Originally Posted by dmacd
I am on Orange and there 3G speed is ok. However, their 2G (EDGE) speed is very slow - so I would not recommend Orange if you don't have good 3G coverage. Orange and Vodafone have agreed to share their 3G networks (see Vodafone and Orange to share mobile phone network | Media | The Guardian
) so maybe either Orange or Vodafone might have better coverage than O2. I haven't used Vodafone, but if there 2G network is better than Orange, Vodafone might be the way to go.
I am on O2. I find it ok - not spectacular, but fine to use. I was in the US recently and connected to AT&T 3G - which was about the same as O2 3G. I haven't used Orange or Vodafone 3G, but was on Vodafone prior to this and their 2G was about the same as O2's.
To be honest, I find 3G a bit underwhelming - its faster than 2G alright, but still nothing like a broadband connection on a PC. Purely from a personal perspective, if I were you I would go for whoever gives me the best deal on the phone and contract. Take a look at the threads on here, some people have got cracking deals on new Bolds.