Do you have to go outside – or even up the road – to get a decent mobile phone signal? While much of Pebmarsh is now served by high-speed broadband, it's still a dead spot for many mobile service providers.

Some residents may, however, have started using 'wi-fi calling' (depending on their mobile provider), which means they can use their Android or Apple phones at home – the signal goes directly into their broadband router,  bypassing the patchy local cellular network.

Check with your mobile provider (Vodafone, O2, EE, BT Mobile etc) for details, and to find out if your particular handset offers 'wi-fi calling' – most iPhones should but many older Android phones will not.

Pebmarsh residents who are signed up to BT Broadband and BT Mobile have another option, called Signal Assist, which provides a powerful 3G signal within their property. This device costs around £25 (delivered) and plugs into a spare port on the back of the 'Home Hub' router. 

Only BT SIMs linked to that broadband account can use the service, but it will work for all but the oldest mobile phones, and may prove to be a lot cheaper than upgrading to a new model compatible with 'wi-fi calling'.

A Pebmarsh resident who's just started using BT Signal Assist can confirm that it works well, and means trips to the loft to send or receive a text or call are now a thing of the past!
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