I really think the 3G/4G networks are poor coverage and poor performance.
Patchy. Particularly on trains.
I really don't think any network stands out above the rest; anecdotally I hear people from every network criticising the network they use.
Where one network is great, another is better, but elsewhere that same network is worse and so on... overall, no difference.
This hasn't really improved over the years. Sure, 4G has come along and some operators have rolled it out earlier than others, but it's not really Everything Everywhere is it. That brand name is simply not true. Rather, it should be Something Somewhere.
Mobile networks are meant to be for, MOBILE, users, so the service should be everywhere and good.
I really wish that someone would invest in mobile internet radio delivered by satellite as this is showing promise.
How, I'm not expecting small svelte satellite phones, but where I think improvements could be are reducing the size of the receiving equipment. Reasonable mobile internet speeds via satellite ARE POSSIBLE today, BUT the antennas are around the size of medium sized crockery dishes or placemats. If these could be reduced to a third or quarter of the size then this makes working at a notebook/laptop on the train practical without invading the space of other passengers. See this article.
I really hope progress is made here, to compete with the UK mobile phone operators for mobile broadband internet.
Does anyone have any more information that's more up to date.
With 600 pounds being the cost of many smart phones, I'd rather pay for equipment that can deliver decent reliable mobile internet service.
After all, what's the point of a quad core smart phone when the network it's attached to is the equivalent of a damp string.