If you get poor or even no coverage at home, you'll be interested in hearing about Signal Boost from Orange. Orange is the only network in the UK using UMA (or Unlicensed Mobile Access) technology - a signal boosting technology that Orange have added to a wide range of their mobile phones. UMA technology is available on a range of Android, Blackberry and Nokia handsets, it’s a breeze to set up - and most importantly it's free.
UMA technology works off a Wi-Fi signal allowing you to send and receive your text messages and phone calls over Wi-Fi rather than mobile signal. So if your phone is UMA compatible, and you have access at home to a Wi-Fi connection, you'll be able to send and receive calls and messages even if you've traditionally got poor signal, or no signal whatsoever! And once your Signal Boost handset is up and running all you have to do is keep your WiFi settings on to continue enjoying the benefits of a much better signal and a reliable connection.
In fact, this service works with any Wi-Fi service - so provided you have a UMA phone and the Wi-Fi signal strength is adequate, you'll be able to benefit from a signal boost when out and about, as well as at home!
The Signal Booster app comes with most Orange mobile phones - so if you're concerned about Orange signal in your home (even with their Share Signal partnership with T-Mobile, which extends coverage even further), UMA technology can ease your worries!
Note: As Orange phones are now unavailable to buy online, new customers will be unable to access UMA services.
If you're looking for a new handset, but are struggling to find network signal near you, EE have a solution at hand!
The EE Signal Box is a device that plugs into your broadband router, and creates a link between your Wi-Fi and EE's network. It works using 3G data, meaning that any 3G enabled phone can utilise the EE Signal Box. To find out if you can get a signal box, simply call EE customer services on 0800 956 641.
One thing to take note of is that you will have to have bought your phone directly from the Orange network, as UMA makes use of Orange-branded firmware. Only phones bought directly on either an Orange contract, or Orange pay as you go, are able to access the Signal Boost technology as this is technology that is only installed on Orange-bought devices.
Simply turn on your Wi-Fi connection and your home router, and join the Wi-Fi network using your UMA-enabled mobile. An indicator in the corner of your screen will inform you of your successful connection via UMA technology. If you find that the UMA indicator displays "uma" in lower-case instead of capitalised "UMA", simply turn your mobile off and on again to re-establish the UMA connection.
Once you have joined, UMA will automatically switch on, and you will be able to get stunning signal for all your mobile needs! Below are instructions to connect to Signal Boost for various manufacturer's phones.
Android UMA set up
Blackberry UMA set up
Nokia UMA set up