Virgin Mobile customers can now hop onto the Orange network in areas where their own operator doesn't provide coverage for no extra cost.
Virgin already had such a deal with T-Mobile. Now T-Mobile is owned, along with Orange, by Everything Everywhere, Virgin is rolling out the scheme to the third network.
Slowly, though. While VM customers can use T-Mobile cells for calls, texts and 3G data, Orange access only extends as far a voice, text and Edge-connected 2G data.
Virgin said its subscribers won't be able to make 3G connections through Orange until 2012.
The operator has details covering how to use the Orange network on its website. ®