Orange and T-Mobile join hands with 3G coverage
Everything Everywhere getting there
Orange and T-Mobile have extended their joint reach by making it possible for their respective customer bases to use 3G signals from both networks.
When the companies joined forces under the Everything Everywhere banner in 2010, they underwent a "big switch-on" and opened up the 2G channels - voice, basically - to patrons right across the board.
From next week, though, the group is extending its effort to 3G for faster data rates.
Users could benefit from faster internet and data speeds in a greater range of areas, EE claimed.
The scheme is set to roll out regionally over the next few months along with further 2G improvements that apparently "allow customers to keep talking in more places".
Virgin Media, which has had a long-standing signal sharing arrangement with T-Mobile, has already announced it will make use of Orange's 3G connections sometime in 2012. ®
It's seamless 2G roaming...
They've finally got round to getting seamless roaming for 2G.
From Digital Spy (plymouthbloke1974), the rollout dates are:
12th Oct: Gloucester and Midlands area
W/C 31st Oct: London and Wiltshire area, and down to Brighton area. North Wales, north west England and Scottish Central Belt.
W/C 7th Nov: Norfolk, NE England and Aberdeen area
W/C 14th Nov: Everywhere else.
3G roaming is expected to follow a similar rollout pattern, but will still drop the network when switching over.
Ain't no Virgins round 'ere
As far as I know, Virgin mobile is an MVNO running exclusively on T-Mobile's network, so it's not a question of sharing with T-Mobile then Orange, but that they just have to sort out their billing arrangements to get access to the Orange network.
Personally, the 2G roaming from T-Mobile to Orange has been a bit of a pain, as my phone sometimes helpfully picks a nice strong 2G signal over a mediocre 3G signal (when I'd prefer the 3G one as I'm listening to Spotify or whatever at the time).