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WifiMapper for Android

Two months ago we released WifiMapper for iOS – an app to help people find free Wi-Fi anywhere in the world, based on our crowdsourced library of over 500 million Wi-Fi hotspots. WifiMapper was a huge success, with over 100k downloads … Continue reading

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MVNOs: Taking your mobile service virtual

If you walk into a wireless store, you’re not going to be at a loss for choice of mobile operators – far more choice than would seem possible. Whether you’re in the U.S., U.K., or Spain, there are going to … Continue reading

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The connected car: A primer

If you’ve shopped a new a car in the last few years, chances are you’ve been presented with a lot more options beyond leather seats and fancy speakers. Cars are getting connected, giving drivers the ability to bring apps and … Continue reading

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Data throttling: Why operators slow down your connection speed

You’re surfing on a wide-open 4G connection and suddenly see data speeds slow down to a snail’s pace. Mobile networks often experience big fluctuations in performance, but this downgrade remains persistent – say for several days – and then your speeds return to … Continue reading

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The key to a faster network: A smaller network

We’re accustomed to seeing the cellular networks looming above us – big antennas mounted on towers, masts and the rooftops, beaming down their signals from up on high. But the mobile network soon will start taking on a more human … Continue reading

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Stingrays: The new mobile tool of the surveillance state

If you thought the ocean was the only place you should be wary of stingrays, then think again. Stingray is the term first coined by Harris Corporation for a surveillance device it developed to intercept mobile phone signals. It was … Continue reading

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Updated Data Collection Format

One of the great things about the OpenSignal Android app is that you, our users, have access to the data that you are sharing with us about your network. So, if you want to do your own data analysis on … Continue reading

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2 technologies that will boost your phone’s battery life

Our smartphones are getting bigger, the applications we use on them are becoming more powerful and our appetite for mobile data is only growing. Those trends are taking a big toll on our batteries. You’ve probably noticed that the move … Continue reading

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No Signal?! Top Things to Try

No signal? Chances are, there have been occasions when you needed to make a call or use mobile data, but there just wasn’t enough signal. Did you discover that your network’s coverage where you live isn’t that great? Or maybe you’ve … Continue reading

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New OpenSignal live wallpaper: know your signal strength

Your phone signal is important, so why is it that the signal strength bars are tiny? The Nexus 6 has a screen of 1440×2560 pixels, the signal bars and technology indicator (that text that says “4G”, if you’re lucky) take … Continue reading

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