Ofcom launches tools to check mobile phone coverage

Ofcom has launched an interactive tool that helps people check operator’s mobile phone coverage.

Ofcom’s Mobile Coverage Checker provides a single-stop for consumers and businesses across the UK to discover the quality of the mobile coverage in areas where they live, work or intend to move.

Users can zoom to a specific location on a UK map, or simply enter a place name or postcode, to receive data on coverage for each mobile network – down to 100 square metres.

The map uses data provided by EE, O2, Three and Vodafone, Ofcom said.

The new map shows where reliable coverage is likely to be available, whatever type of handset is used, using new research by Ofcom into the signal strength needed to provide a good consumer experience.

The map also takes account of the increasing shift from handsets with external aerials to smartphones with internal aerials, which can sometimes be less effective at picking a signal.

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