O2 apologizes after ‘explosion’ of iPhone data use jams network

Year-End Clearance & Tax Saving Sale “O2 has apologised to customers after its London network became overwhelmed by an ‘explosion’ of demand for data services on smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone,” The Daily Mail reports. “Ronan Dunne, the head of O2, apologised to those who have been unable to make phone calls and said he was disappointed with the network’s performance since last summer.”

“O2 is the UK’s largest mobile phone operator, with 21million customers, and its stranglehold over the lucrative iPhone market was only broken in September after Apple cut deals with Orange and Vodafone,” The Daily Mail reports. “However rival operator Vodafone will only be able to sell the phones after the New Year, days after O2 released its apology.”

The Daily Mail reports, “Vodafone has been quick to capitalise on O2’s difficulties, and says its network will cope far better with the fast-growing number of smartphones.”

MacDailyNews Note: Vodafone owns 45% of Verizon Wireless which also likes to talk out of its collective ass about how much better its network would cope with iPhones (provided other pioneering networks were first allowed to take the full brunt of iPhone’s massive traffic demands which followup networks such as Vodafone and Verizon Wireless will conveniently never have to face).

The Daily Mail continues, “O2 customers experienced difficulties receiving and making calls in London in the second half of 2009 as smartphone users increased their use of applications that repeatedly pull data off the internet at short intervals. The group said data traffic across the UK was doubling every four months.”

Full article here.


  1. @ cptnkirk,

    Isn’t -31C the temperature at which fire freezes?

    I agree; stay inside and protect your ‘nads. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. @ cptnkirk
    Point of reference: there are more people in California than in all of Canada. As people beat up on ATT they should look at the reality of the scale of wireless bandwidth demand in the more populated areas of US.

  3. @spark
    I don’t remember comparing Canada and California. I just said I live in a large city. And in the downtown core withlots of huge buildings and many other iPhone users. Still I’ve got excellent service on my iPhone.

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