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Mobile phone network

On 20 Aug 2011 at 6:11pm Chillie 123 wrote:
Hi, apologies if this has been mentioned before, can anyone recommend the strongest mobile network for the Lewes area?
On 21 Aug 2011 at 7:00am Phonic loop wrote:
None of them are brilliant. I'm with O2 and cannot recommend it for Lewes. works one one side of Cliffe High Street but not the other. Doesn't work acceptably in many dwellings. Crap in even the War Memorial area (which is high so you'd expect it to be good). Mind you, iPhones are not renowned for good receptivity and results might vary with a different phone.
On 21 Aug 2011 at 7:58am Tango wrote:
IPhone4 on Vodafone seems to work just fine all over town.
On 21 Aug 2011 at 1:03pm Dickie wrote:
Yep, Vodafone is pretty good in Lewes. O2...not so much.
On 21 Aug 2011 at 10:21pm stevied wrote:
Never had any problems with o2 in the west of the town or Malling, but signal non-existent in Gardeners Arms My wife is with Orange and she has reception problems at home (top of Nevill)
On 21 Aug 2011 at 10:29pm Bongo wrote:
T-Mobile is pretty much OK throughout Lewes.
On 22 Aug 2011 at 12:15am Roger wrote:
Now that Orange and T-Mobile switch between each other, they work well in most areas of town
On 22 Aug 2011 at 8:19am bastian wrote:
I use o2 and the only place where coverage is poor is castle ditch lane area.
On 22 Aug 2011 at 12:19pm Penguin wrote:
I live at the top of Nevill and am with Orange. I used to have a Nokia which got great reception up there (and everywhere really), but have changed to an HTC and it is now terrible. Guess therefore its not all about the network, but depends on your phone as well.
On 22 Aug 2011 at 4:22pm Ed Can Do wrote:
I used to be on Three and got near perfect reception everywhere in town except for Station Street. Sadly it didn't work at all at work so I switched to O2 and still get pretty great reception all over town. The handset you have makes a huge difference though. If you're silly enough to have an iPhone then it matters little what network you're on, you'll get terrible reception everywhere you go. Nokias tend to pick up signals in places other phones can't and I've not had my new Sony Ericsson long enough to pass judgement yet.
On 22 Aug 2011 at 8:18pm Here we go again... wrote:
Silly enough to have the smart phone that sets the standards for all other phones? Pure prejudice or what Ed?

On 23 Aug 2011 at 10:46am Ed Can Do wrote:
Silly enough to have the smart phone that advertises as features things that other smart phones have been doing for decades.

Facetime? It's like video calling from the late 90's only you can only do it in a wireless hotspot. Thousands of apps? Almost all of them replicate something you can do on a phone's browser for free without paying the silly appstore download charge. Computer connectivity? First you install iTunes which hammers your computer's system resources then you have to sync the thing and have issues with Apple's DRM whereas on a normal phone you just plug in the USB cable and drag and drop what you want in windows explorer. The list goes on.

The iPhone is very good at making the capabilities of phones years ago accessible to people who never realised they could do that. Sadly for those people, they pay a massive premium to do so. It's not prejudice, I just see no logical reason to own an iPhone when all it does is the same thing as everything else only not as well and for more money. Nobody has yet been able to show me something an iPhone can do that my first Panasonic smart phone couldn't do ten years ago, apart from the interface and I'm personally a fan of buttons on my technology (Although I do now have a touchscreen phone).
On 23 Aug 2011 at 10:59am Independent thinker wrote:
Stevied, What is it about the Gardeners? I'm on Vodafone and it works everywhere but the back bar of the Gardeners Arms. Makes it impossible for my wife to call me to ask where I am and when I'm coming home. You can imagine how upsetting that is for me.
On 23 Aug 2011 at 11:09am bastian wrote:
there are a few pubs that have no coverage,perhaps we should draw up a map of secret drinking places
On 23 Aug 2011 at 11:27am Kettle wrote:
Now Bastian - I thought you wanted to spend more time with your family.
On 23 Aug 2011 at 9:18pm Deja Vu wrote:
The iPhone makes it easy. simple, intuitive and fun. All other phones make you work hard to use their features. Most people don't have the time or the inclination.
We've been here before Ed.

Android is getting there but still so much less smooth than an iPhone. The others are yesterday.
On 24 Aug 2011 at 8:05am DFL wrote:
Here's a BBC map of 3G/2G coverage

Check it out here »
On 25 Aug 2011 at 9:21pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I'm with Vodafone, and the nearest spot to the Gardeners I could get it to work used to be Bunces doorway! It may have improved, I haven't been to the Gardeners for yonks.
My work phone is Orange and it will only work in certain parts of the house (Nevill). Unfortunately, which part of the house seems to vary. I used to have to stand right by the front door, now it seems to prefer upstairs, but only at the back.
It's very infuriating that they vary so much. Vodafone doesn't work at all within a mile or so of my mate's house in Surrey, but Orange and T-mobile are fine. I work in Seaford a lot, and Orange is poor, but Vodafone doesn't work in lots of bits of Ringmer but is fine in Seaford.
There are worse places though. I stayed in the lakes a few years ago, and the only place any of us could get a signal was in a boat on Ullswater!

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