Now it’s easier to check your mobile phone coverage

Convinced you live in a mobile signal blackspot?

Girl using mobile phone

Thanks to Ofcom’s mapping tool you’ll be able to find out all the information you need on signal strength in your area, even down to the trees that might be bringing your calls to an abrupt end. 

The easy-to-use Mobile Coverage Checker from the telecoms regulator enables you to input a postcode or place name and a colour-coded map will show the likeliness of decent mobile coverage in your chosen location.

Ranked from green to red, with green denoting the highest likeliness of mobile coverage and red being the most unlikely, the maps can size down to 100 square meters, meaning you can check out coverage at home, at your office or your new home if you are in the market to move. 

Data is used from mobile networks EE, 02, Three and Vodafone, as well as Ofcom’s collated data on signal strength throughout the UK.

The map includes details on the following:

- Voice call signal strength by mobile operator
- 3G/4G coverage by mobile operator
- Coverage indoors and outdoors
- Geographical information, including natural obstructions (valleys, hills)

Steve Unger, Ofcom’s chief technology officer, said: “Access to reliable mobile phone coverage used to be a ‘nice to have’. Now it’s essential to many people’s lives.

“We believe our map is the most comprehensive tool available to consumers and businesses to check mobile coverage. We’re encouraging people to feed back after using the map, so we can continue to improve its accuracy.”

Switch without a glitch

The tool also aims to encourage competition between mobile operators and to help consumers by arming them with relevant and helpful information when looking to switch provider.

If you’re keen to see if there’s a better deal out there for you, head on over to our mobile phone channel or our broadband channel.

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