Thinking about moving office? Have a list as long as your arm of things you need to do/check/arrange before you move? Is checking your mobile/network coverage on that list?
Don’t worry if it isn’t, most of us never think about it; we just take for granted that there will be a signal in our new location, but often this is not the case. In fact, as much as one-fifth of the UK suffers from poor network coverage (Nov 2014), and whilst the Government has committed to improving this, it won’t happen overnight.
So what should you do? Read on for our 3 Top Tips to ensuring the best mobile coverage.
Check Your Coverage
All network providers provide a network coverage checker on their site. These are designed to show you the 2G, 3G and 4G coverage available at your new location. All you have to do is enter your new postcode and search; the site will then bring back the results for the coverage available in your new area*.
*Please be aware that we JFLS make no guarantees that these tools are 100% correct, so please use with caution.
Manual Coverage Checking
For a true assessment of the coverage in your new location you should visit the area and test the coverage with your phone (obviously this is not always a feasible option).
If you are looking to change your network provider when you move and therefore wish to test numerous networks, a good way to do this is to purchase pay as you go sim cards for the networks you wish to test; put a small amount of money on them and use an unblocked phone to test each. It may seem overkill and an unnecessary expense but this small outlay could save you much more in potential lost income due to poor network coverage.
If you do/have moved to a location where the network coverage isn’t very strong do not panic, there are ways you can improve your coverage.
Firstly contact your network provided to discuss your options. Sometimes they will send you new Sim cards or they may format the ones in your devices, they may update the devices or provide recommendations on altering certain settings to improve signal strength.
If your network provider cannot help you, then you can purchase a small device called a ‘femtocell’; this is like a wireless router that uses your broadband connection to provide mobile coverage indoors on a specific network. Vodafone currently offers a “Sure Signal” option, and 3 have started offering a “Home Signal” option.
There are also some devices (e.g. Blackberry) that have ‘Universal Mobile Access’ technology built into them, this works by using your Wi-Fi signal to connect to the mobile network through your fixed broadband.
We hope this information has provided you with some “coverage” on the topic – the most important thing to remember is to do your coverage research before switching provider.
You may also like our recent blog ‘Child Online Safety’ … for our 3 Top tips to help you protect your children online: http://jfls.com/hints-and-tips/3-top-tips-protecting-child-online/
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