How Well are You Covered?
|Author: Marius West
|Published: 24th May 2019 10:47
How Well are You Covered?
There are not many of us that do not own a smartphone using one of the three big mobile platforms whether that is on Apple's iOS platform, Microsoft's Windows Phone OS or Google's Android operating system and the one you choose defines which devices you are able to use.
One of the other important aspect when you do have your phone is checking what your network coverage is like as suffering a poor coverage means that your text messages can be delayed, you could even miss some calls and you would not want your time spent on the UK slot games (just when you are winning) crashing on you. Luckily if that happened any money you had won will be saved for when you got back online but it would still be very annoying to lose your connection.
This makes it really important to check coverage before you buy your new phone.
The UK has four licenced network operators which are Telefonica UK (O2), EE, Vodafone and three providing services which use various mobile technologies and there are over 85 million mobile connections throughout the country shared between all four operators.
Besides the main four network operators there are numerous other companies that also provide a service like Asda, Tesco, giffgaff, Virgin and Carphone Warehouse. These are commonly known as mobile virtual network operators which actually rent/lease network capability from one of the big four.
Consequently, it's important that you know which one of the big four operators powers your mobile provider and although you cannot actually check the coverage within a specific road or property you can source the interactive map each operator provides and get an overall idea of the coverage, they do supply
These maps usually break down the coverage by calls and texts (2G) and data (3G and 4G as we have yet to enjoy 5G)
The coverage for 3 and 4G can vary a great deal and there are some regions which cannot get any mobile signal at all across the UK. The company Ofcom provide a generic mobile coverage map for potential users to check.
Remember to try before you make your choice to which mobile phone contract you are going to tie yourself into and probably the easiest way to do this is to ask those about you how they find their network provider. Most phones have a marker on the screen that shows how good the signal is.
A little research will go a long way with you being happy with both your smartphone and he way it performs.