Tag: coverage

Vodafone completes 100 remote not-spot fixes

About a year ago we covered the not-spot fixing being undertaken by Vodafone. Rural hamlets and villages, traditionally lacking any kind of signal, were getting outdoor “Sure Signal” boxes installed to boost coverage. The “Open Sure Signal” tech delivers 3G and voice / text coverage by hooking into …

Anywhere SIM launches national roaming

We’ve written a bit about not-spots and the various methods the networks and government are using to try and eliminate them; including here, here and here  if you missed it. As you may have noticed, progress has been pretty slow to say the least… so Anywhere SIM have taken matters …

O2 having signal problems

It appears O2 is having a rough time this evening. The network says it is having intermittent problems affecting some of its customers in various parts of the country including London and Birmingham. You can see from their with their own status checker that there’s a number of …

Thinking of getting a signal booster? Wait right there..

You young kids might call it “bantz” now, but I was having a “discussion” on Twitter with a few people about the in-building penetration provided by networks operating on 900MHz. The likes of O2 and Vodafone both seem to get through the walls of my home but, using …

Life without a signal. Actually, not that bad.

I’ve been somewhere magical this weekend. A place with absolutely no signal. I’ve been with a group of mates and between us we had all the networks covered. One had an EE phone and amongst us we also had an O2, Vodafone and Three device. Not one phone …

Mobile World Congress – One week countdown

You may have noticed a little countdown timer on the side of the site. You may have even wondered what Mobile World Congress, or “MWC” for short, is. The event website details it as being the “very best exhibition for the mobile industry”, and around this time most …

Deal reached on UK “not-spots”.

It’s 2014 people. Granted, it won’t be for much longer, but let’s stay in the moment. I take a regular route to and from work. On my drive there’s always a section of the motorway that simply has no signal, so I have to tell callers, “I’m going …

giffgaff now offering 4G.. for an additional cost

This just dropped into my inbox today. The data friendly Pay and Go network is now offering 4G on their vvarious goody bag deals. This is great news for anyone who is looking for a cheap but reliable alternative to the big four who are currently offering 4G …

National roaming? No thanks, say the networks

A few months ago we brought you news that the government wanted the UK networks to band together to eliminate blackspots by sharing their masts and hence network signal in a similar way you roam on another network whilst abroad. However according to the Financial Times, the networks …

EE 4G now covers the greatest town in the UK

EE has announced another raft of locations to be bathed in 4G. They include the Prime Minister’s home constituency of Witney and a rather fantastic town called Burntwood where handsome and intelligent people live. We’ve even got the smallest park in the world, so smoke on that. 4G …

EE roll out 4G in 250th town

EE have announced their 250th town in the UK now has 4G coverage with the Cornwall area now being included in the 4G rollout which has now hit 0ver 73% population coverage. EE is still plugging away switching as many sites as on as possible to allow even …

Vodafone launch notspot squashing campaign

Hey. Are you living in the middle of no-where? Have you got a choppy signal or, even worse, no signal at all? Vodafone want to talk to you. They’re looking for mobile “notspots” and are giving the opportunity for 100 rural communities to get piped up to proper …

What has Glastonbury and this hard drive got in common?

This is a 2.5TB hard drive. It can store stacks of pictures, plus there’s room for all those “specially backed-up DVD’s” you have too. Now, imagine downloading everything off this drive onto your phone. That’d take quite a while wouldn’t it? Somehow this is how much data was …

Networks to share masts under ‘National Roaming’ plan?

I’m sure most readers will be aware of Roaming when they go abroad, whereby their phone connects to a foreign network to allow you to make calls, send texts or access the internet when in a different country. But what if you could do it in the UK …

New Year data usage up 80% on Vodafone

We recently heard how O2 saw a 62% increase in data usage over the New Year festivities. Vodafone have now been in touch and they’ve seen an even greater increase – their smartphone customers used 80% more data than New Year last year. It seems that texting, although …

Hey Google, you missed a trick

Those Google Streetview cars have definitely given us all a valuable new tool. TV shows and news broadcasts always tend to use the Streetview images to get a quick visual and they supplement the existing top-down maps very well indeed. Sure, there was a fair amount of controversy …

Nokia Event Live! – London 14th

We are here at the Nokia event in London ready to see the next Lumia flagship phone and have all our questions answered such as what will it look like, what will it do and when can we get one! Below is a liveblog from inside the event …

Mobile World Congress – Get ready, we’re going large

In just over one week the first member of the CoolSmartPhone team will be arriving in sunny Barcelona to prepare for the chaos that is Mobile World Congress.  This year will be the biggest one so far for us here for a few reasons. First of all there …

The EE Juggernaut rolls on, another 27 towns added by June

EE have been the subject of much less than positive press regarding their 4G offering.  From complaints around data allowances to speeds that are less than that being obtained on other DC-HSPA networks, the flak just keeps on coming. One area where EE cannot be faulted however is …

EE 4G goes live in 9 more towns

EE have rolled out their premium 4G service to 9 more towns. If you are in Amersham, Bolton, Chelmsford, Hemel Hempstead, Southend-on-Sea, Stockport, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield or Wolverhampton, you should now be able to access to EE’s 4G network. Apparently this means 45% of the UK population now …