Last year I almost changed mobile phone provider. Getting a signal at certain key locations for me was proving difficult and I wasn’t impressed by their foreign usage charging policy. I was persuaded to stay, but I won’t be this time.
Mobile signal strength in our house used to be quite good. It was rare to have any problems. The other day we had a PJ day and I only got a signal for about 5 minutes. I couldn’t send the texts I wanted to despite trying through the day wasting my precious time. I live a few miles from the centre of a major city in a built up area. The signal should be pretty cast iron reliable in my view and increasingly it’s not. I’m missing calls and texts all over the place. Sometimes my phone seems to have enough strength of signal to register a missed call, but not to actually ring to alert me to the call. At home I don’t have a mobile phone in reality – I now have a device that works on my wifi, but that’s about it.
It’s no better at my parent’s house which is close by, in fact the signal there has always been pants. At the mother in law’s it’s always been non-existent. She doesn’t live in the sticks, so that shouldn’t be happening. At my son’s tennis class there is often no signal too.
If a provider isn’t giving me a signal at the places I go to regularly, it simply isn’t providing me with the service I am paying for. To be fair it’s often quite good when I am out and about, but as I work from home, that’s not that much consolation.
I read somewhere that the signal availability has got worst during the rollout of 4G. I certainly get worse signal availability than I did previously and I will be moving in the hope of getting a better service.