward. I just rang them up and asked them to remove the content restrictions. As I'm on a contract it was done there and then, no proof needed. It just took then a couple of hours for the account setting changes to filter through.

If you are on three then there are two work arounds...

1. In your conection settings change the apn name to 3internet.co.uk - this gets you around the censorship.

2. If you're using android, you can use opera mini as your browser which gets around the censorship by using a proxy.

Personally I use opera mini which you can get for free in the android app store.

Alternatively, if you persistently push to have it removed when signing up, depending on the sales person, they will sort it out for you. Don't forget that when commission is involved, there's always a deal to be made....

Hope this helps.

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