Improved 3G coverage could get consumers recycling mobile phones

8 September 2010 — 2:10 PM

Improved 3G coverage could get consumers recycling mobile phones

Improving the 3.5G service it offers would perhaps be the best thing for Everything Everywhere to do - and could even persuade people to recycle their mobile phones.

Conrad Longmore, editor of Mobile Gazette, points to the technology as being something that is now a priority for many phone users.

He suggests the company, which is the result of a merger between Orange and T-Mobile, may be wrong to plough vast resources into improving its long-term evolution network, as this is unlikely to please more than a small proportion of its customers.

"Many customers would probably be more interested in Everything Everywhere improving their 3.5G coverage first, rather than spend a very large sum of money on something that very few people can take advantage of," Mr Longmore states.

Should the firm invest in 3.5G, some consumers may be tempted to recycle their mobiles and switch to a handset that offers access to the technology.

Everything Everywhere recently announced customers of Orange and T-Mobile will be able to access the networks of both providers from early October.

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