Kent mobile users connecting to French networks

I found this quite amusing….I suppose I shouldn’t laugh really….

Kent mobile users connecting to French networks.

If you’re careful to avoid data-roaming charges while travelling abroad spare a thought for the unfortunate residents of a Kent village who routinely are charged for unwittingly connecting to French mobile networks.
Mobile users in the Kent villages of St Margaret’s at Cliffe and St Margaret’s Bay near Dover regularly get “Welcome to France” messages.

So while they think they’re using call, text and data from their UK mobile plans they are racking up extra international costs from companies such as Orange F and SFR.
Villagers get connected to the French networks “depending on atmospheric conditions and the weather,” reports the BBC.

As mobile signals travel only in straight lines the famous white cliffs of Dover block out English networks. The local masts unfortunately don’t reach people walking along the beach, but the French networks muscle in to grab the connection.
There is a mast in St Margaret’s, with a population of 2,500 people, and there are many more in nearby Dover but the beach area remains firmly in French hands. Local pub landlord Nigel Wydymus told the BBC: “It did not cause a huge amount of trouble for a few years with mobile phones because you got a message saying welcome to France, but since smartphones have come in it’s more of a problem.

Pat Kelly of nearby Martin-Mill told The Telegraph: “You switch on your phone and it says ‘welcome to France’. I avoid the cliff area now because of the problem. Everyone has good cause to be angry about it and something needs to be done. Visitors to the area are unaware of it and are shocked when their bills come in. Costs for making a call on the French network can be up to four times the cost of using the standard UK networks: prices start at 28p to make a call, 7.9p to receive one and 8.9p to send a text.

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About Mark Winterbourne

A little about me … well, what can I say. I started photography back in 1979 when I was just 11 years old. I was given a 35mm SLR Camera by my late Grandfather as a birthday present. The camera was a Russian built Zenit EM and built like a house brick. Many of my slides on here are taken with the very same camera. My passion stemmed from my Grandfathers love of photography and in particular his fondness of the English Lake District. I will showcase his work on here in the coming months, but there are over 10,000 slides and I have quite a task ahead of me scanning them in. In the late eighties and early nineties I moved on to autofocus SLR’s and began to accumulate quite a stash of equipment. In between my full time employment and sleeping I started doing small photographic assignments for freinds, family and small businesses. In the early 2000′s I started using a digital camera and traed all my traditional film cameras in for more equipment. My Camera Equipment Canon EOS 20D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon EOS 50D Body BGE2N Battery Grip Canon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 EF-S Lens Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Sigma 28-105 F2.8-4 DG Lens Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Canon 580EX Speedlite Flashgun Canon CP-E4 Compact Battery Pack for 580EX I took an avid interest in aviation photography at the start of the 2000′s when digital cameras became more accessible. My enjoyment was taken up a level when I discovered I could mix my love of light & colour with aviation photography by taking photographs. In 1983 I suffered a head injury which was diagnosed as a brain tumour. LIfe soon returned to normal in 1984 but in the early part of 2002 things turned nasty and headaches and sickness returned. To date I dont have a surgeon willing to operate on me and struggle by day to day. You will find more about this in my blogs……. Nothing will stop my photography, not even this head injury….this blog reflects my day to day life as a person with an interest in photography….with a headache to match Hope you enjoy….please feel free to contact me, anytime

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