People in rural areas may be persuaded to trade in mobiles and switch to network Vodafone.
This is because the company is seeking communities to carry out trials of open femtocell technology, which is aimed at boosting 3G signals in the countryside, including mobile internet.
Under the plans, the solutions will be tested in 12 rural parts of the country, with low-power 3G mobile phone base stations mounted in towns and villages from early next year onwards.
“It is good to see Vodafone looking for innovative ways to bring mobile coverage to rural areas. Anything that increases mobile coverage is to be welcomed,” communications minister Ed Vaizey remarked.
Trials have already been conducted by the carrier in East Garston, Berkshire, with femtocells situated in various sites, including the village hall, post office social club, local pub and on the roof of a telephone box.
Individuals may also wish to trade in mobiles ahead of the festive season this year as operator O2 has unveiled a series of Christmas offers for customers through its Priority Moments service.
Posted by Simon Thomas