Back in the days when mobile phones were first becoming popular in the UK, reception was patchy. It may seem hard to believe now but not so long ago there were huge sections of the UK where no normal mobile could pick up a signal. Happily, the bad old days are long gone and now almost every village has a perfectly clear signal, both for mobile internet and normal phone service.
There are, however, still places in the UK where reception is poor. Mountainous areas always create difficulties and it can still be hard to get a good signal in quite surprising locations. Mobile internet needs a good strong 3G signal if it’s going to deliver reasonable download speeds. If you’re having trouble, here are a couple of tricks you can try:
- Sit by a window or outside if the weather is sunny. This will stop walls and ceilings getting in the way of the signal.
- Change the position of the receiver. The orientation of internet phones is important and can affect the reception you get. The new iPhone is especially prone to this kind of problem. Things covering part of the internet dongle, laptop, or phone can also block the signal.
- Keep batteries well charged – low power can affect how well your device performs.
If you keep having problems, it might be worth changing provider. 3 mobile broadband will cover a different area to Vodafone mobile broadband, so choose your package carefully if you live outside a major city.