OMG mate, listen, you worked for the two biggest (scammers?) mobile phone RETAILERS in the country; you are a salesman, not an expert. There is a fundamental flaw in any commission driven retailer involved in a buisiness of this nature employing experts, and that is because they tell the truth, and the truth very rarely sells a product.
I live, eat and breathe this shit, and have done for nigh on 10 years; partly because its the industry im in, and partly because im a self confessed nerd and have had nothing better to do then take an dangerous level of interest in this stuff for the past 6 years or so. If o2 and their network are so shit
(sorry, I can't contain myself), why are they the biggest mobile network in the UK and have been pretty much since phones turned digital in the mid-90's? Why are they the biggest business provider in the UK? And why does such a vital service such as TETRA exclusively use their network for carriage?
HSDPA is widely regarded as the intermediate future of mobile phones, and o2 were the very first network to begin rolling out this service in the UK back in 2005.
Wow you can name specs of a phone that is now out of date, and has never exactly excelled in any area, but one that SALESMEN like to push because its the "in" phone to do so... Can you explain any other terminology in telecommunications, such as DOCSIS, DAVIC, ULL, EDGE, TCDMA, CCDMA, WHAM, UMTS, CSD, HSDPA etc...
The only thing I will agree with you on, is yes, the iPhone is a load of wank, and I am loving the fact its the biggest failiure since bread was sliced; but that doesnt change the fact that o2 have upgraded the majority of their network to EDGE to cater for it not being 3G compatible, and it does mean that should I have an EDGE mobile, even if I have no 3G coverage, I will be able to download at upto 230Kbps as opposed to the 60Kbps maximum of GPRS, as with all other networks 2G speeds. Which I think you will agree, is a massive improvement.
Vodafone and o2 in all honesty, have very similar networks, they both use the old 900Mhz GSM system as opposed to the more modern 1800Mhz system used by T-Mobile and Orange, and both have around the same level of network coverage. They were both forced by Ofcom to become a carrier-elect for Hutchionson 3G when they entered the UK market due to the very reason that they have greater network coverage then any other network. Don't forget, that o2 are the only major network that has any significant carriage on the Isle of Mann, due to their ownership of Manx Telecom, and under the ownership of Telefonica (who prize o2 so much that they are planning to rebrand all their residential services around the world including their flagship Movistar network in Spain, to o2) they are only going to get even bigger and even better.
I aint going to slate any particular network, because nowadays, they all have as good coverage as most people ever need, unless you are planning to go to the likes of the Outer Hebrides. But if you want to come on slating a network, at least know the facts to do so, just saying "bah you will be lucky to get a 3G signal on o2", when their 3G network quite clearly covers 90% of Wirral, Liverpool, South Wirral and Chester, which is pretty much everywhere locally bar Caldy and Thurstaston and the odd rural place here and there is just plain stupid and indication of you're level of knowledge.
Needless to say, I rekon Mr StuyMac could talk us both under the table as to how networks actually work etc hehe.