EE and Three to Make Mobile Dead Spots a Thing of the Past

Person Using iPhone

Our phones have Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and a fair few have NFC (near field communication) too. There’s an entire plethora of networks to keep us all connected and in tune with global and familial happenings alike but that relies on a key factor. It might only take us a few seconds to send and receive a text or make a call or even download something via 3 or 4G networks but that all depends on the range that we are to them. It’s an almighty nightmare when we’ve chosen to take a rural excursion where the network coverage is about as reliable as a chocolate teapot but that’s hardly our fault now is it? It’s incredibly expensive for networks to extend coverage to these areas but thankfully, EE and Three have now come up with an ingenious solution.

That solution? Wi-Fi. Even in areas with questionable phone connections, Wi-Fi is still a common feature in many homes because frankly staying connected is important even if we don’t explicitly do that via texts or phone calls. Under EE’s direction, once you connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network, your handset will automatically switch communication from EE’s network to your broadband provider. From then you’d be able to make high quality phone calls and send texts as the data reroutes to EE from your broadband provider, all encrypted to protect you from unwanted snooping. It’s not clear if it would do this only in cases where you have a poor connection to your mobile network but as EE users ‘won’t notice a thing’ when it happens I would assume that that’s the case.

Three, on the other hand, will be launching ‘ThreeInTouch’ in “early August”. Using similar tech to EE, the systems work almost exactly the same except for the fact that Three users would have to use an app in order to make calls and texts via Wi-Fi. Other than that, not a great deal is known about Three’s plan at the moment but we’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Via EE, Three.