Matthew Key, head of O2, told Times Online, "Once the iPhone becomes available on other UK networks, we will allow O2 customers to unlock their iPhones, although of course they will still need to honour any outstanding contract period they have. At the end of their contract period, they are entirely free to move to another operator though naturally we hope they wont want to! "
When asked why O2's 3G network was struggling, Key made these comments.
"The O2 network has seen an 18-fold increase in data carried over the network in the last year and traffic continues to double every three months..."
..."We are investing more than £30 million to address capacity issues in London alone between now and Christmas and Im confident that well see much improved levels of service as a result."