Category Archives: Open Signal Maps community

Help Needed: Mapping LTE Bandwidth

There are multiple factors that influence the data speed you experience: the device you use, the network operator, the time of day, the signal quality where you are. We’re building models of how these factors come together, we’ll be publishing … Continue reading

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The Making of the OpenSignal Video Blockbuster

There is a certain start-up ethos that stems from a brittle blend of impecuniousness and prideful arrogance. This ethos is the spirit of the belief that anything that can be done professionally can be approximated better. Faced with the challenge … Continue reading

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Introducing 3 new partners and an API

We started OpenSignal two years ago with the goal of bringing accuracy and transparency to mobile coverage maps. We’re excited to announce three fantastic new partners in O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Passion Capital and Qualcomm Ventures, who bring a fantastic combination of entrepreneurial know-how and industry … Continue reading

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Femtocells outnumbering cell towers

MIT Professor Berthold Horn sent us an email with the fascinating observation that femtocells now outnumber cell towers (at least in New England) and with an innovative methodology to highlight areas where cell phone coverage is problematic. He wrote this … Continue reading

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What do those bars mean?

OpenSignalMaps user and MIT Professor Berthold Horn has done some digging into the Android source code. He’s found some interesting hints as to what the signal icon in your phone’s status bar means. He noticed a series of functions with … Continue reading

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Help keep translations up to date

New features in the app tend to be accompanied by new text, often we’re not great at making sure these are translated into all the languages Android supports. We’ve had a wonderful response from several people who have emailed translations … Continue reading

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New French Network – Free mobile Coverage Maps

We’ve been inundated with users in the last couple of weeks asking about coverage maps for the new French network “Free Mobile“, who will sell plans that start at €0 (for customers already subscribed to their broadband plans).  For others, … Continue reading

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Carrier IQ: any worse than the networks?

A parable. There is a company that is monitoring you. It has access to every text message you send and receive, to every phone-call, to your emails and web-browsing. And do you know what really sucks: you’re paying these guys. … Continue reading

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Problems with the Galaxy S2 – help us!

We’ve blocked the app from appearing on the Android market for the Galaxy S2. This is a great & beautiful phone, we have one on the team, it’s possibly the best phone there is but unfortunately one of the key … Continue reading

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Science for Citizens

By sharing your signal data with us through the app you’re helping build a global map of signal strength. Basically your phone is acting like a ‘signal meter’, it’s like you’re part of a massive science experiment to collect data … Continue reading

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