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How do I check mobile phone coverage in my area?

Mobile phone in handThe strength of a mobile signal varies depending on where you live and which provider you choose.

So, just because you enjoy a strong signal with your current provider doesn't mean that a competitor will necessarily provide the same coverage.

Ofcom's Mobile Coverage Checker provides a single-stop for consumers and businesses across the UK to discover the quality of the mobile coverage in areas where they live and work, or somewhere they intend to move.

Users can zoom to a specific location on a UK map, or simply enter a place name or postcode, to receive data on coverage for each mobile network - down to 100 square meters. The map uses data provided by EE, O2, Three and Vodafone.

Each area has been ranked with a colour-coded system, with green showing the highest likelihood of mobile coverage and red the lowest. The map shows:

  • voice and data coverage by mobile operator;
  • coverage inside and outside of buildings; and
  • topographical information allowing users to identify areas where there are natural obstructions to coverage, such as valleys and hills.

Ofcom is inviting users to check their coverage experience and leave feedback, which will help refine and improve the tool.

Ofcom's Mobile Coverage Checker