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The best and worst UK towns and cities for mobile signal

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Stockport is the worst place in Britain for having mobile signal, research reveals.

Residents of the Greater Manchester town regularly experience a lack of signal strength across all four of the UK’s major networks – Three, Vodafone, EE and O2.

The London borough of Bromley is next in the list of least connected towns followed by Swindon, Wakefield and Nottingham.

The network most likely to offer the weakest signal strength is Three – in towns including Stockport, Swindon, Swansea and Cardiff.

The study by yboo, a price comparison app for SIM-only deals, shows York is the best place to live for strong signal regardless of network.

Llandudno, the North Wales coastal town, and the city of Norwich in Norfolk were the next best-connected places.

The release of the findings coincide with the launch of yboo’s ‘My Coverage Map’ feature, which offers personalised network recommendations to ensure users can access the best signal strength aligned to where they live, work and hang out.

The top 10 towns and cities for having weak mobile signal across all four major networks:

  1. Stockport, North West (Three is the weakest network)
  2. Bromley, Greater London (Vodafone is the weakest network)
  3. Swindon, South West (Three is the weakest network)
  4. Wakefield, Yorkshire and the Humber (O2 is the weakest network)
  5. Nottingham, East Midlands (O2 is the weakest network)
  6. Derby, West Midlands (EE is the weakest network)
  7. Wolverhampton, West Midlands (EE is the weakest network)
  8. Swansea, Wales (Three is the weakest network)
  9. Cardiff, Wales (Three is the weakest network)
  10. Milton Keyes, East Midlands (O2 is the weakest network)

The top 10 towns and cities for having the best mobile signal across all four major networks:

  1. York, Yorkshire and the Humber
  2. Llandudno, Wales
  3. Norwich, East of England
  4. Belfast, Northern Ireland
  5. Glasgow, Scotland
  6. Southampton, South East
  7. Liverpool, North West
  8. Islington, North London
  9. Ealing, West London
  10. Ilford, Greater London

Martyn Gould, founder and CEO at yboo, said: “This is the first time that the public has been able to access accurate, unbiased and transparent information relating to signal strength in a way that is relevant and personalised for them.

“The mobile industry has been notoriously confusing for the past 15 years and our goal is to help people to find the best network based on their usage of minutes, texts, data and WiFi in the places that are most important for them. Not only can people make significant savings on their mobile bills, but they can also avoid that most irritating of situations – getting cut off due to a lack of signal!”

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