The mobile telephone signal in Stockport has been deemed the worst across UK cities and towns, according to a study by App provider Yboo.
The Yboo study revealed the top 10 best and worst town and cities for mobile telephone signal across the UK – the App lets users see how good the strength of a mobile telephone signal is in their area before committing to buy.
The study found that York has the best signal in the UK but Stockport was reported to have the poorest mobile signal strength across all four of the UK’s major networks – O2, Three, Vodafone and EE – with Three found to be the weakest.
However, Stockport has been given a leg-up in getting online and staying connected: the town’s Business Improvement District – Totally Stockport – has invested in bringing free town centre wide Wi-Fi.
Bromley in Kent was the second location found to have the next weakest signal, with Vodafone found to have the weakest network in the area, despite its location in a London Borough where it would be expected to have a good signal range.
The data discovered that Three was the network most likely to offer the weakest signal strength in towns across the UK including Stockport, Swindon, Swansea and Cardiff.
A Three spokesperson said:
“We’re more than doubling the capacity of our 4G network over the next 18 months and investing in new technology to provide a fast, reliable experience.
‘There are many factors that can affect the speeds and performance of a mobile service including the device that is used and the time of day that our network is being used, so we don’t feel Yboo’s research is reflective of the general experience of our customers.”
The firm also rated the top 10 best towns and cities for mobile signals with York topping the list, closely followed by Llandudno in Wales and Norwich in the East of England.
It compiled the data by crowdsourcing signal readings from all the network operators across the UK which allows them to measure, calculate and compare network signal strengths across all geographic locations within the UK from their 40,000 users.
Yboo – which stands for ‘you’re better off on’ – compiled the data through its app that offers consumers personalised network recommendations based on price and signal strength in the areas they work, live and hang out.
|TOP TEN TOWNS AND CITIES WITH WORST PHONE SIGNAL|
|1||Stockport, North West||Three|
|2||Bromley, Greater London||Vodafone|
|3||Swindon, South West||Three|
|4||Wakefield, Yorkshire and the Humber||O2|
|5||Nottingham, East Midlands||O2|
|6||Derby, West Midlands||EE|
|7||Wolverhampton, West Midlands||EE|
|10||Milton Keyes, East Midlands||O2|
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