Suffolk/Essex: Mobile phone signal campaign gets readers’ backing

The EADT is calling for better mobile phone coverage in Suffolk and north Essex

The EADT is calling for better mobile phone coverage in Suffolk and north Essex - Credit: Archant

Support is growing for a campaign to eradicate mobile phone blackspots in Suffolk and north Essex.

The EADT is on a crusade to end the scandal of people living in areas where they cannot use their mobiles – often needed in emergencies.

Since the Let’s Get Connected campaign was launched on Monday people have been describing the level of service they receive across the region.

Mick wrote on social networking site Streetlife about the signal available in Mendlesham near Stowmarket.

He said: “I’ve signed the petition. Although the signal strength in Mendlesham may show four or five, when you actually make a call it’s not uncommon to be disconnected almost straight away.

“I usually have to go upstairs near a window to get anything like a stable O2 connection. Vodafone was the same. Hopefully more people will sign.”

John S commented about the mobile strength in Felixstowe.

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He said: “I agree about O2 being very patchy in Felixstowe for phone coverage with mobile broadband darting around between GPRS and 3G to such an extent that downloading updates (e.g. for Windows 7) can be highly unpredictable. Even booking a library computer using the less than fabulous new Netloan wizard is highly time consuming and unpredictable using an O2 mobile broadband.”

On Tuesday the campaign was backed by rural development minister David Heath who said he would continue to press for action.

Large parts of Suffolk and north Essex are blighted by poor mobile phone coverage. Research by the EADT has revealed that several Suffolk villages and towns receive no coverage from some of the major network providers.

Vodafone customers cannot make or receive a call in Aldeburgh, Orford, or Framlingham., while people using O2 will struggle in Hoxne, Bramfield or Wickhambrook.

Mobile phone customers have also been backing the campaign on Twitter.

Tracey wrote: “It’s dangerous, we have mobiles in case of emergency and car breakdowns. Whole UK should be covered, is a national rural issue.”

James Garrett commented on the signal in Needham Market. He said: “Mobile signal in Needham for O2. As for 3G that’s a pipe dream.”

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