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I live in a rural area. Over the past year or so, my mobile signal(Tesco) has got worse.

Tesco's of course insist that my coverage is excellent.

At the same time, a lot of neighbours have had smart meters installed.

Could these meters be 'soaking up' the signal?

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16 minutes ago, Byron said:

I live in a rural area. Over the past year or so, my mobile signal(Tesco) has got worse.

Tesco's of course insist that my coverage is excellent.

At the same time, a lot of neighbours have had smart meters installed.

Could these meters be 'soaking up' the signal?

Is the signal bar indicator on your phone smaller then before, or is it the same and it's just a lot slower?

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2 hours ago, Si1 said:

Is the signal bar indicator on your phone smaller then before, or is it the same and it's just a lot slower?

?

I get 5 bars in a good area,

used to get 4 bars at home.

Now I get 1 bar at best, often none.

This happens on 3 different mobiles.

Also, my daughter who lives near has noticed the same thing, but she is on GifGaf.

Twenty years ago, I used to get an excellent signal.

It seems to me that the signal strength has gone down badly.

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IIRC both tesco and giffgaff use the O2 network which is pretty variable. I ended up leaving O2 due to the poor network coverage. I very much doubt it's anything to do with smart meters...

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Well something has caused a deterioration of my local signal.

The usual maps show that I am in a good area but only half a mile from a poor one.

My signal now seems to vary minute by minute from zero to medium.

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On 1/2/2017 at 10:42 AM, Byron said:

Well something has caused a deterioration of my local signal.

The usual maps show that I am in a good area but only half a mile from a poor one.

My signal now seems to vary minute by minute from zero to medium.

Order up a free sim from EE, 3 and Vodafone. Stick each one in the phone and see which gives the best signal. Find the best deal with that provider (or a reseller using the same network). I just did this for my mum - 3 was the best reception and price combo. She had never heard of them!

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1 hour ago, rockdoctor said:

Order up a free sim from EE, 3 and Vodafone. Stick each one in the phone and see which gives the best signal. Find the best deal with that provider (or a reseller using the same network). I just did this for my mum - 3 was the best reception and price combo. She had never heard of them!

I shall try that, thanks.

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