02-11-2012 12:20 AM
how come you think orange is the way forward?
from what i can tell ee network will not be very penetrable when it launched properlt because there using the 2100 spectrum.
vf plan to use a spectrum which will be able to get inside homes better than 2g does, even now!
youve gotta think of the bigger picture
02-11-2012 09:02 AM
From my experience on Orange they are pants.
Data connection, when you find one, is slow and their 2G is nothing to fall back on.
On Vodafons's network I get good 3G coverage, reasonably high speed (2-3Mbps) and when I cant I know there is a decent EDGE network to fall back on.
02-11-2012 09:04 AM
bigger picture indeed, I use both EE and Vodafone have noticed I get better signal in parts of the UK than I do to other, with both phones that us,
until we have a network that says we guarantee 100% signal all the time, no one will be happy,
which is why they cover them self by saying we can supply 99.999999999% of signal, most of the time,
its all in the small print.....
02-11-2012 04:53 PM
All networks have varying levels of coverage,
If it's the network that comes closes to universal then you probably want to look at 02 as thanks to some of their government contracts they have to bring coverage to even the remotest locations
however I have always found O2's pricing structure the worst of the major networks in terms of value for money
Orange when I lived down south I found the coverage OK, but the customer service was awful
The best network I have ever been on for customer service and value for money of the contract was T-Mobile and there old flexi plans,
Now I live in an area where coverage is awful for all networks I'm with Voda simply for the sure signal however having moved a few hundred metres in recent months I'm no longer dependednt on this to get any signal at all,
I'll probably therfore stick with voda until I decide to replace my N8 at which point I'll shop around for the best deal
08-11-2012 04:33 PM
So, there 191 service is usually pretty poor, but this eForum more than makes up for it - the sheer knowledge and understanding of other VF customers astounds me sometimes - and this coming from someone who feels he knows a fair deal about network providers, handsets and network services.
The VF uk deals team is a prime example of something I didn't know about and I have nads to thank for that - ill head over to them next time my contract is due a renewal.
All in all, in comparison to other networks I do feel as though I pay a little more to be on Vodafone but their coverage suits me fine and on a whole CS isn't bad in comparison to other providers - believe me I've had worse.
You get what you pay for is something I'm a big believer in and I reckon VF do OK!!
09-11-2012 12:58 PM
As a customer who has recently moved from Orange to Vodafone I can happily say that in my area, the VF network is far better, with the 3G signal being available 99% of the time whereas I tended to struggle for 3G at home before. Also the dead spot in my lounge no-longer exists which is a big bonus!
I'm also seeing far better 3G speeds (I use the speedtest app) and have seen 13meg download speeds in some parts of town which is more than EE guarantee on their 4G. Where I live it's about 2.5meg which is still about 0.7meg better than Orange was.
From what I understand the VF network has been upgraded in general in recent years, clearing out old technology and replacing with new, so improvements can be seen across the spectrum (2G, EDGE, 3G etc). I'd much rather have a good EDGE signal to fall back on than none at all.
20-11-2012 09:02 PM
It's the same every where, in some areas one network will be good and in the next they can be the worst. Up here in Scotland Orange/T-mobile/EE coverage isn't so great once you get out the populated areas while O2 and Vodafone cover further out. However there's areas I come across when travelling where Vodafone coverage is not so great, it makes sense to buy whichever network offers the best coverage for the area you've been using it in.