updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon December 21, 2009
Fix leaves some problems remaining
The O2 cellular network has finally recovered from an outage affecting iPhone users, the UK carrier now says. Problems first arose on Sunday, blocking any kind of data use for most iPhone owners, although some claim to have had sporadic access. The interruptions continued into Monday afternoon local time, and have only just been resolved as of the evening. Normal service may take some time to return, the carrier warns.
No official explanation for the situation has been presented, but some customers suggest that the culprit may be a server responsible for assigning IPs to phones, which may have collapsed. O2 is noted to have had experienced a number of similar data outages during December, though the latest may also be the longest so far.
The incident could help drive some iPhone owners to Orange, which offers only 750MB of data per month, but less traffic. Vodafone will become an option on January 14th. Buyers can also opt for Tesco Mobile, but the company is merely a partnership with O2.