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Coverage

Not only have we comprehensively tested the signal quality but we’ve also scoured the web and called all the mobile networks to confirm how good their network coverage is so we could compile it into the table below. Now you have a conclusive reference source so you can directly compare how strong a signal you’ll get no matter which network you choose to change to.

You can click the headers to sort each column allowing you to quickly see which networks have the best signal and which have the weakest. You can also click the name of each network to learn who provides the coverage for each network and see detailed coverage maps for your particular area. This allows you to find out how strong a signal you’ll have at home or at work.

As you can see, all network have a high 99% coverage range for 2G networks which cover texts and voice calls. However, the strength of the signal can vary a lot even in areas that are covered so you might find that certain networks give better coverage indoors than others. Also, the 3G coverage varies quite significantly – if you need high-speed data access, it’s worthwhile to find a mobile network that offers a very strong 3G signal in your area.

We have also included up-to-date 4G coverage for the UK in the table below, but for more details please check out our dedicated 4G coverage page.

Network 2G Signal 3G Signal 4G Signal
3 99% 93% 20%
O2 99% 91% 41%
Vodafone 99% 89% 36%
Orange 99% 93% 73%
T-Mobile 99% 93% 73%
Giffgaff 99% 91% 41%
EE 99% 93% 73%
Virgin Mobile 99% 93% -
ASDA Mobile 99% 93% -
Family Mobile 99% 93% -
Lebara 99% 89% -
TalkMobile 99% 89% -
Tesco Mobile 99% 91% 41%
Tru 99% 89% -
Vectone 99% 93% -
LycaMobile 99% 93% 73%
Delight Mobile 99% 93% -
Dialog Vizz Mobile 99% 89% -
GT Mobile 99% 91% -
iCard Mobile 99% 89% -
Now Mobile 99% 93% -
Stan Mobile 99% 93% -
Samba Mobile 99% 93% -
Ovivo Mobile - - -
Bemilo 99% 89% -
Green Mobile 99% 89% -
White Mobile 99% 93% -
Mobile by Sainsbury’s 99% 89% -
Allpay Mobile 99% 89% -
Banana Mobile 99% 93% -
C Mobile 99% 93% -
The Co-operative Mobile 99% 93% -
Freedomtalk Mobile 99% 89% -
RSPCA Mobile 99% 93% -
Talkxtra Mobile 99% 89% -
Wildlife Mobile 99% 89% -
Econet 99% 93% -
Kontakt Mobile 99% 89% -
Lomo Mobile 99% 93% -
Simple Call Mobile 99% 93% -
Smart Pinoy 99% 89% -
Talk Home Mobile 99% 93% -

15 Responses to “Coverage”

  1. person287 8 July 2011 at 09:38 Permalink

    Just out of interest is this population or area coverage because that could make a really big difference if you’re going out of big cities like London?

    • Mobile Network Comparison 8 July 2011 at 10:08 Permalink

      These are meant to be population coverages. This means that 99% of the population is covered by 2G networks by every operator. The differences in the coverage between the operators are hard to grasp from a blunt figure like this especially once you go outside of the big cities. The best way to know whether you’ll be covered or not is to look at individual operators’ coverage maps (linked from this table) or even to buy PAYG SIMs and test yourself.

  2. Peter 6 January 2012 at 21:29 Permalink

    Virgin 3G coverage is the same as T-Mobile – 93%.

    • Chris 7 January 2012 at 18:55 Permalink

      That’s because Virgin actualy use the T-mobile signal and more recently also use the Orange network, so you can choose between them.

  3. Dr David Gee 23 February 2012 at 13:35 Permalink

    The UK is still the poor relation in Europe and the Nordic region when it comes to mobile phone coverage. Considering for example that Vodafone have been in business since 1986, coverage is still abysmal in many places. Every one of the UK operators hide behind the “population coverage” and fail to address the massive geographic black holes that still exist.
    I travel extensively throughout the USA, the Nordic Region and mainland Europe and rarely am starved of a mobile phone signal. Not so here in the UK. The lame excuses made by the UK network operators are just that – lame – if they spent as much on adding transmitters as they do on marketing, we would have networks like our country cousins. Instead we pay high prices for extremely poor service.
    The only reason I use Vodafone is that they sell their “SureSignal” package. There is no mobile phone coverage from any network operator where I live, so I have to use a provider who at least enables me to connect albeit through the Internet. If Vodafone’s management used their “little grey cells” they could set up thousands of high power “SureSignal” systems in areas with zero or poor coverage and wipe the floor with their competition – but they’re never going to do that – they don’t have the brain power to put it into action.

  4. David Hadley 9 April 2012 at 12:52 Permalink

    I am waiting for my SYM card…will I be able to keep my exisiting phone number ???

  5. b hodgkinson 9 April 2012 at 12:56 Permalink

    I have bought a 3G mobile probably by mistake as the coverage in my area is ok for 2G outside but zero for 3G. Will the mobile be able to operate as though it was a 2G phone,or is it kerput.

  6. Jonathan Jeffrey Cox 1 June 2013 at 14:50 Permalink

    Three No Longer Offer 2G

  7. hannah 21 July 2013 at 21:29 Permalink

    I have lost my network and can’t get it bk it keeps sayin unable to connet try later i have a s2 i can go on intenet and google play just can’t recieve or makes calls

  8. shuja 26 August 2013 at 22:47 Permalink

    My Now Mobile sim won’t work on my new unlocked phone. It appears as ‘NOT ALLOWED’. Why is this I wonder.

  9. Teresa Morgan 2 August 2014 at 12:53 Permalink

    I live in Northern Ireland – what is the coverage here?


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