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T-Mobile & Orange Merge Network Coverage

Everything Everwhere, the combined entity made up of T-Mobile and Orange, has taken another next step in the announced merger of the two mobile network operators as they have started to share their networks.

The two brands continue to coexist separately (ed : divide and rule) but in the backend, things have started to move swiftly.

The 30 million or so customers of both companies will be receiving better coverage since they will be able to roam on both network for free although they will have to opt in (Orange customers here, T-Mobile customers here (opens in new tab)).

According to T-Mobile the coverage will be limited to 2G for now which means that it is best used for talking and texting but not for mobile broadband.

Mobile phones might also warn their users about the network switch and possible charges but both companies confirm that they will only pay UK charges.

More importantly though, Orange and T-Mobile customers will still have to pay to call people on the other network even if, in theory, they're now part of the same company.

Everything Everywhere announced last week that it will be reducing its workforce by another 1200 on top of the 2500 jobs that have already been cut.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.