Have you been plagued by poor mobile phone signal in the past? Or is the area you live in one where it’s just impossible to get the best deals from networks because the one you desire just doesn’t have any service where you live?
This could soon be a thing of the past, with the government apparently looking to make the big networks work together in a move that could potentially see many finally trade in their old phones as smartphones become a worthwhile investment at last.
The government wants all of the operators across the nation to start working together to offer shared services that would mean people are able to get a signal even in the most remote areas.
Some parts of rural Britain at the moment are only able to get a signal from one or two operators, which can seriously impair people’s ability to seek out the best deals when they are looking to get their hands on a new device.
The sharing of signals between networks would be known as national roaming, and it is hoped that this would be able to plug all signal blackspots nationwide.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which oversees telecommunications, said that Westminster is already starting to look at ways in which to improve problems, and said it spends some £150 million trying to sort it out. The statement added that this is not the end of expenditure on what the government sees as an essential improvement.
“The government has made clear it wants to ensure the UK has world-class mobile phone coverage as part of our investment in infrastructure for the long-term economic plan.
“We are investing up to £150m to improve mobile coverage in areas where there is currently no coverage from any of the Mobile Network Operators.”
In addition to this, mobile network Three said it is looking to expand its own offerings to cover almost everyone in the UK.