Help Countryside Aliance map phone reception rates

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

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.

Now they 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.

Countryside Alliance executive chairman Barney White-Spunner, said: “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.

The information will be used to lobby phone companies and the government to improve rural reception.

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