Three's Wuntu is a free to download rewards app, which is available to pay monthly, SIM only and pay as you go customers, and combines money-saving offers with easy-to-enter competitions and a smattering of giveaways.
When the app launched a month or two ago, it was somewhat hamstrung by bugs. Customers also reported they had trouble registering to join the service.
The good news is that the app's now been updated in a bid to crush those bugs. After trying it out, we found it's still a bit laggy, but it's definitely much improved.
The update also adds some welcome enhancements. Not least notifications that tip you off about new offers and when existing ones are about to expire. And you can now permanently delete offers you're not interested in, so they don't keep showing up.
When we first wrote about Wuntu it was at an early stage of development. But now the app’s been out for a while, we've got a better idea of the kind of promotions Three is running.
So, what’s Wuntu got going for it? What's been added with the update? And how does it stack up to similar offerings from its major network rivals? Read on and we’ll tell you five things you need to know.
1. Money-off promotions
Three has lagged behind its competitors for years when it comes to giving out treats and cut price deals to its customers.
EE’s BT Sport app access and O2’s priority tickets are both genuinely value-adding sweeteners that made Three that much less enticing by comparison.
Wuntu aims to change that, with offers available every week to those on the network who download the app and register for the service.
To give you a flavour of the kind of promotions you'll find on Wuntu, we found an offer that let you get your first Gusto recipe box for £9.99 when you subscribe the service.
At the time of writing, you could get £20 off a Gandy's backpack too, while last week an offer at ASOS stood out. We also recently noted a money-off Uber offer too, which would come in pretty handy on a night out.
Perhaps handiest for smartphone users, though, was a half-price, 12-month subscription to Deezer (that works out at £4.99 per month, instead of £9.99). If you're not familiar with Deezer, it's essentially Spotify-alike music streaming service, with a pretty deep library of classic and contemporary artistes.
Comps and giveaways are a big part of Wuntu. In the time we've been using it, we've come across a promo that handed out 5,000 tickets for Vue cinemas, as well as boxes of sugary treats.
There's also been a chance to win 80 flights to Europe, a jaunt to New York or one of 60 'sunny beach trips.
What we liked about the competitions facet of Wuntu is that you can enter with a single click and you don't have to leave the app.
What we liked a bit less is that the free stuff tends to run out quickly. But, just like the NHS, when something's free demand will always outstrip supply. So that's surely to be expected.
3. New deals every Thursday
Three is serving up new offers to its customers every Thursday. These are all time-limited, so once you express an interest in them, you've got a window of time to take advantage of them.
Experience tells us that the free stuff goes quickly. So even though the updated version of the app has notifications to flag notable offers, it's still worth checking in regularly to give yourself the best chance of getting something gratis.
4. It’ll learn your habits
Three has promised that, eventually, Wuntu will learn your habits.
So if you like a cheap pizza, you’ll be plied with budget take out deals. Prefer a cut price offer on web services like Deezer? Then expect more of the same, week after week.
It’s good to see a network taking advantage of the machine learning tech that so many mobile manufacturers are keen to push.
5. Deals on Three SIM only contracts, phones and tablets
It's a Three app, after all. So it's perhaps not surprising that some of the promos are on their own wares.
According to Three, the deals you'll find on Wuntu won't be available anywhere else. So it's well worth checking if you're in the market for a new handset or are at liberty to switch to a better SIM-only deal.
At the time of writing, Wuntu users could snap up an iPad Pro with nothing to pay upfront and 20GB per month for £41 per month. A comparably priced deal on Three's site would get just 10GB per month and you'd be looking at an upfront charge of £99.
Three also pledges that at some time in future you'll be able to upgrade to a SIM-only deal on Wuntu without leaving the app, visiting Three's site or speaking to an operative.
Download Wuntu here: iPhone, Android