This'll be news to please Orange and T-Mobile users: the protracted merger into Everything Everywhere moves to the next level today with users of both networks able to share signals and 3G networks.
A rather elaborate post on Digital Spy claims the network-sharing will first take hold around the Midlands and Gloucester area today, with London, Wiltshire, North Wales, Central Scotland and North-West England joining by the end of the month.
Aberdeen and North-East England will be party to the love-in by November 7 and then the world and his wife will be invited by the end of the following week.
To say we're pleased with this is an understatement. We were overjoyed earlier this year when we instantly started getting a boost in signal due to the sharing agreement. But it only stretched to the basic services like calls and texts. Browsing has been limited to GPRS (or EDGE if you were really lucky.)
It's been infuriating because not only do you feel every second add up these days with GPRS (especially when you are using a HSDPA+ capable handset), but you're also then stuck with the merged signal until you move out of cell range.
Or, to put it another way, it's not been uncommon to join the shared signal with lower speeds in one place and then be stuck on it for hours across even Central London with GPRS despite a perfectly good 3G signal being available.
Anyway, we're so over all that malarkey. Unless of course, you're a BlackBerry user, in which case you'll happy to be getting anywhere at all web-wise right now.