Do Orange and T-Mobile have combined network coverage?

Do Orange and T-Mobile effectively have combined network coverage now? Do you end up on whichever signal is strongest??

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mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:30

By defauilt, if you are with Orange you will default to Orange until such a time as you lose signal, and then, if it's available, you switch to 'Orange-Tmobile'. The reverse is true for Tmobile customers. Of course you can select which provider of the two is strongest. In one part of my building, TMobile has better 3g speeds than Orange, so I manually swap. They are far from being a single network, but you won't notice it switch.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:48

Also, stupidly your primary network (the one written on your SIM card) prioritise their own 2G network over the other network's 3G network, which is pretty useless from a consumer viewpoint.

Say you're on T-Mobile your networks will go:

1) T-Mobile 3G
2) T-Mobile 2G
3) Orange 3G
4) Orange 2G

So you end up with a slow T-Mobile connection being prioritised over a fast Orange connection. Stupid, eh?

mrew42  Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:54

Yes indeed., it sticks with your primary network for as long as possible, without considering the 3g aspect.
I want someonw to write me a widget that I can select to swap on the fly :)


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