I will be going on a mini crusie in Skye and Inner Hebrides next summer. What will be the mobile phone coverage there?
Possibly non-existent offshore. Coverage follows people and there are few people on the Hebrides.
The BBC recently did a survey of coverage. I would look for that on their site. Alternatively - check what the main phone service providers say is on offer (BT, O2, Vodaphone, 3, Orange, etc).
And don't forget hills block signals. Lots of hills there.Edited: 9 years ago
Additionally, when you do get a signal it is usually a GSM signal not a 3G signal. That's fine for making calls or sending text messages, but if you planned to use data it is all but hopeless.
I did a cruise this summer around the north of scotland, stopping in Stornoway and Tobermory, generally there is no coverage at sea at all, but I was able to use my mobile in the towns mentioned.
Very detailed and recent map of phone coverage.
It's not by any means 'non-existent' offshore. When you are within sight of the mainland there is often a signal. I get a signal on the ferry to Islay, and when we went to Canna this summer, we had a signal around Eigg and Rum. I'm on O2, but Vodafone is said to be best - it varies, of course.
What's the range of phone masts? 3 miles?
So, yes, if you can see a mast on land, then you might get a signal. I lose my signal on the ferry between Ardrossan and Brodick - about 12 miles.
But, in reality, I wouldn't rely on the signal offshore if you wanted it for something important like online poker or share-dealing.... :-)
Maybe you're on the wrong network Peter! I'm on 02, and when we go to Islay from Kennacraig I have a signal almost all the way. When we came back from Canna a few weeks ago, the texts and emails piled in to my phone as the ferry rounded the north-east coast of Rum. That's about 15 miles off Mallaig.
Vodaphone also has a pretty good coverage :-)
I agree, I'm on the wrong network for rural Scotland - T-mobile/Orange.
But I get half-price cinema tickets from them, so I'm not complaining....
What about 3 ??