2G Mobiles Recommended For Countryside Users

2G enabled mobile phones are better than smartphones when it comes to making and completing calls in rural areas of the UK, according to telecoms watchdog OfCom.
Research by the regulator has revealed that while 3G smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy S II offer super fast internet browsing and other high speed technologies, they fail to match 2G mobiles for reception quality in remote areas as they allow less internal space for aerials.
Older phones tested by the watchdog had 97 per cent call success rate – 2 per cent more than the latest 3G handsets.
Ofcom’s report said: “In the more rural areas that the phones were tested, entry-level phones generally returned somewhat better performance than smartphones for call completion and call set-up.”
“This may be due to the reduced complexity of antenna on these devices and 2G phones not having issues in switching between 2G and 3G networks.”
The research also found that there was no difference in sound quality between 2G and 3G devices.
“Performance differences are likely in practice to be modest, and not necessarily a factor that consumers should base their choice of phone on,” the report added.