Consumers could be tempted to take cash for phones upon the conclusion of an upcoming survey by the BBC.
The broadcaster is to begin research into the state of mobile phone coverage around the UK and will publish its results at a later date.
It will find areas where 2G and 3G services work well and not so well, giving mobile users the chance to assess an independent map for the first time.
Gavin Johns, chief executive of network analyst Epitiro, which will help to conduct the survey, told the news source that coverage is the most important issue for customers.
"Our coverage app will provide the information consumers need to see if 3G services are available and from which mobile operator," he stated.
Should the results look promising in a particular area, consumers there could sell their mobiles and switch to the best-performing operator.
The European Union recently announced new regulations that make it more affordable for mobile owners to use their mobiles overseas.
Posted by Samantha Green
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