Re: Japan begining of the end for 2G reception and phones
It can hardly be good if in Central London you can't get even one bar of 3G reception!
Pay as you go customers on Orange Dolphin and Canary plans as well as Vodafone simply, users pay 20p per minute at all times for calls to mobiles and landlines, 20p per minute to call a landline! 10 minute call: Â£2
Make the same call from a BT payphone at anytime and they give you 20 minutes for 40p! Make the same call to a landline using BT Together option 1 as well as Virgin's Talk Weekends plan during the day and it will cost you just over 3p per minute.
There is no reason for mobile phone companies to charge such high rates except for an easy way to profiting.
Hutchison Whampoa Group, the owners of 3 and the former owners of Orange have proven to have invested well in both companies over the years.
Hutchison launched 'Orange' in the UK in 1994 and spread throughout Europe,everyone was sure it was going to be a flop, but in fact it wasn't, Orange became the most developed network in the UK, it was 100% Digital and its network coverage reached far beyond Mercury One2One's network.
Hutchison however, could not afford to buy 3G licences and roll out 3G by 2002 on the Orange network, so they sold it off to Mannesman which was part of Vodafone, European goverments would not let this happen because of competition reasons therefore, France Telecom acquired the Orange Brand and network, Hutchison remains the owners of the Orange network in Israel,Austrailia,India and a few other countries but leases the the brand from France Telecom, it has begun a programme of rebranding using the '3' brand and the 'Hutch' brand.
Hutchison then began to build 3 with the money the made through the sale of Orange, Hutchison spent billions on making sure that it launched by end of 2002 which it did but had a few complications, by 2009 its 3G coverage covers 92% of the UK population, the 2G reception is provided by Orange.
Orange 3G coverage currently covers around 80% of the UK poplulation
T-Mobile and Vodafone currently cover around 70% of the UK population
O2 covers only just over 55% which is bad!
O2 and Vodafone's 2G coverage currently covers 99% of the UK population whilst T-Mobile and Orange cover around 97%.
So the best 2G networks are O2 and Vodafone whilst the best 3G networks are 3,Orange and T-Mobile.
It has been announced that France Telecom has sold Orange Netherlands (Holland) to T-Mobile, it has also been announced that France Telecom is in a financial mess and has been advised to sell Orange,but nothings changed yet!