Orange today sent it’s mobile 3G data users a text message announcing that…
You can now get fast internet in more places.
Following the link at the end of the message takes you to a page on the Orange website that explains what it’s all about.
Now you can use both the T-Mobile and Orange 3G signal to access the internet. This means it’s quicker and easier to buy new apps, update Facebook, post to Twitter in more places than ever before.
Since Orange and T-Mobile joined forces in the UK last year and offered free cross-network roaming for voice calls whenever the customers home network is poor or unavailable, mobile data for internet services remained with the home carrier network.
Todays announcement extends the cross-network roaming to 3G data, and could mean that customers of either carrier can automatically roam onto the other carriers’ network when a better signal is available and at no additional cost.
However, don’t expect to be given a choice when choosing which network to use. The roaming ability for voice calls only kicked into action when the home signal was lost, or was too low to maintain a call for longer than a few seconds. The data roaming will probably operate on the same basis and the signal strength will still be dependant on coverage available from either carrier. So if you’re in a signal blind spot, the benefits may still be limited.
But it’s good to have the option of roaming for calls and data for so many customers, and it certainly gives users a better chance of staying connected more of the time.