3G & 4G coverage checker: how high-speed is your area?

Every year, Tesco Mobile’s network partner, O2, rolls out better and more comprehensive 4G coverage across the UK.  In 2016, O2 plan to implement a network that will bring 4G and 3G coverage to 98% of the population of the United Kingdom. This is great news for us, and even better news for our customers as even more of them will be able to access 4G speeds from their smartphones.

That sounds fantastic, but what is 4G?

Wireless communications technology in devices such as mobile phones really took off in the early 1990s, when the 2G network introduced features such as text (or SMS) for the first time. The two decades that followed have seen this technology upgraded with the birth of 3G – which brought us online browsing and video calling – followed by 4G, which allows a faster and higher quality download and upload speeds for email and web browsing.

The results of this are that Tesco Mobile customers with devices such as 4G phones and tablets can browse the web, stream video, and access games with increased speed and reliability.

Does everywhere in the UK get 3G and 4G coverage?

It’s only a matter of time. O2’s 4G network coverage currently covers most major towns and cities in the UK, and this network is growing every day.

It can be hugely frustrating to purchase a new phone only to find that the network signal is weak or not available in your area. So before you place your order online, be sure to check the level of network coverage where you live and work with our coverage checker. Simply pop in your postcode and select from 2G, 3G or 4G to see the coverage in areas you go to most.

Customers who live outside major cities, particularly in more remote areas of Yorkshire, the Scottish Highlands & Islands, and Wales should be aware that 4G coverage in these regions is still being developed. However, with O2’s commitment to bringing 3G and 4G coverage to 98% of the UK in 2016, don’t forget to check back regularly to see updates on 4G coverage.

Our coverage checker has been designed with our customers in mind, so that you can see all the information that’s relevant to your 3G or 4G purchase. If you’re experiencing problems with your signal, O2 also have a live status checker to discover the source of the issue, such as maintenance work. This is updated hourly every single day, so any problems with the 3G and 4G networks will be reported. However, should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.