O2 definitely has better coverage where I live that EE and that's been confirmed by a colleague from work who lives close. We both moved from what was Orange to O2 and its vastly better. I put ds on O2 rather than gif gaf as we get free O2 to O2 calls which are not part of our monthly allowance. It means we effectively speak for free.
T mobile have great customer service and are still the only network which don't charge you for exceeding your data limit. That alone keeps me with them. Coverage in your particular area will of course be important, but I've lost count of the number of times over the last couple of years that I've seen Facebook covered in "anyone else on O2 got signal, mines been out for over an hour". They seem a little unstable to me.
SiteFinder (Ofcom) will show you where the masts are, so from that you may get a feel for what coverage is in your area, though may be wise to find friends/neighbours with a phone on the network to establish the real coverage in a location, such as indoors at home (should you want to use the phone there for things like mobile data).
Thanks kittycatcat. I found the ofcom website with them all on. Interestingly enough O2 had the best coverage. Tmobile wasn't that good at all so that may help my decision. Although judging by your test maybe not!
Yes I am a bit worried about coverage tbh. Dds have bbs on O2 and orange neither of them has had any probs with signal. I am on virgin and had no probs 2 years ago when i got the phone but signal in my house is now very hit and miss!
I used to be on 3 when I had a Nokia smartphone, no problems at all until I changed to a htc wildfire and then could hardly get a signal anywhere and definitely not at home. That's why I changed to virgin. Not sure if the probs are the phone rather than the providers though?
Hmm anyone know what the website kittycatcat is referring to is?
Depends. Where I live O2 coverage is really crap. Tmobile is the only available decent signal. I'm on orange so that's fine as it now shares with tmobile. I ordered an iPhone 4s from tmobile several days ago for my DD. They didn't tell me when I ordered it that they have a huge backlog on all iPhones, so if you pick them be prepared for a wait!
I'm tmob and my signal at home is rubbish. The customer service is excellent tho which is why I stayed. There's a website where you can check the signal in your area but I don't know what it's called I'm afraid.
Anyone got any good or bad experience of either of these? I am looking to get an iphone and have seen good deals with both of these for similar pricing. I am currently with virgin but for some reason they don't seem to do iphones.