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4G coverage checker launches

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A new 4G coverage checker has launched, enabling you to check coverage across networks - almost drilling down to street level. The coverage check, which has been launched by mobiles.co.uk can be filtered for all of the major networks (EE, Vodafone, O2) and also by type of signal (4G, 3G, 2G). Jay Karsandas, Digital Manager…

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EE 4G rollout to hit 17 more cites: Bradford, Reading, Watford go superfast

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EE's superfast 4G mobile network will hit 17 more cities by March 2013. EE's 4G network, which offers speeds roughly five times as fast as 3G, will be switched on in Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading,…

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REVIEW: EE 4G – One month living with the super-fast mobile network

Gerald Lynch Features, Mobile phones, Reviews, Tech Digest news 12 Comments

4G, the near-mythical new standard for mobile data speeds, has finally hit UK shores after a torturous wait. EE, the umbrella company for T-Mobile and Orange, are the first network to launch a 4G service in the UK, and we've spent the last month trying it out on a variety of handsets. Read on for Tech Digest's verdict of the new premium service.

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CES 2011 VIDEO – Picochip lead the femtocell revolution in Las Vegas

Gerald Lynch CES 2011, CES 2011, Mobile phones, Tech Digest news 5 Comments

Tired of receiving a rubbish reception on your mobile phone? Sick of important calls cutting out midway during conversations? Picochip, a Bath-based semiconductor company, may well have the answer to your problems in the shape of femtocells, small cellular base…

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FIFA and Sony score own-goal with 3D World Cup plans

Gerald Lynch 3D TV, Features, Satellite TV, Tech Digest news, World Cup 2010 Leave a Comment

FIFA and Sony today revealed their 3D broadcasting plans for this summer's 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa. However, English fans have been left out in the cold, with no group stage fixtures for England making the jump to…

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Ofcom releases 3G coverage maps

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Spare a thought for people living in Scotland or Wales, or if you live in Scotland or Wales spare a thought for yourself. The 3G coverage maps released by Ofcom show a distinct lack of a 3G network in those areas. In fact there is a distinct lack of coverage in any rural area in the UK.

The maps show that 3 is the network with the most 3G coverage, closely followed by Orange. O2 comes last – supporting our theory that O2 is, in fact, a bit rubbish.

Ofcom said: “For 3G network coverage there is still a noticeable difference between rural and urban areas, and also between different parts of the UK, with coverage problems a particular issue in the devolved nations.”

3G is becoming ever more important, especially with the new generation of smartphones which rely on good coverage and fast connections in order for their features and apps to run smoothly. The maps paint a bleak picture of a network that isn’t really supporting the smart devices.

What’s the answer? Well, see these related posts for possible alternatives and solutions: Will WiMax or LTE win out? | Femtocells – much more than a signal booster

(via The Press Association)

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Vodafone to launch 3G signal booster

Paul Lamkin Mobile phones 5 Comments

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If mobile phone coverage is a problem in your household then you may be interested in the Vodafone Access Gateway – a little box that plugs in to any broadband line to create a boosted 3G signal.

Vodafone is saying that the device is the first of its kind in Europe. Unfortunately, it only works on the Vodafone network but I suppose that is understandable – they’re hardly likely to want to improve the signal quality of their rivals.

The Vodafone Access Gateway will be available for free with some phone plans, as a one off payment of £160 or for a monthly charge of £5. It can handle up to four calls at once so would be perfect for a family home.

Get yours from Vodafone from 1st July and never miss a call again because of lack of coverage.

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