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Everything Everywhere -- the oddly named combination of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK -- has launched smart signal sharing, which completes the final stage of the pairings 'big switch on.' 

Customers of either network have been able to share signal for quite some time now. The idea being, that if you should lose signal on your primary network, if signal is available in your area on your secondary network your phone will automatically switch to it. 

The smart signal sharing is designed to make this process seamless, and will prioritise signal from the other network should your current signal begin to fade. The theory being that customers will have better signal more of the time, without the interruptions of having to search for signal on the other network. 

Looking ahead, Everything Everywhere are still confident of providing 4G technology before the year is out. Speaking to company has indicated they are moving in the right direction to roll out the upgrade this year. The only potential sticking point, is the final go ahead from industry watchdog, Ofcom. Ofcom have already preliminarily approved Everything Everywhere's plans for a 4G network though, so there shouldn't be anything to worry about. If the OK isn't given, the necessary hardware and software will still be installed as planned, so as to go live as soon as possible. 

Source: Tracy and Matt


Reader comments

Everything Everywhere launches smart signal sharing, still confident of 4G this year


How is this different than standard roaming? It sounds like all they did was reduce the own-network affinity threshold in the Preferred Roaming List.

No. You don't get it. It's SMART signal sharing, as opposed to the dumb signal sharing that everyone else is used to. So this smart signal sharing is obviously better. Learn to read.


So I Googled "Smart Signal Sharing vs. Roaming" and a few articles pop up that seem to refer to this Smart Signal Sharing and Seamless Roaming in the same breath. To be honest I have not read these articles, but rather I just skimmed over the summaries in the Google search results.

This is probably different from the conventional roaming most of us are used to, but I'm nowhere near being able to say one technology is better than the other.

Just got back to California after a 21-day holiday in Europe. I purchased a SIM card in London from T-mobile/Orange for £10 for 5 days. It worked GREAT! I had a strong signal everywhere I went, and could get my email, texts, and web browsing anywhere in the UK. Then I crossed the channel over to the Continent, where I bought a SIM that would supposedly do the same thing. But it was crap, all I could get was roaming. No data at all, except when I was in wi-fi range, and it was only free for 15 minutes, or in some rare cases, 1 hour. Whatever T-mo and Orange are doing, it is working.

I am in on Orange and since the signal sharing I usually end up on "Orange T-Mobile" at home and around my home town in Greater London, its great because my data in my area was pretty poor on Orange but on the T-mobile network it runs much better with faster speeds more of the time. I suppose it saves the Orange half having to roll out improvements to all their tech instead just get a balance between the two companies services and share it. Considering the deals with Orange and T-Mobile are usually the best with and carphomewareshouse I'll porbably go with Orange again at the end of my contract and get to cross share still :-)