Ever struggled to get signal in the countryside even though you own a top of the range smartphone which includes 3G or even 4G? Well do not fret as it seems you are not the only one. In fact OfCom, or Office of Communications, a regulatory authority in communications, has come up with an intriguing concept that is; for the best reception they recommended 2G handsets over the newer 3G or 4G smartphones if you live in rural parts of the UK.
The reason for this, they argue is that the 2G handsets have access to much more widespread coverage, increasing the chance of connectivity in remote areas of the UK. The company therefore suggests that if quality of calls is a priority for a user, rather than invest in the higher end smartphones, they should consider a 2G handset.
According to ITProPortal, OfCom reports that 3G has much lower coverage on the roads than 2G for the moment, and 4G is still non-existent in the UK all together, let alone the countryside. They go on to say that while Android based devices and iPhones provide excellent high speed access to technologies such as the internet, they fail to provide arguably the main tasks they are for and they are receiving and making calls, when in these areas.
In a recent study which the company performed, they found that state of the art smartphones only had a 95% success rate in regards to the test calling compared to the 97% success of the older generations of handsets. Do you live in a rural part of the UK? If so have you encountered problems connecting calls with your smartphone?
Would you consider investing in a 2G phone for rural areas or is call connectivity something you rarely consider when buying a new smartphone?