Friday, 6 April 2012

When being sensible gets you a bad reception

When you’re working from home via the Internet you need to ensure you can always get broadband access. I changed my mobile phone a few months before we moved from the Scottish Borders to Somerset and I needed to know if there was good reception in the new area. However, we didn’t know exactly where we were going to live.

I checked the coverage maps online and it was obvious that none of the companies claimed blanket coverage of the area. My wife and I were both using Vodafone so with my sensible hat on I chose 3 Mobile on the theory that we will have at least one phone that works.

In one way it worked perfectly as Vodafone has excellent coverage in our new age. Sadly 3 does not. If I want to use my phone at home I have to stand out in the garden on a raised patio. It seems to work better if I raise one leg in the air.

For phone Internet access at home I rely on our wireless modem. When I am out and about my phone erupts with beeps and alerts when we slip into a pocket of reception.

Over the past few days I have received a number of calls when I am at home from an 0800 number. Of course, the lack of reception means the call cuts off when I answer it.

Last night they finally managed to get through and it was a nice man from the sub-continent offering me great deals for a new iPhone. It was actually a good deal so it was unfortunate that I had to refuse citing that I will leave 3 as soon as my contract ends as I can hardly use my phone.

To the caller’s credit he did sound genuinely upset for me. He may have even had some possible solutions for me but the reception died and he disappeared.

So the moral of the story is that being sensible doesn’t pay. I’m considering taking this motto into all areas of my life from now. I’m hoping I will have a lot more fun.

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