Vodafone is retiring Sure Signal from its network in September 2021. For users of Sure Signal devices, these will stop working – depending on the coverage in your area, this means that you may no longer be able to make and receive calls and text messages. In this article, we will explore what actions you can take to ensure service will continue, as well as alternative solutions.
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Why is Sure Signal Shutting down?
Sure Signal is part of a group of devices known as femtocells – other variants include the O2 Boostbox, EE Signal Box, and Three Home Signal. These devices provide a 3G signal within your premises so that you can make and receive calls and text messages – however, due to continued investment in 4G and 5G by the mobile network operators, 3G is being phased out and will be completely shut down across the UK by 2023. This means that other operators will follow Vodafone in discontinuing this service. Many countries have already phased out 3G, with Germany having completed this process in July 2021 – you can learn more about the 3G switch off in the UK here.
Alternatives to Vodafone Sure Signal
Whilst most mobile network operators recommend WiFi Calling, this is not always going to be viable for some users – firstly, broadband coverage may not be adequate in your area, and WiFi Calling is not available on many mobile devices. In most domestic settings, a low-power, plug and play mobile repeater is recommended. For enterprise settings, a mobile repeater system may be used, depending on the required capacity – this will use a combination of an external antenna and internal coverage units to dissipate the signal across a large area. Other alternatives include Small Cells, Distributed Antenna Systems and Mobile Private Networks – our team can provide a free desktop survey in order to identify the best solution for your needs.
Further Information and Legalities of Mobile Signal Boosters
Fear not – despite 3G being shut down and, in turn, many of the mobile network operators’ femtocell devices, there is a solution to improve your mobile signal. Just be aware that not all mobile signal boosters are legal in the UK – the use of such illegal products will lead to a large fine. Unfortunately, it’s not illegal for companies to sell such products, and a quick Google search will show lots of low-cost results. We are one of the few providers in the UK certified to supply and install legal mobile repeaters – be sure to check out our article for further information and stay on the right side of the law. Want to know more? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.