Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, hosts a database, called Sitefinder, giving the location and type of mobile network base stations. Why would you be interested in base stations? Because they’re another names for mobile phone masts or cell phone towers.
The database has been linked with the ubiquitous Google Maps so that by entering a post code or a street address, the area of interest can be shown, with markers indicating the exact locations of the towers. By clicking on the marker, you can see the operator of the tower, what kind it is, the height and the frequencies used.
91% of UK adults have a mobile phone, so it’s not surprising that there are lots of cell towers. You could use this database in two ways. First, if you have concerns about health issues relating to the radio waves you can be more informed about the towers in your area, but secondly, if you are trying to decide which mobile phone operator to use, this map will show you the closest towers to home and work and likely to give the best reception.
Until I received an ad in my email today it escaped me that Dell sold mobile phones. Sure I knew they made a couple of them and logically they would sell those, but not a whole line of phones from other manufacturers. And they have good prices too…really good prices.
The revelation came in the form of an email ad for the HTC Droid Incredible, which they are offering right now for free. My contract was up a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been searching around for deals. Mostly I am looking at the Motorola Droid X and the Samsung Fascinate. I can get the Fascinate from Amazon for $99. It would only be $29 if I had an individual plan as opposed to our family plan. Dell offers if for free for new accounts and is also $99 for existing accounts (individual or family). That’s comparable to the Amazon pricing.
What blew me away, though, was their pricing on the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X is $49.99 for me and a stunning $9.99 for new accounts!
They carry phones from all manufacturers and for all carriers. In addition to Dell’s own phones, there are phones from Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, Samsung, Sanyo, and Sony Ericsson. And, they are working with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Nextel.
You will have to search around a little and make sure you are looking at the price for your situation – New Account, Renew/Upgrade, or Add a Line. But you can find some REALLY good deals on just about any phone you could want. Except, of course, the iPhone.