3G reception

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  1. skyminding

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    Hello allI'm going on an expedition to the north of Scotland and am concerned about 3G reception for iPhone. (I use it to tether to my PC). Has anybody used any sort of antenna or signal booster that improved 3G reception in remote areas? I know there are lots of devices but I'm looking for something like a roof top antenna.
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    Which network are you on?

    We tour regularly in the North and NW of Scotland. Most recently at Easter we travelled form John O groats to Ullapool all around the coast. 3G signal almost all the way on my iPhone on "3" network. We could tether my iPhone to laptops and iPads to it with no problem at all.

    I also have another iPhone on Vodafone, what a waste of space, even if you are under a mobile mast you still can't get a decent 3G signal, even in a built up area.

    If you are wilding miles off the beaten track you will most likely not get any 3G signal, even with a super dooper booster, simply because you are just not close enough to a mast.

    Haver a great trip......:thumb:


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    From experience I can tell you that Huwei 3g MIFI will pick up a good solid broadband signal in areas where your 3G iPhone 5 won't. This has happened on several occasions. Obviously if there is no 3 network coverage, your stuffed.

    I bought a used unit for £28 and get 3gig 3g simcards off Amazon for £10.

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    Same as Callum above, I'm on 3 and don't often have no signal when in the Highlands. We tour up there twice a year and I get a signal most places. My wife is on O2 so if I can't get a signal she sometimes can.

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    Is the Vodafone data network the same as 3g network?

    I am on Vodafone ,sometimes the icon on my phone will say 3g when using data.
    Do the phone companies mix and swap their available data in a certain area?
     
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    3G is the type of network, rather than the network itself. All the networks have extensive 3G coverage including Vodaphone and 3. The phone companies do not mix and swap. The only exception is Orange and T Mobile, who are now part of the same group.
     
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