They’ve basically brought the iPhone straight over from the US, there’s no modification to it. O2′s edge network is only 30%, that’s a kicker, so it’s down to GPRS then when you’re outside of that coverage.
This is a great product, but the technology in it is old. Europe has moved on to 3G and 3.5G networks and this device in terms of technology is about two years behind. The interface is light years ahead but it’s a real shame about the overall package.
I can only see that there will be a road map of devices already laid out to hook people into upgrading and swapping out working devices for the latest and greatest. It’ll be the same strategy that has worked so well for the iPod, generation after generation with people buying two or more of them.