Signal problems mapped by alliance

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Nearly 1,000 samples of mobile phone reception in Belper have been collected as part of a project to map poor signal areas.

In June the Countryside Alliance put out a call for smart phone owners to download the free RootMetrics app and send back samples of the mobile phone signal where they are.

The alliance is searching for evidence to ensure people living in the countryside are not forgotten by mobile phone companies and that they benefit from the Government’s £150m mobile phone infrastructure project.

Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner, said: “We are delighted by the fantastic support we are getting for our campaign. It is very important that we can prove that some people living in the countryside are not getting a good deal from their phone service providers.The rates of phone coverage quoted by phone companies are a best case scenario.”