With the iPhone being launched at 6:02pm yesterday (and having had a play with one in a shop today – it’s definitely shiny, it’s probably worth £70 on top of the iPod Touch
hobblebuild the phone with.
O2′s UK coverage pages on it’s website should make sobering reading for potential iPhone purchasers… the current UK map as of now looks as follows:
… where the light-blue area is “Standard” coverage, and the dark-blue area is “High”. There is no mention of EDGE.
Assuming that areas of EDGE coverage are euphemistically being referred to as High Coverage areas, then it appears that iPhone owners outside of London and the South-East are going to be disappointed. Having said this, the fact that EDGE isn’t specifically mentioned leads me to wonder if the areas of coverage may be smaller than this – otherwise surely O2 would be more actively publicising the level of coverage that exists.
What happens when an iPhone leaves an area of EDGE coverage? Can it fall-back to GPRS, or even to dial-up GSM services?