O2 Launches Live Network Status

O2 in the UK has a launched a web-based live mobile network status checker. It allows you to check the status of its mobile network in your area by simply putting in the post code.  The page will then tell you what’s going on in the network nearby and if it’s likely to affect your calls.

Here are two different results for postcodes near me right now.  

At the same time, O2 has also upgraded their network coverage map.  It’s now interactive with full street and satellite views from Bing.  It’s also pretty honest – for my post code it says that mobile broadband won’t be good and my experience would bear that out.

As an O2 customer, both of these will be handy tools but the live network status checker will be particularly useful for seeing if there’s a known problem before I pick up the phone to the call centre.