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Orange & T-Mobile announce ‘big 3G switch-on’ starting next week: more 3G coverage for free

Orange and T-Mobile customers can already benefit from shared 2G signal, which means if your on either network, you can make calls on both of them if. This is useful in situations where, say you’ve got bad Orange signal at home but good reception at work (or vice versa) your phone will automatically hop on to the T-Mobile network.

While this covers you for voice calls and texts, previously the network sharing deal didn’t sort you out with regards to 3G. So if you’re browsing the web and suddenly your train pulled in to a 3G blackspot, there isn’t much you can do. This is all changing as of next week.

Everything Everywhere has announced that 3G sharing will roll out to all 27 million Orange and T-Mobile mobile customers, giving you access to Facebook, Twitter and the rest at a greater number of locations.

The rollout will begin next week, “region by region, to all Orange & T-Mobile customers, over the next few months,” according to the release.

Olaf Swantee, CEO of Everything Everywhere said in a statement: “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.

Customers are always on the move and demanding instant access to information wherever they are. Not only will customers be able to talk in places they weren’t able to before, they’ll also now be able to access the internet, social networks or download emails at improved speeds, in more places.”

Customer charges remain the same when using the other network’s signal, so if you’ve got 500MB or so of data on your contract, you’ll be able to use this on either network. We’re chasing up for more info on which regions will be seeing the rollouts first. We assume that folks in Cornwall ought to be seeing some rollout action first, given that there’s a 4G live trial taking place in St. Newlyn East right now.

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