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Old August 21st, 2012, 10:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Ofcom gives Orange/T-Mobile permission to start deploying 4G

Everything Everywhere gets 4G go ahead | News | TechRadar

Still ages away from being widely available, but it's a massive step in the right direction.
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just waiting for the 1st four cities to be turned on
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Old October 2nd, 2012, 01:28 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is AWESOME... I am looking forward to being able to upgrade in March next year... by then there should be a bit of choice for 4G phones
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Not that I have a 4g phone, but any idea when it will be available in Inverness?
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Not that I have a 4g phone, but any idea when it will be available in Inverness?
No news yet I'll keep you all posted on the timelines when we have them, still gotta get past the other networks trying to block us from turning it on at all yet! LOL
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The 1st Cities will be switched on Tuesday 30th October Woop Woop
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I wonder if anyone knows, will 'EE' combine the Orange/T-Mobile signals? At the moment it seems to drop Orange signal then roam a T mobile one for me, does anyone know if once EE comes in will they be treating it as one signal or still hiding behind two?
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Yesterday I got a text from Orange telling me that the next time I turn my phone off and back on, it will no longer be showing "Orange" as my service provider, but "EE".

I have since turned off and back on and can confirm that it does say "EE" and would imagine that members of both networks are going to get the same message, which means that you won't get it roaming from one to another, as it will all be branded as the same network
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Ah thanks that's what I was hoping, I was getting a bit sick of Orange and the switch to roaming never seemed very reliable but if they can consistently use both sets of signals that might get some pretty nice coverage
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Yeah... I would have thought that they are just rebranding everyone as EE... makes sense really
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I wonder if anyone knows, will 'EE' combine the Orange/T-Mobile signals? At the moment it seems to drop Orange signal then roam a T mobile one for me, does anyone know if once EE comes in will they be treating it as one signal or still hiding behind two?
Strange that it should drop your Orange signal and then lookup a T-Mo one, in the early phases of the network share rollout there was a drop in signal before the T-Mo would kick in but now you should be enjoying a seamless handover.

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Yeah... I would have thought that they are just rebranding everyone as EE... makes sense really
Although your phone now shows EE as your network provider, nothing has really changed in terms of what network your on to be honest. We are renaming our stores and company EE but we will be keeping the Orange and T-Mobile brands and adding a 3rd which of course is EE.

Not sure if and when this will change but for the forseeable future there will still be Orange and T-Mo. Even though I now work for EE I still am only trained in the Orange brand and the same applies for T-Mo staff. EE will have seperately trained staff in the EE brand.
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Strange that it should drop your Orange signal and then lookup a T-Mo one, in the early phases of the network share rollout there was a drop in signal before the T-Mo would kick in but now you should be enjoying a seamless handover.

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May just be me being a bit of an idiot then, though I'm pretty sure sometimes it shows up as Orange T-Mobile and others it shows up as Orange (though obviously now showing up as EE ).




I was wondering does anyone have any idea of how much LTE is going to be costing on EE in comparison to 3G? Maybe from experience of this sort of thing going live elsewhere in the world? Is it likely to be 5, 10, 15 more than a comparable 3G deal?


I've found the sim free 3G version of the phone I really want (Galaxy Note 2) from a third party retailer using a T mobile contract free and for only 31 a month with 1.5gig of data (which is an amazing deal, thought it was a typo but its been there for a week now so assuming its not), but when I called up Orange to cancel my contract a few days ago (ends this month after two years) they said they didn't do that phone yet and to wait til the 15th when the LTE version of the Note 2 comes out and with 'superfast four gee' as she constantly called it but they didn't know what deals they would be offering until then.


But I have a sneaking suspicion that they 1) won't be selling the 3G version at all so won't be able to offer that as an upgrade and the LTE one will most likely have a little premium as well as a premium on a 4G tariff, and I doubt they would be willing to match that kind of offer or get anywhere close to it with 4G (and also if i mention i'm moving to t mobile something tells me they wouldn't be too worried about 'retaining' me ) so I'm not sure if it's worth bothering to wait just so that they can get nowhere near as competitive and take the plunge on the good deal now? Seems pointless if they're going to be offering me a deal that's really expensive.
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Taking into account oranges history with dodgy 3g coverage I would hold off a bit to see how well it rolls out and what prices they give it.

As ee is going to be the only company offering 4gee for a while I would wait to see if some competition changes their prices and how their coverage fairs.

Saying all that though, if my contract was up soon I'm pretty sure I would jump blindly in with both feet and hope for the best.

I'm going out on a limb here but I think the 4gee contracts will be with limited data amounts. The same way original 3g data plans were......here, have a faster connection so you can download more but I'm going to cap it so you can't download much?

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May just be me being a bit of an idiot then, though I'm pretty sure sometimes it shows up as Orange T-Mobile and others it shows up as Orange (though obviously now showing up as EE ).

Even though it showed as Orange/TMo and Orange it should have been a seamless handover from the 2 networks?


I was wondering does anyone have any idea of how much LTE is going to be costing on EE in comparison to 3G? Maybe from experience of this sort of thing going live elsewhere in the world? Is it likely to be 5, 10, 15 more than a comparable 3G deal?

Prices are not available as yet but I will try and keep the forums updated when I have more information regarding pricing.


I've found the sim free 3G version of the phone I really want (Galaxy Note 2) from a third party retailer using a T mobile contract free and for only 31 a month with 1.5gig of data (which is an amazing deal, thought it was a typo but its been there for a week now so assuming its not), but when I called up Orange to cancel my contract a few days ago (ends this month after two years) they said they didn't do that phone yet and to wait til the 15th when the LTE version of the Note 2 comes out and with 'superfast four gee' as she constantly called it but they didn't know what deals they would be offering until then.

As yet there has been no 4G pricing available, customers will easily be able to switch networks with a 4G ready device when it becomes available in your area. A 4G coverage check is available UK's 4G Mobile Network | Fibre Broadband | EEThe note 2 does launch on Oct 15th.

But I have a sneaking suspicion that they 1) won't be selling the 3G version at all so won't be able to offer that as an upgrade and the LTE one will most likely have a little premium as well as a premium on a 4G tariff, and I doubt they would be willing to match that kind of offer or get anywhere close to it with 4G (and also if i mention i'm moving to t mobile something tells me they wouldn't be too worried about 'retaining' me ) so I'm not sure if it's worth bothering to wait just so that they can get nowhere near as competitive and take the plunge on the good deal now? Seems pointless if they're going to be offering me a deal that's really expensive.
I think it's a case of suck it and see to be honest, with no firm details available yet it's anyones game!
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Bit gutted... just had a look on the coverage checker and it looks like there won't be coverage for my part of Sheffield when it rolls out here I realize that it will come eventually, but it would have been nice to have it straight away!
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