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Ofcom Recommends 2G Handsets Over Smartphones For UK Countryside

A new research has showed that Smartphones are worse in connectivity than 2G enabled mobile phones in remote areas in the United Kingdom.

The research conducted by telecom watchdog OfCom has revealed that users should invest in mobile phones different than latest Smartphones, if they prioritise best reception for calls.

"As would be expected, all the 2G operators have widespread coverage of the roads that were surveyed with relatively few not-spots. 3G coverage is much lower on the roads driven, likely reflecting the stage of network roll out in Devon at the time of the study.” the OfCom has reported (opens in new tab).

The report also says that the 3G enabled Smartphones such as iPhone and Android-based Smartphones from different manufacturers offer great access to Internet and other high speed technologies but lag behind when it comes to making or receiving a simple call in rural areas in the UK.

The regulator went on to add that older phones passed the call testing with 97 percent success rate while latest Smartphones managed only 95 percent during the test. However, hardly any difference was spotted in the sound quality between the two generation handsets.

Recommendations provided by Ofcom can be reached here [pdf] (opens in new tab).

Ravi Mandalia
Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.