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Old 06-08-2017, 10:34   #21
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Some fantastic solutions. Thank you all so much.
Not getting the caravan wasn't going to be an option but it's good I won't be totally cut off.
Think my husband is going to try using his old phone and three is the closest mast
When we are ordering food at macdonalds ( quite often with grandchildren), I shall pay attention to the golden m for masts lol.
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Old 06-08-2017, 10:36   #22
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Article here about masts.last paragraph mentions McDonald's

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2309645.stm
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Found this site on mast coverage

https://fusiontables.google.com/Data...lzwZJ#map:id=3

No wonder London is so good. Other places aren't too far behind either.
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Old 06-08-2017, 15:33   #24
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Article here about masts.last paragraph mentions McDonald's

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/2309645.stm
I googled it as well and found that same page from 15 years ago!!!

It also says that they were small antennas fitted high on an outside wall and outputted less power than a baby monitor..
Nothing about them being fitted in the Golden Arches in 2017.

Jim has already suggested the best advice. Get a few PAYG SIM Cards and check the strength yourself..

I use both EE and Three on a Daily Basis.

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Also, Take the operators "Coverage map" with a pinch of salt....I'm With o2, & there checker says "Good 4g coverage indoors & out"...but I spend 80% of the time with no signal at all... I use my wifi & "TuGo" to make/recieve calls

Vodaphone Coverage checker says the same (good 4G)...I tried a Vodaphone SIM & had no signal

EE checker suggests good 4G inside & out....I do get a good 2g signal, & a useable 3g

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Three.co.uk is actually accurate!!!

" It looks like you're in an area where there's limited or no coverage. Please visit our Wi-Fi Calling page for more information."
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But.. But... Martin Freeman says they're great!
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TBH I was with VF for 2 years on a cracking deal and found the coverage was generally very good, certainly better than o2.

My wife was on T-Mobile and now EE and we found that they were generally better and had better coverage in the middle of nowhere so I'd suggest looking into EE first. I'm sure deals for EE Data Sims come up quite often on hotukdeals but try a PAYG SIM first to see if you get HS/3G/4G/4G+. It's quite surprising how good EE can be in the middle of nowhere.
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EE are best for coverage and have been for a while as they spent the most money hoovering up the various LTE bands.

Also look for other providers who use their network, like BT Mobile, who I'm currently with.
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I'm with Vodafone and find them pretty good. Live on the outskirts of London and find they are the only one which gives me coverage in my kitchen! Tried them all over the years.

Only down side is coverage in black spots on my train commute but they are all as bad as each other for that.
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I've always found Everything Everywhere to have the best coverage. I've been on numerous journeys where our O2 and Vodafone mobiles have dropped down to 2G but our Everything Everywhere iPad always had 3G. Plusnet mobile use Everything Everywhere too.

I'd always try a PAYG or 30 day sim to check actual coverage before signing up to a long term contract.
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