SWINDON is the third worst town in Britain when it comes to mobile signal strength, new research has revealed.

An comparison app called yboo unveiled the list as part of its drive to end misinformation in the mobile industry.

Only Stockport and Bromley lie ahead of Swindon in the top 10 least-connected towns and cities in the country, with Three shown to be the weakest network.

There was better news for the people of York, which was crowned the best place to live for a strong signal regardless of network.

The app’s new My Coverage Map feature utilises world first technology and offers personalised network recommendations to ensure users can access the best signal strength aligned to where they live, work and hang out.

Martyn Gould, founder and CEO at yboo, boasts a career in the mobile industry spanning more than two decades including consultancy roles at the likes of Virgin Media, Fujitsu, TalkTalk and Sky.

He said: “This is the first time that the public has been able to access accurate, unbiased and transparent information relating to signal strength in a way that is relevant and personalised for them.

“The mobile industry has been notoriously confusing for the past 15 years and our goal is to help people to find the best network based on their usage of minutes, texts, data and WiFi in the places that are most important for them. Not only can people make significant savings on their mobile bills, but they can also avoid that most irritating of situations – getting cut off due to a lack of signal!”

In response, a Three spokesman told www.thisismoney.co.uk: "We offer coverage in more places than ever before and have improved our geographic coverage over the past three years from 68 per cent to more than 91 per cent of UK landmass. 

"In high-demand areas such as Cardiff, we recently deployed new 4G technology to boost average mobile internet speeds by between 15 per cent and 33 per cent. 

"We're more than doubling the capacity of our 4G network over the next 18 months and investing in new technology to provide a fast, reliable experience.

"There are many factors that can affect the speeds and performance of a mobile service including the device that is used and the time of day that our network is being used, so we don't feel Yboo's research is reflective of the general experience of our customers."

The top 10 towns and cities for having weak mobile signal across all four major networks, according to yboo:

1. Stockport, North West (Three is the weakest network)

2. Bromley, Greater London (Vodafone is the weakest network)

3. Swindon, South West (Three is the weakest network)

4. Wakefield, Yorkshire and the Humber (O2 is the weakest network)

5. Nottingham, East Midlands (O2 is the weakest network)

6. Derby, West Midlands (EE is the weakest network)

7. Wolverhampton, West Midlands (EE is the weakest network)

8. Swansea, Wales (Three is the weakest network)

9. Cardiff, Wales (Three is the weakest network)

10. Milton Keyes, East Midlands (O2 is the weakest network)

The top 10 towns and cities for having the best mobile signal across all four major networks, according to yboo:

1. York, Yorkshire and the Humber

2. Llandudno, Wales

3. Norwich, East of England

4. Belfast, Northern Ireland

5. Glasgow, Scotland

6. Southampton, South East

7. Liverpool, North West

8. Islington, North London

9. Ealing, West London

10. Ilford, Greater London

To date more than 40,000 people have downloaded yboo, which analyses big data in the form of patterns of behaviour to generate personalised recommendations.

To find the best network in the areas where you live, work and hang out, and for more information, visit www.yboo.co.uk The app is available to download on Android and iOS devices.