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Smartphones are 'worse' at making phone calls than older mobiles

People living in rural areas should avoid getting a smartphone if they want the best reception while making calls, according to research.

Older 2G mobile phones are often better for making calls because they allow more internal space for aerials, watchdog Ofcom said.

While newer, 3G smartphones such as Apple's iPhone are far more sophisticated and allows access to high-speed networks, email and the internet, they deliver a poorer performance when starting and completing a call.

Ofcom's report said: 'In the more rural areas that the phones were tested, entry-level phones generally returned somewhat better performance than smartphones for call completion and call set-up.

'This may be due to the reduced complexity of antenna on these devices and 2G phones not having issues in switching between 2G and 3G networks.'

Quality of sound was not found to differ between 2G and 3G devices, the regulator found.

It said: 'Performance differences are likely in practice to be modest, and not necessarily a factor that consumers should base their choice of phone on.'

A recent Ofcom report found that smartphones have turned Britain into a nation of mobile addicts.
The regulator found that 60 per cent of teenagers and more than a third of adults are ‘highly addicted’ to using their mobile phones.

And our addiction is taking its toll on manners - a quarter of adults and a third of teenagers said they used mobiles during meal times.

Around a fifth of teenagers and adults said they use their phones where they have been told not to, such as in libraries.

Even the bathroom and toilet are no longer off limits, with 22 per cent of adults and half the teenagers polled admitting they use their phones there.

Half of those now sold were smartphones, such as iPhones, BlackBerries or Androids.

These devices allow consumers to make calls, text, access their emails and use social networking sites and the internet on the move.

They can also be used to take, store and share pictures and videos and to download music and video clips. - dailymail

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