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Help us search for a signal

We all pay the same to run our mobile phones, regardless of where we live. But rural businesses and individuals tell the Countryside Alliance they have a far poorer service.


The Countryside Alliance is asking people in rural areas to become phone detectives and help us map real phone reception rates across the UK.

We are searching for evidence to ensure people living in the countryside are not forgotten by mobile phone companies and that they benefit from the Government’s £150m mobile phone infrastructure project.

Scottish Countryside Alliance Director James Stewart said  “Passengers on Glasgow's Subway network are now able to use their mobile phones underground. Coverage is available for O2 customers in five of the busiest stations - Buchanan Street, St Enoch, Hillhead, Partick and Govan.

However many of Scotland’s outlying villages and towns are really struggling to achieve a consistent signal. The rates of phone coverage quoted by phone companies are a best case scenario. We all know how much phone reception can vary in the countryside and we feel households and businesses based there at a disadvantage.”

The Countryside Alliance is asking people to download the free RootMetrics app onto their smartphone or tablet and use it while they are at home as well as while they are out and about.

The app tests the strength of their signal and automatically records the result. You can also use it to check which company provides the best service in your area.

For further information on how to use the app and to see results so far, visit

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