National Roaming Could Make Having No Phone Signal a Thing of the Past

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's incredibly frustrating when you find yourself without signal, but it's even worse when you have to deal with a friend's smugness just because their network has more masts in the area. Fortunately plans are underway that could see all that change.

Sajid Javid, the UK Culture Secretary, wants to introduce a scheme that would allow mobile users to utilise the signal from other networks if they're in areas where their home network has a weak, or non-existent, signal.

This idea has been met with some opposition from the telecoms industry, which believes that implementing this scheme would remove the incentive for networks to improve and expand their existing infrastructure.

But if this idea does ever come to fruition, then it could only be a good thing for the millions of mobile users in this country who struggle with lost signal. That is, of course, provided it doesn't come bundled with extortionate charges. [BBC via TechRadar]