Orange & T-Mobile To Merge In The UK

"Two of the largest UK mobile phone network operators plan to merge."

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O-Mobile, Torange?
This was a move that nobody saw coming. France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom are in talks of merging their UK operations - Orange and T-Mobile.  The merger would form the UK's biggest mobile phone operator with over 28 million customers.
The venture doesn't have a name yet, but as the third and fourth largest operators in the UK the two companies have clearly decided they had to do something to take on O2 and Vodafone in the UK market. They promise "substantial benefits to UK customers" and expanded network coverage, better network quality and improved customer services
Timotheus Höttges, CFO of Deutsche Telekom, said: "We will become market leader - our customers will benefit in many ways, for example from the best mobile broadband offer in Britain. In the second-biggest market in Europe, which is undoubtedly one of the toughest and most competitive, we are giving T-Mobile UK a clear and strong future. And, with our partnership, we have taken the most value enhancing strategy for Deutsche Telekom and its shareholders."
Gervais Pellissier, CFO of France Telecom added: "By combining our operations in the UK, we anticipate the long-awaited consolidation in one of Europe's most competitive markets, thereby creating a well positioned player. Our shareholders will benefit from higher profitability and an immediate cash flow per share accretion without impacting the overall indebtedness of the parent companies."
The deal is expected to be completed by the beginning of November, although the two brands will continue to exist separately for 18 months after the completion. It would not be surprising if this triggered potential mergers of other smaller providers or even job cuts within the companies.
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06-09-2009, 01:53:52

I use ISO's and daemon tools at work for most of our disks.

Everyone has access to the disks and it means they dont lose the original disks, use them as a coffee mat :-)

07-09-2009, 10:39:23


Shouldn't take long m8.

Often a fast method of install, and a smaller footprint, can be to copy the contents of the cd/dvd to ur harddrive in a folder.

I guess u go with a no-cd option too.

(we're talking about being legit owners here first, and it'd be best to keep it on those lines as OC3D has strict rules on this subject and we're pretty close as it is)

NoCD methods are not being used any more AFAIK, companies finally realise that switching discs is rather annoying. Which tends to lead people along the lines of piracy and the dark side.

But my question wasn't piracy related or talking about piracy rather the law and backbone behind it. So perhaps I should ask the company? But the company is bust now and have no website:(, I don't see the game around town :(.

Personally I think that all of the games should be available for download on-line, the internet is where the future is at. With using a tough algorithm for CDKEYS I'm sure there would be little piracy. I don't see how it would increase piracy since people download it illegally anyway, this way would be legal.

But then again I would most likely get banned by my ISP and taken to court over downloading something I already own from

07-09-2009, 11:36:09

Agreed!!! I reckon that all games should come with a USB key with the iso on it or available to download even if you buy it in store

07-09-2009, 11:39:36

Game on a chip anyone ?

I seen 4gb usb pens for £2.95 ex today. Manufacturers could use them, cut down on packaging.

Be greener LOL.

07-09-2009, 11:42:03

If they buy in bluk they could more then likely get them for a £1 or 2 for a 8GB version

07-09-2009, 11:45:38

Trouble is, the optical media costs them pennies iirc.

Justifies the pricing, aye ;)

Thing with the usb drive, it could be parted into 2 so upd8s could go on the 2nd part Oo

(there's always upd8s)

07-09-2009, 12:18:43

but this is just heresay really as it has been mentioned before what happens to people who have their internet piggy banked etc..

07-09-2009, 12:27:54


but this is just heresay really as it has been mentioned before what happens to people who have their internet piggy banked etc..

I didn't mean to completely stop selling discs, they should also have a downloadable version available. Nothing worse than losing your disc and having to go buy another copy of software for £50 when you have the serial code.

08-09-2009, 18:41:27

i wouldnt by another cause i lost the disk.
I would download it from anywhere. legal or not - i have already paid for it and so own it.

09-09-2009, 12:55:51

most manufactures will send you another disc for £7 or so but that is still a rip off!

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