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wolfbln 21-02-2015 20:44

Bye bye T-Mobile and Orange
 
Up to recently, the old brands T-Mobile and Orange have been available at EE stores.

Now, EE tries to push all T-Mobile/Orange customers to EE. They don't sell the old 3G plans anymore. Though old customers can stay on their Orange and T-Mobile brands. This is the end for Orange and T-Mobile in the UK. In effect, they have given up the multi-brand strategy, to become a single-brand.

Source: http://www.mobilenewscwp.co.uk/2015/...o-be-scrapped/

I think this is a risky strategy. A lot of customers are happy with 3G only. EE practically charges extra for its plans which are all on 4G through higher prices. This can be a chance for more MVNOs to get new customers who want 2G/3G only at low prices and don't need 4G/LTE.

Motel75 22-02-2015 07:58

Not surprising, since BT is buying EE, and it will have nothing to do with its former parent companies any more.

wolfbln 22-02-2015 22:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by Motel75 (Post 47570)
Not surprising, since BT is buying EE, and it will have nothing to do with its former parent companies any more.

This is a first in Europe so far: The market leader (EE) now sells only plans enabled with 4G/LTE for prepaid.
Given the fact, that they have a coverage of 80% for LTE now, while its competitors are at around 50%, this seems plausible.

From a MNO perspective, it's an experiement nobody dared in Europe so far:
The no.1s in France (orange), Netherlands (kpn), Spain (movistar), Austria (a1) or Germany (telekom) have not given access to 4G/LTE to prepaid customers up to now. There, they are the most restrictive. In these countries the smaller MNOs opened LTE for prepaid.
EE is clearly taking a very different approach in the UK.


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