Connecting to UK Orange/T-mobile network issue

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by VulchR, Nov 12, 2010.

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Orange UK users: Has the option of using T-Mobile's network....

  1. Improved my experience of using the iPhone

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  2. Made no difference to my experience of using the iPhone

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  3. Made my my experience of using the iPhone worse

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  1. VulchR macrumors 68020

    VulchR

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    Scotland
    #1
    For those that subscribe to Orange UK - have you had problems getting 3G when opting for the combined Orange/T-Mobile network?

    I live in an area that has a marginal signal from Orange, so I was pleasantly surprised the Orange and T-Mobile formed an alliance that allows me access also to the T-Mobile network. However, the reality is that it has actually made my experience using the iPhone worse. If I opt for the combined Orange/T-Mobile network, the signal defaults to a rather useless GRPS mode. If I select the Orange only network, I get an annoying notification every few minutes that I could use an alternative network in areas where I am on the edge of Orange's 3G signal. And of course it takes a relative long time for the iPhone to identify networks, so manually switching back and forth from Orange only to Orange/T-Mobile is a pain in the backside.

    I was just wondering if anybody else was having the same issue and whether there is any workaround.
     
  2. Matt.H macrumors member

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    #2
    According to T-Mobile, at this time it is not possible to use Orange's 3G network, it advises you to wait until you switch back onto the T-Mobile signal before you will get a 3G connection. [source]

    Orange confirm that the same applies to them and using the T-Mobile 3G signal. However, it does state that as of next year you will be able to make use of both T-Mobile and Oranges 3G networks.

    Hope that helps!
     
  3. andybno1 macrumors 68040

    andybno1

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    I'm on Orange an I have had no issues with the merger, in my previous house I would occaisionally fall back onto the orange-tmobile gprs signal but majority of time I was mostly on low Orange 3G signal.

    It did help when I was downstairs as I would generally lose all connection, but with the new orange-tmobile gprs signal I had a fall back signal to keep connected.
     
  4. Skaffenuk macrumors newbie

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    London, UK
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    As Matt said, they are only sharing their 2G networks at present, although full 3G inter-network roaming will come in the future.
     

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