Originally Posted by BBAdmin
I don't get your point - you seem to think that Orange has significantly more coverage than any other network in the UK???? You also need to be aware of tariff offerings as, to a business rolling out x number of handsets, running costs will be a primary consideration. Orange don't have the best track record when it comes to implementing and supporting technologies and in my experience their tariff offerings have often been difficult to decipher and, as a network, they are generally slower than other netowrks at introducing new devices in to the market.
Not sure who you were replying to there BBAdmin, but if it's too me, my point is that they are offering EDGE, and I live in London their prime market so it's a no brainer for me. With no other carriers even hinting at EDGE, it's the only option if you want to fully utilise the high-speed data capabilities of the 8700 in the UK. Full-marks to Orange, they certainly seem to pushing the technical boundaries here in supporting both UMTS and EDGE even if it is just to plug gaps in their 3G coverage for UMTS devices that offer EDGE fallback. Eitherway, the 8700 benefits from the EDGE coverage while everyone else crawls along on GPRS.