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eddybear
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Thinking of changing my network from Vodafone to 02, just wondering if this is any good on the Broads? Reason for changing from Vodafone no good down near the coast in Essex.

All the best Ted.

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Ted, a brief search of the site would most likely show you that, unfortunately for you, Vodafone is generally the weapon of choice in Broadland as that particular network seems to have the best coverage overall. Can't speak as to the viability of O2 as I've never used it.

Additionally, no matter what network you're on, there will be places which are a veritable 'black hole' as regards mobile coverage. Horning is a classic example of this I'm afraid.


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Yes Vodaphone is the best for coverage on the broads. We have a phone just for the boat but it is rubbish where we live, Orange rules there

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Bob

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From what I've gleaned from this forum, just about every network has the odd black hole with coverage somewhere or other whilst on/around the system. I'm on orange and manage quite well in most places, apart from large black spots in Horning of course.


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I have a Tesco PAYG mobile which I believe uses the O2 network ..... coverage on the Broads with it is pants!!

So I bought a cheap Vodafone PAYG for boating use and, as others have said, coverage is usually pretty good in most places.




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i am on vodafone and is ok in general the wife is on tesco which as said before use 02 and yes its pants
now going to buy a couple of walkie talkies for me and the wife when on the broads (and not use the two i found)

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Thank you dear Forum members for your replies, yes I get the message O2 is pants, orange is good, Vodafone is king.
So I will rethink my strategy, I will stay with Vodafone, buy a 3GS phone, plus a sure signal box to plug into my Internet Rueter in the office and then I will have the best of both worlds, good coverage while on the Broads, and the same in the office down here in Brightlingsea.
Basically the problem I have is with BT they have sold me an 18 month contract, plus a free (Blackberry phone) but the signal in this part of Essex is rubbish, although BT use Vodafone the phone they have given me is not 3G if it was then I can use the Vodafone sure signal box which will boost the signal, and the reason I need to stay with BT is they give me free diverts from my office phone to the mobile which is on their network, saving me a bloody fortune, hope this explains everything.

All the best Ted.

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Just to throw in to the mix....
T-mob is pretty ok. Works in Horning Smile  Blackspots for it are from the first sign for Brundall heading to Yarmouth to just after Brundall Bay Marina. Another blackspot I know is just past Somerleyton.
I've used voda and T-mob on the broads without too much hassle, but have seen people holding the phone up in the air to get a signal (O2 cusotmers I guess lol) which given they didn't have hands free made me wonder how they were going to get their head to arm height to be able to speak when they found a signal above their heads Smile

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I did once rig up a carrier bag onto the halyard of a yacht mast outside the blue shed in Horning.... typed in my text message, pressed SEND, and ran the phone up to the top of the mast.
Earlier, ground level, attempts failed - but that particular message did get sent.

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I'm with vodafone, very good coverage on the broads, even in Horning sometimes, only blackspot I have found is Loddon.  Surprised to hear you can't get a signal in Brightlingsea as I lived there for 5 years until recently and never had any issues.  Unless you really are near the water then you might have caught the Point Clear/St Osyth black spot!  (Which, I've been reliably informed, is due to the fact that they are actually still living in a time warp before mobiles were invented!)

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