The 10 stages of having no phone signal in Norfolk

Itteringham village shop owner Mike Hemsley struggling to get phone signal. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Itteringham village shop owner Mike Hemsley struggling to get phone signal. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Many areas in the county are renowned for being incredibly futile when it comes to phone signal, 3G and 4G. Often residents find themselves on the verge of a breakdown as they find themselves unable to make a call, send a text or get online with the limited resources at their fingertips. Here's a look at the 10 stages we've all gone through when struggling to find a phone signal in our barren region.

A man using a mobile phone, Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

A man using a mobile phone, Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire - Credit: PA

1. Hope

You try turning your phone off and on a couple of times, hoping the age-old trick will force an elusive bar or two to appear on your screen.

2. Determination

There has to be signal around here somewhere and you're determined to find it. You'll hang out of windows or climb great heights if that's what it takes.

Manager of The White Horse pub in Overstrand, Lucie Gillett, trying to get a signal on her phone fro

Manager of The White Horse pub in Overstrand, Lucie Gillett, trying to get a signal on her phone from the first floor window.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant


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3. Disbelief

You've tried just about everything you can think of to find signal to no avail and you can't believe all that effort was for nothing.

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4. Reassurance

Is it your network? Is there something wrong with your phone? Are you cursed? You start asking everyone around you whether or not they have signal, praying that you're not the only one.

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5. Forgetfulness

You try searching for a resolution on your phone, only to remember you can't even get on Google.

6. Liberation

You're free! You don't need your phone, you can finally pen that novel you've always wanted to write, or take a cooking class, or join the gym. The world is your oyster.

7. Desperation

You've changed your mind, you do need your phone. You need it so badly that you're now trying to hack into someone else's Wi-Fi, but unfortunately for you, their password isn't the word password.

8. Anger

You can't take it anymore. You're now trying to decide whether to throw your phone at the wall or stamp on the useless thing.

9. Loneliness

You can't call anyone, you can't text anyone and you certainly can't check the football scores. You begin to feel a little isolated from the rest of the world.

10. Acceptance

Ultimately you remember that this is Norfolk and having no phone signal is as much of a part of Norfolk life as the puppet man and getting stuck behind tractors during rush hour.

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