This requires local knowledge, or searching for "mobile phone coverage UK ". There are several web sites, including the UK regulator Ofcom, which consolidate links to all the major networks' coverage pages. Type in the post code of your remote property and check the coverage. There are actually only a handful of mobile networks from major players like Vodafone, Three, O2 and EE. Smaller players like Virgin, Tesco and Talkmobile just resell access to those networks.

If possible, make a list of 2-3 networks with coverage at your remote property, so you have more choice when it comes to buying the phone and (optionally) a mobile data/text plan:

  • Check coverage for both voice (for text messages) and data (for email).
  • You may not think you will need data (if you have Wi-Fi at your remote property) but mobile data, especially with a pay-as-you-go SIM, provides a very useful fallback.
  • In the case of data, MaxMon uses relatively little bandwidth, so 2G (second generation - GSM, GPRS, EDGE) mobile data is fine. You don't need 3G or 4G.
  • Make sure you are checking coverage for your remote property!

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