A small Herefordshire village is one of 12 so-called “not spots” – residential areas without mobile phone coverage – to join the network on Friday. But how much will it change villagers’ lives?

Ewyas Harold, near the Welsh border, is one of the 2% of places in the UK that cannot get any mobile signal at all – until now.

Three small base stations have been put on the roofs of the pub, the school and the doctors’ surgery.

It is the result of months of campaigning by Graham Powell, a local county councillor.

Mr Powell said he entered local politics because he wanted to improve the phone and broadband coverage in the rural area.

A former telecommunications worker, he took on the job of getting the people of Ewyas Harold behind the idea, which led to the village becoming one of 12 picked from hundreds to take part in the trial run by Vodafone.

He cites emergencies as an important reason for having network coverage, adding: “I’d hate for someone to have an accident and not be able to call for help.”

Mobile trial communities include:

  • Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire
  • East Garston, West Berkshire
  • Newcastleton, Borders
  • Pendine, Camarthenshire
  • Walls, Shetland
  • Witherslack, Cumbria
  • Caldbeck, Cumbria
  • Kinlochard, Perthshire
  • Cranborne, Dorset
  • Three further areas to be announced in 2014

source : BBC News

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