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
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.