Roseland Online has discovered that the phone provider, Orange, has a new policy of giving away their signal boxes, worth £50, to those in bad or no signal areas. As such, we’re urging those with Orange contracts and a WiFi connection to contact their provider and ask for one, to increase the coverage for everyone on Orange and EE phones.
The Harbour Gallery in Portscatho has just installed just such a box and they will be having it permanently working 24/7 from 4th January 2015. The signal, which uses in-house WiFi to boost the reception, has around a 50 feet reach (walls depending) and uses very little of the user’s WiFi usage, according to Orange.
To apply for a box, the recipient’s registered address will need to be in an area where signal is poor, or non existent, have personal WiFi to plug into and have an Orange contract to get their free Phone Signal Booster box.
Vodaphone did a similar scheme in the UK but it was limited to 100 areas around the country and needed a ‘village sponsor’ to apply for it. The deadline for this passed on 31st October 2014. Other providers are not available at this time.
Like with the successful rollout of Superfast Broadband, Roseland Online is trying to engage with Orange to provide them with a multitude of these boxes for distribution to strategic places, but in the mean time, if you have a contract and live or work in an area where it could help the general public, we urge you to apply and switch it on for all to benefit.