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Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:00pm

Post Subject: Phones and Internet

Will I need an external aerial to make and receive phone calls, and connect to the Internet .


Posted: Sat Feb 25, 2012 5:14pm

Post Subject: Phones and Internet

Even with an external aerial you would be very lucky to get any reception in the middle of a tunnel and in some locations where you are in a deep cutting the same could apply if the phone masts in unfortunate positions. Trying to be more practical (again so few details in the question) I use a 3 dongle lodged in a window for internet and I can get it in most places we have visited but sometimes only at dial-up speed. If I had a long "active" USB lead with the dongle mounted on the TV mast or some such things would be better but there will still be places with no or poor reception. As for phones I am on Orange and my wife uses Vodaphone. There are few places where one phone or the other will not ring but often we have to go outside and stand on the cruiser stern to make or receive calls. We are happy with this. However if you want to sit in your boat and make calls over the largest area then an external aerial will make that possible but remember there will almost certainly still be dead spots just as with the phones on land. Tony Brooks

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