on 10-06-2008 09:59
on 10-06-2008 10:13
I knew that the reduction to £169 was an indicator of the imminent release of the new model, but what I expected was that the new model would be more expensive, not less so.
on 10-06-2008 10:27
In regards to your comments.... ( and I dont work for o2)
O2's 3g network has improved but like all networks in some areas it will be patchy. My folks live in NY and I use o2's mobile broadband and got a 3g signal (They live in Harrogate and I drove to Scotch Corner without loosing 3g).... but just like any network.. coverage can change if your inside or things block the signal outdoors and speeds will vary on how many people use each cell.
O2 had to follow ofcoms regualtions inregards to covering at least 80% of the UK population just like the other 3g networks. O2 were slow on the uptake and as a result got a kick up the ass from Ofcom and told of a possible £41m fine. The other thing to look at is o2 has had to rebuild its network to cope with 3g, other networks share cell sites giving them half the cost and half the usage... O2 have said it will roll out a better 3g service but I think it will take time as they have to change some equiment in certain sites.
It is in o2 best interest to make a better 3/3.5g network not just for the iphone but for their mobile broadband product.. but I would imagine they will roll it out to large populated areas first....
As for the new iphone been cheaper.... whilst it was a nice gesture from o2 to reduce the handset logic would have said wait.... it was always the case the reason why the Iphone didnt sell as well in the UK was due to the price and not being 3g.. but at least people can upgrade and in some cases for free....
on 10-06-2008 10:45
on 10-06-2008 11:10
The other reason the iphone needs wifi is for its A-GPS
The other thing is ... o2 were naughty and stopped updating the edge at an early date, they have to continue to grow and push 3g HSDPA to get the consumer and growth