Mobile phone signal in Cardiff
You may be forgiven for thinking Cardiff is a large enough city that you wouldn't have to worry about mobile phone signal in certain areas, particularly the city centre. however, we often hear about issues people have about not getting signal, dropped calls, losing GPS just at the wrong time etc. (key places here include the drive from Cardiff city centre to the airport, which can be a bit dramatising).
Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) have this advice to offer:
"Switching mobile phone providers is easier than it's ever been but if you don’t do your homework you could end up missing one vital ingredient – a signal.
The strength of a mobile signal varies depending on where you live and which provider you choose. So, just because you enjoy a strong signal with your current provider doesn’t mean that a competitor will necessarily provide the same coverage.
For example, if you want to use your phone to browse the internet or download music and videos, then you’ll need to make sure there is a suitable 3G signal in your area.
Each of the five main mobile networks – Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile and 3 - have coverage checkers on their sites.
You simply enter your post code and they will show you what kind of coverage you can expect in your area.
This will include information on standard 2G coverage – suitable for calls and texts – as well as the 3G coverage needed for web services.
Vodafone coverage checker
Orange coverage checker
O2 coverage checker
T-Mobile coverage checker
3 coverage checker
Tesco Mobile (uses the map of its partner O2)
As well as using these checkers, you can also ask friends and family in your area how they find the signal strength of the various networks."
You may notice the main problem with these is that they aren’t exactly independent and are provided by the operators themselves.
Another new site which just seems to be getting started is www.signalmap.com, it isn't very comprehensive yet but does make a point of highlighting "dead spots" in signal areas. This site has potential for being independent and not tied to the mobile coverage operators.
We would love to see your comments below and tell us where in Cardiff you struggle to get signal