Earlier this week, it was announced that the UK was returning to lockdown with hospitals set to be overwhelmed in just three weeks if nothing was done. Schools have, in turn, closed to all students except those of key workers. To assist children learning from home, Three has decided to offer free unlimited data upgrades to disadvantaged school children in England so they can engage in remote learning.
To get connected with the free unlimited data, students will have to let their school know that they don't already have internet access at home; the data will then be provided for the student's household through the Department for Education's 'Get Help with Technology' programme. Three said that it'll provide the free unlimited data until the end of the school year in July.
Commenting on the news, Three UK Chief Commercial Officer Elaine Carey said:
“Education is crucial for everyone in society and it is vital no child misses out. Three UK wants to support those families that need access to connectivity to support their child’s learning needs during the pandemic.”
Each of the mobile carriers in the country have taken measures since last March to help people stay connected. For example, Three has provided customers with zero-rated calls to NHS 101, NHS websites, and video consultations. Along with EE, Three has also offered free unlimited data upgrades for NHS frontline staff who are dealing with an increased workload due to the virus.