Apple: Why use o2 in the UK?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Pagemakers, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Pagemakers macrumors 68000

    Pagemakers

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    Apple, why oh why have you chosen to use o2 as your UK carrier?

    Their coverage is awful and their 3G slow.

    My HTC S620 can serve pages as fast on T-Mobile as my iPhone can on o2.

    I am lucky if I ever see more than 2 bars for a continuous 10 minute period while travelling. I live in Manchester, the UK's second city. 3G coverage is at best, poor. Three, Orange, Vodafone or T-Mobile would have been far better choices.

    I love my iPhone (apart from the battery life), but the whole experience is let down by a second rate carrier.
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    With any single provider, you're going to have problems - my experience of O2 is diametrically opposed to your own: Where I live in the Midlands I get 5 bars on O2 3G whereas with Orange previously I used to lose connections all the time, and rarely had more than 2 bars.
    Personally, I've got nothing bad to say about O2 - they are much better than Orange or Vodafone in my experience.
     
  3. JWages macrumors regular

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    Thats how it is in the US too. They went with the carrier that would best meet their demands.
     
  4. xchaotic macrumors member

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    Consider yourself lucky, near the Penines, just 30 miles north of Manchester, where I live now, I don't get any coverage (3G or not) at work nor at home! I have to get close to windows or get outside just to make a call :D
    I'll be moving soon, however and at home I can use the wi-fi...
    So far, I tried T-mobile, Orange and 3, but it's not their fault, it's the terrain.

    Still, I'd trade a nice countryside for the newest iPhone anyday.
     

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