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Everything Everywhere to allow 3G mobile broadband roaming
Monday 10 October 2011 15:31:27 by Andrew Ferguson

Who wants to carry mobile broadband dongles from a few operators to ensure coverage around the UK while travelling? The good news is that Everything Everywhere may be making life a little easier for these travellers next week as it permits customers of both the Orange and T-Mobile 3G network to use each other's network.

"This is a significant achievement and demonstrates the latest milestone in our network vision and customer promise - to provide more things, to more people in more places than any other company in Britain."

Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere

Unlike with the voice/text changes previously, roaming onto the alternative data network will not require prior registration, with users informed of the option via SMS. So long as Orange and T-Mobile are not already on the same mobile mast in an area, it should improve coverage for customers, and at times of congestion will give people the option of trying a different network.

Comments

Posted by ichilton over 5 years ago
Please could you clarify if that includes 3G data from a smartphone, or if it's only dongles?
Posted by craigbrass over 5 years ago
It is the entire of 3G so for smartphones, dongles, etc.
Posted by Foggy_UK over 5 years ago
"So long as Orange and T-Mobile are not already on the same mobile mast in an area, it should improve coverage"

No two operators can be at the same height on most of the masts in the UK therefore coverage may still improve if the other network has a higher physical position on the mast, say above a tree line or building...
Posted by Foggy_UK over 5 years ago
...but surely the whole point of sharing and roaming between the EE networks is that this is in areas where there is minimal site sharing going on in the first place and where there is co-siting of equipment on the same mast, one of the two EE networks will get switched off to reduce overall cost of proving coverage in that area?
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
Will it apply to Virgin Mobile? They still don't seem to have got the basic roaming working yet.
Posted by thomaswarne over 5 years ago
will the network automatically roam onto one and other or will it be T-Mobile and T-Mobile Orange or have they got the same name such as T-Orange?
because i get better 2g coverage on orange than tmobile but i use tmobile for 3g?
Will the phone automatically roam onto the other network without a dropped call?
Posted by damien001 over 5 years ago
depends on what virgin paid for they have pid for the use of oranges 2g network
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
Well waddya know?

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2011/10/10/virgin-connects-mobile-network-with-orange/

Still not active but 'later this month' is better than 'later this year'. Now they just have to explain why all my phones have been limited to 300kb/s. Rumour has it that all their old accounts are throttled.
Posted by Michael_Chare over 5 years ago
My Virgin phone (SIM) can connect to the Orange Network. You are supposed to text 'Yes' to 789777.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
Ah ha. They seem to have kept that quiet then. When did you find out about that? It wasn't working earlier this year.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
Ah, nm. I've found the announcement on their forums.

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Mobile/Orange-mobile-network-now-available-to-Virgin-Media-customers/td-p/764593

Wasn't that long ago then :)
Posted by ichilton over 5 years ago
AndrueC - about 300k is the limit of 3G so it's possible your phone doesn't support HSDPA/3.5G and not the network...
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
"Orange and T-Mobile 3G network to use each other's network" - but shirley it is now the same company so hardly "roaming". They've been doing this on 2G for a while now.
Posted by adaley over 5 years ago
One thing missing from this article but included in the announcement is "proper" integration of the 2G networks. It's been possible to roam on to each other network for a while, but the phone actually disconnected and switched networks.

The 2G networks will be able to do seamless handover once the 2G upgrade is rolled out (estimated dates can be found by searching). That may also improve coverage and user experience as calls should no longer drop when switching.
Posted by AndrueC over 5 years ago
@ichilton:My phone is an HTC Desire and when I put my colleague's SIM into it it will get speeds into the Mb/s. I'm not the only one to have encountered this:

http://community.virginmedia.com/t5/Mobile/HSDPA-download-speed/td-p/673473
Posted by otester over 5 years ago
@ichilton

384Kbps.


@AndrueC

Teach you to pick a better provider in future.

O2 also limits mobile speed.
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