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Bangor church row over mobile phone mast on spire

Fri 23 Mar, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
Locals in the Bangor area have complained of low signal coverage

A church spire may not be the first place you would expect to find a mobile phone mast, but at Bangor Church of Ireland this was, until recently, reality. That is, until one of the parishioners and member of the Select Vestry expressed his concern over what kind of material the mast was allowing to be transmitted, namely pornography and other illicit content.

In 2007, the parishioner wrote a letter to the Church of Ireland Gazette, in which he spoke of Orange being unable to guarantee that no "illicit material" would be communicated via the mast. This may have sparked the termination of the church’s contract with mobile network provider Orange. The church is yet to issue an official statement confirming or denying this as the cause.

Locals have complained that Orange signals have been low or unobtainable since November 2011. One disappointed citizen, local businessman David Gilmer has since changed providers and is now a satisfied O2 customer boasting of 24 hour coverage with good signal strength.

Fortunately, good coverage is the reality in most parts of the UK. Make use of it to place cheap mobile calls to friends in faraway places.

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