"Wasn't O2 the network that lauched the iPhone, credited for the explosion of interest in mobile applications and data?" I agree and disagree in parts. Yes o2 lauched the Iphone, but again dint loads of o2 users leave the network as soon as they could due to the crap network and sppeed?
As for credited for the explosion of interest in mobile applications cant answer that one but I think Three started the data ball rolling even in their walled garden at the start and data?
" Now in my area I have O2 900GSM, 900 3G and 2100 3G with solid voice and data coverage" All I can say on this is Im delighted for you, in Northern Ireland were I live thier checker also shows I get all of this but in realy life I go from 3G in some areas, then down to Edge and then to GPRS if fact this moring I was left with no coverage on 02 and had to use my three contact phone.
Hands on I tottaly agree that that "WIFI will not cut it more sore for o2 users who dont have free wifi and I agree with " My money is on the reasoning that they users are calls and text customers with little to no mobile data use on featurephones" A lot of young ppl on O2 use O2 only for the free o2 calls and texts which allows them to contact other o2 users free as long as they meet the top up required.
At the end of the day my view is that o2 should be ashamed of having a crap 3G coverage given they were one of the first mobile networks set up in the UK and they should be ashamed of calling 1 or 2 GB of data unlimted never mind unlimted calls and text which o2 state on their blog have a fair use limt. Lets not forget even on o2 pay as you go unlimted calls and texts O2 have pissed every one off by bringing in a fair use policy of 2999 calls and texts as hightlighted on their fourm.