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Orange Coverage



2G coverage: 99%3G coverage: 98%4G coverage: 93%

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Orange is a mobile network that is part of the Everything Everywhere partnership along with T-Mobile. As a result, Orange customers can also use T-Mobile signal and, as a result, it has one of the best 3G networks in the UK. 2G coverage is also very strong indeed and call quality is great. You can check the Orange coverage map to find out about the signal strength in your local area.


Under the ownership of EE, Orange was the first to launch a 4G service in the UK back in October 2012. Ofcom gave them a monopoly to provide 4G connectivity before any other network. They aim to have 98% of the UK population to be covered by the end of 2014 and use the following frequencies: 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz.

EE offer 4G in the following towns and cities: Aberdeen, Accrington, Aldershot, Altrincham, Amersham, Antrim, Armadale, Ashby-De-La-Zouch, Ashford (Kent), Ashton-Under-Lyne, Aylesbury, Bangor, Barnsley, Basildon, Basingstoke, Bath, Beaconsfield, Bedford, Belfast, Belper, Benfleet, Berkhamsted, Bicester, Billericay, Bingley, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Bishop Auckland, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Bournemouth, Bracknell, Bradford , Braintree, Brentwood, Bridgend, Brighouse, Brighton, Bristol, Burnley, Burton Upon Trent, Caerphilly, Camberley, Cambridge, Cannock, Cardiff, Castleford, Coalville, Caldicot, Canvey Island, Carlisle, Carrickfergus, Chatham, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Chepstow, Chester, Chester-Le-Street, Chorley, Clydebank, Coatbridge, Colchester, Coleraine, Coventry, Crawley, Cumbernauld, Cwmbran, Darlington, Derby, Dewsbury, Doncaster, Dudley, Dumbarton, Dundee, Durham, Edinburgh, East Grinstead, Ellesmere Port, Exeter, Farnborough, Farnham, Fleet, Gateshead, Gerrards Cross, Gillingham, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grangemouth, Grays, Grimsby, Guildford, Halifax, Hamilton, Harlow, Harpenden, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, High Wycombe, Hinckley, Hitchin, Houghton-Le-Spring, Horsham, Huddersfield, Hull, Ilkeston, Ipswich, Jarrow, Keighley, Kenilworth, Kirkby, Kirkintilloch, Larne, Leatherhead, Leeds, Leicester, Leigh, Leighton Buzzard, Letchworth, Lichfield, Lincoln, Lisburn, Liverpool, Livingston, London, Londonderry/Derry, Loughborough, Luton, Lytham St Annes, Macclesfield, Maidenhead, Maidstone, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlow, Merthyr Tydfil, Milton Keynes, Middlesbrough, Motherwell, Neath, Newbury, Newcastle, Newcastle Under Lyme, Newport, Newry, Newton Abbot, Newtownabbey, Newtownards, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Nuneaton, Oldham, Omagh, Oxford, Paignton, Peterborough, Peterlee, Plymouth, Pontypool, Poole, Pontefract, Portishead, Portsmouth, Port Talbot, Preston, Ramsbottom, Rayleigh, Reading, Redcar, Redhill, Reigate, Rhyl, Richmond, Rochdale, Rochester, Rotherham, Runcorn, Sale, Sevenoaks, Sheffield, Shipley, Sittingbourne, Skelmersdale, Slough, Southampton, Southend-On-Sea, Southport, South Shields, Stevenage, St Albans, Stafford, Staines, Stockport, Stockton-On-Tees, Stoke, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Swindon, Swinton, Tamworth, Telford, Thame, Tonbridge, Torquay, Totton, Tunbridge Wells, Wakefield, Wallasey, Walsall, Walton-On-Thames, Warrington, Washington, Watford, Welwyn Garden City, Weston-Super-Mare, West Bromwich, Widnes, Wigan, Wimborne Minster, Windsor, Woking, Wolverhampton, Worksop, Wishaw, and York.

4G is also available in these airports: Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, City, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Liverpool John Lennon, Bristol, Nottingham East Midlands, Leeds-Bradford, Belfast International, George Best Belfast City, Robin Hood, and Blackpool.

In addition, these cities have “Double Speed” 4G: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton.

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Orange was owned by the massive conglomerate France Télécom before it merged with T-Mobile. Now they are collectively known as EE. However, EE operates the 4G services which Orange and T-Mobile are still providing regular 3G and 2G mobile services. Together they are the country’s largest mobile operator accounting for over a third of all subscribers in the UK.

The combination of the network infrastructure of both T-Mobile and Orange means that the coverage is probably the best in the country. Not only do they have fantastic 2G signal almost everywhere but the 3G signal is very widespread and strong too. You can verify this all for yourself by searching for your local area on the coverage map linked above.

For more information, compare Orange’s coverage with other networks’ mobile coverage or check out our complete Orange review.

by Jon M

5 Responses to “Orange Coverage”

  1. Stu 11 January 2013 at 15:54 Permalink

    Ahbab – I used to have crap 3G too until the merger with EE. Now it’s better than ever. Has it not help yours too?

  2. Ahbab 26 July 2011 at 14:51 Permalink

    Worst network in the UK!

    Claim they have the largest 3G Coverage, 3G is crap, hardly ever works, even in a full 5 bar area it wont work.

    2G sucks too, it will just keep roaming onto t-mobile and back in most areas disconnecting your calls.

    • Mobile Network Comparison 26 July 2011 at 14:56 Permalink

      3G is meant to be the same as on 3 but anecdotally they are better. Have you contacted Orange about their poor performance on 3G? And is that 3G or HSDPA?

  3. Ryan McCormack 24 July 2011 at 19:24 Permalink

    After checking the orange coverage checker on their site, I got 2 contract mobiles one for me and another for my partner. They say their coverage is a great 3G in my area, but nothing could be further from the truth. My house struggles even to give me a 2G signal, when making calls my phone constantly loses reception and there is a one minute delay when changing to use T-mobiles coverage. The same happens at the whole of my side of town yet they say their reception is great, when it is terrible. There customer service also do not answer their phones if you try to leave their network, it took 15mins for them to answer but when trying to purchase the phones it took a matter of seconds.

    Over all I would not recommend this network and since they have joined up with T-mobile I doubt either of them are stable networks. If you live in Scotland I would advise you to pick these network providers: O2, Tesco Mobile Giff Gaff, and 3 as O2 and 3 have by far the best coverage in Scotland.


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