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Bad Phone Coverage means Tenants Reject Properties

Em Morley - December 19, 2012

A recent survey of more than 2,000 people has revealed the significance of a good mobile phone reception to renters and people moving house.

Bad Phone Coverage means Tenants Reject Properties

Bad Phone Coverage means Tenants Reject Properties

The study asked respondents aged 16 and over if they would rent a property with a bad mobile phone signal, with 46% saying that they would not.

In regard to buying a home with poor mobile phone reception, over half (54%) said that they would not. In London, this figure rose to 64%.

Rootmetrics, a network testing company, conducted this research. Their CEO, Bill Moore, states: “While there are obviously more important considerations when it comes to weighing the pros and cons of a house move, there’s no doubt that mobile phone coverage is becoming a factor in the decision-making process.”1

These figures also come in a period where fixed lines in homes are being replaced by mobile phones.

Ofcom explored this change in July, when they found that calls from landlines have dropped more than 10% since 2011, and 15% of homes in the UK only use mobile phones.

More recently, research company fast.MAP have undertaken a survey exposing that 37% of consumers in the UK would be happy to give up their landline and stick to using mobile phones in their homes.

1 http://www.rman.co.uk/latest-news/article/bad-mobile-phone-coverage-means-tenants-reject-properties