A few days ago I got quite excited because I got a text from O2 saying that... well, it was the standard one you get from their app when you select base stations and see their status. The one saying "Our scheme to improve coverage, and upgrade 2G and 3G services; and roll out 4G, has now reached your area. Expect some outages on March 14th". This is a town of over 10,000 people (not couting outlaying villages the mast covers) and so I thought they'd probably give us HSPA - I doubted that they'd move us straight from 2G to 4G.
Anyway, their own coverage map hasn't changed, and they've upgraded us to... wait for it... EDGE. In 2016.
I was hoping they were going to do it in a few stages as their mast checker stayed red, i.e. "We're working on it..." until today, but now it's gone green.
I know, I know, swap networks to EE; but I'm tied to a contract until November. I don't want to keep changing my SIM card and have multiple numbers either. In case anyone was wondering whether I'd made a schoolboy error, my phone supports 4G/LTE, I've used it in loads of places.