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How do I find who has the best mobile telephone signal strength for my area?

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I need change my mobile contract. I am with t-Mobile at the moment which does not work well in my house (Imagine hanging out of a window to get a signal) or having to sit on the stairs trying each st… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
I need change my mobile contract. I am with t-Mobile at the moment which does not work well in my house (Imagine hanging out of a window to get a signal) or having to sit on the stairs trying each stair individually.

Anyway - I was wondering if we could find out if there was another provider which will give a better service. T-Mobile have ****** me off considerably anyway.

I also don't want to spend alot of money (who does).

A guy in 3 offered me a phone, 300 mins and 300 txts for £10.00 a month - but DH says they are rubbish.

Virgin are offering some nice deals too - for a little more money. Are they a better network?

DH says o2 customer services are rubbish - but I need the reception - as long as the phone works blah blah...

Any help will be repped - thanks1
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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1 Like #1
T mobile run on the same cells as virgin, so forget them.
1 Like #2
Statistically O2 and Voda generally have the strongest signals (and 3 the weakest) but there really is not surefire way of knowing your coverage in a particular building without trying a particular phone on the particular network (remember some phones have better reception than others irrespective of provider). Personally I don't think O2 CS are rubbish - far from it - but I'd strongly recommend borrowing a friends/neighbours phone on different networks to check what the coverage is like...
1 Like #3
have a look here it lets you see what masts providers have for your area http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/

for example it shows we have t-mobile and 3 masts within 2-300 meters, (lived here for 4 years and never noticed)
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harlzter;4512895
have a look here it lets you see what masts providers have for your area http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/

for example it shows we have t-mobile and 3 masts within 2-300 meters, (lived here for 4 years and never noticed)


Line of sight is really important too with mobile comms - if you can actually see the relevant mast from your house its likely you will have decent coverage on it. :thumbsup:
1 Like #5
Imagine hanging out a window to get a signal? I used to have to blue-tak my mobile to the highest point of the window just so it would pick up inbound phonecalls. The same phone would give me signal pretty much everywhere else in the entire country, high or low, on land or off.

But, yeah - the best thing seems to be to try different phones from different networks inside your house. It's nt a case of your area being good, but your building, and how well your handset copes in areas of poor signal. Try getting mates round and compare your signal with theirs, and then when you find the network that seems to do you best, google reviews of the handsets you like t see which works best in areas of lousy signal.

Hope you have good luck with it.
1 Like #6
Ive been on every network within the last 8 years & I would say either 02 or Voda.

My test was based on how strong the signal was at the deepest point of the factory where I work ( could only get signal on Voda & 02 ) but I suppose it depends on which area your in.

Who's this DH who says o2 customer services are rubbish ?
In my experience I would say the best.
#7
Best bet is get a spare phone and in turn try a sim from each of the big 4 operators (o2, t-mobile, Orange and Vodafone) and also 3 if possible you can then compare signal strenghts rationally as its the same phone being used, sims from the big 4 are easy enough to get free online 3 are quite rare to find free, but if you want a 3 one PM me your address and I'll send you one free as I have got loads of them that I bought.
banned#8
I thought the idea of mobile phones was to be in contact (away) from home?
1 Like #9
I would say Vodafone is best from my experience from three providers. Vodafone is best, O2 is second, and lastly Orange. But you should ask opinions from friends/family that live and work in your area in order to get the best feedback.
1 Like #10
Vodafone's best in my area, 02 are nearly as available, 3's ok, Orange are average T-Mobile are very poor as are Virgin as they piggyback off T-Mobile.

I'd recommend either Vodafone or 02, I have noticed though 02 are pretty poor in the sticks..!!! I always have a top signal when out in the sticks on Vodafone yet my mate on 02 really struggles..!!!
#11
shauneco
Vodafone's best in my area, 02 are nearly as available, 3's ok, Orange are average T-Mobile are very poor as are Virgin as they piggyback off T-Mobile.

I'd recommend either Vodafone or 02, I have noticed though 02 are pretty poor in the sticks..!!! I always have a top signal when out in the sticks on Vodafone yet my mate on 02 really struggles..!!!


+1, Even though I like O2 (CPW) over Vodafone, Vodafones signal does seem to be marginally better than O2's
banned#12
Pluun
I thought the idea of mobile phones was to be in contact (away) from home?


It is. But I guess its a bit difficult to know your not away from home before calling! Nothing worse than missing calls from the place you probably spend most of your time!!! (Hence it being wise to be sure it works well from home!)
#13
guv;4518886
It is. But I guess its a bit difficult to know your not away from home before calling! Nothing worse than missing calls from the place you probably spend most of your time!!! (Hence it being wise to be sure it works well from home!)


It certainly was once, but I think for a lot of people their mobile is their main form of communication (after all when you can get a mobile contract for only a small fraction more than a BT landline it makes sense!).
banned#14
guv
It is. But I guess its a bit difficult to know your not away from home before calling! Nothing worse than missing calls from the place you probably spend most of your time!!! (Hence it being wise to be sure it works well from home!)

Aye, suppose you're right.
Never thought of that.
banned#15
jah128
It certainly was once, but I think for a lot of people their mobile is their main form of communication (after all when you can get a mobile contract for only a small fraction more than a BT landline it makes sense!).


If I didnt need a BT landline for my ADSL connection, I'd do away with my home phone. Can't remember the last time my home phone was used to make a call (though we obviously still receive them.)
#16
Thankyou everyone - i am looking at different tariffs - and I am most likely to be going with Orange next. Vodaphone are a bit too expensive for me, and it apears that Orange works in my home!

Also I have come to realise that people with the same phone as me get a weaker signal - than those with a newer phone. So I may also go for one of the phones I have tested.

Most people don't bother calling my home phone - you'd think they would learn that I am unobtainable at home via my mobile - but they still try. If I can't get them to dial the landline, then I'm going to have to make sure my mobile is obtainable.

Thanks again

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