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Issue:- Thursday, 25 August 2016

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Top 10 UK beaches for a 4G summer in 2017

SADLY the glorious British Summer is nearly over, with the Autumnal Equinox approaching fast, on 22 September 2016, when officially autumn starts. This year the mercury may not have climbed to sizzling point, but it’s not all been doom and gloom... We can now enjoy the autumnal colours and soon the winter rain, snuggling up to a warm mug of Horlicks, as we plan our Summer 2017. Well it might be better! Anyway its worth for planning holidays for 2017, while UK beaches have the best 4G connections! Assuming of course that 4G is an experience you are do aiming for... Well fear not, as you will not have to travel far as analysis has revealed Crosby Beach is in the Top 10! Instagram addicts need fear not, as the award winning mobile phone insurer Insurance2Go have published a new guide on the best beaches for getting connected, based on data from Ofcom. But well done Sefton for introducing parking charges, so don’t for long duration visits!  If getting snap happy is high on your 'to do' list for the beach, or keeping up to date with your Facebook and Twitter posts, these 10 beaches are the ones to put into the SatNav, as they have the best 4G signal in the UK:-

Studland Bay, Dorset
Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland
Porthminster Beach, Cornwall
Hengistbury Head, Dorset
Crosby Beach, Merseyside
St Anne's Beach, Lancashire
Cleethorpes Beach, Lincolnshire
Whiterocks Beach, Northern Ireland
Portobello, Scotland
West Wittering, West Sussex

With an array of locations offering stunning natural beauty among the Top 10 Connected UK Beaches, the pressure will be on for you to make sure your photos do it justice in 2017!

Its worth noting that Insurance2go also have found out that the best beach 4G provider in the UK is EE, followed by Vodafone and O2. Three trailed behind in a pretty distant last place.

However, if you're planning on visiting Wales, you might want to prepare yourself for a bulk upload once you head back to civilisation, as half the beaches without a connection can be found in Wales.

Shockingly, in a report by watchdog Which? and industry experts Open Signal, showed that in a world 4G table of 68 nations, Britain ranks 55th. Sadly it might be better weather and better connections if you head away for Summer 2017 after all!

The following beaches’ 4G signal is non-existent, and likely to cause major frustration for the social media addicts among us:-

Barafundle Bay, Wales
Silecroft Beach, Cumbria
Porthcurno, Cornwall
Blackpool Sands, Devon
Sandwood Bay Beach, Scotland
Luskentyre, Scotland
Marloes Sands, Wales
Rhossili Beach, Wales
Barmouth Beach, Wales
Whitesands Bay, Wales

Gary Beeston, Managing Director of Insurance2go, said:- "We know how much importance people place on their phone images, and with the summer being the perfect time to photograph your memories, we wanted to make sure visitors to the coast choose the best beaches possible. The research clearly highlights Wales as a bit of a black hole for 4G signal, but at least visitors will now be prepared for the 'failed to upload' messages during their trip!"

Please let us know your views and thoughts on this hot summer topic, via emailing us to:- News24@SouthportReporter.com.

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