Due to be spending some time at Blandford in the next few weeks, can someone advise on the best mobile network to be on whilst I'm there? I've heard bad things about Orange and average about Vodafone/02.
The mobile coverage in Blandford is sh1t for a reason. Those who are destined to be great communicators get calls, those who are destined for the RD path whinge about lack of signal. Those destined for the Supervisor trade buy lots of geekery to make up for the lack of signal.
8 or 9 years ago, I worked for a company in Blandford. We ran some training for Vodafone network planning engineers. Lo and behold, they had no phone signal. The very next week, all fixed. I believe that is still the case...
My present company is based in Blandford, and has Vodafone as the company phone provider in UK. A couple of years back, the bean counters decreed that O2 would offer a much better deal, and all switched to new SIMs. Within a month, they were cap in hand to Vodafone asking for the same terms back, and O2 were told to foxtrot oscar.
Agree with that - if you're going to have a mobile Vodafone is the only network to give reasonable coverage. You may get a signal with others, if you lean out the window etc, but Vodafone is pretty consistent.
Quite liked Blandford and the surrounding area, but it is a pain getting anywhere more distant (I don't miss 4 years of being stuck behind tractors, caravans, HGVs, people doing 35 in a 60 etc etc etc).