O2 may have lost exclusivity to the iPhone, but it's done nothing to dent its popularity. You've voted O2 as the Best Network for an impressive third consecutive year. As well as providing its huge customer base with an impressive range of handsets including the iPhone 4, Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy S, the network also offers some of the most competitive pricing tariffs around. However, there's far more to O2's empire than fancy handsets and appealing contract offers. This year also saw O2 introduce home phone packages that channeled people's landlines through O2 while they've also introduced the Green First eco-rating in a bid to determine how sustainable a handset is in comparison to other handsets. O2, we salute you.
A newcomer to this category, Tesco Mobile has made more of a splash in the network pond than the ripples many would have anticipated. They were only the third UK network to launch the iPhone 4, including offering the device on a 12 month contract, while a £6 a month tariff gives Tesco Mobile the distinction of offering the UK's cheapest mobile contract.
It's been a busy year for Orange. On July 1 they became part of Everything Everywhere, alongside T-Mobile in a bid to offer better value, choice and network coverage, while they also became the first UK operator to launch an HD Voice service. As well as securing top handset exclusives including the HTC Desire in Black and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, Orange has continued its high profile partnerships with the likes of BAFTA, Glastonbury, RockCorps and the Orange Prize for Fiction.
Having firmly established themselves as force to be reckoned with, Three has fulfilled its promise to grow its 3G network in terms of coverage, speed and capacity. Most recently customers of Three have been able to access a list of their Facebook updates at no additional cost. All this plus shipment of high end devices such as the iPhone 4 and Nokia N8 and their own innovative mobile Wi-Fi device.
Vodafone has invested heavily the past year in a bid to maintain their high standards. As well as providing their loyal customer base with all the high end handsets, the operator has also found time to launch its own social networking service 360, as well as a number of lower end own branded handsets. The network particularly prides itself on its excellent mobile internet service.