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1) Does the issue happen in just one location? If so, how far do you have to travel to regain service?
- Yes, when going into town I again get a signal.
2) What is the full postcode (e.g. ST1 1AA) of where the issue occurs? If you don't want this showing on the Community, add it to your profile here.
- Added to profile.
3) Does the issue occur if you try your SIM card in a different phone?
- N/A - I am using a Pod Tracker (https://www.podtrackers.com/) which does not have a SIM.
4) What errors are seen or heard when the issue occurs?
- No signal in local area.
5) Does this happen on 2G, 3G, 4G or all?
- The device is 2G only, so as far as I'm aware it only affects the 2G network.
6) When did you first notice this issue?
- 26th May, and the 2G network has been unavailable locally since then.
7) Is the issue permanent or intermittent? If intermittent, are there certain times of the day when it occurs?
- The issue appears to be permanent.
Thanks for the information. We have had good 2G coverage without any issues since September last year though, until it suddenly stopped working 26th May and we now do not have any signal at all.
Is there perhaps a problem with the local mast? When the problem first appeared I searched for it online and found some info to the effect that there was a known problem with the mast, but that it had supposedly just been fixed.
Further to previous information, I have now been informed that EE/T-Mobile have just fixed a problem in our area. The Vodafone problem remains though. Could it be that a mast/mobile tower is shared where there has been some damage so the Vodafone part also has to be repaired?
@JohanL In order for us to look into this further, we'd need the coverage to be tested with a SIM card in a mobile device to establish how the connection is performing.
Do you have a friend/family member in the local area that would be able to provide you with this information?
No, unfortunately I'm not aware of anyone in the local area with a Vodafone SIM card. If this is required, would you be able to provide me with a temporary SIM card for testing purposes? Alternatively, I have the IMSI number of the device I'm using in case that helps?
The Pod Tracker does use the Vodafone 2G network, but it is a sealed unit. I had assumed the SIM technology was built in (similar to how you can get some phones with built in SIM/without a SIM slot these days), but I suppose there may be a SIM card inside. In any case, as the unit is sealed, it's not possible to get access to the SIM to use it in a phone.
To be clear though, it has worked fine with good 2G coverage since September last year, until it stopped getting any signal on (or around) 26th May. I've had technical support from Pod Tracker to factory reset it and they have confirmed (by connecting to the Pod via WiFi) that there does not appear to be a problem with the device itself.
This leads us to believe there is a problem with the local Vodafone 2G mast, so could this please be investigated/confirmed from your end?
I have now received the Vodafone SIM card and have put it in a (2G only) phone. The signal varies between zero and one bars in the garden (no signal inside the house), so it seems to me that this confirms there is a problem.
According to your coverage checker, there should be better signal in our area (which there also was until ~26th May): "Outdoors and indoors - you should be able to make and receive calls and texts."
Based on this info, could an engineer now please be arranged to investigate and fix the problem?