Orange and T-Mobile UK to share services

Orange and T-Mobile networks have joined together to allow users to connect and use either network, based on whichever signal is best for their location. This deal, which was suspected almost a year ago, will allow the shared network to host 30 million subscribers. The deal is limited to 2G signals, so mobile web will not be helped from this merger, only phone calls and texting.

Having the network with the most coverage is a goal that all major providers hope to achieve, and with the fusing of Orange and T-Mobile, both companies benefit from improved coverage and network capacity. The service will go live on October 5th, and as a customer of either network you will have to sign up for the free roaming service which allows for network swapping.

Next year the goal is to have phones able to switch mobile providers to the strongest signal even in mid-call. Along with this there are plans for 3G services, which will be provided by Mobile Broadband Network limited, BBC reports.

Everything Everywhere, the company that runs the UK Orange and T-Mobile divisions, is also looking even more forward in time. They aim to build a next-generation LTE mobile network which will help support the overwhelming data usage that mobile networks utilize today. The company is also looking to appeal to Three customers who can already use the Orange network to send texts and make phone calls. Everything Everywhere aims to include most services to Three subscribers as well.

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bbfc_uk said,
Can someone explain what this means for Three customer, like myself? I'm a little confused.

Absolutely nothing, as this involves Orange and T-Mobile, like the title says.

The last paragraph is only stating the intended long-term goal.

bbfc_uk said,
Can someone explain what this means for Three customer, like myself? I'm a little confused.

Nothing for now. Currently Three uses Orange's 2G network and Three shares its own 3G network with T-Mobile. So all 3 carriers will eventually be sharing the same network.

Orange signing up to the current 3G agreement between T-Mobile and Three is a promising start.

It still won't make me change back to T-Mobile. Then again, maybe their service has improved over the past 2 years.
O2 is still my preferred tender for a new contract in the next couple of months.

Mr Spoon said,
It still won't make me change back to T-Mobile. Then again, maybe their service has improved over the past 2 years.
O2 is still my preferred tender for a new contract in the next couple of months.

haha. i'd say the exact opposite of that. I moved from Orange to T-mob years ago and would never willingly go back!

Mr Spoon said,
It still won't make me change back to T-Mobile. Then again, maybe their service has improved over the past 2 years.
O2 is still my preferred tender for a new contract in the next couple of months.

Unlimited Internet, unlimited txts. 300 mins. I don't call people so often. For £20.
I can sit here at work on my iPhone and watch tv.
I'll soon be buying a iPhone 4 *with the fixed antenna issue* and without a bumper. Buy a new mico sim n just move my account to the new sim.

I like my wi-fi's and bigger GB's.

Gothic_Rebel said,

I'll soon be buying a iPhone 4 *with the fixed antenna issue* and without a bumper.

Care to share where you're getting this new iPhone 4 iteration before anyone else?

TechDudeGeorge said,
Meh... Still staying on O2... Orange and T-mobile's prices on PAYG were too high, and the rewards were worthless to me.

+1

TechDudeGeorge said,
Meh... Still staying on O2... Orange and T-mobile's prices on PAYG were too high, and the rewards were worthless to me.

O2 PAYG is expensive compared to any Tmo contract and dont have to go outside to make a call

This is good news I think I'm on T-mobile and tbh I don't think I EVER lose my signal unless I am at work, someone I work with is on orange and gets full signal at work

Other than at work though the T-Mobile signal in this area is amazing HSDPA everywhere

Are you serious?

I work for Orange UK. I can guarantee you that three uses the Orange 2G network when there is no three 3G coverage. This has been the case for many years.

three and T-Mobile already share their 3G RAN so three and T-Mobile customers have been using each others network for a while.

Orange signed up to BNML (the name of the T-Mobile/three RAN share) so shortly all three will be sharing 2G and 3G and roaming between networks transparently.

{-: ZIGGY -} said,
Are you serious?

I work for Orange UK. I can guarantee you that three uses the Orange 2G network when there is no three 3G coverage. This has been the case for many years.

Three and T-Mobile already share their 3G RAN so three and T-Mobile customers have been using each others network for a while.

Orange signed up to BNML (the name of the T-Mobile/three RAN share) so shortly all three will be sharing 2G and 3G and roaming between networks transparently.

Cheers

zkid2010 said,
Hmm, as a T-Mob US customer, I don't know whether to cheer or weep for you.

weep. Orange are nearly as bad as O2!!!

Maybe mention at the beginning this is for the UK only? The title suggests it's the whole company, the first paragraph suggests it.