All the sig­nals are phone cov­er­age is still patchy

Neigh­bours re­fute claims Chilterns area has best ser­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

MO­BILE phone users have said the sig­nal has not got any bet­ter de­spite net­works say­ing they would im­prove cov­er­age more than three years ago.

Chiltern dis­trict coun­cil­lor David Mea­cock has cam­paigned since 2011 for the phone gi­ants to im­prove the sig­nal across the county.

Now peo­ple have called on providers again, fol­low­ing our ar­ti­cle last week which showed statis­tics by OpenSig­nal deemed Chiltern as one of the best ar­eas in the county for ser­vice.

He said the rank­ings are not rep­re­sen­ta­tive as they use a sys­tem that only judges by peo­ple com­plain­ing about bad sig­nal. If peo­ple do not com­plain it reg­is­ters a good sig­nal for the area.

Mr Mea­cock, of Layters Close, Chal­font St Peter, who works with mu­si­cians and runs a choir, said: “When I try and call mu­si­cians up I strug­gle to get a sig­nal.

“On one oc­ca­sion I got so an­noyed I had to drive to Ger­rards Cross High Street and sit there in my car mak­ing calls.

“We re­sort to wav­ing our hands around like wind­mills just to get texts.”

Mr Mea­cock has called for providers to in­tro­duce a bet­ter sys­tem, but is yet to see a change.

“The sys­tem they use isn’t sci­en­tific at all.

“They need to put some­thing in place to mea­sure it prop­erly,” he said.

“We also need to think

David Mea­cock about more masts. I know there is op­po­si­tion, but if we com­plain about sig­nal we need to think about it.

“We are pay­ing con­tracts and get­ting noth­ing for it. That’s like go­ing to a sweet shop and pay­ing then walk­ing out with­out your sweets.”

Neigh­bour and trades­man Bob Hat­ton, of Layters Close, said: “It’s ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. I’ve been on other net­works and it doesn’t change.

“I have to go out­side for calls and then I’ll be talk­ing to a cus­tomer and it cuts out. If you ring for a lock­smith and get cut off, you just go to the next on the list, so I’d miss business.

“I’ve tried a booster box and that doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence.

“I’ve tried them all – Voda­fone, O2, Orange. I ask in the shop, they re­as­sure me and then I get home and it’s bad still.”

What is the sig­nal like where you are? Email buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.


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