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A wealth of virtual choices: Global MVNOs now number 1000

Eight years ago you would have been forgiven for thinking the MVNO was a dying trend. Much-hyped virtual operators like Disney Mobile, ESPN Mobile, Helio and Amp’d Mobile were dropping like flies. But despite those very public failures, MVNOs kept … Continue reading

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Making sense of the alphabet soup of mobile networking

If you’ve ever gotten confused by dizzying array of acronyms out there for different types of mobile technologies, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. You practically have to be a telecom engineer to keep track of all of the … Continue reading

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State of Mobile Networks Report, Brazil

Today OpenSignal releases the first instance of a new type of report: country-level network performance reports, which will be published for different countries on a monthly basis. The first country showcased in these reports is Brazil, with a fast-growing telecommunications sector … Continue reading

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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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