UK Tech Firm Creates Roaming SIM to Avoid Mobile Dead Spots

  • Thursday, November 20th, 2014
  • Author: Tim Maytom
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Hiker Mountains Outdoors Tourism Signal Middle of Nowhere CountryWhile the UK Government eyes plans to force mobile network operators to provide full network roaming, a Leeds-based tech company has developed its own solution, in the form of a SIM that jumps between networks.

The SIM, created by 24 Seven, searches out the strongest signal from O2, Vodafone and EE, with the aim of eliminating so-called not-spots where individual operator signals are weak.

24 Seven also acts as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), enabling it to provide all the functions and services of a traditional mobile network, and giving it complete oversight and control over the SIM cards, from provisioning and billing, to real time data reporting from the SIM activity.

“National roaming has been a subject passed between mobile network operators and paid lip-service for many years,” said David Samuel, managing director of 24 Seven Communications. “Surely in this day and age, technology providers owe the public a more reliable mobile signal?

Weve taken the initiative with this new and innovative product, which will allow mobile users greater freedom, better reliability and improved connection. Mobile reception affects so many areas of life. Businesses in particular could stand to lose out on millions of pounds due to poor signal strength or feeble network coverage. Our system seeks out the best signal strength, and automatically connects the user via that network.”

The company pointed to lone workers, medical professionals and vehicle tracking services as areas where the SIM could be extremely beneficial, but ultimately believe that anyone seeking a better mobile signal will benefit from their product.

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