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Kimbogo
Mar-31-2016 @ 3:00 PM                           Permalink
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We are due onto the Broads shortly and will need Internet via mobile can anyone advise what service provider is good. Currently thinking of using EE
Any help appreciated.
Kim

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Apr-07-2016 @ 2:28 PM                           Permalink
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I believe that mobile internet uses the same masts that the phones do. I have an EE phone and the signal is rubbish on the Norfolk Broads.

for mobile broadband I favour the Three network. I believe Vodafone is fairly good too.

If you look at the coverage maps on the internet for the various companies it will help you make up your mind for yourself.

Good luck!

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I have Virgin phones which use EE and the signal is bad almost everywhere on the Broads.   I have just purchased
Mobile Internet from Three,  £8 per month (2 years contract) and for the first time in many years at Womack, I can access emails and the internet.   Excellent signal.

Simon

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Apr-07-2016 @ 8:15 PM                           Permalink
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Just returned from broads. Used an EE mini osprey to provide wifi which enabled use of two iPads. Was relatively successful but not in all places.



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Apr-07-2016 @ 8:25 PM                           Permalink
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Vodaphone and Three seem to be the best networks in our experience, on the Northern Broads at least. Even so, there are still some astonishing "black spots" despite recent attempts to improve reception.

We use a Huawei mobile router with a separate plug-in aerial which seems to work on Three in most places.

Cheers

Steve

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Apr-07-2016 @ 11:27 PM                           Permalink
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SteveO,
Your set up seems to be similar to mine. However, I don't know if my antenna is working correctly. It has a magnetic base, and I believe it is intended to "stick" to a metal baseplate. Having a plastic boat getting a metallic ground plane is somewhat difficult. I was wondering if your antenna was of similar construction, and if so, how you manage to get the antenna to work efficiently.

Clive

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For those with seperate aerials, for a metal ground plane, try a tin lid from a biscuit tin on the roof, it worked resonably well for CB and as the frequency of mobile phones is greater, I would expect it to work very well. Experiment with and without.

best regards, Richard.

Can't wait to be back on our boat on
the Broads.

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Apr-08-2016 @ 8:34 AM                           Permalink
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When I used to use CB radio I often recommended grounding the aerial using a biscuit tin.
Shame that EE has such poor reception on the Broads as its my carrier. One thing though - peace and quiet with no emails, texts or phone calls for a whole week!
How did we all manage before the advent of mobile communication?

DaveHR

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I'll give the biscuit tin lid idea a go.
Thanks


Clive

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Dave HR, EE is not too bad. Give good wifi access in many places and was speaking to a boat owner moored at Loddon who said he could only use EE for decent mobile signal. Apart from that, as has been previously mentioned, unless it's an emergency, sometimes it's not too bad to be without a signal now and again!

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