Since moving villages I no longer get a mobile phone signal at home. My current mobile phone contract is up next month and the excuse of not getting a signal at home plus the fact they will not unlock phones for free has pushed me away from my current provider.
So this month I had my phone unlocked and have been trying other networks.
As part of this testing I made a number of interesting discoveries.
Dependant on whose sim you have in and if you restore your phone from a backup or set up as new you get a few minor differences.
The first thing I spotted was the Cellular Menu became a Mobile Menu, also the options in here differed but not really surprising. No the surprising thing was things like security options, on the old sim I only had auto lock from instant to 15 minutes, but when the phone was setup as new with the sim from another network it had options up to four hours!
I would have thought the functionality would have remained fairly constant.
Now that my testing has finished I have a few choices to make. A review of the main UK networks was published this week, and the one I am on came top, but this network does not work at home and I still need to use my mobile at home. The network that works best at home came worst and in my testing was worst for data.
With those results in mind I am not quite sure what I am going to do. I could remember to put a divert on my mobile before heading home but what if I forget, and there is the cost.
I could just change networks and put up with a better service at home but poorer data elsewhere (though things are looking like changing in the coming year). Or even go to two phone. A basic mobile with my main number on it and the best data sim in my smart phone.
Not sure yet but I have till the next month to decide.