Mobile Phones Again!


It’s not inexact, there are heat maps for cell reception but you are unlikely to get a copy in the public arena. EE have won the contract to replace Tetra with 4G and are going like the clappers surveying and rolling out cell towers for the go live.

I’ve seen some of the reception maps as we are in the process of switching the coastguard and RNLI over from old 2G pagers to 4G smart phones for call outs and the maps are really well detailed.

If you are planning on getting a phone soon a cheap EE deal will be good as their 4G service will go through the roof soon.


Thanks mate. I work for them so I sort of know what I’m talking about (I hope).

The point about it being inexact stems from radio coverage interaction with man-made buildings, which the maps don’t (can’t) take into account.

Different building materials create huge variance in s/n ratio, so I stand by my statement that it is complicated and inexact.

I have been involved in some of the largest in-building coverage scheme roll-outs in the country.


Ah we’re only concerned with coastal regions and luckily 90% of our traffic is still MF, HF and VHF


That’s like military intelligence, a contradiction in terms.

I’m with EE, and with 30% off with friends and family it’s still not cheap!


My EE deal is pretty good.
S6, 7GB data Unlimited calls etc anywhere in EU is £22.00 a month


Very well! It’s big and doesn’t fit in all my pockets but that gives me an excuse to only wear army trousers…
Camera is most excellent - you can do exposure times of 10 seconds with no worries about shaking. And audio recording is pretty good too - not as good as using decent mics but better than other phones I’ve used.
Otherwise, it behaves in much the same way as any other high end phone but costs £2-300 less!